Innovative professional with 30 years of experience in community revitalization and development. Strong problem solving, negotiation, interdisciplinary communication, organization and facilitation skills. Work experience includes land use planning, engineering, economic development, redevelopment, and organizational development, with special emphasis on community revitalization. Formal education in city planning, engineering and public administration.
LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT:
Experience managing the efforts of engineering, planning and redevelopment staff relating to the development of large in-fill sites with significant infrastructure and environmental challenges. These complex projects required ongoing interdepartmental coordination, extensive community interaction, and direct contact with upper management, community leaders and government officials. Also responsible for recommending and implementing changes in methods, systems, policies and procedures relating to internal operations in both planning and redevelopment.
Extensive experience coordinating the activity and exchange of ideas between diverse groups, both internal and external to the organization. Have facilitated discussion and negotiated with a variety of government entities including the Department of Fish and Game, Caltrans, BART, and a variety of county and city governments and districts. Multi-disciplinary background and formal training in negotiation, mediation, facilitated problem solving, and communication. Numerous public presentations relating complex issues and ideas to a variety of community organizations and hearing bodies.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND REDEVELOPMENT:
Responsible for new redevelopment area formation, redevelopment plan amendments, Specific Plan development, and issuance of RFPs and RFQs for infill development sites. Lead negotiator for numerous development sites, both large and small. Facilitated development and environmental clearances for land with endangered species and hazardous materials. Managed contracts and consultant teams. Responsible for the development and management of façade and commercial rehabilitation programs for two cities.
· Permit Application Package and Permit Processing Procedure Manual Development for the City of Alturas. Responsible for the development of Application Package handouts for use by the general public, and authored a comprehensive Procedure Manual for use by City staff. Procedure manual covered all phases of project processing, including the development of forms, staff reports, and decision making steps for both the environmental review and processing of use permits, variances, site plans, sign permits, summary road vacations, administrative permits, certificates of compliance, lot mergers, lot line adjustments, rezones and general plan amendments.
· Zoning Ordinance Restructuring and General Plan Update for City of Alturas. Authored the complete re-write of the City’s Zoning Ordinance, and the update of their General Plan to ensure compatibility between documents. Facilitated six “Town Hall” style public meetings to educate the public and receive feedback on Ordinance proposals. Project included a land use survey of all properties and the rezoning more than half the properties in the City to correct zoning and land-use inconsistencies. New Ordinance and General Plan Amendments approved unanimously by City Council in 2014.
· 65th Street Station Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
TOD Description: $120 million mixed-use project with 120 residential units, 64,000 SF of retail, 72,000 SF of office, a 148 room hotel, and a 30,000 SF fitness facility with an associated parking structure and off-site infrastructure improvements including the relocation of an 11 berth bus transfer facility adjacent to the 65th Street Commuter Rail Station.
Developer: Lucas Enterprises, LLC, Sacramento, CA
Responsibilities: Project Manager for the Sacramento Regional Transit District (RT) responsible for real estate development negotiations. Responsibilities included station concept plan editing, publication and dissemination; funding negotiations; internal and external meeting facilitation, contract management, and public presentations.
Results: Agreement executed with the developer, all discretionary approvals for the proposed development secured; new bus transfer facility design completed and approved; and $620,000 in project grants secured from the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.
· Centerville Market Place Transit Oriented Development (TOD)
TOD Description: $84 million mixed-use project with 58,000 SF of commercial and 110 townhome-style condominiums half a block from the Centerville Commuter Rail Station.
Developer: James Tong, Charter Properties, Pleasanton, CA
Developer: James Tong, Charter Properties, Pleasanton, CA
Responsibilities: Project Manager for the City of Fremont responsible for real estate development negotiations. Responsibilities included the selection and management of the City's consultant team; leadership of the City's interdepartmental staff team; internal and external meeting facilitation (including extensive meetings with the community to determine desired project parameters); authorship and issuance of the RFQ/P; developer selection; environmental investigation, hazardous material remediation, and building demolition; and negotiation of the Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) that included a detailed site design. The project required extensive interdepartmental coordination (including the Economic Development, Engineering, Planning, and Building Departments), market and financial analysis, and presentations to the community and City Council.
