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Free SPUR events through August 2022

Free SPUR events through August 2022


A New Social Contract for Housing in California

Wednesday, June 29. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

California’s housing crisis is now decades old, but its not for lack of good ideas, good planners, or serious resources. How do we build the type of grand bargains and big coalitions needed to make change? How do we even build the political will to change our housing system? A recent book by author Alex Schafran, Where We Go From Here, explores how new approaches to the real estate economy, to homeownership and resident control, and to questions of race and geography can help us design a better housing policy in the Golden State. Join us for a provocative exploration of what a new social contract for housing in California could look like.


All-Use Buildings and the Pursuit of Equitable, Resilient Communities [In-Person Program]

Thursday, June 30. Evening Forum 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Buildings are typically designed for a single use: offices are offices, restaurants are restaurants and houses are houses. But what happens to any of these building types when not in use? They often lie fallow, becoming not only an inefficient use of space, but reducing the vibrancy and overall health of their surrounding communities, as well. Mixed-use buildings, which combine multiple complementary uses under one roof, are one solution to this challenge, but is there a way to take the concept even further and move to the idea of rotational uses? Could we design proactively so as to reduce commercial vacancies, lower housing costs, improve inclusion and address the impacts of climate change? Proponents of “all-use buildings” argue that it’s possible, and that designing for ultimate flexibility of use is critical if we want to build truly sustainable, equitable, elastic and economically strong communities. Come learn more about these radically innovative buildings and how they might serve as the foundation of tomorrow’s neighborhoods.


A Conversation with Senator Nancy Skinner [In-Person Program]

Thursday, July 14. Evening Forum 6:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Elected to the California State Senate in 2016, following three terms in the California State Assembly, Senator Nancy Skinner is a social justice and climate change advocate and leader in the legislature. She currently chairs the Senate Budget and Fiscal Review Committee, the Joint Legislative Budget Committee and is vice chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus. In her six years in the senate, she’s authored and successfully passed landmark legislation that has tackled housing affordability, criminal justice reform, income inequality and far more. Join us for a one-on-one conversation with the senator to learn more about what she plans to accomplish this year and her outlook for both the state budget and the current legislative session.


How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It [In-Person Program]

Tuesday, July 19. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

What if scrapping one flawed policy could bring U.S. cities closer to addressing debilitating housing shortages, stunted growth and innovation, persistent racial and economic segregation and car-dependent development? Zoning maps across the country have come to arbitrarily dictate where Americans may live and work, forcing cities into a pattern of growth that is segregated and sprawling. The new book, Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix It, argues that it’s time for America to move beyond zoning as a necessary — if not sufficient — condition for building more affordable, vibrant, equitable and sustainable cities. Hear from the author as he lays the groundwork for this ambitious motion by clearing up common confusions and myths about how American cities regulate growth and examining the major contemporary critiques of zoning.


The Future of Rail in the Bay Area

Wednesday, July 27. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Transportation leaders throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are looking to invest in other modes of transportation, as well as deliver more efficient transportation design, scope and infrastructure. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has been diligently working on a study that examines how rail agencies throughout the region can work collaboratively on larger rail projects and operations. Join us as we discuss the findings from this new Regional Rail Study with Metropolitan Transportation Commission staff and other transportation partners throughout the region, and learn what these findings mean for the future of rail transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area.


Al Fresco, All the Time?

Tuesday, August 9. Evening Forum 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Proposed and implemented in 2020 as a way to offer relief to struggling businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic, San José Al Fresco — the city’s program to close streets, parking lots and private property for use by diners and shoppers — has led to vibrant streets and economic recovery. Though the program was unanimously extended last year, its applicability in public spaces, such as streets and sidewalks, is scheduled to sunset this June. What does the future hold for outdoor dining and commerce in San José? Join us as we discuss the program’s successes and challenges in downtown, as well as across the city, and learn how best practices in shared spaces and slow streets programs can lead to permanent Al Fresco adoption in San José.


Answering the Call to Build Equitable Housing

Thursday, August 11. Evening Forum 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.

