2023 Press & Letters

October 31, 2023: Downtown Santa Rosa is rebuilding from the wildfires with higher-density housing. The Council of Infill Builders helped city and county leaders plan for this type of development following the devastation, as described in our 2018 report.

October 18, 2023We’re hiring! If you would like to help advance the cause of infill development and assist with our membership development and organizational growth, please consider applying for this part-time strategic growth director position, with the potential for full-time work. More details here.

October 10, 2023Downtown Hayward is seeing signs of a resurgence, as the San Francisco Chronicle recently reported. This progress comes after the city hired us in 2019 to assess barriers to infill in the downtown, convene a roundtable of real estate experts, and present key findings to the City Council. Read our resulting report.

September 27, 2023: To reduce driving miles and encourage more infill development, California will need to de-prioritize highway spending in favor of infill. This new report from Next Gen Policy presents actionable recommendations for state transportation agencies to consider.

September 14, 2023: Board president Curt Johansen will be speaking on the Build It Green panel “Tackling Trade-Offs: Middle Income Housing & Decarbonization” to be held on Wednesday, September 27 from 9:30-11:00 am PT. Register here

September 6, 2023: Read board chair Mott Smith’s letter co-signed by the Independent Hospitality Coalition to Los Angeles mayor Karen Bass, urging her to improve the permitting times and processes for small businesses that are essential for infill neighborhoods.

June 22, 2023: We support AB 7 (Friedman), which would require state transportation agencies to incorporate certain environmental and financial principles put forth in recent federal infrastructure legislation.

May 18, 2023: The Oyster Cove mixed income infill community proposed in Petaluma by board member Keith McCoy of UrbanMix Development goes before the planning commission this month. Check out this video on the project.

April 11, 2023: We joined a coalition in support of SB 4 (Wiener), which provides a streamlined process for religious organizations and nonprofit colleges to develop affordable housing on their property, regardless of local zoning restrictions.

April 11, 2023: Along with coalition partners, we support SB 423 (Wiener), which removes the January 1, 2026 sunset provisions of SB 35 (Wiener, 2017) and would continue to authorize streamlined, ministerial approval process for infill developments in local jurisdictions that have failed to meet their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) goals or adopt a compliant housing element.

March 16, 2023: We are pleased to support AB 894 (Friedman), which will enable better use of underutilized parking in order to reduce the cost burdens on new housing and businesses associated with excessive parking requirements. Read our support letter.

March 15, 2023: We are pleased to support SB 482 (Blakespear), which will require the state to offer operating subsidy reserves to multifamily homeless providers. Read our support letter.

February 14, 2023: We are thrilled to co-sponsor AB 930 (Friedman), which will give local governments a powerful new tool to finance infill infrastructure and equitable housing. Read our support letter and the bill’s fact sheet. Please consider submitting your own letter of support!

January 17, 2023: We are pleased to announce that Andrew Malick has joined the Council of Infill Builders’ board of directors! Learn more about Andrew’s impressive work advancing infill in San Diego here.

January 4, 2023: We applaud the City of Los Angeles Planning Department’s interpretation of AB 2097 on local parking requirements, which will continue requirements for parking for electric vehicle charging and Americans With Disabilities Act access but only as a percentage of any parking provided on site under the new law.

2022 Press & Letters

December 15, 2022: We honored Assemblymember Laura Friedman with our annual “infill champion” award at our holiday luncheon yesterday in San Francisco. Thank you to Assemblymember Friedman for her tireless efforts to advance infill, most notably through parking reform this year.

September 29, 2022: Board chair Mott Smith discussed the likely impact of new legislation like AB 2097 (Friedman) and AB 2011 (Wicks) on infill development in California on KPCC radio’s Airtalk in Los Angeles.

September 22, 2022: Governor Newsom today signed our co-sponsored AB 2097 (Friedman) to limit local minimum parking requirements near transit, marking an important victory that our organization has sought for 11 years. California now leads the nation in parking reform for infill development!

August 30, 2022: Our co-sponsored AB 2097 (Friedman) to limit local minimum parking requirements heads to the Governor’s desk! Read board chair Mott Smith and UCLA professor Michael Manville’s white papers on how the legislation will improve affordable housing production and not undermine state density bonus law or the Los Angeles Transit Oriented Communities program.

