Northern News November 2021

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A publication of the American Planning Association, California Chapter, Northern Section

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Planning news roundup

Assembled by Richard Davis, AICP Candidate, associate editor

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Major Los Gatos project promised 270 apartments. Only 50 are happening.

By Tran Nguyen, San Jose Spotlight, October 20, 2021. The town council, mandated to rescind its rejection of the project, found approving the proposal a bitter pill to swallow.

Ljubljana, Slovenia, a small European capital, realizes a car-free city center

By Alexis Ferenczi, Vice, October 19, 2021. The once heavily-trafficked main road is now exclusively for pedestrians, cyclists, and a few electric carts.

HUD chief calls Oakland ‘transit village’ a national model for housing

By Sarah Ravani, San Francisco Chronicle, October 14, 2021. Marcia Fudge also noted that future federal resources and aid available to states will come with time limits on certain projects in order to expedite development.

New Sonoma County housing fund to lend millions in PG&E settlement money for major projects

By Ethan Varian, The Press Democrat, October 14, 2021. The fund is positioned to help Santa Rosa attract denser development after an update to its downtown plan.

Biden, Haaland approve two CA areas for offshore wind farms

By Matthew Daly, Associated Press, October 13, 2021. The two sites, off the coast of Humboldt and San Luis Obispo counties, will contribute to the Biden Administration’s nationwide offshore wind generation initiative.

CalEPA updates “national gold standard” geospatial tools for equitable environmental decision-making

From CalEPA, October 13, 2021. CalEnviroScreen 4.0 analyzes the latest data from 21 indicators of environmental, public health, and socioeconomic conditions.

Mountain View plans to ban cars, expand outdoor dining along its ‘crown jewel’

By Maggie Angst, San Jose Mercury News, October 13, 2021. Their decision comes as other cities like Palo Alto and Pleasanton have gone in the other direction.

New study: 25 years of data from Marin County reaffirms conservation protects biodiversity

By Daniel Roman, Bay Nature, October 13, 2021. Protection of riparian corridors helped populations of many bird species, but the study didn’t address how the conservation process works.

San Francisco’s Clement Street and the 15-minute city

By Soumya Karlamangla, New York Times, October 11, 2021. Few, if any, businesses on the street have permanently closed during Covid, according to the Clement Street Merchants Association.

Student loan forgiveness: public sector workers eligible in overhauled relief program

By Jessica Menton and Chris Quintana, USA Today, October 7, 2021. The government previously restricted eligibility for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program to only certain types of federal student loans and specific repayment plans.

Downtown San Jose building height limits come with price tag

By Eli Wolfe, San Jose Spotlight, October 4, 2021. San Jose passed a crane fee on developers to compensate Mineta International Airport for lost revenues.

Solar energy: a new cash crop for farmers — and sheep can safely graze

By Xander Peters, The Christian Science Monitor, October 4, 2021. The transition toward renewable energy is creating a new kind of demand for rural land. Small farmers hope it can benefit the environment and their business.

Final Plan Bay Area 2050 released

From MTC-ABAG, October 1, 2021. Equity is interwoven into each of the 35 strategies encompassing housing, the economy, transportation, and the environment at the heart of Plan Bay Area 2050. But no plan can satisfy everyone.

Napa County may see a relatively high number of new housing units from SB 9

By Edward Booth, Napa Valley Register, September 29, 2021. City of Napa senior planner Michael Walker expects the roll out timeline of SB 9 units would be similar to ADUs.

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