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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.

UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design Now Accepting Applications for Planning-Focused Summer Programs

Disc* (Design & Innovation for Sustainable Cities) is a five week summer program geared towards currently enrolled undergraduates with any level of previous experience in planning. Participants conduct field work, develop visual communication, mapping and design software skills, and connect with practitioners and faculty in a series of lectures and seminars on climate resiliency, global urbanization, sustainability, design and related topics. The Bay Area becomes a laboratory for exploration of the ethical, social and ecological issues surrounding city planning and urban design. Application deadline: May 15.

The Summer [IN]STITUTE in Environmental Design‘s [IN]CITY program is an immersive introduction to the fundamentals of sustainable city and regional planning for post-baccalaureates with no prior experience in planning who are curious about what a graduate level planning program is like. Over the course of six weeks on the Berkeley campus, participants experience the intensity and rigor of a planning seminar, attending lectures and discussions, media seminars and site visits, developing proposals for real world clients, and building a network of like-minded peers that will follow them through their academic and professional careers. Recent graduates of the Institute have been accepted to graduate planning programs at UC Berkeley, Columbia, Princeton, MIT, UCLA, Harvard, University of Michigan, and elsewhere. Application deadline: May 15.

Northern News – April 2018

“HOW I BECAME A PLANNING DIRECTOR.” YPG’s Veronica Flores reports. Following a panel discussion, 12 planning directors each met with five young planners and emerging professionals in a comfortable setting to share what they know. Page 1

WHERE IN THE WORLD. A photo by Erin Camarera from a country we have not previously covered. Page 5

HOMELESSNESS: COMING TO LIGHT. Cherise Orange and Kojo Pierce. “We have come dangerously close to accepting the homeless situation as a problem that we just can’t solve.” But we can. Page 6

PLANNING NEWS ROUNDUP. Finding better ways to plan for, and recover from, wildfire • Why do we have an SB 827 anyway? • Millbrae: Mixed-use project near train station narrowly approved after public negotiation • California: Development fees push up cost of housing • And much more. Page 7

MEET A LOCAL PLANNER. Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Amy Skewes-Cox, AICP. Page 8

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Northern News – March 2018

FINDING AND SUPPORTING ALLIES FOR LIVABLE COMMUNITIES (of all ages). Erin McAuliff. Supportive built environments can strengthen individual relationships, ensure access to care, resources, and recreation, and reduce isolation across the lifespan. Page 1

PLANNERS AND STUDENTS VISIT BRAZIL FOR COLLABORATIVE SERVICE AND LEARNINGMike Jacobson, with Alex Hinds, Tonya Veitch, and Hing Wong, AICP. Members of a graduate planning class spent one week in Ouro Preto, Brazil, collecting data, talking to residents, and conducting several workshops. The workshops generated a list of opportunities and constraints, plus a prioritized list of community needs subsequently included in a grant application submitted by the residents’ association to the Inter-American Foundation. Page 4

MEET A LOCAL PLANNERCatarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Liz Probst, AICP. Page 9


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Northern News – February 2018

HELP FOR A NEIGHBORHOOD AS GOOGLE ARRIVESNicole Guzman, with Nikki Chan and Michael Tkalcevic. Graduate students help San Jose’s Delmas Park neighborhood, continuing work started by the city’s now-defunct Strong Neighborhoods Initiative. Pages 1 and 18–20

WATER RESILIENCE IN THE BAY AREA IN RESPONSE TO A CHANGING CLIMATEHolly Pearson, AICP. The Bay Area needs to adapt regional and local water systems and consumption to new conditions brought about by global climate change. Page 4


MEET A LOCAL PLANNER. Associate editor Catarina Kidd, AICP, interviews Benjamin Fu, Cupertino. Page 12

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Northern News – December 2017/January 2018

HOW CITY PLANNING CAN CHANGE AN ANTI-AGING CULTUREJosh Cohen, Next City. Elderly residents find services and social opportunities spread out and access difficult. Housing affordability can be a struggle. At least one city wants to change that. Page 1

IN MEMORIAMValentin (Val) Alexeeff and George A. Williams. Pages 4-5

NORTHERN SECTION’S YOUNG PLANNERS GROUP IS LOOKING TO GROWMeet the inaugural steering committee: 12 planners dedicated to strengthening YPG’s presence and programming. Pages 9, 17-20

WHO’S WHEREElizabeth Caraker, AICP; Lindy Chan; Florentina Craciun, AICP; Matt Kawashima; Laura C. Russell, AICP; Jonathan Schuppert, AICP; Theresa Wallace, AICP; Yosef Yip. Pages 13-15

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Northern News – November 2017

THE BAY AREA GREENPRINT TOOLElizabeth Adam and Serena Unger. Regional conservation data for local benefit: a powerful new interactive web tool to show multi-benefit assessments. Page 1

DIRECTOR’S NOTESharon Grewal, AICP. North Bay fire assistance resources | Housing package implementation webinar | Holiday party November 17 | SF Urban Film Festival, Storytelling Workshop, November 19. Page 3


A NEW ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY PLAN FOR SAN JOSEHolly Pearson, AICP. The ESP will reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to energy, transportation, and water. Page 13

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Northern News – October 2017

PUTTING ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE INTO GENERAL PLANSCalifornia Environmental Justice Alliance and PlaceWorks. New requirements for general plan updates plus a toolkit to guide you through SB1000 requirements. Page 1

DIRECTOR’S NOTESharon Grewal, AICP. Northern Section commits to ‘Planners4Health’ Program. Page 3

MEET A LOCAL PLANNERSiân Llewellyn, AICP, interviews Timothy Rood, AICP, principal city designer, City of San Jose. Page 9

2017 PEN HONOR AWARDHing Wong, AICP, recently retired from ABAG, receives award from the Planner Emeritus Network. Page 11

WHO’S WHEREAfshan Hamid, AICP; David Mack, AICP; Andrea Ouse, AICP. Page 13

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Northern News – September 2017

SAN JOSE 1st, SAN FRANCISCO 4th AMONG U.S. MAJOR CITIES PURSUING SUSTAINABILITYRick Phillips, AICP. The U.S. organization Sustainable Development Solutions Network ranked 100 U.S. cities against the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Page 1

OAKLAND’S AWARD-WINNING LAKESIDE SENIOR APARTMENTS. HUD USER. The design promotes neighborhood engage- ment, accessibility, effective service delivery, and environmental sustainability. Page 6

MEET A LOCAL PLANNERSiân Llewellyn, AICP, interviews Laura Simpson, AICP, Concord’s Planning and Housing Manager. Page 9

BOLLARDS FOR SECURITYExamples of well-designed bollards placed effectively for public safety. Page 15

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