APA California Chapter

Roseville, CA, United States

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Thursday, July 5, 2018, 10:53 a.m. CDT

Missing Middle Housing: Is Your Planning and Coding Preparing Your City for the 21st-Century Demand?

3

very similar to downtown presentation given first day of conference.

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12:45 a.m. CDT

Legalizing the Lemonade Stands: Working Together to Address the Benefits and Concerns Related to Urban Agriculture

5

inspiring story and great discussion of related planning topics

Tuesday, May 1, 2018, 12:28 a.m. CDT

Understanding Conflicts Between City Managers and Planners Through an Ethical Lens

5

engaging speakers, useful and relevant scenarios

Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:15 p.m. CDT

APA California 2017 Legislative Update

3

I attended this event

Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:13 p.m. CDT

Using Collective Impact Strategies to Build Sustainable and Equitable Communities

4

attended event

Monday, April 30, 2018, 6:08 p.m. CDT

Understanding Conflicts Between City Managers and Planners Through an Ethical Lens

3

I attended this event

Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:23 p.m. CDT

Neighborhoods in Transition - A Closer Look at Gentrification and the Environmental Review Process

2

Panelists provided dry presentation and didn't stick to the topic of the session title as much as hoped

Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:21 p.m. CDT

Survivor: Ethics Island!

4

Fun and interactive, Made people think. Provided an interesting way of getting ethics credits.

Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:08 p.m. CDT

Jedi CEQA - The Streamlining Force is With Me. I'm One with the Force

3

Dry presentations, not as unique or valuable as expected based on title

Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:05 p.m. CDT

Survivor: Ethics Island!

5

Interactive, provacative, makes planners think and work together

Monday, April 30, 2018, 12:02 p.m. CDT

The State of California Addresses the Housing Crisis: New Housing Incentives and Accountability for Local Government

4

Provided critical updates/strategies

Friday, April 13, 2018, 6:46 p.m. CDT

Diversity Summit: The History of Diversity and Planning in Calfornia

3

Very good

Friday, April 13, 2018, 5:20 p.m. CDT

Diversity Summit: Supporting Vunerable Communities: Lessons Learned from a History of Urban Renewal and Displacement

4

Good speakers! Working in many diverse communities and seeing how segregation can be broken down or reinforced by planning decisions, including and especially in the City of San Bernardino where I have worked off and on. Sacramento's urban development history is familiar, the forced relocation destructive and the invitation for state and federal intervention a risk. As planners, our first devotion is to the public trust and especially those that are least able to represent or defend themselves. Good urban planning and integrate diverse communities, celebrate different neighborhoods and cultures, and together thrive, rather than isolated and fearful.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 4:40 p.m. CDT

Closing Plenary Speaker - Carolyn Coleman, Executive Director, League of California Cities

3

The speaker was certainly experienced and the areas of concern, which certainly need to include governance, were relevant and valuable. Preaching to the choir though and final session could have been more inspirational.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 2:08 p.m. CDT

Designing Housing Solutions

4

This was an interesting exercise in group planning for sustainable communities with an emphasis on housing and where it should be placed in the community. Dynamic planners kept the pace up and got everyone excited about the community design exercise. Great seminar!

Friday, April 13, 2018, 2 p.m. CDT

Mobile Workshop #7 - Exploring California’s Hidden Region: The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta

5

This was a super interesting workshop that took us to some of the 100-year old communities displaced/replaced in an act of social injustice and accommodation (Lock, Walnut,). Visited location of proposed diversion tunnels, old sugar beet factory now winery and tourist stop, history and culture of delta area. And there was wine-tasting!

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:55 p.m. CDT

Jedi CEQA - The Streamlining Force is With Me. I'm One with the Force

4

This was one of the best seminars of the conference and I wish it had been longer. Although some of the issues covered were very specific, others had broader applicability.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:53 p.m. CDT

Joint Workshop of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Strategic Growth Council: 2017 Update to OPR’s General Plan Guidelines

4

A pretty comprehensive overview of the new guidelines, including the role of visioning, community engagement, land use planning, etc. Included reference to school siting but typically not within municipality's juris. Circulation and environmental justice also well covered.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:48 p.m. CDT

Joint Workshop of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Strategic Growth Council: Lunch Brown Bag on OPR’s Climate Initiatives

3

Discussions addressed SB 743 (TOD) as well as water and energy. VMT v. LOS was also discussed. Issue of in-fill development and fair share practices.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:45 p.m. CDT

2017 CEQA Update

3

Was very important but OPR staff were sort of defensive about the new CEQA guidelines. Some challenges too from the audience regarding AQ and other changes. Subsequent CEQA discussion was better and more comprehensive.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:41 p.m. CDT

Missing Middle Housing: Is Your Planning and Coding Preparing Your City for the 21st-Century Demand?

