ULI Los Angeles: Housing Accountability Act - The Most Important Law You’ve (Maybe) Never Heard of


2021-02-04T08:00:00 - 2021-02-04T09:30:00

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    Join the Public Sector Subcommittee of the ULI-LA Housing Council for a panel on one of the most significant laws that govern the construction of new housing in California - the Housing Accountability Act (HAA).
    Recent updates to the HAA have given more teeth to this landmark “anti-NIMBY” law, which restraints local governments from denying or reducing the density of conforming housing developments and imposes various deadlines aimed at streamlining the review of planning/zoning entitlements. The law has had significant impacts as well as caused some confusion at the local level and many housing developers and other stakeholders are unaware of important provisions.
    The panel will highlight important new written guidance from the state on the implementation of the HAA and how recent amendments are changing the way housing is being developed and approved. Efforts by Los Angeles-area cities and developers will be highlighted to show how they are responding.
    Both private and public sector audiences are encouraged to attend and engage! 



    Paavo Monkkonen

    Assistant Professor, The University of Hong Kong

    Paavo Monkkonen is Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, director of the Latin American Cities Initiative, the coordinator of the Regional and International Development Concentration, and a Faculty Cluster Leader for the Global Public Affairs Initiative. Paavo researches and writes on the ways policies and markets shape urbanization and social segregation in cities around the world. His scholarship ranges from studies of large-scale national housing finance programs to local land use regulations and property rights institutions often not recognized for their importance to housing. 


    Melinda Coy

     Ms. Coy has been with the Division of Housing Policy Development of the State Department of Housing and Community Development since 2005. Ms. Coy is responsible for supporting effective implementation of housing policy and land use laws including the review of local housing elements of the general plan, the provision of technical assistance to local governments, and oversite of HCD’s new Local Government Accountability and Enforcement activities.  


    Dave Rand

    Partner, Armbruster Goldsmith & Delvac LLP

    Dave Rand specializes in land use law and governmental regulatory matters. His expertise includes various aspects of municipal law, the planning and entitlement process, the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the Subdivision Map Act, and the Coastal Act. He has represented clients on a wide range of office, residential, retail and mixed-use development projects.  


    Chris Tourtellotte

    LaTerra Development

    Chris Tourtellotte serves as a Managing Director of LaTerra. Chris is responsible for overseeing the Development group, sourcing and closing new acquisitions, sourcing debt and equity for LaTerra’s projects, and growing LaTerra’s apartment and mixed use development platform, which currently includes over 3,000 apartment units either under construction or in the pipeline. 


    Matthew Glesne

    Matthew Glesne is a Senior City Planner for the Los Angeles Department of City Planning.  In this position he leads the Department’s Housing Policy Unit, which is responsible for developing various citywide housing related initiatives. He has recently led the development of the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) policy, the  Transit Oriented Communities (TOC) affordable housing incentive program, the Home Sharing Ordinance, the Affordable Housing Linkage Fee, Permanent Supportive Housing Ordinance, as well as coordinating the implementation of state legislation.