Author Archives: Nathaniel Hanson

Housing the Bay Speakers Series: An Interview with Vancouver City Council Member Andrea Reimer

In many ways, the Vancouver housing environment shares common elements of housing supply and affordability issues that are increasingly observed here in the Bay Area and California. Over the last fifteen years, Vancouver market demands have skyrocketed while housing supply has trailed further and further behind. ULI SF sat down with Vancouver City Council Member Andrea Reimer to talk about her work to increase affordability, enhance the quality of community engagement, and to discuss what lessons the Bay Area can learn from Vancouver’s 10+ years of work combatting housing affordability … Read More

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TAPs Bring Expert Insight to Bay Area Land Use and Real Estate Challenges

Historically, one of ULI SF’s most community impact-oriented programs, Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations facing complex land use and real estate issues in the greater Bay Area. TAP panels are made up of senior-level experts drawn from ULI SF’s 2,300 members and are comprised of CEOs, partners, executives, and policymakers — all of whom are ready to leverage their skills, experience, and expertise to give back to the communities with which we partner. ULI SF has conducted over thirty TAPs … Read More

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A Closer Look at California’s New Housing Production Laws

By Chelsea Maclean With the statewide housing crisis at the forefront of the California Legislature’s 2017 agenda, legislators unleashed an avalanche of more than 130 bills this year. Housing advocates have argued, backed by staggering statistics, that California’s local land use approval process has slowed housing production and made it more expensive.1 After vetoing housing bills in the past, Gov. Jerry Brown approved 15 housing bills for the first time in his tenure on Sept. 29, 2017. Some of these laws streamline entitlement processing and attempt to reduce local agencies’ discretionary … Read More

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Alpha Founder, Former Zeta Communities CEO Naomi Porat Talks Modular Construction with ULI SF

Naomi Porat is a social entrepreneur with a portfolio of ventures and projects throughout the U.S. She partners with entrepreneurs to deliver socially responsible products and achieve adoption of groundbreaking new technologies for the built environment and cleantech sectors. She is a founder of Alpha and the former President and CEO of Zeta Communities, a manufacturer of net zero energy and energy efficient housing, schools, and public facilities that utilized modular construction. Noami will be moderating ULI SF’s upcoming program, Modular 2.0: The Future is Now. This program is part of … Read More

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Two Bay Area Projects Win ULI’s 2017-2018 Global Award for Excellence

Thirteen real estate development projects from around the globe have been selected as winners of the Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) 2017-2018 Global Awards for Excellence (GAE), which is widely recognized as one of the land use industry’s most prestigious awards programs. The winners, each of which demonstrates an innovative, forward-looking approach to design and development, include eight projects in the United States, two in Canada, one in Europe, and two in Asia. Two of these winners, Emeryville Center of Community Life and Half Moon Village, are in the Bay Area. Below … Read More

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An Interview with UrbanPlan Co-Founder Ron Nahas

Whether it’s devoting time to work on a committee, helping to plan a program, or volunteering in the classroom through UrbanPlan, ULI’s work depends on the investment of our members. One such member whose dedication has helped to shape ULI and the San Francisco District Council is Ron Nahas. A co-founder, longtime advocate, and volunteer for the UrbanPlan program, Ron made a $300,000 matching gift to UrbanPlan in June 2017 intended to catalyze the expansion of the program throughout ULI’s District Councils. Ron chaired the committee that developed UrbanPlan 1.0 … Read More

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ULI SF Welcomes Casey Pond!

ULI San Francisco is very excited to welcome the newest addition to our District Council team, Casey Pond, as an Associate. Casey grew up in the East Bay Area and recently graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Professional Business Writing and Communications. While studying, Casey was a content marketing intern for Hofmann Architecture, an architecture firm in Santa Barbara that designs and sustainably renovates vintage airstreams and other small mobile spaces. Prior to that, Casey gained experience during internships … Read More

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ULI SF Welcome Sam Mori

ULI SF continues to grow, and we’re pleased to have hired Sam Mori as the newest addition to the ULI SF staff. Sam is excited to join ULI SF as the new Administrative Assistant and hopes to learn more about real estate, land use planning, and nonprofit work.  Sam, who started as ULI SF’s new Administrative Assistant in October, has a background in historic preservation work at various organizations including the Los Angeles Conservancy, Los Angeles Office of Historic Resources, and the National Park Service. Originally from Southern California, Sam received his B.A. … Read More

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ULI SF Releases Latest TAP Report for the City of Orinda!

An ongoing initiative of ULI, Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) provides strategic advice on complex land use and real estate development issues for local clients, such as municipalities, public agencies, and non-profit developers. In early 2017, the City of Orinda reached out to ULI SF to assemble a multidisciplinary panel of experts who could aid in its efforts to initiate planning work for the community’s downtown district, asking the panel to provide “concrete and actionable” next steps. Drawing from our seasoned professional membership base of 2,300, ULI SF composed a panel … Read More

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ULI SF is Proud to Support the 10-Minute Walk Campaign Launch!

On October 10, at 10:10 a.m., The Trust for Public Land, along with the National Recreation and Park Association and the Urban Land Institute, is launching a 10-minute walk to a park campaign along with more than 130 supportive mayors from across the country. This unprecedented initiative will improve access to quality parks and green spaces for all Americans: because everyone deserves a quality park within a 10-minute walk of home. The more than 130 mayors are from across America, cities large and small. They have joined this national campaign, … Read More

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