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California Planning & Development Report

15 EpisodesProduced by Calif. Planning & Dev. Report Website

The podcast version of the California Planning & Development Report (, the leading independent source of news and analysis for the urban planning community in California. Covering policy, housing, transportation, finance, trends and more. Featuring Editor Bill Fulton, Contributing Edit… read more

15 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Rick Cole: From California to Congress for New Urbanism

July 5th, 2021


In the 1990s, Rick Cole presided over the update of Pasadena's general plan, which led to the development of one of the most recognizable …

Single-Family Zoning Upheaval & Pending Legislation

April 12th, 2021


A wave of cities throughout California, including Sacramento, Berkeley, and Oakland, have pledged to do away with single-unit zoning and permit duplexes by-right. It's a seemingly simple principle, but a potentially …

L.A. Planner-Councilmember Nithya Raman

March 4th, 2021


Elected to the Los Angeles City Council in November, Nithya Raman ran on an explicitly urbanist platform. Her slogan: "Nithya for the city." Raman had previously worked in the City Administrator's Office analyzing …

Top California Urban Planning Stories of 2020

December 24th, 2020


In our final podcast of 2020, Bill and Josh discuss CP&DR's most popular stories of the year, including the impact of the COVID pandemic on …

Top Planning Books of 2020

December 11th, 2020

39:10 recently came out with its annual list of the Top Urban Planning Books of 2020, including contributions from CP&DR's Josh Stephens. The books cover timeless topics like housing and the history of …

October 12, 2020: Diana Lind & "Brave New Home"

October 11th, 2020


In Diana Lind's new book Brave New Home: Our Future in Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing,  Lind shows why a country full of single-family houses is …

Cal APA "Big Conversations": Anna Nelson on Minneapolis Zoning Revolution

September 7th, 2020


In December, the City of Minneapolis did the unthinkable: as part of its Minneapolis 2040 Comprehensive Plan, it eliminated single-unit zoning …

August 4, 2020: Black Planners Roundtable

August 4th, 2020


The death of George Floyd and the strengthened, nationwide interest in the Black Lives Matter movement has naturally and crucially highlighted urban inequities. Issues including segregation, economic disparities, …

July 20, 2020: Rex Richardson, SCAG President

July 20th, 2020


Immediately upon his election to the presidency of the Regional Council of the Southern California Association of Governments in June, Long Beach …

July 13, 2020: Alicia John-Baptiste, San Francisco Planning & Urban Research

July 13th, 2020


CP&DR’s Josh Stephens speaks with Alicia Johns-Baptiste, the new director of Bay Area land use think tank San Francisco Planning & Urban Research. This interview was conducted May 23, 2020.

June 8, 2020: What is The Urban Mystique?

June 8th, 2020


Planners often focus on the minutiae of their cities. But cities are greater than the sum of their parts. 

CP&DR Editor Bill Fulton speaks with …

May 28, 2020: Julia Lave Johnston, President, American Planning Assoc., California Chapter

May 28th, 2020


Josh Stephens speaks with California APA President Julia Lave Johnston about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the planning profession.

CP&DR Podcast May 13, 2020: Senate Bill 35; Horton Plaza; Telecommuting; Online Meetings; Interview with Meg Walker, Project for Public Spaces

May 14th, 2020


Bill Fulton and Josh Stephens discuss the latest planning news as reported in the California Planning & Development Report: 

CP&DR Podcast April 14, 2020: Housing Crash, Planning Budgets, Legal Update

April 14th, 2020


Volume 1, Episode 2 of the CP&DR podcast features Bill Fulton and Josh Stephens discussing the impending housing crash caused by the COVID19 …

CP&DR Podcast: Mar. 26, 2020: Coronavirus; SB 50; Future of California Housing

March 26th, 2020


CP&DR’s inaugural podcast episode. Bill Fulton and Josh Stephens discuss how California's planning departments are adapting to remote work; how …

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