Northern News July-August 2022

Northern News


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

Making great communities happen

Planning news roundup

Assembled by Richard Davis, AICP Candidate, associate editor

Note: Some articles to which we link may be behind paywalls. “Where in the world” photos follow this roundup.

Four Socal cities lose legal fight over RHNA

By Dorian Hargrove, CBS8, June 22, 2022. Courts cannot overturn the Regional Housing Needs Assessment. Only state lawmakers can change the law.

What’s next after defeat of SFMTA’s Prop A infrastructure bond?

From Mass Transit Magazine, June 23, 2022. SFMTA says it will engage with the west side community, where support for the bond was lowest, to better understand their transportation needs.

Oakland Hills neighborhood at extreme fire danger risk

By Emily Talley, San Francisco Chronicle, June 19, 2022. The deepening drought has wrung moisture out of the vegetation, increasing the risk of a catastrophic wildfire.

Bay Area churches build tiny homes for their homeless neighbors

By Marisa Kendall,, June 15, 2022. A nonprofit is helping religious institutions and large property owners across the East Bay through the planning and permitting process for tiny homes.

San Jose city council votes to eliminate parking minimums

By Eli Wolfe, San Jose Spotlight, June 15, 2022. The City Council will consider a detailed policy by the end of the year to incentivize alternative modes of transit and lowers construction costs.

Much-needed East Palo Alto developments stalled by sewer system

By J.K. Dineen, San Francisco Chronicle, June 15, 2022. More than a dozen projects are on hold until the sewer is upgraded or the sanitary district’s position changes.

Today’s suburbs are symbolic of America’s rising diversity

By William Frey, Brookings, June 15, 2022. The bigger suburbs are more racially diverse than is our country as a whole.

‘Train Fanatics’ score a win in California battle over idled tracks

By Sarah Holder, Bloomberg CityLab, June 15, 2022. Santa Cruz voters hoping to see the return of passenger rail to the beachside city prevailed in a ballot measure to decide the fate of a recreational trail project.

Surface Transportation Board rejects project that threatened Great Redwood Coast Trail

By Ryan Burns, Lost Coast Outpost, June 10, 2022. The potential for a multi-use rail-to-trail project connecting San Francisco and Humboldt Bay remains, and the appeal of the project’s denial is unlikely.

Pacific Grove planning for major increase in housing sites

By Pam Marino, Monterey County Weekly, June 9, 2022. P.G.’s RHNA represents a 13 percent increase in dwelling units. The city of four square miles is using a general plan adopted in 1994.

Zoning for seven-story housing approved for Berkeley BART stations

By Emilie Raguso, Berkeleyside, June 3, 2022. Officials and staff made it clear that, while unanimous approval represented a major milestone, there are still years of work and community input ahead.

Hunter’s Point vulnerable to groundwater contaminants raised by climate change

By Jessica Wolfrom, San Francisco Examiner, June 2, 2022. A civil grand jury report called for San Francisco to boost cleanup efforts and more accurately predict groundwater impacts from rising tides.

Livermore council approves land transfer for downtown affordable housing

By Joseph Geha, Mercury News, May 26, 2022. The authorization advances a project paused for over a year by a litigious group of residents.

New software tool helps residents visualize RHNA-compliant housing plans

By Nate Berg, Fast Company, May 26, 2022. The tool has been used by Marin County and several cities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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