By Evan McGinnis
On Jan. 27, UCLA Extension’s Public Policy Program held its 31st Annual Land Use Law & Planning Conference at the historic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. The conference is the leading source of information on land-use legislation, case law, and the emerging issues that frame land use and development practices in California. It is well-known for bringing practitioners and academics together to discuss and examine land-use law, and delivering all essential updates for the year ahead.
This year’s conference attracted more than 250 land-use attorneys, planners, elected and appointed public officials, developers, builders, environmental consultants, and conservationists from across California. The day’s agenda included a discussion on statewide greenhouse gas emission target mandates and a review of California’s revised General Plan Guidelines, as well as update panels on the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and planning, zoning, and development law.
The highlight of the event was the keynote address provided by Eric Garcetti, Mayor of the City of Los Angeles. Mayor Garcetti discussed land use law and planning as it relates to the City of Los Angeles, and reviewed the progress his administration has made on his “back to basics” agenda, which is focused on solving everyday problems for L.A. residents.
Many thanks to the Humanities & Sciences staff, the AV Department, the Marketing Department, the Office of Government and Community Relations, and the Dean’s Office for their support in making this year’s conference another success!