Sea Level Rise & Shoreline Adaptation: Lessons from the Bay Area



Saturday, May 20, 2017
8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. CDT

San Francisco, CA, United States

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This panel will serve to “bridge the gap” between CEQA practitioners and technical experts statewide, by focusing on cutting-edge developments in planning for shoreline adaptation to combat sea level rise in the San Francisco Bay Area. Panelists will provide multiple perspectives on the complex and nuanced issues that must be addressed at the planning level when conducting environmental review of shoreline development, and will share their recommendations concerning best practices for addressing this critical topic. The multifaceted, moderated panel will include the following viewpoints: regulatory agency (Marc Zeppetello, J.D., Chief Counsel for the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission), local government planning (Lina Velasco, Senior Planner at City of Richmond), coastal engineer (Matt Brennan, Ph.D, P.E., Senior Engineering Hydrologist at Environmental Science Associates), CEQA consultant (Christy Herron, M.C.P., AICP, Senior Managing Associate at Environmental Science Associates), and attorney for lead agencies and project applicants (Donald Sobelman, J..D., Partner at Downey Brand LLP, who will function as moderator). Following a moderator-provided background overview (10 minutes), each panelist will contribute their viewpoint, focusing on “lessons learned” from recent planning efforts in the Bay Area, in dialogue with the moderator (15 minutes each; total 60 minutes). Q&A with- moderator facilitated discussion will follow (20 minutes).



Christy Herron

Christy’s expertise includes environmental planning in multiple cities throughout California. Christy’s goal is always to combine a broad perspective with good technical grounding to find workable solutions to environmental constraints. She specializes in CEQA and NEPA analysis, land use planning, and environmental review for urban infill and shoreline ... Read More

Matt Brennan

Matt Brennan, PhD, PE, is an engineering hydrologist who focuses on understanding and managing estuaries and coasts for habitat, flood control, and water quality. Matt assists natural resource managers and public agencies resolve current issues and improve resiliency in the face of ongoing sea-level rise. Matt’s experience includes: • evaluating ... Read More

Lina Velasco

Lina Velasco is a Senior Planner at the City of Richmond. Lina was the City's Project Manager for both (1) the Terminal One redevelopment project at Point Richmond and (2) the Richmond Bay Specific Plan, which will regulate future development of 220 acres on the City's South Shoreline ... Read More

Marc Zeppetello

Marc Zeppetello is Chief Counsel of the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) where he provides legal advice to the Executive Director and Commission on all matters related to the functions and operations of BCDC; reviews and comments on major projects prior to action by federal, state, regional ... Read More

Donald Sobelman

Don Sobelman is a partner at the law firm of Downey Brand LLP in the San Francisco office. He represents public and private sector clients in environmental and land use litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts, and provides advice concerning compliance with state and federal environmental laws ... Read More

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