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Finding Your Voice By William Faus

  1. 1. Changemaker Training Saturday, December 10, 2011 Hosted by Greenbelt Alliance
  2. 2. William Faus <ul><li>Happily married for 33 years </li></ul><ul><li>Involved with planning issues for 38 years </li></ul><ul><li>Attended Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo </li></ul><ul><li>Completed graduate studies at SJSU </li></ul><ul><li>This is my 3 rd year in retirement </li></ul><ul><li>I currently dedicate most my time to a number of non-profits, volunteer work, gardening, and cooking for my beautiful wife </li></ul>
  3. 3. How you can make a difference <ul><li>Know & study your specific issue(s) </li></ul><ul><li>Carefully define the specific action(s) you want to happen </li></ul><ul><li>Communicate your concerns </li></ul>
  4. 4. Know & Study your issue(s) <ul><li>Most projects have two distinct components in the approval process: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental review (CEQA) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project characteristics & scope </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Environmental Review Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) <ul><li>In-depth analysis of potential impacts </li></ul><ul><li>Applied Mitigation Measures will lessen potential impacts </li></ul><ul><li>Do the recommended Mitigation Measures address the potential impacts </li></ul><ul><li>Are project alternatives [ found within an EIR ] sufficiently vetted </li></ul>
  6. 6. Project characteristics & scope <ul><li>Development plans describe the proposal </li></ul><ul><li>Plans can be: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Drawings [ blue prints ] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Descriptive narrative </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. The final project <ul><li>Will be a product of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Approved development plans </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Adopted Mitigation Measures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conditions added on by: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Recommending body </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Approval body </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Define the action you want <ul><li>GOOD: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carefully define your issues & concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate your issues & concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This sets up vulnerable ownership , as the outcome is strongly influenced by others </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Define the action you want <ul><li>BETTER: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carefully define your issues & concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline potential solutions and/or options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate your issues & concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This sets up shared ownership , where the outcome is influenced by suggested solutions </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Define the action you want <ul><li>BEST: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Carefully define your issues & concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Outline potential solutions and/or options </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support your recommendations with reasons and findings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communicate your issues & concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>This takes ownership , where the potential outcome is strongly influenced by you </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Communicate your concerns <ul><li>This is the easy part and can be transmitted in many forms to the recommending and/or approval bodies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Prior to project approval - express your concerns </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>During project approval - express your concerns </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. The more ways you communicate your message - the better <ul><li>Verbal, person-to-person { by far the best way !} </li></ul><ul><li>Phone call </li></ul><ul><li>Text message </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail </li></ul><ul><li>Submit a detailed letter of concern </li></ul><ul><li>Fax </li></ul><ul><li>Letter(s) to the local newspaper editor </li></ul><ul><li>Express your concerns at the public hearing(s) </li></ul>
  13. 13. Communication – cont. <ul><li>Get community groups to support your position … </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Chamber of Commerce </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Home-owner’s association </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Neighborhood group </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Be even more proactive … <ul><li>Prior to the public hearings: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak to agency staff in charge of environmental review </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speak to agency staff in charge of the project review and/or staff report recommendation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Speak to individuals in charge of specific sections of the report: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Traffic Engineer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Fire safety </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Etc. etc. </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Your public Standing <ul><li>For a Resident </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of years as a local resident </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of years as a property owner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proximity to the project site </li></ul></ul><ul><li>For a Business owner </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of years as a local business owner </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Number of local people your business employed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Annual tax dollars generated </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proximity to the project site </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Who approved that? <ul><li>There are typically five key groups involved in a project decision: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policy Planners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>City Planners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Project Design Planners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental Planners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Special Interest Planners </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Those involved: <ul><li>Policy Planners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>City Council, Board of Supervisors, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Planning Commission </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific area boards [ ABAG, MTC, SCVWD ] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>LAFCO [ Local Agency Formation Commission ] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>City Planners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Staff planners, management, directors </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Those involved: <ul><li>Project Design Planners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Architects, Engineers, Design Planners, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Environmental Planners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CEQA consultants, specialists [ i.e. Traffic ] </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Special Interest Planners </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Environmental interests [ i.e. Sierra Club, Greenbelt ] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Business interests [ i.e. Chamber of Commerce ] </li></ul></ul>

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