Local Assistance - Grants, Collaboratives and Work Groups

Local Assistance - Grants, Collaboratives and Work Groups

Recognizing that a top-down approach to the historically local issue of housing will be counterproductive, ABAG granted nearly $11 million in RHTA funding to local Bay Area jurisdictions to support locally prioritized housing planning tasks and to provide subregional technical assistance through seven Planning Collaboratives. ABAG is also funding regional technical assistance through Peer Cohorts and Work Groups to spark a culture of innovation via peer-to-peer learning, sharing of best practices and lessons learned. Additionally, ABAG has established a Regional Planning Consulting Bench to streamline procurements.

Local Grants & the Regional Planning Consulting Bench

Each Bay Area jurisdiction is receiving grant funding from ABAG to help advance their local housing planning priorities. Funding amounts can be found here: Grant Amounts. Draft funding agreements have recently been sent to all Bay Area jurisdictions offering each the option of receiving reimbursements for eligible expenses, or the option of electing to have ABAG hold the funds and administer consulting contracts on behalf of the recipient jurisdiction. Either way, all Bay Area cities, towns and counties can use the Bench to save time and money.

ABAG will be launching labor-saving online tool from City Innovate that will allow all Bay Area jurisdictions to easy search profiles of 92 consultants on the Bench and to easily compare consultants’ qualifications and rates. The tool will also facilitate informal solicitations of quotes for work when applicable procurement rules allow. The bench will free local staff time from the tedium of contract administration to prioritize community engagement, policy development and rezoning.

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Local Grants & Regional Planning Consulting Bench Contacts:

Grecia Mannah-Ayon, Assistant Regional Housing Planner
Email: gmannah-ayon@bayareametro.gov
Telephone: (415) 778-7935

Heather Peters, Principal Regional Housing Planner
Email: hpeters@bayareametro.gov
Telephone: (415) 778-6752

Subregional Planning Collaboratives

Planning Collaboratives are groups of local jurisdictions that share consulting resources as they work together to address their housing priorities. The work of Planning Collaborative consultants will be scoped locally in consultation with ABAG to complement technical assistance offered at the state and regional levels and to deliver tailored trainings and products to each subregion. ABAG is providing funding to support the following Collaboratives through 2023:

COLLABORATIVE

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE PROVIDER(S)

Alameda County Collaborative

15 Jurisdictions

Urban Planning Partners, Meredith Rupp
MRupp@up-partners.com

Contra Costa County Collaborative
(“C-4”)

20 Jurisdictions

MIG, Joan Chaplick
joanc@migcom.com

Marin County Collaborative

12 Jurisdictions

Jillian Zieger, Marin County Planner
jzeiger@marincounty.org

Napa/Sonoma Collaborative

16 Jurisdictions

4 Leaf, Jane Riley
jriley@4leafinc.com

San Francisco (no Collaborative)

1 Jurisdiction

Due to the unique nature of SF being both a city and county, they are receiving a grant to support robust and equitable public engagement on their housing element.

San Mateo County Collaborative
(“21 Elements”)

21 Jurisdictions

Baird + Driskell, Josh Abrams
abrams@bdplanning.com

Santa Clara County Planning Collaborative

16 Jurisdictions

Baird + Driskell, Paul Peninger
peninger@bdplanning.com

Solano County Collaborative (“SolHIP”)

8 Jurisdictions

STA/Placeworks, Robert Guerrero, Solano Transportation Authority
rguerrero@sta.ca.gov
and Jennifer Gastelum, Placeworks
jgastelum@placeworks.com

County Planning Collaboratives Contact:

Contact Bobby Lu, Associate Planner
Email: blu@bayareametro.gov
Telephone: (415) 820 7925

Peer Cohorts and Topic-Specific Work Groups

Peer Cohorts are designed to connect community planners sharing similar challenges, such as agricultural towns that need to plan for farm labor housing or areas facing high risk of wildfire to provide targeted technical assistance and facilitate longer term peer-to-peer networking. Regional Topic-Specific Workgroups are short-term, issue-specific trainings and work sessions for jurisdictions adopting similar legislation or working on similar projects. Cohorts and Work Groups will be staffed and funded at the regional level by ABAG.

