Urban Ecology Workshop on Smart Growth
- On December 8th, Urban Ecology is hosting a workshop on smart growth.
register online by using the link below. See you there!
Sustainable Cities Program Director
Smart Growth in Action:
Supporting Good Development in Your Backyard
Saturday, December 8, 2001
10:00 AM- 3:00 PM
Niles Hall, Preservation Park, Oakland
Register at http://www.urbanecology.org/cities/cities.workshop.html, or
Bay Area residents have demonstrated increasing support for urban growth
boundaries to reign in sprawl development. But imposing growth
without corresponding changes in local land uses simply cuts off land
and drives up costs. While "smart growth" and "livable communities" have
become popular buzzwords, the fact remains that land use policies that
introduce higher densities, reduce the amount of land used for parking,
move away from single-use zoning are highly controversial. Developers
find it easier to build in greenfield areas than in vacant or underused
in older neighborhoods.
Urban Ecology is building an informed and effective constituency for
growth. This one-day workshop will provide you with the tools to
development projects for sustainable features and explain how to get
in local land use issues.
10:00-10:30 Welcome & Overview
Marci Riseman, Chairman, Board of Directors, Urban Ecology
Rachel Peterson, Executive Director, Urban Ecology
10:30-11:00 Project evaluation criteria
Urban Ecology endorses development projects that provide environmental
social equity benefits to the region. Learn to use the standards and
checklist that UE has created to evaluate development projects in your
communities. Look past the rhetoric about smart growth and see what
some projects better than others.
11:00-12:30 Case study: Small working groups
Apply the evaluation criteria to a sample development project and
whether you would support it. Discover the complexities and local
that influence endorsements.
12:30-1:00 Wrap-up Discussion
Discuss how your group made tradeoffs among conflicting values and where
drew the line in terms of supporting or opposing a project.
1:00-1:30 How to be an effective advocate
Doug Shoemaker, Non-profit Housing Association of Northern California
The Non-Profit Housing Association has successfully advocated for
housing in communities throughout the Bay Area. Find out what resources
provide to debunk the myths of development. Learn from their extensive
experience about the best strategies to use as an advocate for infill
1:45-2:45 How to work with a developer
Kathryn McCamant, McCamant & Durrett Architects
Katie McCamant is an architect who works closely with both community
and for-profit real estate developers, so she has learned to bridge both
worlds. Find out what motivates developers and why they have an interest
working with you. Learn how to get what you want by working effectively
2:45-3:00 UE Resources/Closing
Learn about the tools Urban Ecology has created to support land use
and what we are developing next.