Urban Infill and Redevelopment: Meeting Needs, Creating Benefits and Overcoming Challenges

The Alameda County Bar Association Environmental Law Section will sponsor a panel discussion of the latest trends and challenges in urban infill and redevelopment on Wednesday, May 16, 2012, from 12:00 to 1:30 pm at the Wendel Rosen Conference Center.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

Lunch will be provided.

1.5 hours of MCLE credit

Please join the ACBA Environmental Law Section for this detailed panel discussion of the latest trends and challenges in urban infill and redevelopment.


  • Tom Bates, Mayor of Berkeley, was the youngest person to serve as Alameda County Supervisor in the history of Alameda County. During Tom Bates’ 20 years as a State Assemblyman he passed and had signed into law 220 bills. He served on the Assembly Environment Committee for 19 years and consistently had a 100 percent environmental voting record; Bates also chaired the Human Services Committee for 14 years. He passed legislation for children and families, the environment, civil rights, and transit villages. 
  • Tom is a native Californian and a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (‘61). During his time at Cal, Bates was a starting right end on the 1959 Cal Rose Bowl team. After graduation, Bates served in West Germany as an officer in the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Captain in the Army Reserves before retiring from the military in 1964. 
  • Doug Johnson is a Senior Planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which is the transportation planning, coordinating and financing agency for the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. He will discuss how regional programs and perspectives help to promote infill. 
  • Patrick Kennedy is the owner of Panoramic Interests, a development firm that has been building housing, live-work space, and commercial property in Berkeley since 1990. The firm has focused on dense mixed-use, mixed-income infill developments. He will discuss the hurtles and benefits of infill development.
  • Amanda Brown-Stevens is the Deputy Director of Greenbelt Alliance, which was founded in 1958 as Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks (CRRP), an organization of environmentally concerned individuals and groups that would later become Greenbelt Alliance. Ms. Brown-Stevens focuses on honing organizational strategy, ensuring cross-departmental collaboration and keeping a local and regional perspective on Greenbelt Alliance’s work. She will discuss what local groups are doing to foster infill development. 
  • Jason W. Holder, land use and CEQA attorney with Fitzgerald, Abbott and Beardsley LLP, will moderate the panel.

To register online: acbanet.org, or call 510-302-2201