Webinar – Using Upzoning to Increase Affordability

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Webinar – Using Upzoning to Increase Affordability

December 6, 2013 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm


Many cities have increased the height allowed in a neighborhood, only to see a rash of luxury new developments, not affordable to the workforce. A better alternative is to tie the upzoning to voluntary or mandatory affordable housing requirements. There is a logical reason to connect unzoning to more requirements as well — when cities upzone neighborhoods they often create wealth for property owners, but increase infrastructure and other costs that the public must bear. These facts make upzoning a great opportunity to adopt or increase inclusionary zoning requirements. Cities that have mandatory programs may want to increase their requirements in areas that are upzoned. Cities that do not (or can not) require mandatory programs may offer the additional height as an incentive, only available for developers that choose to provide affordable housing. Please join us for an online conversation where we will hear the experiences from two cities and learn about the theory and recent research behind connecting upzoning to increased requirements (also known as value capture). There will be ample time for questions and answers.



Robert Hickey, Senior Research Associate | Center for Housing Policy

Robert HickeyRobert Hickey’s work at the Center for Housing Policy in Washington, DC focuses on identifying policy solutions at the state and local levels that lead to more inclusive communities. He is the recent author of After the Downturn: New Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusionary Housing, as well as The Role of Community Land Trusts in Fostering Equitable Transit-Oriented Development. Current research projects include a review of how jurisdictions are expanding development potential in transit settings in exchange for greater affordability, and research on the potential of reformed approvals processes to serve as meaningful incentives for providing affordable housing.

Before the Center, Robert worked as a planning and economic consultant at Strategic Economics, where he wrote extensively on policy and planning strategies for creating affordable homes in transit-oriented communities for clients such as the Enterprise Foundation and San Francisco Foundation. His background also includes research on inclusionary housing best practices at PolicyLink and, more recently, managing a comprehensive affordable housing initiative in Marin County, California.  Robert holds a master’s degree in city and regional planning from the University of California – Berkeley.

Professor Emeritus Nico CalavitaSan Diego State University

Nico Calavita recentlnico-photo1-658x1024y retired after 30 years of teaching in the Graduate Program in City Planning at San Diego State University. Prof. Calavita’s areas of interest include affordable housing and community development, growth management, the politics of growth and comparative planning. He has published extensively on Inclusionary Housing and Commercial Linkage Fees. His latest publication is a book on Inclusionary Housing that he co-authored with Alan Mallach that was published by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. The title of the book is” Inclusionary Housing in International Perspective: Affordable Housing, Social Inclusion, and Land Value Recapture.” He moved to the Bay Area three years ago and is now working with the East Bay Housing Organizations to implement Land Value Capture in the Bay Area.


Francie Stefan, Strategic & Transportation Planning Manager | City of Santa Monica

Francie Stefan, along with her team, implements Santa Monica’s award-winning sustainable Land Use and Circulation Elements through bicycle, pedestrian and land use projects including station-area plans for each of the City’s Light Rail stations, transportation demand management districts, a Bike Action plan, Pedestrian Plan, and significant multi-modal capital projects. In addition to transportation planning, her team develops policies, standards and programs for compact infill development that is tied to transit and creates opportunities for new housing and developer-provided community benefits that make complete neighborhoods. Previously she led West Hollywood’s long-range planning group, and worked for Gruen Associates Architects. She holds a B.S. in Geography from the University of Minnesota, and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA. She has served on the board of directors of the Westside Urban Forum and Los Angeles Forum for Urban Design and Architecture.

John Payne, Director of Real Estate & Development | Fairfax County

John PayneJohn Payne is a licensed Architect in the Commonwealth of Virginia and is currently employed with Fairfax County Virginia.  His role as Deputy Director of Real Estate with the Department of Housing and Community Development includes responsibilities for four Divisions including Design Development and Construction, Real Estate Finance Grants Management, Property Improvement and Maintenance, and Homeownership.  John has over 30 years in affordable housing development experience.  He is a graduate of Virginia Tech, a member of the A.I.A., and has extensive experience in the construction, rehabilitation, purchase and preservation of affordable multi-family housing.  John has been involved with Fairfax County’s inclusionary zoning program “Affordable Dwelling Units” for over twenty years.  John recently served as Housing staff for the development of Fairfax County’s “Workforce Housing Program” created to provide inclusionary housing in high density developments such as Tysons Corner.



December 6, 2013
11:00 am - 12:15 pm
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Cornerstone Partnership

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