Emeryville’s Development Patterns

Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Noon – 1:30PM
Free and open to all!
1.5 CES LU’s

Charles Bryant, Director of Emeryville’s Planning & Building Department, will present “Planning in Emeryville”, a history of this small industrial city’s development in the 20th Century, its transformation during the era of Redevelopment, and the outlook going forward in the post-Redevelopment era, including the 2009 General Plan. A 2010 American Planning Association award winner, the General Plan focuses on making Emeryville more livable.  It is recognized as both forward-thinking and practical. It emphasizes quality of life for the Emeryville community, including creating a more walkable and bike-able city.

The General Plan and related planning documents can be viewed and downloaded at: http://www.emeryville.org/index.aspx?NID=305

Speaker Bio:

Charles S. Bryant, AICP, is the Planning and Building Director of the City of Emeryville, California, a city of 1.2 square miles on San Francisco Bay between Oakland and Berkeley, a position that he has held since August 2000. During his tenure, a new General Plan and Planning Regulations have been adopted and development has boomed, with the population growing by more than 50%. The city currently has over 10,000 residents and over 20,000 jobs. Prior to coming to Emeryville, Mr. Bryant worked as a city planner for the City of Oakland for 18 years, the last five of which he served as Secretary of the Oakland City Planning Commission. Mr. Bryant has a bachelor’s degree with a major in architecture from MIT and masters degrees in architecture and city and regional planning from the Joint Program in Urban Design at U.C. Berkeley. He is married with two adult children and lives with his wife in the Fairview Park neighborhood of Oakland.

Learning Objectives:

1. Attendees will learn the history of development of a small industrial city in the early 20th Century
2. Attendees will learn the redevelopment process and how it played a key role in the city’s renaissance
3. Attendees will learn how the general plan process helps a community develop a vision for its future
4. Attendees will learn how the community’s vision is implemented through specific topical studies

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