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Transforming Suburban Downtowns Through Innovative Street Design

A Regional Urban Design Committee Event

Thursday, 28 May, 2015
6-7:30pm, reception to follow
Location: Lafayette Community Hall, 3491 Mt. Diablo Boulevard, Lafayette, CA 94549
Free and Open to All.
1.5 CES LUs

There is a growing movement amongst suburban cities to make their downtowns pedestrian and bicycle-friendly with less emphasis on the automobile. The design of streets and circulation networks play a critical role in achieving these goals and can help bring a community together.

This symposium will examine how retrofitting streets and blocks for multimodal connectivity and complete streets can transform historically auto-oriented spaces into thriving people places.  The symposium will feature presentations by:

  • Bryan Jones of Alta Planning + Design on strategies for “complete networks” where pedestrian and bicycle connections are convenient and direct; and
  • Jim Daisa of Stantec will show how arterial roadways and other public streets can be adapted for pedestrian-oriented “downtown” environments.
  • Phil Erickson, AIA of Community Design + Architecture will offer a “toolkit” of devices for accommodating growth in pedestrian-friendly ways, such as mixed-mode “shared streets;”
  • Matt Taecker, AIA AICP of Taecker Planning & Design will moderate and present overarching principles for using street and other circulation improvements to promote emerging activity centers.

After brief presentations, the form will feature an open conversation to answer questions, examine obstacles, and explore opportunities associated with street and network retrofits.  Finally, a reception will follow the event.

About the Presenters

Matt Taecker, AIA AICP, Taecker Planning & DesignMatt chairs AIA East Bay’s “Regional and Urban Design Committee” and California Planning Roundtable’s “Overcoming Obstacles to Infill Development Committee.”  For three decades, Taecker has been a leader in promoting transit-oriented development and pedestrian-friendly places.  Taecker received the 2014 National American Planning Association’s “Best Practices Award” for Berkeley’s Downtown Area Plan  His services include: urban design, comprehensive planning, form-based codes, stakeholder engagement, and development entitlements.

Phil Erickson, AIA, Community Design + Architecture. Phil has been an urban designer for 30 years. Erickson’s practice includes the design of complete streets, with a special focus on shared streets, to increase civic life in mixed use places.  Erickson co-authored recent multimodal street design provisions being considered by ITE, the Institute of Transportation Engineers.

Bryan Jones, Alta Planning + Design. Bryan is a senior associate with Alta Planning + Design overseeing complete streets engineering and implementation. He has delivered numerous traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian safety, road diet, trail, downtown and complete streets projects to help move and connect people and businesses so communities can thrive. He also worked within local governments for more than a decade and understands the unique challenges and opportunities to getting support for and implementing complete streets. Bryan is a Complete Streets Instructor for the National Complete Streets Coalition helping communities enhance policies and practices. He is appointed by Caltrans to serve on the state traffic control devices committee to represent bicyclists and pedestrian issues statewide.

Jim Daisa, StantecJim has over 25 years of experience in transportation planning and traffic engineering for communities that are undergoing change, infill development, intensification, or revitalization. He has built a national practice in the planning and design of multimodal thoroughfares and authoring design guidance for context sensitive, walkable, and complete streets. Mr. Daisa focuses on working with communities and the engineering profession at the local, state, federal and institutional levels to shift the paradigm from emphasizing automobile mobility to designing for all users. His credibility stems from advocating change through demonstrating that complete streets conform to fundamental engineering and safety principles.

Dead End: Suburban Sprawl & Rebirth of American Urbanism

A Regional Urban Design Program

Friday, May 2, 2014

Free, all are welcome. Bring a lunch!
Click here to RSVP

1.5 CES LUs

New city neighborhoods are in demand. Yet those who try to build them face steep barriers and are often forced into compromises that undermine the urban vision. Urbanism, transit, and walkable streets challenge a deeply rooted suburban value system. Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, posits that in order to overcome this resistance, urbanists must think big and offer a compelling vision of change.

Please join us at AIA East Bay at noon on Friday, May 2, 2014 for a presentation by Mr. Ross on this relevant issue.

About the presenter:

Ben Ross was president of the Action Committee for Transit for 15 years. His new book about the politics of urbanism and transit, Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, is published by Oxford University Press.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this presentation, attendees will:

1. Be able to identify three root elements of sprawl.

2. Will be able to state at least two elements of strategies for change.

3. Will be able to discuss how problems of smart growth, sustainability, transportation and affordable housing are intertwined.