August 11, 2022: We applaud the passage of our co-sponsored AB 2097 (Friedman), which would generally limit local minimum parking requirements, out of the appropriations committee. It will now head to a Senate floor vote. Read our support letter to Senate pro tem Atkins this week urging this action.

July 18, 2022: We are pleased to welcome three outstanding new members to our advisory committee: Vanessa Hawkins Dandridge, a veteran builder of multifamily affordable infill and currently Senior Community Development Specialist with the Mayor’s Office of San Francisco;  Jim Heid, an infill expert, author and practitioner based in Sonoma; and Dominic Mogavero, Director of Development Services at Mogavero Architects. Welcome, Vanessa, Jim and Dominic!

May 27, 2022: The Petaluma Argus-Courier featured board member UrbanMix Development’s proposed 132-unit “Oyster Cove” project, which would transform the city’s riverfront into a vibrant, mixed-use neighborhood.

April 22, 2022: We support AB 2011 (Wicks), to expand affordable housing opportunities in prime infill locations for low-income Californians, while boosting well-paid, middle-class construction jobs. Read our support letter.

April 22, 2022: We oppose SB 1410 (Caballero), which would roll back important reforms to the California Environmental Quality Act that streamlined environmental review for infill projects and made far-flung projects account for and mitigate their increases in driving miles. Read our opposition letter.

April 22, 2022: We are pleased to support ACA 14 (Wicks), which would establish a ten-year funding commitment to address the state’s affordable housing and homelessness crisis. Read our support letter.

April 11, 2022: We are pleased to support AB 1778 (C. Garcia), which would limit highway widenings in low-income communities that impede economic opportunities and equitable infill development, as well as harm public health. Read our support letter.

March 8, 2022: We are pleased to co-sponsor SB 1369 (Wieckowski), which would permit adaptive reuse of any commercial, office, public, or industrial buildings with an occupancy of 25% or less for housing by right. Read our support letter and the bill’s fact sheet.

March 3, 2022: Read our support letter in favor of our co-sponsored AB 2097 (Friedman), which would prohibit local minimum parking requirements on developments near public transit.

February 16, 2022: We support AB 2234 (Rivas & Grayson) to establish a transparent process for obtaining post-entitlement building permits and an option for cities to contract with outside parties to complete the process in a timely manner. Read our support letter.

February 14, 2022: We are pleased to co-sponsor AB 2097 (Friedman), which would prohibit a local government from imposing or enforcing a minimum parking requirement on developments located near public transit.

2021 Press & Letters

December 7, 2021: The Los Angeles County proposed Safety Element , along with amendments to its land use and housing elements, presents an innovative approach to ensuring new development is climate safe and steered towards infill areas. Read our support letter.

October 6, 2021: The SoCal Greenprint will help infill, conservation and housing advocates and leaders make better decisions about where to focus future growth for resiliency and sustainability across Southern California. See our letter requesting that the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) adopt the GreenPrint into their planning.

September 14, 2021: How can we boost infill development in the downtowns and transit corridors of the San Joaquin Valley? Join us on Friday, October 1st at 10am PT for a webinar and Council of Infill Builders report release on this topic. Speakers include Fresno’s city manager Thomas Esqueda and Bakersfield City Councilmember Bob Smith, co-hosted by Fresno Metro Ministry. Register today!

August 23, 2021: Read our coalition support letter for AB 1147 (Friedman) to strengthen regional planning to reduce driving miles.

August 15, 2021: Board member Meea Kang’s 248-unit affordable housing project with Related California in South Lake Tahoe was approved in record time, as profiled by the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

June 29, 2021: New research from Mott Smith, Michael Manville and Anthony Dedousis shows that comprehensive parking reform like AB 1401 (Friedman) is likely to boost the state’s density bonus program — and all housing production.

May 20, 2021: Mott Smith writes in Streetsblog California how eliminating local minimum parking requirements helped San Diego boost affordable housing construction, as our sponsored AB 1401 (Friedman) would do statewide.

April 20, 2021: AB 832 (Bloom) will resolve uncertainty and streamline adoption of redevelopment plans to boost housing. Read our support letter.

March 16, 2021: SB 290 (Skinner) will improve and clarify the density bonus statute to expand its use in California and increase affordable housing production, and we join the California Home Building Alliance in support.

March 12, 2021: We are proud to join a coalition in support of SB 477 (Wiener), which will require local governments to provide the state with critical data needed to evaluate the impact of state laws on housing stock.

