APA California Chapter

Sacramento, CA, United States

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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.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:43 a.m. CST

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

4

Solid material. Well presented.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:41 a.m. CST

Purposeful Strategic Thinking: Surviving and Thriving in a Charged Political Climate (California Planning Roundtable Session) - Part B

5

Keep this one!!!

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:40 a.m. CST

Purposeful Strategic Thinking: Surviving and Thriving in a Charged Political Climate (California Planning Roundtable Session) - Part A

5

Awesome. Perhaps slightly more time or less material. But the fast, engaging pace was very good.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:38 a.m. CST

The Planner's Paradox: Exploring Ethical Advocacy (Section Directors Session)

4

Nicely heady.

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:37 a.m. CST

Opening Plenary and Keynote Luncheon - Mayor Darrell Steinberg

5

Inspiring

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:36 a.m. CST

APA California 2017 Legislative Update

4

very informative

Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:34 a.m. CST

Understanding Conflicts Between City Managers and Planners Through an Ethical Lens

5

Keep encouraging Marc Roberts to present. His positive energy, knowledge and enthusiasm is infectious.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 1:43 p.m. CST

Environmental Justice and the General Plan: Adocacy and Implementation of SB 1000 (California Planning Roundtable Session)

4

Although I disagree politically with many parts of this movement (the methods, not the goals), these speakers clearly knew their material and provided their positions well.

Tuesday, December 26, 2017, 1:32 p.m. CST

2017 CEQA Update

4

As good as the CEQA update law sessions can be!

Friday, December 22, 2017, 6:43 p.m. CST

Form-Based Code Misconceptions: Making FBCs Meaningful and Effective

5

A major misconception of Form Based Codes is that the code is omniscient and can foresee and solve all future development issues. Unfortunately, FBC's are only as good as the people who write and implement them. This requires training, practice and feedback that is often not included in consultant contracts. Once the consultant leaves town, city staff is left without an owner's manual. To eliminate uncertainty, the presenters recommended developing the code from concrete examples to more visionary policies and plans. FAR and lot coverage standards don't provide good outcomes, especially when how the building meets the street and interacts with public spaces is critical for success. All city departments need to be trained, but the training may differ depending upon the perspective and role of the staff member. FBC's are customized zoning codes, so test them during development on real projects in the pipeline. Have developers, architects, city staff, council members as part of review team. Parking standards can create dysfunctional codes, so be sure they fit the appropriate context. In many ways, they will dictate urban form. Building form is more important than use, as the building will remain long after the use is gone. Overlay zones are a good way to enable incremental change; avoid grandfathering non-conformities. Assessment District can ensure a robust public realm gets built as intended. Allow residential use if non-residential isn't economically viable. These comments were some of the advice provided by session participants. Very helpful insights, all!

Friday, December 22, 2017, 6:16 p.m. CST

The City of Gardens Revisited

5

This session focused on Passadena's "City of Gardens" Ordinance, that covers Multi-Family housing from 15-48 units/ac. Potentially the city's first Form Based Code, it required functional and landscaped courtyards in its higher density housing. Architects Moule/Polyzoides wrote the ordinance to assist the "missing middle" in multi-family housing as originally conceived by Christopher Alexander in his Pattern Language of Architecture. It was inspired by Pasadena's earlier bungalow courts, followed by WW II "garden apartments" --higher density housing, with limited height, generous open space and rear parking that reflected Gilded Age mansions lining Orange Grove Boulevard. Increased parking requirements in the 1970s reduced the gardens in favor of hardscape. The ordinance was written to regain the gardens and requires usable rectangular gardens visible from the street with two entry points, encouraging a procession through various interconnected outdoor spaces. Although the ordinance tested on 4-5 sites while it was drafted, codifying the vision is difficult. Staff works with applicants from the concept phase through final review to ensure the intent of the ordinance is achieved. A faster review track for smaller projects was unsuccessful due to conflicts between parking and garden requirements and limited site flexibility, so the codes have been revised over time.