Come participate in a multi-part series that will examine the lasting impacts of property ownership on families, neighborhoods and cities and probe its relationship to intergenerational wealth, exclusionary housing and recently-passed legislation that strives to address inequities of the past and present. In this first program, Joaquin Torres, San Francisco’s Assessor-Recorder, will lead a discussion about the myriad tools once used to enable exclusionary practices, from redlining to racist covenants, and how less overt, but equally malicious, transcriptions continue to persist today, such as under-appraisals for property owners of color. Hear from housing justice advocates, researchers, lawmakers and journalists that are taking action to actuate equity in housing and build stronger communities across the country.


How to Build Middle-Income Homes in California

Tuesday, August 16. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Nowhere in California are middle-income households safe from rapidly increasing housing costs, and policymakers and experts from Yreka to San Diego are looking at a variety of ways to address and reduce the incredible burden placed on these families. A new paper from the Terner Center for Housing Innovation, The Landscape of Middle-Income Housing Affordability in California, spotlights specific policy opportunities for officials at the state and local levels and identifies how to support the construction of middle-income housing by changing land use policies, building codes and regulations. Take part in an in-depth discussion with the authors of the report to explore what California must do in order to build homes for middle-income families across the state.


How Bay Area Cities are Guiding the Region’s Housing Growth

Thursday, August 18. Lunchtime Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

San Francisco, Oakland and San José are all in the middle of updating their housing elements, a state-mandated, critically-important component of a municipality’s General Plan that helps guide local growth and meet the housing needs of everyone in their community. However, the housing element process is never straightforward, requiring the incorporation of Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) quotas, numerous iterations and significant public outreach before the final draft can be submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Come hear from all three cities as they discuss their respective processes, the challenges they’ve encountered, how each plans to accommodate their RHNA allocations and how their elements can build upon each other to improve the future of housing in the Bay Area.


Life in the (Not So) Fast Lane

Wednesday, August 31. Evening Forum 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

The Bay Area has a lot of carpool lanes. These lanes are supposed to prioritize high-occupancy vehicles, encouraging more people to carpool. Too often, however, carpool lanes are just as congested as the regular travel lanes that they run adjacent to, rarely guaranteeing expedience. One of the biggest challenges to efficiency in these lanes is the difficulty of enforcement: not only is it dangerous, accurately discerning vehicle occupancy is problematic when faced with tinted windows, nighttime conditions, small children, large dogs or anything else that one might imagine would be an obstacle to error-free headcounts. Thankfully, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is piloting promising new enforcement technologies that dispense with the hazards and subterfuge. Come learn about these “vehicle occupancy detection” pilot programs, their advantages, the concerns about their adoption and what it will take to make our carpool lanes actually work.

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Celebrating CommUNITY: APA California 2022 Conference, October 1-4

Celebrating CommUNITY: APA California 2022 Conference, October 1-4

The Orange Section Conference Host Committee invites you to Anaheim!

The conference theme, “Celebrating CommUNITY,” recognizes the hard-won victories and achievements in planning that required collaboration, cooperation, and creative problem solving to navigate over the last few years.

The 2022 Conference will include a robust program of sessions and educational activities that reflect the theme — plus long-awaited opportunities to assemble in person, socialize, and reconnect with colleagues.

If you are unable to travel to Anaheim, we offer the option of participating virtually. You’ll find the details in the registration process.

Registration is open now through September 30th, but early registration rates end August 15.

To begin the registration process, click here.

Need a place to stay? Discounted rates are available at the Anaheim Marriott. Single/doubles are $190 plus state and local taxes.

To book your hotel reservation at the Anaheim Marriott, click here. Or book reservations directly with the hotel by calling 1-877-622-3056 or 1-714-750-8000. To ensure you receive our discounted rate — and that APA California receives credit for your stay — identify yourself as an APA California conference attendee when booking.

We look forward to seeing you in Anaheim in October!

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Who’s where

Who’s where

Brendan Hurley, AICP Candi­date, is now the Eco­nomic Develop­ment Coordi­nator for the City of Napa. He had been a plan­ner and urban design­er with Place­Works and later at Dyett & Bhatia for three years, where he worked on a draft of Napa’s general plan. Hurley holds a master of city planning degree from UC Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in environmental design from the University of Colorado, Boulder, where he is a remote lecturer. Hurley served on the Northern Section Board as UC Berkeley Student Representative (2016-2018) and is now our North Bay RAC (Regional Activity Coordinator). He lives in Napa where he continues to explore and enjoy the wine country.