February 25, 2021: AB 1401 (Friedman) will have a transformative effect on improving and advancing infill by eliminating minimum parking requirements in transit-oriented and low-vehicle miles traveled (VMT) areas, and we are proud not only to support but to co-sponsor the bill.

February 23, 2021: SB 10 (Wiener) will streamline local approvals for projects up to 10 units near transit. Read our support letter for more information.

February 16, 2021: We support the City of Los Angeles emergency ordinance 20-0380-S1 providing parking relief for small businesses and urge some modifications, detailed in our letter.

2020 Press & Letters

August 10, 2020: SB 288 (Wiener) would temporarily exempt infill mobility projects, including local actions to reduce parking minimums, from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Read our support letter.

July 22, 2020: We submitted this support letter for SB 281 (Wiener), to temporarily extend housing approvals by up to 24 months for local governments impacted by COVID-19.

June 23, 2020: We are pleased to support AB 3030 (Kalra), to protect 30% of California’s land and oceans by 2030, improving equitable access to open space for residents of infill communities. Read our support letter.

June 9, 2020: Read our coalition letter to Gov. Newsom and legislative leaders encouraging them to prioritize homeless shelters, renter production, and affordable housing production in the state budget.

June 8, 2020: Read our support letter for SB 1385 (Caballero and Rubio), which will make it easier to rezone commercial land for housing and streamline approval for projects on that land.

June 1, 2020: We support SB 995 (Atkins), which will fast-track CEQA review for environmentally beneficial infill projects.

May 27, 2020: SB 902 (Wiener) will streamline approval for up to 10 housing units per parcel near transit. Read our support letter.

May 22, 2020: We support the California High Speed Rail Authority’s draft 2020 business plan, which provides a framework for connecting the Central Valley’s cities and spurring infill development.

May 14, 2020: Read our support letter for AB 3107 by Assemblymembers Bloom and Ting, to rezone commercial land for housing.

May 13, 2020: We support California’s state government proceeding with statewide implementation of SB 743, to streamline environmental review for infill housing.

May 11, 2020: Read our support letter for SB 940 (Beall) to allow the City of San Jose to upzone infill parcels near transit in exchange for permanently protecting open space and agricultural land.

May 4, 2020: We support AB 2323 (Friedman and Chiu), to expand CEQA infill exemptions to projects in low-vehicle miles traveled (VMT) areas. Read our support letter and request for further changes to improve these exemptions.

March 12, 2020: Missed our LA Infill conference at UCLA Law last year? We’ve now posted video of the conference, divided into Part 1 and Part 2. Speakers included Sen. Scott Wiener, Liam Dillon from the Los Angeles Times, and LA Metro CEO Phil Washington, among others.

January 20, 2020: The Council of Infill Builders submitted a new letter in support of the amended version of Senate Bill 50 (Wiener) to reduce local restrictions on housing near major transit and jobs.

2019 Press & Letters

LA Infill Conference: Thank you to all who attended our annual Infill Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24th at UCLA Law, featuring a keynote by State Senator Scott Wiener and a conversation with L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. See the agenda and Planning Report article on the event. Watch the video of the conference, divided into Part 1 and Part 2.

October 19, 2019: We partnered with SPUR, the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development, Office of Planning and Research and California High-Speed Rail Authority to recommend to Gov. Newsom actions that the state can take to support cities and fully capture the investment in passenger rail. SPUR summary with graphics here.

September 24, 2019: Watch the Council of Infill Builders and California Lawyers Association webinar discussion with outgoing director Ben Metcalf of the California Department of Housing and Community Development.

August 27, 2019: Board member Meea Kang speaks to California Forward about the need to boost more varieties of infill development through state policy.

July 31, 2019: Our LA Infill conference at UCLA Law on Wednesday, July 24th, featuring a keynote by State Senator Scott Wiener, successfully explored infill challenges and opportunities in Southern California. Read The Planning Report’s summary of our conversation with L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington during the afternoon panel.

June 17, 2019: Pleased to announce registration is now open for our annual Infill Conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday, July 24th, featuring a keynote by State Senator Scott Wiener and a conversation with L.A. Metro CEO Phil Washington. See the agenda and purchase your ticket (seating is limited). Free & discounted passes available for eligible members.

June 6, 2019: Our advisory committee member Patrick Kennedy and his company Panoramic Interests propose a 1,000-unit housing development next to the West Oakland BART station, complete with 59 parking spaces, retail, parks, and offices, including a 23-story tower, as detailed in the San Francisco Chronicle.

