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December 13, 2021

Zoning and Planning with Leila Banijamali

A consistent theme in discussions on closing the affordable housing gap is zoning and land use policy. In this episode, Corey and Steve talk with Leila Banijamali, the CEO of Symbium, a new company that has taken on the challenge of making zoning accessible to the general public through new technologies. Symbium has already put their tools to use in working with the City of San Francisco and the City of San Mateo, and they were recently recognized by both the Ivory Prize for Housing Affordability and Facebook’s Housing Innovation Fund.

  • Chapter 1: 0:00 – Background on Symbium
  • Chapter 2: 5:30 – Zoning, land use and accessory dwelling units
  • Chapter 3: 20:00 – Considerations for the future
  • Chapter 4: 29:30 – Addressing affordability challenges

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