Innovative, Neighborhood-Scale Strategies to Build Resilience

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You'll learn about:

  • How neighborhood-scale planning approaches and benefits optimize various elements of resilience

  • Three innovative neighborhood examples that translate to other communities

  • Bold and innovative strategies to cultivate cultural, environmental, and coastal resilience

  • Sustainable financing approaches that turn plans into action and support operations and maintenance over time

By moving beyond a building-scale focus to neighborhood- and district-based strategies, planners and developers in San Francisco have built cross-sector collaborations and bold solutions to some of the city’s most pressing social, environmental, and economic challenges. These “sustainable neighborhood” approaches include advancements in livability and environmental performance, measurable targets, coordinated strategies, and creative partnerships among community, developers, utilities, and public agencies.

This session will present best practices for building customized resilience in three distinct neighborhoods. Central SoMa is striving towards ambitious carbon reduction, greening, and flood-safe goals in an industrial neighborhood being rezoned for 7,000 new housing units and 7 million square feet of commercial development along a new subway corridor. Meanwhile, in the city’s densest community, the Sustainable Chinatown project is defining strategies to protect housing affordability and improve resource efficiency, while enhancing quality of life in this immigrant gateway. Finally, along the southeast Bay shore, India Basin project proposes a 1,200-unit, mixed-use eco-village on 39 waterfront acres.

About the Speakers

Lisa Fisher
Lisa Fisher leads the Sustainable City Team at the San Francisco Planning Department. Current efforts include district-scale sustainability planning, neighborhood and citywide policy frameworks, and inter-agency work on biodiversity and district-scale utilities. Lisa also provides sustainability, design, and sea level rise adaptation review for 3 of the City’s major waterfront development projects. Previously, as an Associate Principal with AECOM (EDAW) for ten years, she served as Project Manager and Urban/Sustainability Planner on complex urban regeneration plans in Latin and North America. Favorites include the 45-block Nova Luz neighborhood in central São Paulo, 35-acre Pier 70 in San Francisco, and a 350-acre mixed-use waterfront vision for North Vancouver. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from Columbia University and serves on the Board of Directors for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, San Francisco’s largest advocacy organization.

Lisa Chen
Lisa Chen is a long-range planner at the San Francisco Planning Department, working on issues such as: sustainable neighborhood planning, plan implementation, community development, active transportation, and fiscal analysis. Some of her projects include: Sustainable Chinatown, the Transportation Sustainability Program, the Healthcare Services Master Plan, and the Central SoMa Plan. Previously, Lisa worked at the nonprofit organization ChangeLab Solutions, where she provided technical assistance to government and community stakeholders nationally on policy strategies to support public health. She has also worked at organizations focused on youth development and sustainable food systems. Lisa holds a dual Master's degree from UC Berkeley in city planning and public health.

Cindy Wu
Cindy is the deputy director of Chinatown Community Development Center. From 2007-2014 she managed Chinatown CDC’s planning program, empowering residents in a citywide planning dialogue to advocate for improvements to the Chinatown neighborhood. Her work spanned myriad issue areas: affordable housing, equitable transportation, open space and culturally-sensitive economic development. In 2014, she launched the Sustainable Chinatown project. Cindy has advocated for and won over $45 million in concrete improvements to Chinatown. Cindy has also served as the President of the San Francisco Planning Commission. In this role, she worked on housing policy, information transparency, and support for small businesses. She holds a Masters in City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and BA in Architecture from UC Berkeley.

Michael Yarne
Michael Yarne is a principal at BUILD, a civic-focused residential developer with over 2,000 units in the pipeline in San Francisco. Yarne’s career includes over 17 years of experience in urban real estate, land use law, entitlements and public-private partnerships. He served four years as a senior advisor to San Francisco Mayor Newsom, negotiating the approval of the 152-acre $7 billion Park Merced Development Agreement. Prior to working in City Hall, Yarne was a real estate and land use attorney at Farella Braun + Martel. Yarne also served as Board Chair of City CarShare, North America’s largest nonprofit car-sharing company. His passion for public service began in the Peace Corps, where Yarne launched three women-owned micro-credit banks and trained subsistence farmers to combat desertification at the edge of the Sahara. Yarne graduated from Williams College, and received both his law degree and Masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley. He lives in San Francisco and loves cycling to work.