Cracking the Government Code is a new event series designed to get you answers your questions and share shortcuts to more quickly and easily shape the community you love. If you’re someone who wants to get involved and help craft the future you want to see, this series was designed for you.
Session 4 | Planning for the future: The impact urban planning choices have on the economy, culture and environment
Guided by Cal Poly’s Dr. Matt Moore, Planning for the future will equip you with the basics to understand, evaluate and participate in some of the most important decisions that government makes. Panel guests will dive into the impact land use & planning choices have on the economy, culture and environment — and how you can get involved.
Andrea (Andy) Pease was elected to the San Luis Obispo City Council in 2016 and re-elected in 2020. In addition to her council responsibilities, Andy serves on the SLO Council of Governments, the Regional Transportation Authority and the Groundwater Sustainability Agency for the SLO Valley Groundwater Basin. She also serves on the County Water Resources Advisory Committee, where she has been elected chair for the past three years.
In 2008, Andy joined forces with fellow architect Jennifer Rennick to establish In Balance Green Consulting. Their 7-person firm has helped hundreds of clients regionally and throughout California to create projects that are energy efficient, healthy, cost effective and gentle on the planet.
Peter Rodgers serves as the executive director of the San Luis Obispo Council of Governments – the metropolitan planning organization responsible for programming, coordination, and planning in the San Luis Obispo region. With 28 years of increasing responsibility at the agency, Rodgers was selected to lead the agency in August 2018.
Peter has been involved in planning and funding consolidated public transit systems, passenger rail, highway improvements, bikeways, trails, and street enhancements – linking almost every community in the San Luis Obispo region. His efforts to expand rail and improve intercity rail connections have secured two new rail stations – in Paso Robles and Grover Beach.
Prior to his work at SLOCOG, Peter worked at the civil engineering firm, Wallace & Associates, and served two Peace Corps assignments in Haiti and Costa Rica focused on reforestation.
Stephen J. Peck is the AICP President of Peck Planning & Development, LLC and is responsible for all aspects of feasibility assessment, design, and entitlement for commercial and residential land development projects including the Serra Meadows Residential Master Plan and Avila Ranch.
As a Lecturer at Fresno State, he taught courses in quantitative analysis for transportation planning and community development. He was also a principal researcher for the Tulare County Statistical Profile.
Prior to starting his own firm, Stephen worked as a planning consultant for QuadKnopf Consultants where he was responsible for the firm’s planning and environmental science practice areas. He also worked for eight years with the City of Visalia as its Advance Planning Manager and Redevelopment Director.
Cracking the Government Code Series:
Join us the first Thursday of every month May through September as we promise to deliver interactive, fast paced and informative sessions featuring subject matter experts who’ve been in the trenches, are willing to share their knowledge, and answer your questions through our series sessions:
- Session 1 – Government 101 | Basics of getting involved, decoding language, procedures and practices that you’ll encounter
- Session 2 – Who does what? | The differences between State vs County vs City and who has the most power to impact different issues
- Session 3 – Power of the purse | Budget process, priorities and possibilities
- Session 5 – Be the change | How ‘normal residents’ can get involved and shape their community
Cracking the Government Code is also an opportunity to create lasting connections and share ideas in a safe, fun, and collaborative space — those that register for the full series will have an opportunity to have a one-on-one with a guest speaker and get personalized advice, insight and perspective to help further their goals.
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