Results: DDA executed with Developer on March of 2005
· Façade and Commercial Building Rehabilitation
Developed and managed the Façade Improvement Grant Program for the Cities of San Leandro and Fremont, and the Commercial Rehabilitation Loan program for the City of Fremont. Lead consultant teams and coordinated interdepartmental project reviews (including the Economic Development, Engineering, Planning, and Building Departments). Responsibilities included marketing, contract management, design review, policy development, and negotiations.
· Downtown Revitalization Responsible for development of a plan addressing conditions inhibiting desired development within the town center of Fallbrook in San Diego County, including consideration of circulation, flood control, parking, recreation and zoning deficiencies. Facilitated a series of five community workshops with a self-selected fifty member community advisory group and a 15 member community leadership committee. The Fallbrook Plan received an award for Comprehensive Planning for a Small Jurisdiction from the American Planning Association in 2000.
· Upper San Diego River Improvement Project (a 600-acre mixed-use project with $34 million in public improvements) Lead responsibility for the implementation of the area's redevelopment plan requiring extensive public contact (including facilitating ongoing discussions with an 18 member citizen's advisory group); interdepartmental coordination; negotiation and management of contracts, grants and development agreements; and the evaluation and recommendation of public policy and programs relating to capital improvements, affordable housing and economic development strategies.
· Case Tracking System Recommended, designed, and managed the development of a PC-Based Case Tracking System for the San Diego County Department of Planning and Land Use. This system required soliciting and consolidating input from all levels of the Department, developing and executing training programs for all staff, and facilitating interdisciplinary meetings to identify and streamline work flow and procedures. Received a National Association of Counties (NACo) Achievement Award in 1992 for its contribution to improving County Government.
June 2012-Present Principal, Andersen Planning, Alturas, CA
Aug 2007-June 2012 Principal, Andersen Planning Consultants, San Leandro, CA
Aug 2000- Aug 2007 Redevelopment Project Manager, Office of Housing and Redevelopment, City of Fremont, Fremont, CA
Jan 1999-Aug 2000 Redevelopment Specialist, Development Services Division, City of San Leandro, San Leandro, CA
Jan 1994-Jan 1999 Redevelopment Project Manager, Department of Planning and Land Use (DPLU), County of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Oct 1988-Jan 1994 Community Development Project Manager, DPLU, County of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Jun 1987-Oct 1988 Development Plan Check and Zoning Information Specialist, DPLU, County of San Diego, San Diego, CA
Dec 1985-Jan 1987 Community Mediator/Trainer (volunteer) San Diego Mediation Center, San Diego, CA
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND AWARDS
2007 Certificate, NCI Charrette Planner, National Charrette Institute
2001-2005 International Director for the Northern California Chapter of the APA
2003 Co-Lead American Planning Association Delegation to Cuba
2000 American Planning Association Delegate to China
2000 Certification, American Institute of Certified Planners (Certificate No. 015378)
2000 American Planning Association (APA) Award for Comprehensive Planning for a Small Jurisdiction presented to the San Diego County Planning Department for the Fallbrook Economic Revitalization Plan (Jennifer Andersen, Project Manager)
1998 Certificate, Community Economic Development Specialist, San Diego State University College of Extended Studies
1997 Certificate, Technology of Participation/Group Facilitation Methods, Institute of Cultural Affairs
1997 Certificate, Technology of Participation/Participatory Strategic Planning, Institute of Cultural Affairs
1993 Masters in Public Administration, San Diego State University, Thesis Topic: Organizing for Flexibility (a case study in organizational power structures and managing for change)
1985 Certificate, Community Mediation, USC Law Center/San Diego Mediation Center
1984 BA, Urban Engineering, University of California, San Diego, combining urban planning and engineering sciences