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The 2024 Regional Housing Forum

The Brea Chamber of Commerce, under the leadership of President and CEO Lacy Schoen, has produced the 2024 Regional Housing Forum to inform and equip its members, the broader business community, and city residents with important facts about the regional planning and housing development needed for a strong future.

With California and Orange County experiencing a historic housing crisis, the timing of this Forum could not be more appropriate. Residents of all ages are fleeing the state in search of more affordable living situations. Too many workers are forced to drive two to three hours to and from work each day because housing costs here are simply too high. Minimum wage employees and their families who can’t afford that commute are often forced to double or triple up in small homes, not to mention those experiencing homelessness on our streets every day.

The reasons for this are many, including onerous state regulation. But one critical hurdle is the misuse of state housing laws by special interests and activists intent on scaring residents into vocally opposing needed housing. This public ire is too often fed by misinformation about specific housing proposals, development in general, or community impacts.

The fact is that more housing, with a variety of sizes, styles, and price levels, is critically needed not only to house current and future residents (those being born here today) but also to keep our economy strong, maintain a vibrant community, and reduce crime.

Our expert panel, bringing an unparalleled depth of knowledge and expertise in regional planning and housing, details the key reasons for as well as proven solutions to the housing crisis.

Panelists include Kenneth Stahl, Professor & Director of Environmental, Land Use, and Real Estate Law at Chapman University’s Fowler School of Law, Kendra Chandler, Executive Director of the Urban Land Institute Orange County / Inland Empire, Jeffrey “Jeff” Ball, President and CEO of the Orange County Business Council, Adam Wood, Vice President Orange County Operations for the Building Industry Association Southern California. Our Moderator is Jon Gould, Dean of the School of Social Ecology at University of California at Irvine.

Facilitator and Panelists

Adam Wood

Vice President, Building Industry Association OC

Jeff Ball

CEO, Orange County Business Council

Jon Gould

Dean of the School of Social Ecology, University of California, Irvine

Kendra Chandler

Executive Director, Urban Land Institute

Kenneth Stahl

Professor, Chapman University Fowler School of Law