Month: April 2018

San Leandro Sets Higher-Density Future for Bay Fair BART Station Area
Bay Fair Connections diagram. Credit City of San Leandro/Raimi + Associates

San Leandro Sets Higher-Density Future for Bay Fair BART Station Area

Lars Halle and Tom Liao

Concluding a two-year public planning process with workshops and a 21-person Community Advisory Committee, the San Leandro city council in February adopted the 154-acre Bay Fair Transit-Oriented Development Specific Plan.

The plan is the community’s long-term vision for a vibrant and sustainable, higher density, mixed-use “transit village” in proximity to the Bay Fair BART station. It provides a new future for nearby local shopping centers and the 816,755-square-foot Bayfair regional shopping center. The plan covers allowable land uses, market-rate and affordable housing, anti-displacement measures, and multi-modal street improvements for pedestrians, bicyclists, vehicles, and infrastructure, and it includes standards, guidelines, and zoning recommendations for future development.

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SF Teens Bring Home National APA Gold
High-schoolers Charlie Millenbah, Milo Wetherall, and Zelda Zivny are shown receiving an Award of Excellence for StreetAir from APA California–Northern Section, June 2, 2017.

SF Teens Bring Home National APA Gold

Four northern California submittals receive ‘achievement awards’ at national conference

From APA

When three high school students noticed an increase in traffic near a popular San Francisco parklet in 2014, they founded Street Air, a study of the street’s design and air pollution measurements, to determine the busy thoroughfare’s effects on nearby pedestrians. Now in its third year, the project has grown into a broad-scale investigation of street-level pollution, complete with an award-winning five-minute film made by the students — Charlie Millenbah, Milo Wetherall, and Zelda Zivny — and a list of recommendations all cities can implement to protect public spaces near roads from pollution. The students are now collaborating with city planning staff on a redesign of the original subject of their experiment, Columbus Avenue.

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Meet a Local Planner

Michael Smith, AICP, is senior planner at the City of San Bruno Community Development Department. He volunteers as a member of his neighborhood design review board.

Tell us where you live, work, and attended school.

I live in San Francisco with my family and work for the City of San Bruno. I earned a master of city and regional planning at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a bachelor of arts in English from Chico State.

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Who’s Where – May 2018

Beth Altshuler has been appointed Chair of Northern Section’s committee on Planners4Health. She is a Senior Associate and Public Health Planning Specialist at Raimi + Associates where she has worked since 2010. Before that, she was a project associate at MIG, Inc., and the program designer and director for a pilot youth employment program through the San Francisco Department of Public Works. As committee chair, she will continue the work of last year’s Planners4Health Initiative to support planners in creating healthier and more equitable communities. The new committee will expand this work with programing and resources focused on Health and Environmental Justice Elements, Health in All Policies, and partnerships with community groups and public health professionals. Altshuler holds master’s degrees in both city planning and public health from UC Berkeley and a BA in sociology from Cornell University.

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Northern News – May 2018

Northern News – May 2018

APA NATIONAL’S GOLD ACHIEVEMENT AWARD GOES TO SF TEENS. Marin County, San Francisco, and San Jose also received achievement awards at the APA national conference in New Orleans, April 23rd. Page 1

SUCCESSFUL MARCH 29 SUMMIT ON LIVABLE COMMUNITIES FOR ALL AGES. Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. Northern Section collaborated with AARP to plan and host the Summit on March 29 as part of the annual ASA conference. The three-hour event put urban planners in contact with professionals in health and aging. Of 216 who attended, 50 were urban planners. Page 5

HIGHER-DENSITY FUTURE FOR BAY FAIR BART STATION AREA. Lars Halle and Tom Liao. San Leandro adopted a Specific Plan that will make Bay Fair a prominent local and regional destination with an enhanced pedestrian experience. Page 8

MEET A LOCAL PLANNER. Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Michael Smith, AICP. Page 10

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South San Francisco Looking for Applicants for their Design Review Board

The City of South San Francisco is now accepting applications for those interested in serving on the City’s Design Review Board (DRB) advisory committee.  Following the approval of the City’s Downtown Station Area Specific Plan (DSASP) in 2015, the City has experienced a substantial increase in development interest and applications citywide. To learn more about the exciting developments taking shape in South San Francisco, please view the City’s Development and Construction Map.

The full recruitment notice is available on the City’s website. For any questions regarding the Design Review Board or the application itself, please call 650-877-8535.