Author: Northern Section

We Want You! (To Join Our Board)

We Want You! (To Join Our Board)

Do you want to be more involved with APA? Do you want to serve your fellow Northern Section members? If you are you ready to build your professional skills, consider joining your Northern Section board in one of our vacant positions!

We are looking to fill vacancies for the following:

 

North Bay Regional Activity Coordinators (RAC)

The RACs shall be represented on the Section Board by geographic designation. The seven geographic areas divided by counties are: East Bay (Alameda, Contra Costa), Monterey Bay (Monterey,San Benito, Santa Cruz), North Bay (Marin, Napa, Solano, Sonoma), Peninsula (San Mateo), Redwood Coast (Del Norte, Humboldt, Lake, Mendocino), San Francisco (San Francisco), and South Bay (Santa Clara). The duties of the RACs shall be to:

  1. Provide input to the Board related to the special needs of members in specified regions in the Section or in designated Sub-Sections;
  2. Organize periodic meetings and workshop for members in their regions, contribute relevant articles to the newsletter and assist the Professional Development Director in carrying out the Section’s professional development programs; and
  3. Provide occasional social functions in order to foster a sense of community
    within and among Section members.

 

The general qualifications, you must be an APA member with current/paid-up membership, reside and practice planning within the Northern Section (nine Bay Area counties including Santa Cruz, Mendocino, Humboldt, and Del Norte counties). If you wish to be considered, we’ll be interested to get a resume and letter of interest telling us why you’d like to be considered for the appointment, any relevant experiences, and what you’ll bring to the program. Please submit those to Section Director-Elect Jonathan Schuppert, AICP.

SPUR/Northern Section Co-Sponsored and CM Events

The Northern Section is excited to partner up again with our friends at SPUR to offering up AICP CM credited events this fall. As a benefit to APA members, several of the events are free to attend.  Check out what SPUR has lined up this summer and hope you can attend some of these exciting talks!

October 1
How San Francisco is Advancing Racial EquitySPUR San Francisco
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

 

October 1
Maintaining Oakland’s Character – SPUR Oakland
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

 

October 2
Intergenerational Trauma and Urban Planning – SPUR San Francisco
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

 

October 21
Crafting a City’s Visual Identity – SPUR San Francisco
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1.5 Pending

 

October 23
Fixing America’s Surface TransportationSPUR San Jose
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

 

October 23
Blockchain in Urban Planning and Transportation – SPUR Oakland
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

 

October 24
Watt Will it Take for Building Electrification? – SPUR San Francisco
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

 

October 24
Public-Private Partnerships in New Mobility – SPUR San Francisco
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1.5 Pending

 

November 5
The Eastern Neighborhoods Plans Turn 10 – SPUR San Francisco
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

 

November 7
Planning San Francisco’s Transportation Future – SPUR San Francisco
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

November 7
General Plans 101 – SPUR San Jose
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

November 12
The Future of Treasure Island – SPUR San Francisco
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1.5 Pending

November 19
General Plans 101 – SPUR San Jose
– Event co-presented by APA California-Northern Section
– APA members get free admission
– CM | 1 Pending

Exhibit Booths at NPC19!

Join the American Planning Association for the four-day National Planning Conference in San Francisco at the George R. Moscone Convention Center
on April 13-16, 2019. Setting up an exhibit booth ensures that your company name and logo will be a familiar sight to more than 5,000 conference attendees.

Raise your company’s profile in the planning community and receive maximum exposure for your company by becoming an exhibitor today. This special offer is for local planning firms and non-profit agencies in Northern California.

Cost:

  • $2,000 Exhibit booth for local planning firm
  • $1,500 Exhibit booth for non-profit agency

Your exhibit booth includes placing a one-half page ad in the Northern News.

Note: Booth size is 10’X 10′. There are additional fees for carpeting and electrical set-up.

To request an application for an exhibit booth or for questions, contact Hing Wong, AICP at npc19@norcalapa.org or (415) 778-6726.

 

NPC19 Exhibit booth flyer (PDF)
NPC19 Exhibit Hall Layout (PDF)
NPC19 Exhibitor Rules and Regulations (PDF)

Help us build our Communications Team

Help us build our Communications Team

Are you someone who likes connecting fellow planners together and is interested in helping us get out the word on all of our great programming? Then we want to talk to you! The Northern Section is in the process of building a stellar communications team to help us reach our 1,700 members through our various online channels and explore new ones. To lead the team, we’re looking for a Communications Director to develop a robust, informative, and engaging experience for our members. We’re also looking for other volunteers to be part of the team.

We’re interested in people who are organized, quick learners, independent, and comfortable writing online. Familiarity with social media and understanding how to leverage the various platforms is crucial. Working with Constant Contact and WordPress is a plus, but certainly something we can help with. On average, our Communication Director will typically spend three to four hours a week on Section duties but the time commitment will depend on each individual’s experience and how organized she is. We want to ensure the Communications Director is supported; duties can be shared to ensure the tasks are manageable.

Our bylaws establish the duties of the Communications Director:

  1. Develop and oversee the communications program for the Section, including coordinating with Board members to publicize Section activities and programs via the newsletter, website, social media and other forms of communications.
  2. Assist Board members and event coordinators in notifying local press of Section activities and programs.
  3. Oversee the preparation, editing, and publishing of the eNews to members and the public.
  4. Assist the Newsletter Editor and Co-Editors in preparing and publicizing the Section’s newsletter.

Think you have what it takes? Then send us a cover letter and résumé and tell us why you’d be a great fit. If you have examples, or a social media account you’re proud of that exemplifies your experience, feel free to share that. If you have any questions or are ready to send off your materials, you can reach out to directorelect@norcalapa.org. We’re looking forward to talking to you.

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

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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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