The Latest on Oakland’s Development Impact Fees and the California Supreme Court’s Steps to Rein in CEQA

Wendel Rosen Land Use attorneys Todd Williams and Rob Selna will present "The Latest on Oakland's Development Impact Fees and the California Supreme Court's Steps to Rein in CEQA," on Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at the David I. Wendel Conference Center, 1111 Broadway, Oakland, California.

This is a special event and is invitation-only. Advanced registration is required.

Oakland’s development rules are undergoing unprecedented changes in response to a historic housing shortage. The City Council is considering the imposition of affordable housing impact fees on new construction. The fees are a cornerstone of Mayor Libby Schaaf recently-released Housing Action Plan that aims to add 17,000 residential units during the next eight years, while “protecting” 17,000 affordable homes. Meanwhile, the California Supreme Court issued several key rulings in 2015 regarding the California Environmental Quality Act and affordable housing that will affect development throughout the region for years to come.

This program will cover Oakland’s proposed impact fees, along with the City’s strategies to increase the pace of housing development, and the import of the recent Supreme Court rulings.

Topics will include:

  • Oakland’s proposed impact fees, including the amount, timing and where the fee will apply
  • The status of the City’s Downtown Specific Plan
  • Oakland’s plan to transition tax-defaulted properties to builders
  • Use of California cap-and-trade funds for affordable housing development, and
  • 2015 California Supreme Court decisions regarding the scope of CEQA and affordable housing requirements