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Seminar 6: "Hidden" Density: The potential of small-scale infill development
Friday, May 6

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(See also IURD Policy Brief "Hidden" Density, and information page with fact sheets). And open house and tour of the Delaware Cottage (934 Delaware St., Berkeley). Winner of a 2011 Diablo Magazine Eco Award

The construction of self-contained, smaller second units on the lots of existing homes—either attached to the primary house, such as an above-the-garage or basement unit, or a free-standing cottage or carriage-house—can create infill without altering a neighborhood's character. This panel brings together four experts to discuss how to overcome regulatory barriers to this infill model, with responses from two mayors and an affordable housing expert.

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"Hidden Density" presentation by Paul Fassinger

Paul Fassinger is Research Director, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). He has more than 20 years of experience working in the fields of planning, forecasting and economic modeling. His work has emphasized economic and demographic analysis at the regional and local levels. Fassinger has been responsible for a number of forecasts for the San Francisco Bay Area and other regions of California. He is also actively involved in Bay Area and California housing issues. He holds MS and PhD degrees from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley.



opening slide of karen chapple's presentation"The Potential for Second Units in the East Bay" presentation by Karen Chapple

Karen Chapple is Associate Director, IURD, Acting Director for the Institute for Research on Labor & Employment, Faculty Director of the Center for Community Innovation (CCI), and Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley. CCI is assessing both the social and individual benefits of second units as well as their potential to accommodate future housing needs in the East Bay. Chapple recently concluded a $1.1 million study of the green economy for the California Public Utilities Commission. Other recent projects include a study of the potential for gentrification near transit-oriented development; a study of the relationship between the arts and neighborhood revitalization; and ongoing technical assistance in mixed-income housing for the Great Communities Collaborative. Chapple has a BA from Columbia University, an MCP from Pratt Institute, and a PhD from University of California, Berkeley.


carol berg title page"The City of Santa Cruz ADU Program" presentation by Carol Berg

  • Carol Berg is Housing and Community Development Manager, City of Santa Cruz (Link to Santa Cruz Accessory Dwelling Unit Program Page). Berg oversees the City of Santa Cruz’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Inclusionary Housing Program as well as the HUD CDBG and HOME Programs. In 2003 Berg developed Santa Cruz’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Program, which won national APA, AI and EPA awards. As Community Development District Manager for the City of Santa Ana, CA, Berg developed the award-winning Cornerstone Village housing project, using CC&R agreements to transform a high-crime area of the city at one-sixth the cost of similar projects. On the private sector side, Berg worked in New York City as an urban designer and planner for the consultant firm of BFHK, Inc. Berg has a BA from University of Washington and an MLA from Harvard University.


greenbelt alliance logo"The Politics of Infill Development" presentation by Jeremy Madsen

As Executive Director of the Greenbelt Alliance, Jeremy Madsen sets and implements the organization's strategic goals and manages its operations. He is the leader of Greenbelt Alliance's policy and advocacy efforts to protect the Bay Area's open spaces and promote the creation of vibrant urban places. Madsen previously worked at The San Francisco Foundation, where he helped launch the Great Communities Collaborative and supported social equity, affordable housing and smart growth efforts around the Bay Area. From 2001 to 2005, he was Greenbelt Alliance's Field Director, leading the organization's policy campaigns and supervising the work of its field offices. Previously, Madsen served as Field Director for Washington State’s Transportation Choices Coalition, coordinated fair trade campaigns for the Washington, DC-based Citizens Trade Campaign and ran get-out-the-vote efforts for candidates and ballot measures. He has an MS in Environmental Studies from the University of Oregon and a BA from George Washington University.




Respondents: Jeremy Liu, Executive Director of the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation, Tom Bates, Mayor, City of Berkeley and Ann Cheng, Mayor, City of El Cerrito

Moderator: Jake Wegmann, PhD Student, City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley