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September 2021

The Missing Middle

September 14 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1.0

As California grapples with the need for affordable housing and housing in general, infill projects take a front row seat. How can communities encourage higher density housing that is affordable to middle class workers without infringing on many communities’ desire to limit multifamily housing projects? Tony Perez (Opticos Design) is a Missing Middle Housing expert working with communities to establish and translate policy direction into clear and implementable development standards. Missing Middle Housing is a range of smaller units in

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Parklets, Patios, Social Infrastructure and the Public Realm

September 16 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Cost: $10
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1

Design interventions like parklets have often been regarded as little more than whimsical additions to our streetscapes — that is, until the COVID-19 pandemic forced cities to rethink how they utilize the public realm. Almost overnight, municipalities around the world began to reformulate their paved spaces with intentionality, pivoting streets and sidewalks to better accommodate the outdoor gatherings. The result, the adoption of parklets, sidewalk cafes, slow streets and more on a massive scale, has encouraged residents to reimagine their

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Preventing Wildfires Through Good Housing Policy

September 23 @ 12:30 pm - September 28 @ 1:30 pm
Cost: $10
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1

In recent years, California has seen a precipitous increase in the number and severity of wildfires fueled by rising temperatures and extreme drought caused by climate change. At the same time, the state is currently facing an existential housing crisis. How can we ensure that enough housing can be built to address California's affordability challenges, while also protecting lands vulnerable to wildfire. How can state housing policy help support these two priorities? Co-presented by APA Northern California. 1 AICP CM

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8th Annual Acronym Happy Hour 2021

September 23 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Oeste, 722 Clay St.
Oakland, 94607
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Cost: Free
Member Cost: $0

It’s that time again for all of your favorite Bay Area transportation and planning organizations to reunite in one place on one night. Join us as we toast to complete streets, shared use mobility, our collective transport wonkiness, and more. Bring your colleagues, clients, friends etc. Complimentary appetizers will be provided by our sponsoring organizations. Drinks will be available for purchase.

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October 2021

Local Decisions, Regional Impacts: Informing Sea-Level Rise Adaptation

October 5 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Cost: $10
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1

By the year 2100, the sea level around the Bay Area is projected to rise by nearly seven feet. New research from the Stanford Natural Capital Project illustrates that traditional methods to keep flooding out of a community, such as sea wall construction, can actually do more harm than good by inundating other parts of the Bay Area, causing ecological destruction and hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. As a result, it is increasingly important for communities to work

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Webinar – DEI in the Planner’s Workplace: Stories from the Public Sector

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1

This second DEI in the Workplace series will focus on the public sector. The presentation is designed for planners and related government professionals to have an understanding of what is meant by authentic equity work in government, with examples from community engagement practices. Speakers will discuss and dissect their recent efforts at the City of San Jose, including setting up an organizational framework for racially equitable outcomes, bringing racial equity awareness to the organization, normalizing racial equity concepts, forming interdepartmental

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DEI in the Planner’s Workplace: Stories from the Public Sector (Session 2 of 3)

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Cost: Free
CM Credits: 1

Three-Part Webinar Series - Session 2 October 6, 2021 • 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm CM | 1.0 • Free to APA Members This second DEI in the Workplace series will focus on the public sector. The presentation is designed for planners and related government professionals to have an understanding of what is meant by authentic equity work in government, with examples from community engagement practices. Speakers will discuss and dissect their recent efforts at the City of San Jose,

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ABAG Wildfires & Housing Workshops Workshop #1 – Wildfires & Housing 101

October 14 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Cost: Free
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 2

The magnitude, destruction and ferocity of wildfires is increasing, fueled by the drought and climate change. With frequency, neighborhoods and entire communities are threatened by fire in California. We can’t control wildfires, but we can take actions to preserve and protect housing. What can planners do and how can we work collaboratively with public safety, emergency management professionals, and our communities? The Work Group series “Wildfires – How to Preserve & Protect Housing” will launch in September with four virtual

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Can California Rise from the Ashes of Wildfire?

October 20 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Cost: $10
Member Cost: $0
CM Credits: 1

Wildfires have long been a natural part of the California landscape, but “fire season” (a phrase that only recently entered the general lexicon of most Californians) continues to expand, beginning earlier and ending later with each passing year. As of late August, a total of 6,714 fires had been recorded in 2021 alone, burning nearly 1.65 million acres and damaging or destroying more than 2,000 structures. What will it take to restrain this relentless assault on our state’s land and

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Reforming Zoning to Redefine Our Neighborhoods

October 22 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
CM Credits: 1

Single-use zoning is the most widespread form of zoning found across the United States. While it might prevent a tannery from opening next door to your home, the odds are good that it also prevents a duplex from doing the same thing. The simple fact is that zoning, at least in its most recognizable form, is an antiquated tool that does more harm than good. Poorly-designed zoning and other land use regulations increases home prices, reduces housing availability, promotes segregation,

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