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July 9, 2020
9:00 - 10:15 AM

Community Engagement 2020: Reevaluating How We Collaborate with Communities

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Community Engagement 2020: Reevaluating How We Collaborate with Communities

Community engagement and advocacy have been integral to the work of planners for the last half century. Over time, we’ve developed and deployed “tried and true” processes and methods, many of which of have been proven ineffective as our society has become more complex and our technology has evolved. As we enter a new decade with a pandemic-level bang and in the wake of increasing social and economic disruption, we’re forced to reckon with the flaws in community engagement and rebuild our foundation to ensure it is conducted in a more inclusive manner. What have we learned over the last decade, or the last several months? What do we hope to leave behind? What do we want to create to move us into the future?

Panelists: Kirin Kumar, Regional Climate Collaboratives Program Manager, Strategic Growth Council; Lynette Hall, Community Engagement Manager, Office of Innovation and Economic Development, City of Sacramento; additional panelists TBD

Moderator: Molly Wagner, Project Manager, WALKSacramento

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July 10, 2020
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

APA California Chapter/APA California Northern Section
Annual Law Training Program Webinar

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Planning in an Era of Pre-Emption

California is experiencing the nationwide trend of state legislation seeking to address the housing crisis, with numerous bills preempting local planning procedures. This session will review recent legislation – including SB 330, the suite of ADU bills, and the Housing Accountability Act – that have limited ad hoc review tools in favor of predictable and objective standards for residential projects. The session will discuss other pending California legislation and examples from other states that seek to re-think zoning exclusively for single-family residences.

Eric Phillips is the Vice President for Policy and Legislation of the California Chapter of the American Planning Association and a partner at the law firm of Burke, Williams & Sorensen in San Francisco. Before attending law school, Eric worked as a planner and has been involved professionally in California planning issues since 2002. Eric’s law practice focuses in the areas of land use, real estate, and CEQA compliance, and he has particular experience with State Density Bonus Law, the Housing Accountability Act, and other housing laws.

Stephen Velyvis, a partner in the Oakland law firm Burke, William, and Sorensen, is a land use and environmental law attorney representing public agency and private clients in administrative proceedings and before state and federal trial and appellate courts. 

Steve works daily on projects addressing complex legal issues spanning the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), and the California Coastal Act. He routinely represents clients in land use-related matters including local and state planning and zoning laws. Steve is the Legislative Director for the APA California Chapter Northern Section.

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Planning through the COVID-19 crisis:
How are we adapting in these uncertain times?

On April 30, 2020 the Sacramento Valley Section and the APA California Chapter held a free webinar to hear how public, private, legal, and technology practitioners are adapting to the disruption associated with COVID-19 crisis.

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  • Yassi Sarvian, Director, APA California Sacramento Valley Section (Moderator)
  • Tom Pace, Interim Director, City of Sacramento, Community Development Department
  • Daniel Cucchi, JD, Senior Associate, Abbott & Kindermann, Inc.
  • Wendy Nowak, AICP, Principal, PlaceWorks
  • Daniel Friedman, PhD, Partner, Remotor Consulting Group

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