2018 National Planning Conference

Policy Planning in San Francisco

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198141

Location: 2002

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  • Gain insight from local, public servants on how policy planning works in San Francisco.
  • Walk away with new ideas on collaborating with other government agencies in order to implement policy priorities.
  • Hear panelists discuss their policy strategies, challenges, and processes.


In a city where every elected supervisor identifies as a Democrat, passing legislation should be simple, right? The reality is that for a city shrouded in shades of blue, there are passionate differences of opinion on which issues to focus on and how to solve them. Learn how several players involved in San Francisco planning policy approach some of the city’s biggest regulatory issues, and the varied strategies they have for tackling matters such as affordable housing, regulating new industries, preserving neighborhood character, and more. Hear from planners in the Legislative Affairs Division of the Planning Department, the Deputy Director of Development for the Mayor’s Office, and a legislative aide from the Board of Supervisor’s Office.

Session Speakers

Jeff Buckley
Office of Mayor London N. Breed
San Francisco, CA

Lee Hepner
San Francisco Board of Supervisors

Audrey A. Butkus
San Francisco Planning Department
San Francisco, CA

Aaron D. Starr
San Francisco Planning Department
San Francisco, CA