4. Will be able to state at least two elements of land use oversight that may have a positive influence on sprawl.


California’s Next Generation of Infrastructure and How It will Reshape Urban Form

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
5:30pm (presentation begins at 5:45pm), wine and cheese reception follows presentation
$15.75 AIA and APA members; $20.75 Guests
Click here to register

1.5 CES/CM LUs

While today’s transportation investments give new emphasis to walkable transit-oriented development (such as through high-speed rail, transit, and complete streets), new technology and information infrastructure suggest continuation of diffuse settlement patterns.

How will the next generation of California infrastructure — physical and digital — transform the face of communities? How will the structure/form of transportation and information infrastructure reshape the function/form of communities and regions?  And how responsive will these changes be toward addressing social, economic and environmental challenges?

Please join our panel of experts as we consider alternative futures for California at an event co-sponsored by AIA East Bay and Northern California APA.

Speakers include:

Joe DiStefano, AICP, Calthorpe Associates:
Joe DiStefano leads the regional and large-scale master planning team at Calthorpe Associates. He is an urban planner with more than 17 years of experience in land use and transportation planning and policy at the regional, local, and corridor scales. His work and research spans from federal and local transportation and land use planning and policy to transit-oriented design and implementation strategies. He also specializes in the relationship between land use and climate and energy impacts.

Anthony Bruzzone, AICP, Arup:
Anthony Bruzzone is an expert in transit operations and is one of the most highly regarded transportation planners in the Bay Area. His 30 year career encompasses transit service and operations planning, capital project and airport experience, specifically operations planning for San Francisco’s $1 billion downtown Transbay Transit Center project and BART. He is also leading the regional service design effort for MTC’s Transit Sustainability Program. Prior to joining Arup, Tony was AC Transit’s Manager of Service and Operations Planning where he coordinated day-to-day operations planning needs, coordinated and managed various bus corridor studies and was liaison for the Transbay project.

Issi Romem, PhD Economist, OnPoint Analytics:
Issi Romem is an urban economist who has researched and published on how the next generation of information technology will change settlement patterns and the way people live, and most notably on the implications of driverless cars.   He is a lecturer in the economics department at the University of California at Berkeley, where he graduated and has focused on urban and real estate economics. He is presently an associate at OnPoint Analytics and has consulted to the Bay Area Council Economic Institute on matters involving transportation, real estate and the regional economy.

Matthew Taecker, AIA, AICP, Principal, Taecker Planning and Design– Moderator
Matt Taecker has worked with public agencies and private developers across the nation, and has Taecker has devoted the largest part of his thirty-year career toward the challenges – and unique opportunities – presented by economic revitalization, infill development, and transit-oriented development.  Taecker has developed plans for cities and developers and in a wide variety of settings (including new growth, large-scale redevelopment, and incremental infill and revitalization), and at different scales (from complete streets to regional corridors). Taecker has specialized expertise with the development of downtowns and other high-density urban centers, including Berkeley’s Downtown projects, which received the 2014 National American Planning Association’s award for “Best Practices.”

Learning Units:

Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan

If you missed this presentation please click here for a PDF of the Powerpoint.

Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan
Tuesday, October 9
Noon – 1:30pm

Free and open to all. Hosted by the Regional Urban Design Forum

Art Dao and Tess Lengyel visit AIA East Bay on Tuesday, October 9 to discuss the new Alameda County Transportation Expenditure Plan, and the ramifications of Measure B1 not passing.

Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC) plans, funds and delivers over $100M per year for essential transportation investments. The new Transportation Expenditure Plan on the November 2012 ballot, Measure B1, provides $7.8 billion in transportation investments through a multimodal 30-year plan.

The TEP includes six types of investments; Public transit and transportation for seniors and people with disabilities (48 %); Local streets and roads (30 %); Highways and freight (9 %); Bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and safety (8 %); Sustainable land use and transportation linkages (4 %); and Technology innovations (1%).

About the Presenter:

Tess Lengyel is Deputy Director of Policy, Public Affairs and Legislation for the Alameda CTC.

The Oakland Streetcar Plan

Oakland StreetcarThe Oakland Streetcar Plan
Monday, August 6
Open to all; bring a lunch!

The Oakland Streetcar Plan explores the potential for a streetcar system as an engine of economic development and smart growth in Oakland and offers a “road map” toward its successful implementation.