Carmel­isa M. Lopez is now with the City of Newark as Senior Planner. She had been with Daly City for three-and-a-half years, most recently as an asso­ciate planner. Before that, Lopez was with the county of San Mateo, 2015-2019. She holds a master of public administration from San Francisco State University and bachelor of arts degrees in urban studies and in history, both from UC Irvine.

Justin Murphy, AICP, is now the City Manager for Menlo Park. He first joined the city in 1996 as an asso­ciate plan­ner, then became senior plan­ner, principal planner, develop­ment services manager, assistant com­munity develop­ment director, public works director, deputy city manager, and interim city manager. Murphy holds an MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in urban studies/affairs from Stanford University.

Dara Sanders is now with Good City Com­pany as Senior Planner and Project Manager for several of the firm’s Bay Area clients. Most recently, she was plan­ning mana­ger in Ventura. In the 13 years before she came to California, Sanders was pro­gram manager with the New Orleans Re­develop­ment Authority; senior planner for Nashville; planning director in Spring Hill, Tennessee; master plan administrator for the Shreveport-Caddo Metropolitan Planning Commission, Louisiana; and associate planner for Fayetteville, Arkansas. She holds an MURP in land use and compre­hensive planning from the University of New Orleans and a BS in architecture from the University of Arkansas.

Heidi (Burns) Scoble, AICP, is now the Plan­ning Director for the Town of San Ansel­mo. She had been Sausalito’s town clerk and as­sistant to the city manager for the past two-and-a-half years. Scoble’s plan­ning roles over the previous 12 years include plan­ning manager and planning and building director for the Town of Ross, 2015-2020; current planner, Marin County, 2014-2015; and associate planner, Sausalito, 2008-2014. She also held planning positions in Grass Valley, Truckee, and Sausalito between 1997 and 2008. Scoble holds a master of public administration from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of applied science in environmental education from UC Davis.

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Nominate an APA California member for the Chapter Board

Nominate an APA California member for the Chapter Board

The APA California Chapter Board seeks nominations of Chapter members for the 2022 Chapter Board Election. The successful candidates will assume office on January 1, 2023, and serve a two-year term. California Planning Foundation (CPF) Board members serve four-year terms.

The Board positions on this year’s ballot are:

  • Vice President for Policy and Legislation
  • Vice President for Public Information
  • Vice President for Conferences
  • Commission and Board Representative
  • California Planning Foundation (CPF) Board Member (two seats available)

The duties of the Chapter Board positions are defined in the APA California Chapter’s Bylaws.

The deadline to submit the candidate application package is 11:59 pm, Friday, July 1, 2022. The election period is scheduled for October 1-14, 2022.

To request a candidate packet for the APA California Board, please contact Andrea Ouse, AICP, APA California Chapter President-Elect, at presidentelect@apacalifornia.org or (916) 617-4645.

For more information about the California Planning Foundation Board Election, please contact Hing Wong, FAICP, California Planning Foundation President, hing@hingwong.info.

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Northern Section 2022 Awards announced

Northern Section 2022 Awards announced

The results are in. Join us in congratulating the best of Northern California planning!

Our jurors were:

  • Stephen Avis, AICP, Consulting Planner, Ferndale
  • Michael Cass, Principal Planner, City of Dublin
  • Florentina Craciun, AICP, Senior Environmental Planner, City and County of San Francisco
  • Afshan Hamid, AICP, Planning Director, Town of Moraga
  • Ellen Yau, Senior Planner, City of Mountain View

And the winners are:


Award of Excellence: Homelessness in Transit Environments

  • Team: UCLA Institute of Transportation Studies: Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris (PI) Professor; Associate Dean of the School of Public Affairs. Research team: Jacob L. Wasserman, Hao Ding, Ryan Caro


Award of Excellence: Milpitas Planning Tools for Housing

  • Team: City of Milpitas and Metta Urban Design


Award of Excellence: City of Santa Rosa, Downtown Station Area Specific Plan Update

  • Team: City of Santa Rosa and Dyett and Bhatia


Award of Excellence: San Rafael General Plan 2040

  • Team: Barry Miller, FAICP, project manager, primary author; City of San Rafael, BAE Urban Economics, Communities in Collaboration, Opticos Design, Fehr and Peers, PlaceWorks

Award of Merit: Sausalito 2040 General Plan Update

The Sausalito General Plan benefits from an optional element focused on the waterfront, sea-level rise, preservation of marine industries, and rehabilitation of its historic waterfront industrial area.

