2018 San Diego Conference
How can planning professionals ensure that our projects enhance and complement, not isolate and displace, existing communities? What practical and actionable strategies can we deploy to preserve neighborhood character and foster holistically affordable communities? The goal is to promote economic growth while maintaining the affordability and character of urban places.
Moderator: Jacqueline Torres, Senior Transportation Planner, Arup
Speakers: Rudy Espinoza, Executive Director, Leadership for Urban Renewal Network; Jenna Hornstock, Executive Officer, Transit Oriented Communities, LA County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro); Lisa Padilla, Principal, Cityworks Design; Trent Lethco, AICP, Principal, Arup.
The lack of affordable housing for low and middle income class families has the California State Legislature taking note. This session examines the history of affordable housing in California and how we arrived at the current crisis, focusing on zoning and the housing entitlement process. Potential solutions, including a discussion on new legislation, will be discussed.
Moderator: Alisha Winterswyk, J.D., Partner, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Speakers: Carrie Tai, AICP, Current Planning Officer/Zoning Administrator, City of Long Beach; Ruta Thomas, REPA, Principal Dudek; Christian Hunter, Hydrogeology Engineer, Dudek
The American Planning Association’s Planners4Health initiative is forging partnerships throughout the state to build sustainable, cross-sector coalitions that support health and build capacity to support healthier communities. Come hear about collaborative efforts underway that are leading to more equitable, sustainable, and prosperous communities.
Moderator: Miguel Vazquez, AICP, Healthy Communities Planner, APA Diversity Chair
Speakers: Carolina Ilic, AICP, Senior Regional Planner, San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG); Bill Sadler, JD, Director of Operations, Public Health Alliance of Southern California; Andrea Howard, Senior Analyst, Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)
A comprehensive cannabis policy typically requires not only zoning code amendments, but also code amendments related to health and safety and business regulations, GIS mapping and analysis, new regulatory fees and taxes, and a monitoring and compliance program, all within the umbrella of solid legal analysis and guidance. This session discusses how these various facets can be shaped together into a smart, effective policy framework that will make sense to agency staff and decision-makers, applicants, and the public, paving the way for clear and straight-forward administration.
Moderator: Tanya Sundberg, Senior Associate, PlaceWorks
Speakers: Nicole Elliot, Director, City and County of San Francisco Office of Cannibis;John Bliss, President, SCI Consulting Group; Sarah Owsowitz, JD, of Counsel, Best, Best & Krieger; Max Thelander, AICP, Analyst, CEO, Los Angeles County Office of Cannabis Management.
As Amazon and other online retailers continue to grow, shopping centers of all sizes must take on new roles that can’t be replicated online. But how can this be done with substantial infrastructure needs, uncertainty about retail trends, and fractured ownership?
Moderator: Thomas Jansen, Director, HR&A Advisors, Inc.
Speakers: Shannon Heffernan, AICP, Urban Design Manager, Studio One Eleven; Matthew Burris, Deputy City Manager of Community and Economic Development, City of Rancho Cucamonga; Jerry Tessier, President, Arteco Partners
From San Diego to London, cities are grappling with the arrival of home-sharing platforms and the gathering of a social and economic storm. While some level of short-term rental has always occurred in tourist-friendly cities, STRs have increased in accessibility and popularity with the arrival of Airbnb and the like.
Moderator: Perry Banner, Project Manager, Michael Baker International
Speakers: Kim Sczuric, Administrative Services Director, City of Truckee, CA; Jennifer Paige, AICP, Deputy Director, City of Pasadena; Elizabeth Caraker, City of Monterey; Ulrik Binzer, Founder and CEO, Host Compliance
This session explores how California should address its current housing affordability crisis and future housing needs, equitably and sustainably, from the perspectives of representatives from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), Building Industry Association (BIA), American Institute of Architects (AIA), American Planning Association (APA), Housing California, and the Sierra Club. Is it a supply, delivery, or planning question? Is there consensus?
Moderator: William Anderson, FAICP, Director, City and Regional Planning, Americas, AECOM, former Planning Director, City of San Diego, and former APA National President
Speakers: Deborah Duane, President, Norwood Development Strategies; Jeff O’Conner, Board Member, California Building Industry Association, and Director of Operations, HomeFed Corporation; Phil Bona, 2017 AIA San Diego President and Senior Architect & Planner, AVRP; Glen Drake, Board Member, California League of Conservation Voters and the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California; Stephan Haase, AICP, Senior Vice-President, Baldwin and Sons, Chair or the City of San Diego Planning Commission, and former Planning Director of the City of San Jose; David Zisser, Associate Director, Housing California.
Drawing on the experience of planners throughout California this panel covers disaster preparation; communication tools, plans, and constraints; and planning recovery innovations. Each speaker offers lessons learned and considers the politics, resources, and realities that could lead to or prevent implementation.
Moderator: Lilly Rudolph, AICP Senior Program Manager, Rincon Consultants
Speakers: Jeffery Lambert AICP, Community Development Director, City of Ventura; Chris Stephans, Resource Management Agency Director, Ventura County; Vince Nicoletti, Deputy Director Planning and Development Services, County of San Diego; Erin Morris, AICP, Planning and Code Enforcement Manager, City of Napa Community Development Department.
Links to videos no longer available for CM credit are available upon request. Please contact Greg Konar, AICP, APA California Distance Education Coordinator for more information.