Friday, December 22, 2017, 2:46 p.m. CST

Paperless Preservation

4

Three speakers discussed different approaches to conducting electronic based historic surveys. Janet Hansen provided an update of SurveyLA, a multi-year effort to survey cultural and historic resources in Los Angeles using a GIS/GPS based computer program named ARCHES developed jointly by the Getty Conservation Institute and the City of LA that not only records resources, but maps and spatially relates them to other similar resources by contexts. The city identified 10 contexts and 200 sub-themes within those contexts that enables comparative analysis of field data. ARCHES is a free, customizable geo-spatial platform to manage inventories that allows for crowd-sourcing information and allows authorization for multiple users. It is a very powerful tool but perhaps overkill for smaller cities and/or less intensive survey work. Kevin Johnson of Pasadena discussed a new smart phone app. developed by cf webtools for use with the CHRID. It builds a customizable form that enables surveying, mapping, finding, viewing, searching and uploading field information on a cell phone. The forms are printable, can be bulk loaded and have improved graphics. It costs $8000 annually for hosting and support. Tony Castillo described and even simpler and cheaper format for conducting very small surveys called RuskinARC used recently by West Hollywood. This cloud-based system uses pre-loaded tablets to record resources in the field. It creates maps, images, survey ed properties lists and reports and filters data by date, use, number of stories, etc. It can also manage Preservation Programs by linking to other files like Mills Act programs, project-related information, Sanborn Maps, historic photos. It generates DPR forms, charts, graphics, building descriptions and walking tours and is integrated into the city's website. Maps display data by date range and style and are linked to Google Earthstreet view. The software is available at various price points: free to the first 50 properties; 2700 properties max which costs $2700 a year. This session provided a good overview of what type of software is available for historic surveys, how it can be used, linked with other programs and data, and how to tailor a city's needs and budget with available technology.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 9:02 p.m. CST

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

2

The session didn't add very much to what I already knew, although I found the conversation very interesting.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 8:52 p.m. CST

The Planner's Paradox: Exploring Ethical Advocacy (Section Directors Session)

4

I appreciated the very different perspectives the speakers from diverse roles brought to the conversation.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 8:43 p.m. CST

Opening Plenary and Keynote Luncheon - Mayor Darrell Steinberg

5

The Mayor's talk was the one that most stuck with me from the entire conference. I have a new perspective on social equity, how essential it is, and how far we are from creating it.

Sunday, December 17, 2017, 8:34 p.m. CST

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

4

Great to learn directly from ESRI! All four instructors were very knowledgeable. The course may have needed to be longer or structured a little differently to get me to actually ready to use the new tool professionally. It is a very interesting development, and I will put in the time to get fully conversant, because it looks highly useful.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 4:16 p.m. CST

Planting Seeds for Rail Transit in the Cross Valley Corridor

5

Better and more informative than expected.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 2 p.m. CST

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

5

I considered this the best session I attended - timely issue, great ideas presented

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:51 p.m. CST

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

1

Again, took up too much time and regurgitated the same VMT sales pitch. Not helpful

Wednesday, December 6, 2017, 6:49 p.m. CST

Joint Workshop of the Governor's Office of Planning and Research and Strategic Growth Council: Comprehensive Update to the California Environmental Quality Act Guidelines

1

I didn't like that this meeting was held during the conference. The conference was expensive and caused me to miss other sessions. Didn't feel it was helpful information. I wanted nuts and bolds on the CEQA guidelines, instead the entire time was a lecture on how great VMT is. We are committed to VMT, it the new requirement, sales job was a waste of time.

