Northern News

Northern News – October 2018
San Francisco Bay Area taken by an Italian crew member aboard the International Space Station.  (Samantha Cristoforetti via Twitter and KQED)

Northern News – October 2018 Featured

We came, we planned, we were wrong

Pete Parkinson, AICP. One planner’s wildfire experience changed his views. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. Daylong symposium on ‘Autonomous Vehicles and the City,’ Oct. 15. | There’s still time to register for the 2018 Chapter Conference in San Diego, Oct. 7–10 | New on the Northern Section Board. Page 3

‘State of the Nation’s Housing,’ 2018

HUD USER. At the root of the affordable housing shortage is outdated zoning and land use regulations. For low-income families and individuals, subsidies are critical for easing cost burdens. Policymakers can speed the development of affordable housing and insulate the affordable housing stock from foreign investors through public housing, community land trusts, and deed restrictions. Page 4

Expanding California’s leadership in diversifying the planning profession

Miguel A. Vazquez, AICP, and Linda C. Dalton, PhD., FAICP. A brief exploration of issues associated with diversity in the profession, especially the role of California planners and their professional organizations (APA California, the California Planning Roundtable, and the California Planning Foundation) in moving forward the profession’s efforts to address diversity, inclusion, and equity. Page 5

Autonomous Vehicles and the City

The University of San Francisco is hosting a symposium in San Francisco in collaboration with UC Davis, the Mineta Transportation Institute, Fehr & Peers, and Arup, to develop policies and plans for livability. Page 6

Where in the world

If you have traveled here, write and let us know. Photo by Aliza Knox. Page 6

Autonomous vehicles, pedestrians, and cities

John David Beutler, AICP. Pedestrians fought it out with cars and trucks on the streets of the early 1900s. By the late 1920s, the cars had won. We’re in the early rounds of a similar battle as technologists call for the control of pedestrians to meet the needs of AVs. Page 7

A Healthy City for All

Suzanne Lennard, Ph.D. (Arch.) The 56th International Making Cities Livable Conference (Portland, OR, June 17–21, 2019) has issued a call for papers. Page 9

Planning news roundup

A new Starbucks may be a proxy for gentrification | The benign neglect of California’s forests is ending | Lower East Bay housing moves forward | Blocking development prices residents out of neighborhoods they want to preserve | Chicago Architecture Center empowers young people to shape their city | Pubic transport should be free | Healdsburg to limit downtown hotels, require affordable housing | Building housing on flood plains is another sign of growing inequality | What the Berlin Wall can teach us about urban development | The jobs-housing hamster wheel | Cooling the Concrete Jungle. Page 10 and pages 21–25

Who’s where

Amanda Eaken; Sunny Chao; Shannon Hake, AICP; Tom Holub; Ned Thomas, AICP; Libby Tyler, FAICP; Courtney Wood, AICP. Page 11

APA California 2018 awards, Northern Section’s winners, announced

Northern Section is home to nine of the 28 winners. Page 13

Board directory and editorial information. Page 26

Northern News – September 2018
SF Bay Area from space, 2014. Photo: Reid Wiseman

Northern News – September 2018

You can read the entire issue online as a virtual magazine, download it as a PDF, or click on the link at the end of each article description below.

Cities urged to act on ride-hailing services

Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. A new report highlights the increasing use of ride-hailing services and cites the general absence of local policies to deal with newly created congestion. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. 2019 National Planning Conference update | California Chapter Elections – vote now | Northern Section Board vacancies to be filled | New board members. Page 3

In memoriam, Paul C. Zucker, FAICP

By Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP. The nationally recognized urban planner, author, and management consultant lived and worked in San Diego for the past 41 years. He was 83. Page 5

Sign up now for 2018-19 mentor program

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Minneapolis council members want to tie density to affordability

Rachel Dovey. In March, the city proposed allowing fourplexes on block corners in single-family neighborhoods, but residents aren’t convinced the added density will make housing more affordable. Still, several council members appear ready to take the criticism. Page 7

Affordable housing design award to Mission Bay apartments

HUD USER. HUD and AIA recognized “Five 88” (588 Mission Bay Blvd., San Francisco) for its overall excellence in design in response to the needs and constraints of affordable housing. Page 8

Planning news roundup

Ten towns that changed America (0:55) | Wildfires are a people problem| New transit planned to North San Joaquin Valley| Rebranded by Google Maps| Bay Area’s newest transit station reopens parking debate| TNCs and transit as partners| How America uses its land| Do Millennials prefer cities?| California lawmakers grapple with how to prevent deadly wildfires. Pages 9 and 18–21

Meet a local planner

Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Google’s Transportation Operations Manager Michael Wooley-Ousdahl. Page 10

Where in the world

Photo by Chandler Lee. Page 12

Who’s where

Shila Behzadiaria, Michael Cass, Greg Holisko, AICP, Roscoe Mata, Erin McAuliff, Kari Svanstrom, AICP, and Ellen Yau. Page 13

AICP exam prep course starts Sept. 8

Dr. Don Bradley, AICP. It’s time to start studying for the May 2019 national AICP exam. Page 15

Northern News – July/August 2018
Lincoln Avenue, Calistoga. Photo: Naphtali H. Knox, FAICP

Northern News – July/August 2018

You can read the entire issue online as a virtual magazine, download it as a PDF, or click on the links at the end of the individual articles (below).

