Author: Northern Section

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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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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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.

Northern News – January/February 2017

  • How to get By-Right Zoning right. Karen Parolek. A community will accept a by-right review process if preceded by a Form-Based Code prescribing what’s appropriate to the neighborhood. Page 1
  • Assessing San Jose’s Northside neighborhood. Lillian Hua and Kyle Kryak. A student report will undergird future planning efforts in the neighborhood. P. 4
  • Meet a local planner. Siân Llewellyn, AICP, interviews Andrea Ouse, AICP, Director of Community and Economic Development, Vallejo. Page 7
  • Community outreach in a divided America. James Rojas. Urban planners have ways to engage a diverse public to find common goals. Page 19

To read or download the PDF click here.

Future-ready City-Regions: The Next Competitive Edge?

A recent post by Alex Steffan poses some provocative challenges to urban planning and urban planners, and municipal executives around the world. In a sense, it illuminates the core challenge and intention of the world’s new Sustainable Development Goals and New Urban Agenda. The following paraphrases and excerpts the key points.

In light of our climate and our other planetary crises, many of us and our children will likely make residential location decisions in the coming years based on a city/region’s future-readiness. But which city to select; maybe the most “future-ready?”

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Northern News – December 2016

  • Planning our communities for an aging population. Ramona Mullahey. Realistic and workable services and policies to better serve an aging America. Page 1
  • Director’s note. Andrea Ouse, AICP. Adapting Northern Section to changing times. Page 3
  • Meet a local planner. Siân Llewellyn, AICP interviews Sharon Grewal, AICP, Northern Section’s Director elect. Page 7
  • Northern Section partners with Sustainable Silicon Valley. Alex Lantsberg, AICP. Page 10
  • Who’s where. Dave Davis, Jason Rogers, AICP; Dave Javid, AICP; Graham Pugh, Eric Tuvel, AICP. Page 14

To read or download the PDF click here.

EVENT: Habitat III And Bay Area Sustainability Planning

Dates/Times:  THUR Nov. 17th and TUES Nov. 22nd (come one or both days).

Time:   2-3:30 pm (student presentations), 3:45-4:30pm (tentative Debrief/Q&A w Prof. Acey; must RSVP here/below)

Please RSVP (1) for attending the student presentations (courtesy option) and (2) for the Debrief (required) in the google form below (or click).

Location:  ROOM 106, Wurster Hall, University of California, Berkeley (map).

CM:  self-report option

Co-hosted by: APA Sustainability Committee & University of California Berkeley Department of City & Regional Planning.

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Northern News – November 2016

  • Artist gives citizens simple tools to design public spaces. Jen Kinney. Next City article features planning-related art by Cupertino artist/arts educator. Page 1
  • Director’s note. Andrea Ouse, AICP. Board elections coming up. Mentorship program heating up. APA California Conference starts this weekend. Page 3
  • Meet a local planner. Siân Llewellyn, AICP, interviews Jesse Schofield, AICP, associate transportation planner, Caltrans District 4. Page 6
  • Planning documents don’t need to be long and boring. Alex Hinds. Sonoma County’s new Regional Climate Action Plan in 24 illustrated pages. Page 12

To read or download the PDF click here.