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uptown oaklandInfilling California: Tools and Strategies for Infill Development

Seminar 1: Policies and Programs for Sustainable Urban Futures
Thursday, April 7

Gain insight into public policies and initiatives that offer hope for creating sustainable patterns of future urban growth from a visionary architect/urban designer involved with Vision California and Envision Bay Area work, and two progressive urban planners who have been active in creating and managing infill strategies in San Diego and Portland. These thought-leaders will present their views on the importance of infill, highlighting keys to successful implementation.

petercalthorpe"California Is in Troube: Infill is (at least part of) the answer" presentation by Joe DiStefano

Joe DiStefano, Principal, Calthorpe Associates, leads the regional and large-scale master planning team at Calthorpe Associates. He is an urban planner with more than 15 years of experience in land use, transportation, and regional and corridor planning and policy. His work and research ranges from federal and local transportation and land use planning and policy to transit-oriented design and implementation strategies. He also specializes in the relationship between land use and climate and energy impacts. Joe and his team are developing cutting-edge scenario development and modeling tools to express the varying impacts of development and infrastructure investment choices at a variety of scales. The models are being deployed through the Vision California process and in the San Francisco Bay Area through the Envision Bay Area project, and provided critical and timely information in California's SB 375 GHG target setting process. They are also being calibrated and customized for use in international settings.


billanderson"City of San Diego General Plan and Sustainability" presentation by Bill Anderson

Bill Anderson is Director of the City of San Diego's Planning & Community Investment Department (CPCI), overseeing Planning, Economic Development, and Facilities Financing. In this capacity, he serves on the boards of SanGIS and San Diego's Public Facilities Financing Authority, and had served as Assistant Executive Director of the San Diego Redevelopment Agency. Prior to joining the City of San Diego, Anderson was a Senior Vice-President with Economics Research Associates, an international land economics consulting firm. Anderson was a member of the San Diego Planning Commission from 1995 to 2003, serving as Chair from 2001 to 2003. In 2006, Anderson was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the American Planning Association, where he is co-chairing APA's "Sustaining Places" initiative which explores the important role of comprehensive plans to create sustainable communities. Anderson received his BA from Claremont McKenna College in economics and political science, including coursework at the University of Copenhagen, and his Masters in City and Regional Planning from Harvard University.


megan gibb"Transit Oriented Development in the Portland Metro Region" presentation by Megan Gibb

Megan Gibb, AICP, has managed Portland Metro's Transit-Oriented Development Programt for the last 4 years. Her program works on public/private partnership projects with developers to foster transit oriented development projects throughout the region. Prior to her work at Metro, Gibb worked for the Portland Development Commission, the City's urban renewal agency, on public/private partnership development projects in the South Waterfront and Pearl Districts. Before moving to Oregon in 2006, Gibb worked in Michigan where she served as the Planning and Development Director for the City of Ypsilanti for several years after working as a private planning consultant for communities throughout Michigan. Gibb has also served as adjunct faculty in the graduate program for Urban and Regional Planning at the University of Michigan, her alma mater, and currently serves on the program's Board of Directors.

robert cervero

Moderator: Robert Cervero
Director, IURD, and
Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley