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Bay Area Planning Directors Association

Spring 2018 Meeting

May 4, 2018
8:30 am to 1:30 pm

Nile Hall, Preservation Park
668 13th Street, Oakland

Housing Legislation Frenzy:

Understanding, Adapting and Implementing

Agenda  (Download Agenda)

8:30 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast

9:00 am

Welcome and Introductions

The 2017 legislation session included the enactment of 15 significant housing bills with many focused on "streamlining" local jurisdiction approvals of housing projects. Coupled with mandates for project streamlining are new requirements for local jurisdiction reporting (Housing Accountability Act), addressing "no net loss zoning," and so on... With new legislation proposed and in the pipeline (e.g., SB 827 "transit-rich housing project" bill and SB 828 "RHNA rollover" bill), the frenzy will only continue. Many local jurisdictions are scrambling to understand the legislation and to determine how best to adapt and implement them while maximizing local control.

BAPDA Vice Chair: Paul Jensen, AICPCommunity Development Director, City of San Rafael

9:10 am

Understanding the 2017 Housing Bills

Many local jurisdiction planners are finding themselves overwhelmed by the 2017 housing legislation and pending housing bills that are in the pipeline. The new laws are complicated and difficult to understand, which make it more challenging for planners to explain to their elected officials and the public. Goldfarb & Lipman, Attorneys at Law, have been in the forefront with tracking and interpreting this housing legislation. Eric Phillips, land use attorney, will provide a comprehensive summary of the 2017 housing legislation and the pending housing bills. Eric will provide advice on what is critical to know, how to interpret the laws, and will present tips and advice on adaptation and implementation.


Eric PhillipsAttorney, Goldfarb & Lipman

10:00 am


10:20 am

Panel: How We are Adapting and Implementing the Housing Bills

The big challenge to the recent housing legislation is implementation... what needs to be done at the local level to comply with the laws. Many local jurisdictions are scrambling to determine how to address a request for development "streamlining" (SB 35) and reporting housing production to comply with the "Housing Accountability Act." Hear from fellow planning colleagues on how they have approached the adaptation and implementation challenge in their jurisdiction, as well as the outcome. Benefit from learning how a Bay Area-based non-profit housing developer is approaching this recent legislation.


Hillary GitelmanPlanning Director, City of Palo Alto


Steve BuckleyPlanning Manager, City of Berkeley

Kate ConnerPrincipal Planner, City and County of San Francisco

Andrea OsgoodDirector of Real Estate Development, EDEN Housing

Laura Simpson, AICPPlanning Manager, City of Concord

11:45 am

The Regional and State Perspectives

Ken Kirkey will introduce CASA, The Committee to House the Bay Area. Melinda Coy will highlight the 2017 Housing Package and summarize the timeline for implementation.


Ken KirkeyDirector of the Integrated Regional Planning Program, Metropolitan Transportation Commission/Association of Bay Area Governments

Melinda CoySenior Policy Specialist, State of California Department of Housing and Community Development

12:15 pm


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