The plan was published in 2010 by Daniel Jacobson, a Stanford University student, as an independent study project.  The plan has been featured in two mayoral platforms and over a dozen publications ranging from the San Francisco Chronicle to Financial Times Deutschland.  Oakland is expected to move forward with an alternative analysis for the project later this year.

Alameda CTC to host South County Transportation Forum on July 26th in Union City

The Alameda County Transportation Commission is holding a public forum on Thursday, July 26th from 6:30-8:30pm at City Hall in Union City – 34009 Alvarado-Niles Road.  The forum, Best Value for Public Funds, includes an open house and formal presentations on the following projects and programs that are expanding access and improving mobility throughout southern Alameda County:

  • Safe Routes to Schools and BikeMobile
  • Tri-Cities Senior Mobility Programs
  • BART Extension to Warm Springs and Irvington Station
  • Union City Intermodal Station
  • Dumbarton Rail Corridor
  • I-680 Express Lanes, and
  • Details about the new Transportation Expenditure Plan that will be on the November 6th ballot in Alameda County.

“Together these projects and programs represent the tremendous success of the current Measure B, the ½ cent sales tax for transportation, which was approved by 81.5% of county voters in 2000,” said Alameda CTC Chair and Union City Mayor Mark Green.  “Alameda CTC has delivered 95% of projects approved by voters in half the time planned, and all of our residents, from students and commuters to business owners and seniors are experiencing the benefits daily.”

The forum will also include an update on the new Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), which builds on the success of the current sales tax, with a plan that will come before voters on November 6th, to extend and augment the sales tax by ½ cent to support a multi-modal plan that funds critical improvements to the county’s transit network over the next thirty years.

This event is one of series of quarterly forums held by the Alameda CTC, highlighting the many transportation projects and programs in each area of Alameda County that are supported by the ½ cent sales tax for transportation.

Immediately prior to the forum, from 5:30-6:30pm at City Hall in Union City, the Alameda CTC Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold its quarterly meeting, which is also open to the public.  The CAC is one of four community advisory committees that provide regular input to the Alameda CTC.

About the Alameda County Transportation Commission

The mission of the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) is to plan, fund and deliver transportation programs and projects that expand access and improve mobility to foster a vibrant and livable Alameda County. Alameda CTC coordinates countywide transportation planning and delivers the expenditure plan for the half-cent sales tax approved by 81.5% of county voters in 2000. For more information, visit

Jeff Tumlin: “Sustainable Transportation Planning”

Click here to view highlights of Jeff Tumlin’s May 1 presentation!

Jeff Tumlin: “Sustainable Transportation Planning”

Tuesday, May 1
6:00pm (lecture begins at 6:15)
AIA East Bay

1405 Clay Street
Oakland, CA

Join CNU Northern California and AIA East Bay on Tuesday, May 1st to hear Jeff Tumlin discuss his new book “Sustainable Transportation Planning: Tools for Creating Vibrant, Healthy, and Resilient Communities”, followed by a casual wine and cheese reception.

The book offers a comprehensive approach to transportation systems. Using clear, nontechnical language, this guide provides step-by-step instructions for implementing smart transportation concepts in cities of all sizes. Making this material accessible opens the door to greater participation in transportation planning by design and policy professionals, as well as citizen activists. The text also helps transportation professionals better understand and align their discipline within the broader movement toward sustainable urbanism.

After the presentation, join us for a wine and cheese reception in the AIA East Bay office.

About the speaker:

Jeffrey Tumlin is a principal and sustainability practice leader for Nelson\Nygaard, a San Francisco-based transportation planning and engineering firm that focuses on sustainable mobility.

Cost: Free NorCal and AIA East Bay members and employees of chapter member firms;
$5 Non-members
No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Click here to RSVP.

Transportation for the 21st Century

ACTA Project MapTuesday, March 13, 2012

Art Dao, Executive Director of the Alameda County Transportation Commission joins us on March 13th to discuss the direction of transportation planning in Alameda County.

The Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) Board of Directors has approved the second draft of the Countywide Transportation Plan (CWTP), which will guide sustainable transportation planning and future land use development across the county for the next 25 years. The board has also approved the Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP), which will guide spending projects that will be funded through an augmentation of ½ cent sales measure to appear on the ballot in November 2012. The TEP encompasses a $7.7 billion multimodal plan over an initial 30 years.

Free–bring your own lunch!
1.5 LU Hours

Click here for details, learning objectives and to RSVP (for room setup).