Projects & Research


Top Rated Program

October 17, 2014

Once again, CRP is a top planning program in North America.  For the past 7 years CalPoly has consistently ranked near the top of programs for planning in the country according to the Planetizen Guide to Graduate Urban Planning Programs.  According to the 2015 guide, the program is the #2 small program in the country, behind New York University.  
For more information on the program or to watch videos about what planners (and our students) do check out our Google+ site.  

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Bank of America Affordable Housing Challenge

May 22, 2013

An interdisciplinary team of Cal Poly students earned first place in the 22nd annual Bank of America Low-Income Housing Challenge, a regional competition. This is the third time in three years that Cal Poly has won this competition.

Team members included business administration major Cameron Anvari; city and regional planning students Brian Harrington, Nuri Cho, Andrew Levins, Emily Gerger and Tim McGarvey; and architecture graduate student Smita Naik.

Together they created The Cambria Pines, a development proposal for an affordable housing project located in Cambria, Calif. It was described as “masterful,” “innovative,” and “realistic” by Gail Lannoy, community development banking executive for Bank of America.

Cal Poly Terra Housing Studio


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CCAPC 2013

California Climate Action Planning Conference – CCAPC 2013

January 31, 2013

Join your fellow climate professionals in beautiful San Luis Obispo for the first conference to focus solely on the practice of local and regional climate action planning in California. Hosted by Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in partnership with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), the two-day conference will feature in-depth presentations and discussions on both technical and political facets of climate action planning. The conference will be held on the Cal Poly campus and will feature experts and practitioners from around the state.

Click here for the conference webpage.

Professor Paul Wack

Professor Wack Receives Distinguished Service Award


Paul Wack, AICP has received the 2012 California Chapter American Planning Association Distinguished Service Award. Paul was nominated by a group of his former planning students from both the City and Regional Planning Department  and the Environmental Studies Program at UC Santa Barbara the for his more than 40 years of service to the planning profession as a community planner, consultant, and educator. During his 34 years of teaching, nearly 20,000 students have taken his classes over the years, with a significant number becoming practicing planners.  As stated in the nomination application:  “His desire to further the planning profession through education, mentoring, community service, continuing professional practice, and sincere passion for his work is inspiring to his students and long- standing practicing planners alike. The example he sets for so many young planners is one that deserves to be recognized and celebrated.”

Bank of America Affordable Housing Challenge Entries

Cal Poly teams with participants from planning, architecture, landscape architecture, construction management and business form multidisciplinary teams every year to compete in the callenge.

Click here to view the entries.

CRP students help develop a Climate Action Policy for City of San Luis Obispo

CRP students under Dr. Adrienne Greve's guidance help develop a Climate Action Policy for the City of San Luis Obispo.  CRP students and Dr. Grieve have made a significant contribution that will move our immediate community towards a greener, more sustainable, future.

City of San Luis Obispo Press Release


City of San Luis Obispo Climate Action Plan


Items of Note

CRP Department Mission

The City and Regional Planning Department (CRP) promotes sustainable and diverse communities within cultural and human systems. We provide an interdisciplinary professional planning education based on a learn-by-doing approach, community outreach, and applied research to help communities aspire for better, livable places. Click Here to view Department Goals


Frequently Asked Questions

FAQs for current and prospective CRP students.

Tips for finding an internship

Computer Requirement for Incoming Students

City & Regional Planning Brochure

Click here to view the CRP Brochure (PDF)

City & Regional Planning Newsletter

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City & Regional Planning FOCUS 2011

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CRP in the News

Read about the growing popularity of the planning profession and MCRP in the American Planning Association's Central Coast Section publication The Open Space.

Hearst Lectures

Go to the CAED Hearst Lecture Series web page for information.

Go to the Opportunities web page to learn about the awards and recipients.