Monthly Archives: April 2016

Mentorship is Moving Trees, Literally

By Katie Darter Bennett, LEED Green Associate The ULI OC IE 2016 Mentorship Program is in full swing. This program matches young professionals under 35 years old (“Protégés”) with experienced professionals (“Mentors”) for guidance and support, while offering mentors an opportunity to strengthen ties with the young future leaders of the local real estate community and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). Last week, Group 16 met up with Jeff Thompson at his office: the headquarters of Rancho Mission Viejo. We had our usual monthly chat over lunch about various industry … Read More

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Public Sector Brainstorming

By: Jessica Candaele, LEED AP, CPSM, KTGY On Wednesday, March 23rd ULI Orange County/Inland Empire brought together an impressive group of public sector members for a Brainstorming Session. The purpose of the meeting was to learn from active public sector members about what ULI OCIE can do better to attract more members from this population. With 9% of ULI OCIE’s membership made up of public sector members compared to the national number of 16%, we are lagging behind in meeting the needs of this important segment of the land use … Read More

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Take Me To The City

By: Amy Martz, AIA, Associate Partner, MVE+Partners Over 30 young professionals converged on the leasing office at Pacific City, one of the latest mixed-use developments in Huntington Beach, for ULI’s bi-monthly YLG “Board Room After Hours” event. Leading the discussion were Stenn Parton, Director of Acquisitions and Development at DJM Capital Partners and Jeff Larsen, Principal at architectural firm MVE+Partners. DJM Capital partners are responsible for the development of the retail and hotel sites at Pacific City and MVE+Partners are involved on the residential site. Pacific City was the original … Read More

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Caltrans Emphasizes Multi-Modal Transportation (in OC)

By Kendra Chandler, Director, ULI OC/IE “It is important for us to be good stewards of our resources, think outside the box, and work together to operate what we have, link it to the local system and keep the economy going strong,” Malcom Dougherty, Director of the California Department of Transportation, in his announcement of Caltrans’ new mission vision and goals. I had the opportunity to meet with Yatman Kwan, Branch Chief, System Planning-Travel Forecasting-Freight Mobility of Caltrans District 12 – Division of Planning and Local Assistance, and his colleague … Read More

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TOD, CEQA, VMT, LOS, OPR – The Language of SB743, Still Open for Interpretation

Those who attended the March 9th ULI Infrastructure Technology Initiative Council (ITIC) meeting, led by JoAnn Hadfield, PlaceWorks, and including panelists Tony Petros, LSA, Inc. and Tim Paone, Cox, Castle & Nicholson, discussed key issues surrounding SB 743 (Steinberg). The intent of the meeting was to discuss – How will the proposed guidelines for this legislation “that makes changes to how the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) prioritizes projects located in areas served by transit and develops a new approach for analyzing the transportation impacts under CEQA” affect public agencies … Read More

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