Martha Miller, AICP, and Vivian Kahn, FAICP, led sessions at the 2014 California APA Conference in Anaheim.
Principal Martha Miller, AICP, led a session on Supporting Urban Agriculture in Your Community. Urban agriculture is increasingly recognized as an important component of the urban system, addressing environmental sustainability, public health and economic opportunity. Martha, along with fellow speakers Clare Fox, Director of Policy and Innovation at the Los Angeles Food Policy Council, and Kiel Schmidt, Operator of Tower Urban Family Farms in Fresno, explored barriers to urban agriculture and what communities can do to overcome these barriers.
Associate Principal Vivian Kahn, FAICP, led a session on Property Rights, Takings, and Exactions: A Legal and Practical Update for Planners at the 2014 California APA Conference in Anaheim. Every year sees changes to the law governing property rights, “takings,” and conditions to development approvals (impact fees, dedication requirements, and other “exactions”). This annual session covered the legal “state of the art” for these topics, discusses new pronouncements from the federal and California courts, and offered practical advice for planning professionals.