April 26, 2019: Caltrans released a request for proposals to study the relationship between parking and vehicle miles traveled (VMT) for a statewide database, as our Wasted Spaces report on parking reform recommended.

March 20, 2019: The Council of Infill Builders submitted a letter in support of Senate Bill 50 (Wiener) to reduce local restrictions on housing near major transit and jobs.

March 18, 2019: Los Angeles-based Amped Kitchens, headed by board member Mott Smith, purchases three-parcel industrial complex in Chicago with plans to convert the facility into 64 separate commercial kitchens ranging from 150 to 2,000 square feet, as detailed in Real Deal article.

March 6, 2019: Board member Mott Smith discusses the importance of reducing parking minimums in Los Angeles, following San Diego’s recent lead, on KPCC Radio’s Airtalk.

February 6, 2019 The Council of Infill Builders submits a coalition letter to Caltrans, urging the agency to speed adoption of “vehicles miles traveled” analyses for new roadway projects.

February 5, 2019: Infill project spotlight: Hamilton Cottages in Novato, just steps from the Novato SMART train station, features 16 homes in a 1.5 acre pocket park with shared amenities. A joint project by board member Keith McCoy’s UrbanMix Development and Ryder Homes, homes will be available for sale this spring.

January 18, 2019: The California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) recently released helpful technical guidance outlining the criteria that infill projects must meet to secure exemptions or streamlining under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

2018 Press & Letters

REPORT RELEASE: “Accelerating Infill in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County: Options to Address the Housing Shortage & Wildfire Rebuilding Effort”

Santa Rosa, CA – The Council of Infill Builders released the new report Accelerating Infill in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County: Options to Address the Housing Shortage & Wildfire Rebuilding Effort. Following the devastating Sonoma County wildfires in October 2017, which destroyed about 6,000 homes county-wide and over 3,000 in the City of Santa Rosa alone (at least 5% of its housing stock), the Council of Infill Builders convened state and local public officials, real estate investors and developers, local business leaders, and other stakeholders to discuss options to rebuild homes in a more sustainable, infill-focused way.

The report finds that to rebuild 30,000 homes over the next five years in existing urbanized downtown neighborhoods to meet demand, stakeholders will need to overcome challenges related to market uncertainty due to unknown demand for infill, a lack of demonstrated viability and financing for infill, a lack of policy and process commitment to support infill development, and high costs and fees on infill.

Accelerating Infill in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County recommends seven priority policy solutions to address the rebuilding challenge in the region:

  1. Pilot projects with public partnership with possible concessions regarding fees, land purchase, and streamlined entitlements.
  2. Rent guarantees for employees from employers to boost demand for infill.
  3. A Joint Powers Agency (JPA)/Renewal Enterprise District (RED) to guide and fund infill development.
  4. Zoning, parking requirement, and development fee reforms to encourage rather than stymie infill development.
  5. Improved availability of public sector infill financing and enhanced access to sales and use taxes.
  6. CEQA streamlining for qualifying infill, as contemplated by legislation like AB 2267 (Wood).
  7. A market study and project development navigator to help streamline infill investment and deployment.

You can read Accelerating Infill in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County here and download the press release.

December 5, 2018: The Council of Infill Builders is pleased to support Senate Bill 50 (Wiener) to reduce local restrictions on housing near major transit.

November 30, 2018: Board president Curt Johansen consulted and quoted in major new California Air Resources Board report documenting how the state’s major urban regions are not meeting their vehicle miles traveled targets under SB 375 (Steinberg, 2008).

October 2, 2018: The Council of Infill Builders applauds the passage of Assembly Bill 2923 (Chiu) to boost infill development around select BART rail transit stations in the San Francisco Bay Area. See our original support letter for more information.

August 8, 2018: The Council of Infill Builders is pleased to announce that Keith McCoy, President and a Founding Partner of UrbanMix Development, LLC, has joined the board of directors. Welcome Keith! See our media advisory, and more information can be found on our board of directors here.

July 10, 2018: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development touts our infill parking reduction law for affordable housing, AB 744 (Chau, 2015) and cites director Meea Kang’s work on the legislation, in its spring 2018 newsletter.

