2018 National Planning Conference

Directors' Perspectives on the Region

Monday, April 15, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198130

Location: 2004

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  • Understand more about the significant planning issues and opportunities in and around San Francisco from city planning directors in the region.
  • Learn about the planning techniques and innovations being employed to tackle some of the toughest planning challenges in the region, like gentrification, affordable housing, homelessness, transportation, aging infrastructure, and placemaking that could be applicable in their own communities.
  • Learn about ways in which individual communities are, or could, cooperate more at the regional level to solve planning problems.


This program has been held in 13 national planning conference host cities: Denver, San Francisco (in 2005), San Antonio, Philadelphia, Las Vegas, Minneapolis, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, Seattle, Phoenix, and New York City. About a dozen progressive city planning directors in the region around, and including, the host city hold an all-day retreat and then participate in a panel at the National Planning Conference. The retreat topics are suggested by the participants and cover the issues and concerns that are occupying their time and efforts, what seems to be working, and what isn’t.

The planning directors benefit from an intimate, off-the-record exchange with their peers from around the region. Get a summary of the retreat that paints a vivid picture of the state of city and regional planning in the area including and around the host city.

The panel reflects on examples from a dozen communities in the San Francisco region. The directors of the San Francisco and San Jose planning departments have committed to participate.

Session Speakers

Albert C. Savay, AICP
City of San Carlos
San Carlos, CA

Dina Tasini
City of Dixon
Berkeley, CA

Andrea J. Ouse, AICP
City of Concord
Concord, CA

Paul A. Jensen, AICP
San Rafael Planning Dept
San Rafael, CA

Hillary Gitelman
Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
Oakland, CA

William A. Gilchrist
City of Oakland
Oakland, CA

Peter Pollock, FAICP
Planning From the Porch
Boulder, CO

John S. Rahaim
City and County of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA

Rosalynn T. Hughey
City of San Jose
San Jose, CA