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Earn required CM credits by viewing July’s law seminar

By Libby Tyler, FAICP, July 20, 2020

Did you miss APA California and Northern Section’s July Law Webinar? You can fulfill your mandatory 1.5 Law Credits while learning how recent housing legislation preempts local planning and zoning. Just view the Webinar video and log your LAW CM credits.

Watch now (1:31:30); then log your 1.5 law credits here

California is considering additional legislation to address the housing crisis, further preempting local planning procedures. This session, held on July 10, 2020, reviewed recent legislation — including SB 330, the suite of ADU bills, and the Housing Accountability Act — that limited ad hoc review tools in favor of predictable and objective standards for residential projects. Pending California legislation and examples from other states that seek to rethink zoning exclusively for single-family residences were also discussed.

Featured speakers included:

Eric Phillips is Vice President for Policy and Legislation of APA California and a partner at the law firm of Burke, Williams & Sorensen in San Francisco. Before attending law school, Eric worked as a planner and has been involved professionally in California planning issues since 2002. His law practice focuses on land use, real estate, and CEQA compliance, and he has particular experience with State Density Bonus Law, the Housing Accountability Act, and other housing laws.

Stephen Velyvis is the Legislative Director for APA California –Northern Section and a partner at the law firm of Burke, William, and Sorensen in Oakland. He is a land use and environmental law attorney representing public agency and private clients in administrative proceedings and before state and federal trial and appellate courts. He routinely represents clients in land use-related matters including local and state planning and zoning laws.



Questions? Contact Libby Tyler, Northern Section Ethics Director, at or (217) 493-4372.

NOTE: Required CM credits for online Ethics training are available through December 31, 2020 

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