Making Middle Housing Work

This work group is for local planning and housing staff interested in learning about "missing middle" housing and how to develop and implement a middle housing strategy. In six sessions, the work group will cover definitions, case studies, market data, design issues, regulatory strategies, development standards, affordability, communication tools and how to consider middle housing toward a jurisdiction’s RHNA allocation. The work group began on August 26, 2021. Materials from each session, including session recordings, slide decks, notes and custom tools (a market study, a zoning guidebook, etc.) will be posted here and available to participants and others via ABAG's housing technical assistance web portal.

Session One

Session Two

Session Three

Wildfires – How to Preserve and Protect Housing

This work group is for local planning and housing staff interested in learning about how the emerging regular reality of wildfires can be included in agencies land use planning efforts including Housing Elements and Safety Elements. The work group will hold four virtual workshops with experts presenting current information and best practices, case studies, and recent experiences. These sessions will help local agencies gain a better understanding of the evolution and behavior of wildfires, defensible space, home hardening, evacuations (new laws, practical approaches, and new models), and responsive land use planning in the (WUI) Wildfire/Urban Interface. Each session will have Resource Guides with practical take away information and references to key documents and helpful background materials.

There is no limit on the number of attendees per agency. All sessions will be online and recorded for later viewing, but registrants should commit to participating "live" when possible. Please complete this brief form to register.

Topics, dates and materials for the four sessions are listed below.

Session 1: Wildfires & Housing 101

Thursday, September 30, 3 - 5 pm

Session 2: Defensible Space & Home Hardening with CAL FIRE Updates

Thursday, October 14, 3 pm - 5 pm

Session 3: Evacuations – The Law, Practical Approaches & Technology Tools

Thursday, November 4, 3 pm - 5 pm

Session 4: Land Use Planning in the WUI including ADUs

Thursday, December 2, 3 pm - 5 pm

Questions?

Contact Cathy Capriola, project consultant
Email: capriola.consulting@outlook.com
Telephone: (916) 257-3287)

Check back for information on the next Work Groups and Peer Cohorts to get underway.

Peer Cohorts and Topic-Specific Work Groups Contact:

Somaya Abdelgany, Associate Regional Housing Planner
Email: sabdelgany@bayareametro.gov
Telephone: (415) 778-5217

Contact Information

For More Information

Email: housingta@bayareametro.gov

Civic Engagement

Leah Zippert, Senior Public Information Officer
Email: lzippert@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 820-7995

Data Tools

Somaya Abdelgany, Associate Regional Housing Planner
Email: sabdelgany@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 778-5217

Housing Equity/AFFH

Christy Leffall, Associate Planner
Email: cleffall@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 820-7940

Resilience

Michael Germeraad, Associate Planner
Email: mgermeraad@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 820-7945

Online Training Series

Ada Chan, Associate Planner
Email: achan@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 820-7958

Peer Cohorts and Topic-Specific Work Groups

Somaya Abdelgany, Associate Regional Housing Planner
Email: sabdelgany@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 778-5217

County Planning Collaboratives

Bobby Lu, Associate Planner
Email: blu@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 820 7925

Local Grants & Regional Planning Consulting Bench

Grecia Mannah-Ayon, Assistant Regional Housing Planner
Email: gmannah-ayon@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 778-7935

Heather Peters, Principal Regional Housing Planner
Email: hpeters@bayareametro.gov
Phone: (415) 778-6752

Other Technical Assistance

ABAG and its regional partners offer a variety of programs to city and county agencies to provide planning and technical support to reach local and regional goals of greenhouse gas reduction, equity, affordability and resilience.

Visit this Technical Assistance web page for a listing of assistance programs by various categories.

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