Thursday, November 30, 2017, 3:11 p.m. CST

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

5

Excellent

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 9:30 a.m. CST

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

5

Good speaker. Let's not forget pension crisis.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 9:25 a.m. CST

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

5

The was a great session on California planning history. The speakers were dynamic and had genuine interest in the subject.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 9:18 a.m. CST

2017 CEQA Update

5

I understood the materials presented.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 10:42 p.m. CST

SB 1000: Bringing Environmental Justice into the General Plan

5

Excellent speakers and examples for bringing EJ into the GP element framework.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 10:41 p.m. CST

Property Rights, Takings, Exactions, and More: A Legal and Practical Update for Planners

5

The attorneys/professors who spoke were very knowledgeable and up to date in their presentations.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 10:37 p.m. CST

Opening Plenary and Keynote Luncheon - Mayor Darrell Steinberg

5

Good speaker and great grub!

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 10:35 p.m. CST

Cannabiz- Community Planning and Environmental Review for the Emerging Legal Cannabis Market

4

This topic is contemporary and very contentious in CA (2017-18). Good selection of speakers.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:58 p.m. CST

Mobile Workshop #6 - Pedaling the American River Parkway: Discovering the Planning Tools of this Regional Asset

5

This was a great tour of the American River Parkway. The speakers were well informed and the bike ride was the highlight of the entire conference for me.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:54 p.m. CST

Opening Plenary and Keynote Luncheon - Mayor Darrell Steinberg

3

Speaker was ok. Like most politicians, the keynote speaker was ego rich.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 5:53 p.m. CST

Forging Partnerships for Successful Conservation Planning

5

Good session. We don't have much opportunity for HCPs in my city but I enjoyed learning about the process.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 3:28 p.m. CST

2017 CEQA Update

3

Thank you for not scheduling this at 8 AM.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017, 3:20 p.m. CST

Creating a Culture of Inclusion and Diversity in the Workplace

4

Being a gay white male, I feel we have experienced issues from both sides. Being seen as white male and responsible for the plight of many diverse groups. But also experiencing discrimination in terms of family rights, etc. I wonder if that point could've been made.

Monday, November 27, 2017, 11:32 a.m. CST

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

4

She was a great role model for minorities and women (and men) on how to rise up to be policy maker with hard work, patience, community outreach and humility.

Sunday, November 26, 2017, 6:26 p.m. CST

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

5

V. thorough; excellent, knowledgeable speakers

Friday, November 24, 2017, 8:13 p.m. CST

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

4

Enjoyable and informative presentation dealing with historic planning initiatives and efforts during the mid 1900's.

Friday, November 24, 2017, 8:06 p.m. CST

Women in Planning: Making the Workplace Work for You

4

Informative dialog concerning the issues and challenges facing women in the professional environment and discussion of individual experiences which enlivened the exchange among participants.

Friday, November 24, 2017, 7:59 p.m. CST

Mobile Workshop #10 - The Golden 1 Center of Sacramento: At the Convergence of Sustainability and Downtown Reinvestment

5

Very enjoyable and thorough, informative tour of a state-of-the art sustainable community events center with a great potential for facilitating creation of a vital urban environment in the surrounding downtown Sacramento area.

Friday, November 24, 2017, 7:51 p.m. CST

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

4

Good discussion and survey of leadership issues and concerns.

Friday, November 24, 2017, 7:49 p.m. CST

Opening Plenary and Keynote Luncheon - Mayor Darrell Steinberg

4

Two very engaging and effective speakers including experiences in the local political arena.

Friday, November 24, 2017, 7:46 p.m. CST

APA California 2017 Legislative Update

4

Full of comprehensive information about State planning legislation during the current year, with a focus on the multiplicity of laws relating to the provision of more affordable housing opportunities within the state. Quite a lot of information to convey, and it was difficult to assimilate all of it during one session.

Friday, November 24, 2017, 7:42 p.m. CST

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

4

Very informative panel on revitalization efforts within a smaller, agricultural community with a specific national heritage, and the success of collaborative efforts to initiate both preservation and reinvestment measures.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 3:16 p.m. CST

Survivor: Ethics Island!

5

This is the best way to meet the ethics requirement.

Friday, November 17, 2017, 1:22 p.m. CST

Of Sound Mind: Planning for Mental Health and Wellbeing

5

Eye-opening and insightful.

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