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The -Plex Paradox: Writing the Code to Undo Single-Family Zoning
Motivated by both principle and practicality, city councils across California have adopted, or are considering, policies to loosen single-family zoning and ease the way for duplexes and other small multi-unit configurations. Elected officials and stakeholders alike have promoted these policies both to increase their respective cities’ housing supply and to undo 20th century zoning policies that have served as tools of racial and economic segregation. But how?

While the principle is clear and appealing for many proponents, the upzoning of potentially millions of single-family lots poses a monumental technical challenge to California’s planners. Zoning changes must account for density, design, parking, infrastructure, fire danger, and topography — among other complicating factors. It’s a challenge that some cities are already willingly taking on and that others will have to take on if Senate Bill 9 or a successor passes. Please join us to discuss how planners in early-adopter cities are approaching this challenge and how planners and urban designers around the state can prepare for what may be one of the major planning trends of the coming years.

Edward Manasse, Deputy Director of the Planning Bureau, City of Oakland
Tom Pace, Director of Community Development, City of Sacramento
Karen Parolek, Principal and CFO, Opticos Design
Sandra Wood, Principal Planner, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, City of Portland, Oregon
Moderator: David Garcia, Policy Director, Terner Center for Housing Innovation

Presented by the California Planning & Development Report, the California Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley.
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