Badiner Urban Planning, Inc.


Lawrence Badiner, Urban Planner  2010 - Present
Consultant on Urban Planning issues including the San Francisco Planning Code, Planning procedures, entitlements, development

  • Extensive experience in long range plan development and current planning project implementation
  • Broad planning experience, including design review, project management of area plans, urban design, preservation, Planning Code interpretation and enforcement
  • Especially skilled in working developing relationships and gaining consensus with a wide range of groups, including City officials, neighborhood representatives, developers, Planning staff, SPUR and other interest groups
  • Thorough knowledge of complex General Plan and Planning Code provisions

San Francisco Planning Department 1982 - 2010
Assistant Director/Zoning Administrator  2000 – 2010

Zoning Administrator - Responsible for hearing variances and interpreting/enforcing the Planning Code. Represents the Planning Department at the Planning Commission, Board of Appeals and Board of Supervisors. As Assistant Director, manages the Department with the Director, supervises staff, makes policy and project decisions, develops the annual Department budget.

Assistant Director – Responsible for major development review in Planning Department, including:

  • CPMC Hospital and Citywide Hospital rebuilds
  • Parcmerced 5000 dwelling unit project

Acting Director of Planning 2003 - 2004
Responsible for management of Planning Department, with a budget of $13 million and a staff of 120. Requires exceptional skills in both long range planning and implementation of the Planning Code, as well as political acumen. Improved staff morale dramatically and developed closer links to the Board of Supervisors. Under my tenure, the Planning Commission adopted new Residential Design Guidelines unanimously, adopted preferred options for the Eastern Neighborhoods rezoning and the Housing Element of the General Plan, and commenced environmental review of both projects. Revived the long-stalled Rincon Hill Plan and obtained funding for the environmental review. Commenced simplifying the Discretionary Review. Earned the respect of a wide range of groups, including developers, neighborhood groups, politicians and public interest leaders, and Department and City staff.

Chief of Neighborhood Planning 1999 - 2000
Senior Department Manager - Responsible for overall supervision and direction of the Neighborhood Planning Division, reporting to the Director of Planning. Along with 2 co-Chiefs, supervises 60 employees, including policy implementation, staff management and development, project review and analysis. As part of Senior Management Team, advises the Director of Planning on a variety of issues, including policy, budget and personnel.

 Other Experience

Planning Department Redevelopment Liaison
Office Development Limitation Program (Beauty Contest)
Earthquake Response Coordinator 1989 - 1990
Downtown Plan 1982 - 1985

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Master of City Planning, Certificate in Urban Design, May 1982 - Graduated with Distinction
Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, May 1981 - Graduated Cum Laude



Lambda Alpha

SF Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC)





Lamda Alpha

SF Housing Action Committee

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