These webinars are a comprehensive training series for local planning and housing staff focused on updates to local Housing Elements. Many sessions are jointly sponsored by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) or the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR).

The training series identifies key Housing Element topics that local staff must start early in the process. Each training is a live and interactive webinar, with geographically-based breakout groups and opportunities for questions and answers. Access to completed webinar recordings and supporting materials is available below.

Upcoming Trainings

Check back for future trainings on topics including:

  • Communications resources
  • Open office hours

Past ABAG Training Sessions

Webinar for Elected Officials: Learn About Available Assistance for Housing Element Updates  

March 25, 2022

ABAG has developed a technical assistance program, funded by a California Regional Early Action Program (REAP) grant, to assist local governments in implementing the state’s RHNA requirements. This webinar showcased the program and the range of available technical and communications/outreach products to assist your jurisdiction. 

Keynote speaker Dr. Tiffany Manuel provided attendees with an overview of what housing means to Bay Area residents and some tools for how to engage residents in productive conversations about housing. Dr. Manuel has worked with both the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California over the past several years, bringing her research to efforts to shift regional conversations around housing equity and access. ABAG staff presented highlights from the first year of the program and plans for this program going forward. Staff also discussed new tools available for local jurisdictions related to wildfire prevention and missing middle housing and provided an overview of communications resources designed for elected officials and staff. 

Watch the video and view the handouts

New Annual Progress Report Requirements with HCD 

January 18, 2022

AB 1255 and AB 2345 (passed in 2020) added new data requirements that local jurisdictions must include in their Housing Element Annual Progress Reports (APRs) due April 1st. HCD Housing Policy staff Ava Hoffman, Ashley Sanchez and Tom Brinkhuis explained the new legislative requirements and the changes in the APR form.

New Annual Progress Report Requirements with HCD: Watch the video and view the presentation.

Keep Calm and Certify On: Tips from Early Adopters

January 11, 2022

This presentation and roundtable conversation covered the new state requirements for 6th cycle housing elements and perspectives from HCD and jurisdictions who have successfully submitted their housing elements. 

Speakers included: 

  • Sohab Mehmood, Senior Housing Specialist at the California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Paul McDougall, Planning Grants and Incentives unit chief  for the California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Chelsey Payne,  Director of Urban Design and Planning with Ascent
  • Shawna Purvines, Deputy Director of the Placer County’s Community Development Resource Agency
  • Veronica Tam, Principal with Veronica Tam and Associates

Keep Calm and Certify On: Tips from Early Adopters — watch the video and view the presentation

New Housing Laws Discussion

November 30, 2021

The recent state legislative session brought many changes to housing law statewide. Beyond SB 9, several new laws impact California jurisdictions' housing elements timelines, permit processes, state density bonus applications, and more. Staff from Goldfarb & Lipman LLP discussed some of the most significant legislation and what it means for jurisdictions. New Housing Laws Discussion: Review the presentation and watch the video. 

"Surplus Public Land: What Local Agencies Need to Know" Webinar

October 26, 2021

In the "Surplus Public Land: What Local Agencies Need to Know" webinar, State of California Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and ABAG/MTC staff offered an overview of the Surplus Land Act’s expanded requirements, highlighted common mistakes made by public agencies trying to dispose of surplus land, and explained HCD’s roles in monitoring compliance with the Act and promoting affordable housing on public land.

HESS Tool 1.0 Tutorial Webinar

October 19, 2021

The HESS Tool is a web-based mapping tool developed to guide Bay Area cities and counties in identifying opportunity sites for new housing that align with state Housing Element requirements and support regional and local priorities.

Summary: This virtual tutorial walked local planning staff and consultants through the HESS Tool 1.0 interface. It also demonstrated how to perform the following actions to assist with building a Site Inventory:

  • Filter sites based on HESS screening categories and specified characteristics of interest
  • View detailed information for sites of particular interest
  • Generate a list of selected sites in HCD's new Site Inventory Form with select columns auto-populated with available data
  • Identify actions items to meet HCD Site Inventory requirements for groups of sites with shared characteristics
  • Update underlying data based on local records to improve accuracy of the HESS Tool

Context of SB 9 and Potential Impacts

September 20, 2021

The "Context of SB 9 and Potential Impacts" webinar presented information on the content of SB 9 and the potential impacts of the legislation. The session includes explanations of ministerial two-unit developments and ministerial lot splits: which projects qualify, criteria that cannot, must be or may be used by jurisdictions, how SB 9 intersects with other laws, and the projected impacts in jurisdictions across the state. Presenters included Barbara Kautz from Goldfarb & Lipman and David Garcia from the Terner Center. Webinar resources include:

  • Video recording
  • Terner Center Presentation
  • Legislative Presentation
  • Terner Center full analysis

Integrating Climate Adaptation/Resilience Into Your Housing Element

July 27, 2021

The Integrating Climate Adaptation/Resilience Into Your Housing Element workshop, co-produced by California OPR, presents ways to integrate resilience into Housing Element updates.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Data Deep Dive

July 13, 2021

The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: Data Deep Dive webinar showcased data analysis and land use policies related to segregation patterns and trends in the Bay Area. A presentation from Dr. Jessica Trounstine, UC Merced, on portions of her work on segregation and land use analysis with special attention to the Bay Area context.

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing: The Nuts and Bolts with HCD

June 22. 2021

Additional HCD resources from the webinar:

Engage How To! Introduction to Remote Meeting Tools

May 25, 2021

Additional resources from the webinar:

Housing Sites Inventory - Deep Dive

May 18, 2021

Incorporating Environmental Justice and Safety into your Housing Element

May 11, 2021

Summary: This webinar is co-hosted by OPR.

Additional resources from the webinar:

How to Talk About Housing – Data-Driven Lessons on Housing Communications that Work and Those that Backfire

April 27, 2021

Summary: Speakers share information developed from two separate efforts to analyze how housing is discussed at the Bay Area level and at a statewide level. HCD also discusses how they are supporting local government around communication of housing issues.

Additional resources from the webinar:

Planning Collaboratives Kick-Off

April 13, 2021

Summary: This webinar introduces the County Planning Collaboratives.

Additional resource from the webinar:

Using Data Effectively in Housing Element Updates – ABAG’s Housing Needs Data Packets and Accessing the US Census

March 23, 2021

Summary: This webinar introduces the ABAG data packets.

Additional resource from the webinar:

Creating Capacity: An Overview of the Sites Inventory

March 9, 2021

Additional resource:

Additional HCD resources from the webinar:

Housing Element 101 - Overview and New Laws + Tips

February 23, 2021

Planning Innovations Webinar: Regional Data Tools for the Housing Element

Oct. 29, 2020

Summary: ABAG, in partnership with HCD, discuss state data requirements, solicit input on regional data tools and train local planners to use a site selection tool to analyze parcel-level data and pre-populate HCD’s new site inventory form. The beta version of the Housing Element Site Selection (HESS) tool is presented at the webinar.

Housing Planning: For the Future

July 20, 2020

Summary: This interactive webinar introduces ABAG’s and HCD’s technical assistance partnership and explains some of the technical assistance tools being developed.

Additional Resources

For additional online training HCD and the Institute for Local Government (ILG) have developed a webinar series for city and county elected officials. View upcoming sessions and review previous sessions.

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