Subjective No More: Lessons from HAA and SB 35 Early Adopters

APA California Chapter, Northern Section


Friday, September 7, 2018
2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. PDT

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The Housing Accountability Act and SB 35 have added significant new requirements to already busy planning departments, but have not yet provided guidance on how to comply. This webinar is intended to help jurisdictions respond to the new rules. It will deal with practical questions like:

·         What does a work plan for updating local rules and regulations look like?

·         What are the key steps?

·         How much time does it take to adjust standards and procedures?

·         Should the work be done in house or contracted out?

Join us as we learn from early adopters and adapters and spotlight cities that are further along in integrating the HAA / SB 35 into their planning process. For example, Benicia has developed objective design standards consistent with the new laws. Goldfarb & Lipman, LLP has produced a checklist for developers that want to claim eligibility for streamlined review. Oakland has reviewed their entire code to identify what is objective and what is not. All of these cities will share lessons from their work so far.

This webinar builds on the 2018 ABAG/MTC Planning Innovation forum How Objective is Objective, which explains the basic legal aspects of the new laws. (If you did not attend, you are encouraged to view the presentation by following this link and clicking on Forum 6)

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Eric Phillips

Eric is with Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

Suzanne Thorsen

Suzanne is with the City of Benicia

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Ada Chan,