June 1, 2018: California’s First District Court of Appeal published Jensen v. City of Santa Rosa (Case No. A144782) after Monchamp Meldrum LLP submitted a letter on behalf of the Council of Infill Builders, which will discourage meritless challenges to infill projects based on noise impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

March 14, 2018: The Council of Infill Builders are pleased to submit this support letter for Assembly Bill 2923 by Assemblymember David Chiu, which will boost infill development around BART rail transit stations.

February 21, 2018: Mott Smith and Ethan Elkind support relaxing zoning restrictions on housing near transit in a Sacramento Bee op-ed, as proposed by Senate Bill 827 (Wiener).

January 9, 2018: The Council of Infill Builders are pleased to submit this support letter for Senate Bill 827 by Sen. Scott Wiener, which will significantly boost housing in transit-and job-rich cities by relaxing local restrictions on height, density and on-site parking.

2017 Press & Letters

REPORT RELEASE: “Wasted Spaces: Options to Reform Parking Policy in Los Angeles”

Los Angeles, CA – The Council of Infill Builders released the new report Wasted Spaces: Options to Reform Parking Policy in Los Angeles.  Based on an expert convening in January 2017, the report finds that excessive parking requirements for new development, lack of adequate pricing and enforcement for existing parking spaces, and failure to better manage parking assets in the region wastes space, drives up housing prices and rents, and limits overall mobility in the region.

Wasted Spaces contains priority policy solutions to address the parking challenges in Los Angeles:

  • Eliminate, reduce or right-size minimum parking requirements for any new development project;
  • Charge optimal pricing for parking and ensure revenue from enforcement benefits the local community; and
  • Improve parking management rather than mandating new parking requirements in the zoning code, such as through shared parking and transportation demand options.

“Meeting LA’s affordability challenges and growing the city around our transit network will require smart land use policies,” said Los Angeles City Councilmember José Huizar (District 14), “Wasted Spaces provides meaningful solutions for city leaders to consider in re-assessing and updating our parking policies.”

To implement the solutions, the report recommends that local leaders take the following steps:

  • Reframe parking policy reform as “improving overall mobility and access to destinations” to alleviate local fears, as well as demonstration projects and policies to test out parking reform concepts with concerned neighbors;
  • Gather, curate and centralize parking data in a clearinghouse to educate the public and policy makers about actual parking needs and supply in a given area; and
  • Find common ground on housing and transportation policies with those seeking to leverage high parking requirements for concessions, such as by creating grants or other incentives for local jurisdictions that actively manage parking to address these conflicts.

Governor Brown Signs Council of Infill Builders’ Bill to Create New Financing Tool for Infill Projects

On October 7th, Governor Brown signed Assembly Bill 1568 (Bloom): “Neighborhood Infill Finance and Transit Improvements Act” (NIFTI).  NIFTI authorizes local governments to finance infill projects within an enhanced infrastructure finance district based on future tax revenue increases, such as from sales and occupancy taxes.  This innovative new financing tool will help California’s cities and counties build sustainable, equitable infill projects to address the housing shortage and meet the climate goals in Assembly and Senate Bills 32.

Council of Infill Builders board member Meea Kang led the successful legislative effort for the organization. “NIFTI will be a powerful tool to help finance badly needed infill projects in the state,” Kang said. “We know many pioneering infill projects lack access to upfront capital for supportive infrastructure and other needs, and this bill helps local governments fill that gap without raising taxes or fees.”

The Council of Infill Builders thanks our partner organizations for this legislative success, including Natural Resources Defense Council, Planning and Conservation League, Housing Advocates, Housing California, Public Advocates, and Western Center on Law and Poverty, among others.  For more information, please see the full bill text and fact sheet from the California legislature.

December 4, 2017: Read our statement applauding the Governor’s Office of Planning & Research for finalizing guidelines to transition California from an outdated transportation metric privileging automobile traffic to one focused on reducing overall driving miles.

October 18, 2017: With a coalition of Los Angeles nonprofits and academics, we submitted a comment letter today to the City of Los Angeles Department of Planning to encourage greater reform of planned parking requirements in transit-oriented areas under re:code LA.

October 13, 2017: Today we submitted a coalition letter from environmental and real estate nonprofits across California to urge Governor Brown to finalize the long-overdue CEQA guidelines, as required by SB 743 (Sternberg, 2013).  These guidelines will help ease environmental review for infill projects throughout the state.