2

This was not an especially useful seminar. The graphics were illegible and the focus was on Sacramento that does not always translate to other communities, esp. smaller ones.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:37 p.m. CDT

Forging Partnerships for Successful Conservation Planning

3

This was somewhat disappointing although what was accomplished in this Orange County program was pretty amazing. One aspect that was especially helpful was the securing of bond funds in advance and then purchasing the property from willing sellers beef prices got bid up.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:34 p.m. CDT

Local and Regional Planning through a Heritage Lens: Developing a Sacramento San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area

4

Very interesting topic and a new one for this planner. National Heritage Areas include the San Joachin River Delta. Really a landscape-level heritage and historic preservation program. Also attended the related mobile worksop to the region.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:31 p.m. CDT

The Future of Mobility 2.0: What's In Store for Our Cities

3

Seminar was very ad hoc and unstructured. Poor moderation. Too much stream of consciousness. Jokes made by moderator about not having an outline and other such remarks. Subject very interesting and highlighting different views of traffic engineers and planning professionals with regard to changes to VMT from LOS, etc. AVs also discussed at length but clash and conflict between CEQA VMT v. LOS most interesting.

Friday, April 13, 2018, 1:26 p.m. CDT

Unlocking the Full Potential of Downtowns

4

Cities covered included Sacramento, Santa Monica and others and provided a broad presentation of what different size cities are doing to optimize, syergize and activate downtowns.

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 10:42 p.m. CDT

Tactical Urbanism

5

great workshop, fun & inspiring

Saturday, March 31, 2018, 10:17 p.m. CDT

Housing Affordability & Neighborhood Stabilization Policies: The Resurgence of Rent Control in California Cities

4

good workshop

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4:29 a.m. CDT

The Future of Mobility 2.0: What's In Store for Our Cities

5

Maybe one of the most interesting APA sessions I've ever been to. It was mostly focused on Autonomous Vehicles (AV's), but on the potential land use impacts of this. So many interesting topics touched on: The "zombie car" problem, will av's create demand for massive parking lots just outside downtowns where parking is cheaper, pedestrian issues, etc., etc. I feel like I took a whole class in this issue in just one session. The different speakers had great different takes on the various issues; I could have gone another couple hours listening to this stuff.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 4:12 a.m. CDT

Mobile Workshop #16 - Historic Folsom: The Gold Country Gem

4

Nice tour of the redeveloped and preserved Downtown. The presentations from the local developers along with the City staff is appreciated. The little details, such as the way one property still owned a portion of the roadway in front and was able to put their grease collector in a vault in the street (to use one small example), or how the preserved traditional sidewalk height above the street, as it was historically when it was an "old west" type dirt street, these small things are part of what makes these mobile workshops so interesting.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 3:59 a.m. CDT

Mobile Workshop #4 - The Missing Middle Housing Walking Tour: Documenting Medium Density, House-Scale Building Types

5

I am a devoted fan of the "Missing Middle Housing" by Opticos walking tours and lectures; I gotta go on it at each Cal State APA convention. I enthusiastically recommend it to anyone interested in the topic. Yes it's a lot of walking, but the examples are great and by being out in the streets and walking around, not driving around the different sites you see all the features that make attractive "mid-size" developments work; the building heights, features like central courtyards and the spacing between the wings, parking in back, the windows on the front facades, etc., all the features to help sell to skeptical local groups and/or councils how medium density can look and feel great and not "too overbearing" (whatever that means). Good stuff.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 3:49 a.m. CDT

Diversity Summit: Supporting Vunerable Communities: Lessons Learned from a History of Urban Renewal and Displacement

5

Very informative, I also liked the way the speakers talked about the central theme of redevelopment and displacement in Sacramento, but also had some variations on this, with the removal of Japantown and the coming of the I-5 freeway, and the video presentation also. I was definitely not bored during this session and felt it was very well presented.

Monday, March 26, 2018, 4:57 p.m. CDT

You Said WHAT? You Hear the Darndest Things at Public Hearings (Planning Commission and Board Session)

4

Informative but also interesting and fun. Lots of good stories.

