Advisory members discussing critical issues in the county
Advisory members discussing critical issues in the county

Report on Successful Community Advisory Council Training

Author: Department of Planning & Building
Date: 6/11/2018 3:22:45 PM

On May 25, 2018, the County Department of Planning and Building hosted the 19th Annual Community Advisory Council training. 37 members from nine of the eleven advisory groups participated in a hands-on and interactive agenda, designed to engage the participants in trending topics of interest.


The 19th Annual Community Advisory Council (CAC) training held on Friday, May 25, 2018 was hosted by the County Department of Planning and Building. CACs review and make recommendations to decision-makers on general plan amendments and development projects proposed in their community. To assist the CACs in this role, Planning & Building hosts an annual training to educate and inform members on the legal basis for planning, the County’s General Plan, the Coastal Act and Local Coastal Plans, implementation of the General Plan, the California Environmental Quality Act, the County's unique planning system, and lastly, the CACs participation in the planning process.

Thirty-seven members from nine of the eleven County CACs attended the training. These community members engaged in a staff presentation, participated in group activities, and interacted during roundtable discussions on topics of interest (e.g. Cannabis, Vacation Rentals, Code Enforcement, and Housing). The agenda was designed to assist CAC members better understand the key factors to consider when reviewing general plan amendments and development projects. Additionally, staff provided background information on the issues decision-makers use in their decisions, thereby equipping CAC members with ideas for effective referral language on future projects.

For additional information and CAC support, please visit the Community Advisory Council Support page.

If you attended the CAC training and did not have the opportunity to provide feedback, please complete the survey.