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Bay Area Planning Directors Association

Fall 2014 Meeting

Navigating Conflicts and Achieving Successful Planning Outcomes

November 14, 2014
8:30 a.m to 1:00 p.m.

Nile Hall, Preservation Park
668 13th Street, Oakland

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Land use and development issues often bring conflicts between neighbors, developers, and other community members. The intensity of emotions on all sides associated with the real or perceived high stakes pressure put additional burden as Planning Directors and their staff wants to ensure a fair process and find reasonable solutions; however, our rational planning models don't necessarily provide a useful and practical framework for today's challenges.

Learn how to navigate conflicts and achieve successful planning outcomes at this Fall BAPDA (Bay Area Planning Directors Association) Membership Meeting. The first panel will consist of elected officials and will answer the question "How can Planning Directors bring forward challenging planning issues in a manner that facilitates constructive dialogue between elected officials and community members?"

A second panel, comprised of former Planning Directors who are now City Managers, will share their perspectives and answer the questions "What do you know now about guiding public conversations around challenging planning issues that you wish you knew when you were a Planning Director?" and "What advice would you give to Directors in providing the kind of information the City Manager needs and when it is needed to give good direction on current projects or advance planning efforts?"

Draft Agenda

8:30 am Registration / Continental Breakfast
9:00 am Welcome and Introductions
Miriam Chion · Planning and Research Director, Association of Bay Area Governments
9:10 am Elected Officials Panel
Moderator: Amit Ghosh · Retired Chief Planner, City and County of San Francisco
Julie Combs · Councilmember, City of Santa Rosa
Pradeep Gupta · Councilmember, City of South San Francisco
Eric Mar · Supervisor, City and County of San Francisco
10:20 am Break/Networking
10:40 am City Managers Panel
Moderator: Dan Marks · Retired Planning Director, City of Berkeley
June Catalano · City Manager, City of Pleasant Hill
Jill Keimach · Town Manager, Town of Moraga
Sean Quinn · Retired City Manager, City of Fairfield
Marc Roberts · City Manager, City of Livermore
11:50 am Closing Remarks
Miriam Chion · Planning and Research Director, Association of Bay Area Governments
12:00 pm Lunch/Networking

Fee: $45 (includes breakfast and lunch)
AICP CM: 3 Credits Pending
Registration Deadline: November 10, 2014
Questions? Contact Wally Charles, or 510/464-7993