Sunday, March 18, 2018, 4:05 p.m. CDT

Pre-Conference Session #2: Interactive Geodesign Tools for Planners: Design, Create and Gain Consensus Using Next Generation Technology

4

Very easy to pick up even from a planner who has not been using GIS. Good tools to use.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:58 p.m. CST

An Award Winning P3 Model: Local Soft-Infrastructure Financing in the Post-Redevelopment Era (Planner Emeritus Network Session)

5

This panel presented the public-private partnership approach that is now gaining popularity in California due to the financial constraints from economic downturns and the loss of redevelopment.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:48 p.m. CST

Leadership in a Time of Rapid Change (California Planning Roundtable Session)

5

Excellent discussion of the major forces in California affecting planning today - demographics, economic volatility, financial constraints, global warming, affordable housing and traffic congestion.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:42 p.m. CST

Opening Plenary and Keynote Luncheon - Mayor Darrell Steinberg

4

Very good to hear Darrell Steinberg, the new Mayor of Sacramento, speak about sustainable planning - he was also the author of SB 375, the landmark sustainable planning bill when he was in the State Legislature.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:32 p.m. CST

APA California 2017 Legislative Update

5

Sande George and Lauren de Valencia always do an excellent job of summarizing the important legislative milestones over the past year - this is a must attend session for me at the annual conference and the room is always standing room only.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:25 p.m. CST

Revitalization Strategy for Downtown Kingsburg: A Pro Bono Project of APA California’s New CPAT Program (PEN Session)

5

This was the first CPAT (Community Planning Assistance Team) project for APA California, and it was a very productive 3 1/2 day visit to Kingsburg, where an economic development strategy was developed and recommended. The panel presented the results of the study, and how we worked with the community and the stakeholders in developing recommendations that could be implemented.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:20 p.m. CST

Diversity Summit: Supporting Vunerable Communities: Lessons Learned from a History of Urban Renewal and Displacement

5

The Diversity Summit has become an annual panel at the Cal Chapter conference and the speakers and the issues are always timely.

Friday, February 23, 2018, 6:18 p.m. CST

Understanding Conflicts Between City Managers and Planners Through an Ethical Lens

4

Marc Roberts has a great deal of community development and city manager experience and was great in communicating that knowledge.d

Wednesday, February 21, 2018, 2:28 p.m. CST

Make No Little Plans: The Short History of Big Thinking and Big Plans in California (1960 -1980)

5

Excellent panel discussion - provided great perspective on California planning in the 1960s and 1970s

Sunday, February 18, 2018, 5:53 p.m. CST

LA Waterfront: The City's Next Great Place?

4

Focused presentation with good visuals that showed current conditions and intended results with discussion on implementation plans and potential obstacles. Hands on made it very helpful. Good speakers with close familiarity with the location provided good insights. Frank discussion.

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 6:52 p.m. CST

One Line, Two Cities: Approaches to Planning Around Expo Phase 2

4

Interesting to contrast approaches in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. Santa Monica somewhat more innovative though Los Angeles still emerging from its suburban planning model mentality. Contrast useful and some sense as to how, especially in Los Angeles, planning thinking is evolving as transit extends westward through communities sensitive to change and for a long time opposed to transit extension.

Sunday, February 11, 2018, 6:41 p.m. CST

Approaches to Hybrid Industrial Land Uses Throughout Los Angeles

4

Well presented focus on analysis and evolution of draft zoning ordinance for the integration of industrial and other uses in other than the traditional live-work building conversion scenario. Local case study most helpful in understanding the thinking behind this approach in Los Angeles.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:21 a.m. CST

What Are They Thinking? - How to Communicate Effectively to Your Boards and Commissions (Planning Commission and Board Session)

5

Great session and tips on effective communication methods.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:18 a.m. CST

APA California 2017 Legislative Update

4

Very informative, especially regarding new housing legislation.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018, 11:17 a.m. CST

All Aboard: Lessons from Transit Agencies on How Planners Can Help Joint Development Programs Create Diverse Communities

4

Great speakers from the transit agencies!

Monday, January 8, 2018, 5:11 p.m. CST

Diversity Summit: Supporting Vunerable Communities: Lessons Learned from a History of Urban Renewal and Displacement

5

Nice to get different point of view - especially for somebody who works in rural area.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:54 a.m. CST

The State Strikes Back! Recent Development in Housing Law

5

More Barbara Kautz please...

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:46 a.m. CST

Jedi CEQA - The Streamlining Force is With Me. I'm One with the Force

4

Points for engaging (but silly) Star Wars analogy.

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