October 7, 2017: Thank you to Governor Jerry Brown for signing our sponsored bill AB 1568 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, which will provide a badly needed financing tool for transit-oriented infill! Learn more about the Neighborhood Infill Finance and Transit Improvements Act (NIFTI) with this fact sheet and FAQ.

September 29, 2017: Board member Meea Kang appears on “Gimme Shelter” housing podcast with L.A. Times and CalMatters housing reporters to discuss our NIFTI bill and the legislative session on housing:

September 20, 2017: Our sponsored bill AB 1568 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, which will provide a needed financing tool for transit-oriented infill, passed the California Legislature and is on Governor Jerry Brown’s desk for signature. See the AB 1568 fact sheet and FAQ for more information.

June 30, 2017: Congratulations to board member Meea Kang, who joined Related California last month as Senior Vice President. Related California develops affordable multifamily residential and mixed-use properties in California. “I am looking forward to working in tandem with the company’s excellent leadership team,” Kang said, “to achieve increased sustainability and affordability for California’s housing market.”

May 30, 2017: Mott Smith and Ethan Elkind argue for urgent parking policy reform in today’s Los Angeles Times, based on our new Wasted Spaces report.

May 17, 2017: Press coverage of the new Wasted Spaces report and release event on Streetsblog LA and Urbanize LA.

May 5, 2017: Strong coalition support letter for Council of Infill Builders-sponsored AB 1568 by Assemblymember Richard Bloom, which will provide important financing tool for transit-oriented infill and workforce housing.

April 19, 2017: Council of Infill Builders submits a support letter for State Senator Nancy Skinner’s SB 167 to strengthen the Housing Accountability Act as a valuable tool to ensure that localities do not reduce housing production at the expense of California’s renters, home buyers, and economic growth.

April 17, 2017: Council of Infill Builders submits a support letter for State Senator Scott Wiener’s SB 35, to allow streamlined approval of infill housing developments.

April 7, 2017: Council of Infill Builders submits a support letter for Assemblymembers Richard Bloom, David Chiu and Todd Gloria’s AB 1505, which would restore the authority of local governments to choose to require the inclusion of affordable rental units as one component of their local inclusionary housing policies.

2016 Press & Letters

Council Comments on Caldrons Local Development Program – December 20, 2016

Council of Infill Builders submits letter to Caltrans on the agency’s new Local Development – Intergovernmental Review Program to incorporate state-mandated transition from “level of service” or auto-delay analysis to a regional vehicle miles traveled assessment.

Council Submits Comments on California Air Resources Board Climate Change Scoping Plan – September 30, 2016

Council of Infill Builders submits comments on the California Air Resources Board scoping plan to meet 2030 greenhouse gas reduction targets through the transportation and land use sectors.

Council Sponsors Los Angeles Business Council’s Housing and Transportation Summit – September 7, 2016

Register now for the Los Angeles Business Council’s annual housing and transportation summit on October 28th, featuring LA Metro CEO Phil Washington. We are proud to be a cooperating organization for this event.

Mott Smith Op-Ed on LA Planning for Infill – August 1, 2016

Mott Smith co-wrote an op-ed with Mark Vallianatos in the Los Angeles Times on why Los Angeles doesn’t need more zoning and instead should focus on planning for its public spaces.

Patrick Kennedy Profiled on Microhousing for the Homeless – June 29, 2016

Patrick Kennedy sees microhousing as a solution to homelessness in San Francisco, as documented in the San Francisco Chronicle’s extensive coverage on the homeless challenge.

Council Supports Governor Brown’s “By-Right” Housing Proposal – June 9, 2016

Council of Infill Builders submits support letter for Governor Brown’s “by-right” approval proposal for multi-family housing close to transit, provided it does not preclude local governments from granting density bonuses.

US Treasury Secretary Meets with Director Smith on LA Prep Project – May 20, 2016

U.S. Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew and Congressman Xavier Becerra meet with Mott Smitth at “L.A. Prep” to discuss federal tax credits for infill projects.

Council Director Mott Smith Interviewed on new LA Prep Project – March 23, 2016

Mott Smith is interviewed by The Planning Report about his “L.A. Prep” commercial kitchen infill project.

Council Director Mott Smith on LA’s Anti-Housing Initiative – February 16, 2016

Mott Smith discusses the negative consequences of a proposed ballot initiative to roll back infill development in the City of Los Angeles on KCRW radio.