  • Team: City of Sausalito; M-Group, FirstCarbon Solutions, Economic and Planning Systems, Parisi Transportation Consultants, BKF Engineers, Mott MacDonald

Award of Merit: Milpitas 2040 General Plan

  • Team: City of Milpitas and De Novo Planning Group


Award of Merit: East Side Innovation District Vision Plan

The City of San Carlos East Side Innovation District is an excellent example of economic development planning using a unique planning methodology and strategy to revitalize an aging industrial commercial district into a transformative 21st-century mixed-use, innovation-economy-focused neighborhood.

  • Team: City of San Carlos and Perkins & Will Consultants


Award of Excellence: SoHay: a mixed-use, mixed-income, mixed-density development

This 25-acre development with its new park was seamlessly stitched together from a patchwork of disjointed and irregularly shaped parcels that were set aside for a freeway that was never built.

  • Team: City of Hayward and Dahlin Group Architecture Planning


Award of Excellence: San Francisco Bay Trail Risk Assessment and Adaptation Prioritization Plan

  • Team: East Bay Regional Park District and WRT


Award of Excellence: San Pablo Walk & Bike Broadway Temporary Demonstration

  • Team: City of San Pablo


Award of Excellence: Rancho San Antonio Multimodal Access Project

The project planned and implemented a series of TDM strategies to promote greener modes of transportation, reduce parking demand and traffic congestion, and maintain equitable access for both local and regional visitors to Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District’s most visited preserve — a popular community asset and major regional attraction with 700,000 annual visitors.

  • Team: Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District and IBI Group

Award of Merit: San Mateo County Alternative Congestion Relief and TDM Plan

  • Team: San Mateo County Transportation Authority and WSP


Award of Excellence: San José Citywide Design Standards and Guidelines

  • Team: City of San José, Urban Planning Partners, Inc., Van Meter Williams Pollack LLP

Award of Merit: City of Dublin Downtown Preferred Vision

  • Team: City of Dublin, Urban Field, ELS Architects, Keyser Marston Associates, Retail Real Estate Resources, SWA Landscape Architects, BKF Engineers, Kimley Horn

Award of Merit: San José Berryessa BART Urban Village Plan

This is one of the first high-density, mixed-use commercial developments near a BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) station in the Bay Area. The approved plan will accommodate up to 14,000 jobs, 4.2 million square feet of commercial space, and 5,100 dwelling units on a combination of both publicly and privately-owned land.

  • Team: City of San José; Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, Fehr and Peers, TS Studio, Barbara Goldstein & Associates

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2022 regional Planning Commissioner trainings

2022 regional Planning Commissioner trainings

From the Institute for Local Government

“ILG and [its] partners are offering a series of regional planning commissioner trainings throughout [California]. The sessions [are] free of charge [and are designed] exclusively for city and county planning commissioners … both new and experienced.

“These interactive training sessions will help planning commissioners better understand the basics of planning documents, CEQA, and public engagement principles. [They] will also define the role of planning commissioners and give tips on how to work effectively with staff and the governing board. In each training session, [time is reserved] to network and discuss local planning challenges and opportunities, specific for each given region.

“[The trainings will give] participants the opportunity to engage with experts in the field and learn from fellow planning commissioners about best practices, emerging trends, and lessons learned.

“All sessions will run from 9:30 am to 4 pm, with coffee and networking beginning at 9 am.

“Please click on your region below for more information and to register.

“Please email pctrainings@ca-ilg.org for any questions.”

Upcoming trainings scheduled in the area of Northern Section are:

For other California counties, see the full list here.

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About Northern News

About Northern News

The American Planning Association, California Chapter – Northern, offers membership to city and regional planners and associated professionals primarily living or working in California, from and through Monterey County to the Oregon border, including the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area and Lake and San Benito Counties. APA California Northern promotes planning-related continuing education and social functions in order to:

  • Provide a forum for communication and exchange of information about planning-related activities;

  • Raise member awareness and involvement in APA affairs;

  • Increase public awareness of the importance of planning;

  • Encourage professionalism in the conduct of its members; and

  • Foster a sense of community among the members.

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