Creating built environments for an aging population

Matt Raimi, AICP. Planning — so important to improving our communities as our population changes — is all the more critical if we are to serve our society’s oldest members. Fortunately, many of the current advances in diverse, healthy, walkable, mixed-use communities will also support aging Californians. Page 1

Director’s note

Sharon Grewal, AICP. Ten from Northern Section awarded CPF scholarships • Photo: Northern Section Board at Facebook July 11. Page 3

Reshaping the bay for sea-level rise and creating affordable housing.

Debra Guenther, FASLA. The Bay Area is projected to need more than $85 billion of investment in climate change responses. When community members are part of directing benefits and leading the work, as in North Richmond, social benefits can emerge. Page 4

Making it easier to make ADUs

Joshua Abrams. San Mateo County’s Home for All and 21 Elements have spent the last 12 months building a suite of resources to promote the construction of ADUs. The tools include a Second Unit Workbook and an online Second Unit Calculator that can be adapted for other jurisdictions. Page 5

12 photos from Northern Section’s 2018 Awards Gala

A sampling of photos by Michael Axtell. Page 6

17 from Northern Section pass AICP exam. Page 7

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Letters

ADUs and APA lobbyists. Page 7

1% for art sparks public fight • Could this be a solution for Lombard Street? • How tech companies conquered America’s cities • Scooters — fun and dangerous • The YIMBYs are coming • California beat its 2020 goals for cutting greenhouse gases, but … • SF Supes update plan for Candlestick, Hunters Point • With a little help, Muir Woods reclaims its land • Aligning sustainable and affordable development in California • Denver to infuse downtown with dense housing • SF’s Balboa Park Reservoir, built to store water, never did and never will. Pages 8 and 24–26

Students continue evaluating San Jose neighborhood

Kristin Moen. Delmas Park is a quarter-square-mile, mixed-use, urban neighborhood just west of downtown San Jose. Overall, it appears the neighborhood is cautiously optimistic about the changes that Google and related new development may bring. Page 9

Join APA at a discount. Page 11

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Where in the world

Photo by Elizabeth Rynecki. Page 12

Who’s where

Rosie Dudley; Dana Hoffman, AICP; Evan Kenward; Darcy Kremin, AICP; Melody Ann Lin; Bob Ulabarri, AICP. Page 13

Enjoy!

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.

Northern News – June 2018
Photo by Denise Pinkston

Northern News – June 2018

HOUSING

Reverse BANANA: Build all Kinds of Housing Almost Everywhere

Naphtali Knox, FAICP, interviews Denise Pinkston, MCRP. We need that “missing middle,” from ADUs to fourplexes. If a third of the Bay Area’s existing single-family homes each added one unit over the next decade, we would add half-a-million homes with no visible disruption to our communities. Page 1. (For those who haven’t run across it yet, BANANA goes a step beyond NIMBY to “Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anyone.”)

Nonprofit Takes Bay Area Cities to Court

Bill Chapin. The California Renters Legal Advocacy and Education Fund (CaRLA) has been racking up legal victories, forcing Bay Area cities to reverse course and approve new housing. Page 4

The Evolution and Application of a CEQA Exemption

Stephen Velyvis. Any parking and aesthetic impacts of transit-oriented infill projects located within transit priority areas cannot be considered significant environmental impacts and are thus exempt from CEQA. But there’s a history to that. Page 8

The Very Best

Announcing the 2018 Northern Section Award Winners. Page 12

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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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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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Meet a Local Planner

Michael Smith, AICP, is senior planner at the City of San Bruno Community Development Department. He volunteers as a member of his neighborhood design review board.

Tell us where you live, work, and attended school.

I live in San Francisco with my family and work for the City of San Bruno. I earned a master of city and regional planning at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and a bachelor of arts in English from Chico State.

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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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Enter Now to Compete for a State Planning Award

Submit your outstanding project, program, plan, or person for this year’s APA California Planning Awards. Nominations are due by Noon on Wednesday, May 23, 2018. NOTE: Some nominations require a win at the Section level to be eligible for a Chapter award.

Refer to the APA California Chapter Awards Program Policy for more information or go directly to application form.

For questions, contact the Awards Program Coordinator (North) Chris Pahule.

If you are nominating for a Landmark or Pioneer Award, please contact your Chapter Historian (North), Larry Mintier, FAICP.