Given recently passed state housing legislation and lawsuits against local jurisdictions, cities face increasing scrutiny when approving or denying housing development proposals. MTC’s long-running Planning Innovations series kicks off 2018 with a timely workshop on these issues, How Objective is "Objective"? Effective Development Standards in the SB35 and Housing Accountability Act Era. The workshop will be held starting at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, February 13, at the Bay Area Metro Center in San Francisco; register and see additional details here.
MTC and ABAG’s integrated planning team will host a knowledgeable panel including policy and planning managers from local cities and the state to talk about the implications of the Housing Accountability Act, SB35, and other key housing legislation that guides planning, code writing and project review. The panelists will discuss how city goals and guidelines for Priority Development Areas (PDAs) must be translated into “objective development standards” and how new legislation may impact local projects. They’ll also suggest policies and procedures that can help jurisdictions with informed, objective decision-making.