Materials on Sustainable Jobs for Fresno – January 25, 2016

Event PowerPoint slides from the “Sustainable Jobs For Fresno” January 21st discussion now available.

2015 Press & Letters

Council’s Comments to the Strategic Growth Council – 10/30/15

The Council of Infill Builders submitted comments on the Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities (AHSC) draft revised program guidelines, which will govern the distribution of cap-and-trade auction revenue to meritorious infill projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Council’s Comments on the CEQA Guidelines – 10/29/15

The Council of Infill Builders submitted comments on the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines amendments.

Council’s Smith LA Prep Infill Project Featured on New – 07/31/15

Mott Smith’s “LA Prep” infill commercial kitchen project has a ribbon-cutting featured on CBS News Los Angeles.

Council’s Johansen Project Featured on Radio – 07/29/15

Curt Johansen’s Reedley project featured on National Public Radio.

Lofts on 18th Approved – 07/23/15

Eydie Gibson’s downtown Bakersfield “Lofts on 18th” project was supported by the Council of Infill Builders and then approved by the Bakersfield City Council.

Low Income Housing Project Receives State Funding – 07/10/15

Meea Kang of Domus Development receives coveted cap-and-trade funding for affordable housing development in Stockton.

Council Supports Bakersfield Lofts on 18th – 06/01/15

The Council of Infill Builders is pleased to support Viridian’s “Lofts on 18th” housing proposal to revitalize downtown Bakersfield.

High Speed Rail and Infill – 05/25/15

Curt Johansen pens a Sacramento Bee op-ed to discuss the benefits of high speed rail and infill for California.

Challenges of Infill Building in Hollywood – 05/05/15

Mott Smith discusses the challenges of building infill in Hollywood and beyond on KCRW radio in Los Angeles.

Council Letter on AB 779 – 04/24/15

The Council of Infill Builders opposes AB 779 (Garcia) which seeks to roll back badly needed CEQA reform for infill.

Cap and Trade Comment Letter- 01/16/15

The Council of Infill Builders submitted comments on the Strategic Growth Council’s Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities (AHSC) draft program guidelines, which will govern the distribution of $130 million in cap-and-trade auction revenue to meritorious infill projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

2014 Press & Letters

Coalition Letter on SB 743 Implementation – 11/21/14

The Council of Infill Builders also signed on to a coalition letter on SB 743 implementation of environmental and housing advocates.

Council Comments on SB 743 – 11/20/14

The Council of Infill Builders submitted comments on SB 743 (Steinberg) implementation by the Governor’s Office of Planning and research, which promises to streamline CEQA analysis of transportation impacts for infill projects.

“Driving Miles” is Best Measure of New Development – 11/19/14

In this San Francisco Gate op-ed, Council of Infill Builders board president Curt Johansen pens about on SB 743 and CEQA reform with Jeremy Madsen of Greenbelt Alliance.

ViewPoints: Livable Communities at Stake if Fuels Aren’t in Cap and Trade – 08/22/14

In this Sacramento Bee op-ed, Council of Infill Builders board president Curt Johansen argues that California should not delay including transportation fuels in the cap-and-trade program. The revenue will help fund transit and affordable housing and will put California on a path to a sustainable future.

Council Comments on Small Lot Ordinance – 07/30/14

The Coucil stands behind the principle that small lot development will be one of the most important tools cities have to meet changing demand for housing as well as the mandated outcomes of AB 32 and SB 375.

Council Signs On to ARB Letter – 05/19/14

ClimatePlan and its partners commend the Air Resources Board for its great work on the San Joaquin Valley greenhouse gas reductions work. However, concerns remain about transportation plans, modeling and accountability.

Partnership Comments on Kern County Plans – 05/05/14

The Southern Sierra Partnership, including the Council, submitted a letter to the Kern Council of Governments. This letter outlined how the Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy did not take advantage of opportunities for economic and environmental resilience.

Council Supports Infill in San Joaquin County – 04/22/14

The Council supports the inclusion of infill development over the traditional suburbs in the County’s Sustainable Communities Strategy, which would align with market trends for walkable communities.

Downtown Fresno is Ripe for Boom – 04/20/14

Fresno Bee – Fresno may be poised for a comeback but will it take the opportunity, asks Council of Infill Builders President Curt Johansen. Consumers want walkable neighborhoods, but land use laws and regulations are holding Fresno back. Leaders are now revamping those development codes to revitalize the region.

