Accommodating Growth while Protecting Industry

Sunday, May 7, 2017 | 2:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.
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You'll learn about:

  • The policy rationale for protecting industrial space in central city locations 
  • The policy tools for protecting this industrial space while accommodating growth
  • Financial and design strategies that facilitate developing new industrial space without requiring the use of external subsidies

Modern cities still require a robust industrial sector to provide economic diversity, high-quality jobs, and goods and services essential to their residents and workers. At the same time, many of these cities are experiencing tremendous growth pressure that needs to be accommodated to support economic growth and keep rents affordable and equitable. Increasingly, commercial development is moving into less space-constrained manufacturing zones, particularly near transit, introducing new conflicts with existing industrial uses. Recognizing this conflict, the New York and San Francisco planning departments have developed robust policy strategies for their industrial land that accommodate growth while maintaining a stable industrial base.

Learn from key planning department staff members, who will share regulatory tools that incentivize development while protecting industrial space. Additionally, case studies of two places will explore how this plays out in practice. Study New York’s 25 Kent Avenue (a 340,000 square feet office development that will include 60,000 square feet of dedicated space for light manufacturing uses) and San Francisco’s “Hundred Hooper” project, where 300,000 square feet of office development is funding development of 150,000 square feet of new industrial space. The case studies will explore financial and design strategies to ensure economic viability and successful outcomes.



Abbie Wertheim , SFMade/PlaceMade , San Francisco , CA (see bio)
Toby Moskovits , Brooklyn , NY (see bio)
Jennifer Gravel , AICP , New York , NY (see bio)
Steve Wertheim , San Francisco Planning Department , San Francisco , CA (see bio)