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257.4 sec. 001 - An Interdisciplinary Approach to Land Development and Investment (Spring 2022)

Instructor: Joseph M South  
Instructor: Ashley Weinstein-Carnes  (view instructor's teaching evaluations - degree students only)
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Units: 3
Grading Designation: Graded
Mode of Instruction: In-Person


W 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Location: Law 170
From January 19, 2022
To April 20, 2022

Course Start: January 19, 2022
Course End: April 22, 2022
Class Number: 32082

Enrollment info:
Enrolled: 6
Waitlisted: 0
Enroll Limit: 12
As of: 07/19 11:58 AM

We all interact with the built environment and real estate development on a daily basis - homes, schools, workplaces, infrastructure, and transit - although most aren’t familiar with how these key features become a reality. How are building projects conceived, designed, approved, financed, constructed, and sold or leased? How does development relate and respond to public policy, the physical environment, and social equity?

This interdisciplinary course is designed to ask and answer these questions. The course is intended for business, law, planning and design, and public policy students interested in learning the land and real estate development process, with a specific focus on California development. This course delves into the considerations behind decision-making within each development phase, including the intersection of local, state, and federal laws; planning, design and engineering; sustainability and climate change; politics and policy; and financing and relevant economic factors.

In addition, we will consider the role and impact of various stakeholders on the real estate development process , including elected officials, municipal staff members, regulators, investors, community members, and opposition groups. To that end, the course will feature frequent guest lecturers who are some of the Bay Area’s leading experts in the deal-making, land use, development, urban planning and design, environmental review and mitigation, and investment fields.

The primary focus of this course is practice rather than theory. On a weekly basis, it will be mandatory for students to participate in interdisciplinary study groups to work together to resolve real-world land use and real estate problems. Students will meet to discuss and prepare responses to the weekly study questions. Law students will learn to evaluate business risks, while business, planning, and public policy students will gain a conceptual framework for understanding legal issues that are critical to the real estate development, land entitlement and deal making process.

Whether you seek to have a career as a lawyer, developer, financier, planner, or policymaker; or just want to better understand the built environment and its evolution over time, this course will challenge your assumptions and broaden your perspective.

This goes toward satisfying the requirements of the Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate, offered through the graduate programs at the Haas School of Business, Berkeley School of Law, and the College of Environmental Design (including MRED+D).


ASHLEY WEINSTEIN-CARNES is a land use attorney at the San Francisco firm of Coblentz, Patch, Duffy and Bass LLP, providing advice and counsel on a wide range of real estate development issues with a focus on negotiation of agreements with local governments and public agencies; coordination of environmental review under CEQA; and processing of entitlements through public hearings and other administrative proceedings. She has successfully obtained land use approvals for large-scale projects across the state. Ashley’s practice spans a wide range of commercial and nonprofit development including major sports arenas to some of the largest affordable housing and master planned projects in the state, along with research & development, and hospital campuses. Ashley dedicates much of her practice to housing development, including streamlining strategies for residential and mixed-use residential projects. She regularly speaks and writes on changes in the regulatory landscape impacting housing production in California.

Ashley is an active member of the Urban Land Institute, serving on the Small Scale Development National Product Council and the Steering Committee of the SF District Council Young Leaders Group. She recently served as Vice President of the Berkeley Real Estate Alumni Association.

Ashley earned her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate. Prior to attending law school, Ashley earned her M.A. in Urban Education Policy & Administration from Loyola Marymount University and earned her B.A., with Honors, in International Relations from the University of Miami.

JOE SOUTH is a real estate developer with years of experience working on projects in all phases of the development cycle, from acquisition and entitlement to leasing and disposition, across numerous product types and jurisdictions. Joe is the Director of Development at Cold Summit Development, a national industrial development platform, where he leads underwriting, developing, and bringing to market ground up cold storage facilities across multiple states. Throughout his development career, Joe has successfully worked with various jurisdictions and public agencies to obtain entitlements and regulatory approvals, including the cities of Oakland and Sunnyvale, Contra Costa County, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Army Corps of Engineers, and Santa Clara Valley Water District. Prior to his current role, Joe worked with Sares Regis Group Northern California, St Regis Properties, and Signature Development Group.

Joe earned his MBA from the Haas School of Business with an Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate in Real Estate. He earned his B.S., with Honors, in English Literature from the United States Naval Academy, and was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. He also holds a Commis de Cuisine from the San Diego Culinary Institute. Joe has also served on the Board of Directors for BREAA. He is a fundraiser and active member of the Guardsmen, a San Francisco-based non-profit group devoted to providing scholarships and outdoor education

Attendance at the first class is mandatory for all currently enrolled and waitlisted students; any currently enrolled or waitlisted students who are not present on the first day of class (without prior permission of the instructor) will be dropped. The instructor will continue to take attendance throughout the add/drop period and anyone who moves off the waitlist into the class must continue to attend or have prior permission of the instructor in order not to be dropped.

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Units from this class count towards the J.D. Experiential Requirement.

Exam Notes: (P) Final paper  
Course Category: Business Law

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