Valley Cities Can See Rebirth, Report Says – 04/17/14

Central Valley Business Times – A new report released by the Council of Infill Builders including input from builders, public officials, and financial leaders outlines how to overcome challenges in creating compact development.

Revitalizing City Centers is key to managing growth in San Joaquin Valley – 04/17/14

Press Release – The Council of Infill Builders today released a new report, which identifies key barriers and recommends solutions for investing in the once-vibrant city centers of San Joaquin Valley communities.

Reviving the Valley’s Downtowns – 04/13/14

Bakersfield Californian – The Council’s Curt Johansen outlines how the Valley’s downtown had seen underinvestment and deterioration but they are now thriving and will become California’s fastest growing region.

2013 Press & Letters

Council Supports Infill Scenario in Valley COG RTP – 11/21/13

The Council supports a preferred scenario in the Regional Transportation Plan that advances infill-oriented infrastructure over the coming decades in order to realize its many economic benefits for cities and towns in Fresno County.

ViewPoints: CEQA Reform is No Longer Stuck in Traffic – 09/10/13

Sacramento Bee – The Council’s Curt Johansen provides a much needed Op-Ed relaying the car-centric approach of the California Environmental Quality Act needs to be revised.

Council Supports Amended SB 731 – 08/26/13

The Council supports the goals of Senate Bill 731 to modernize the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by preserving CEQA’s longstanding role in protecting the environment and providing the public with a voice in decision-making, while addressing the law’s sometimes unintended effect of disproportionately burdening infill projects.

Study to SJ: Build Smaller Homes – 01/24/13

Recordnet – Key findings in a Council of Infill Builders report shows that the Central Valley will grow by three-quarters, while the state averages a one-quarter growth rate.

Two New Research Reports on Housing and Farmland Inform Valley Policymakers – 01/24/13

Groundswell – The American Farmland Trust and Council of Infill Builders released reports ahead of the California Air Resources Board that advocate a policy redirection.

Report: Demand for Infill Development Rising While Support For Sprawl Wanes in Central Valley – 01/24/13

Stockton City Limits – The Council of Infill Builders report outlines key findings for Central Valley including that residents are more in favor of supporting ag land preservation and there are enough large lot single family homes to support demand through 2050.

NRDC: Demand For Infill Housing to Grow – 01/24/13

Housing Alliance of Fresno – A key finding in a report released by the Council of Infill Builders shows that consumer preference data and housing trends indicate the majority of future housing demand will be for apartments, condominiums and townhomes.

Build Smaller Dwellings in San Joaquin Valley, Study Says – 01/23/13

Modesto Bee – The Council of Infill Builders report says to meet housing needs of empty nesters and growing minorities the San Joaquin Valley should adjust the home types it offers.

New Central Valley Housing Study Shows Increasing Demand For City-Centered, Walkable Neighborhoods Near Jobs – 01/23/13

Press Release – The Council of Infill Builders today released a new study of forecasted housing demand in the Central Valley through 2050.

Study: Growing Numbers of Valley Residents Want Walkable Neighborhoods – 01/23/13

Central Valley Business Times – The Central Valley could look very different if a study released by the Council of Infill Builders pans out.

New Report Details Shifting Housing Demand In California’s Central Valley Communities – 01/22/13

NRDC Blog – The Central Valley is estimated to increase its population by 72% by 2050 and the Council of Infill Builders shows in its recent study the Valley can accomodate the growth with infill development.

2012 Press

Joe Minicozzi: Downtown Offers Economic Opportunity for Stockton – 07/18/12

Stockton Journal – Behind those tall historic buildings of Stockton there is a potential economic boon in Stockton.

Merced Mulls New Vision of Downtown – 07/05/12

Merced County Times – A revitalized downtown offers higher property taxes for the City and County according to research by Urban3.

Expert Takes a Look at the Value of Downtown Turlock – 06/29/12

Turlock City News – There is a real importance in investing in the downtown instead of big box stores–the power of investing in the downtown is huge.

Invest in Downtown, Expert Says – 06/26/12

Turlock Journal – Cities tend to chase big sprawling developments when instead they should focus on dense urban environments because they pay off better.

Build Up Downtown To Boost Tax Revenue, Expert Says – 04/20/12

Modesto Bee – County officials have heard plenty of advice of the years about where to build houses, but Joe Minicozzi said to build in the center of the San Joaquin Valley to build up the area’s downtowns.