About Us


Sherman Lewis, President

Dr. Sherman Lewis graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and then earned his PhD from Columbia University. Sherman retired as a professor of Political Science from California State University Hayward (CSUEB) in 2010. He specialized in citizen policy, and environmental politics. Dr. Lewis leads a small advocacy group, the Hayward Area Planning Association (HAPA). He has been a leader in the California Sierra Club and served four years on the BART Board.

A few words from Dr. Lewis:

I organized the Hayward Area Planning Association in 1976, not realizing what I was letting myself in for. Our little group worked for 30 years to stop a destructive freeway and save many acres of Ridgelands open space. I have written two books on these adventures, The Rise and Fall of Hayward’s Route 238 Bypass, and Ridgelands! The Closing of a Frontier, both available on Amazon.com.

In the process, I found an old quarry and got interested in how it could be developed as a walkable neighborhood. It started as Quarry Village, became Bayview Village, and is now College Heights. I developed an academic interest in walkable neighborhood systems, mode choice, and density issues, And I have published four books, five academic papers and submitted an application to the National Science Foundation to fill in some gaps in the National Household Transportation Survey concerning Travel Time Budgets.

Hayward Area Planning Association
2787 Hillcrest Avenue, Hayward, CA 94542
(510) 538-3692 • sherman@csuhayward.us

Elizabeth Zapata, Research Executive, CFO

Elizabeth Zapata (EZ), graduated from Chico State University and then earned her MS in Statistics at CSUEB. She is a retired CSUEB Statistics Lecturer. After retirement EZ obtained her California Real Estate license and is currently a Realtor® with Coldwell Banker, Grass Roots Realty in Grass Valley, California. Ms. Zapata serves as the Administrative Assistant for the Camptonville Volunteer Fire Department in Camptonville, California, is a California Notary Public, and tutors young and old in Mathematics.

EZ divides her time between Yuba/Nevada counties and Hayward, California where she is Research Executive and CFO for HAPA, and Secretary/Treasurer and main researcher for International Comparisons.

History of Hayward Area Planning Association (HAPA)

In 1976, Sherman Lewis and a few friends formed the Hayward Area Planning
Association in order to save open space, stop a proposed freeway, and advocate
for better city planning. Elizabeth Zapata joined in 2022 as research associate
to help advance the College Heights housing project from concept to reality.

With our diverse backgrounds, from academia and advocacy to real estate and
sustainable transportation, we’ve come together to advocate for College Heights – an
alternative to suburbia for sustainable, affordable and walkable
neighborhood system living in Hayward, California.

On June 17, 2001, Sherm completed his study of the former quarry property in the right of way of the proposed SR238 Foothill Freeway. He was helping the Alameda County Planning Department prepare a report for Supervisor Nate Miley on the potential for housing development in the freeway corridor. The Planning Dept. report estimated that 607 housing units could be built on the old quarry north of Carlos Bee Blvd. and Overlook Ave., based on adjacent zoning and development patterns.

On February 21, 2002, Dr. Lewis completed a report on Cal State Hayward and the Foothill Freeway that posed the choice between building a freeway through the quarry or using it for housing which could serve students.

This point was made in a number of reports criticizing the proposed freeway, which was eventually stopped by citizen action, the courts, the Hayward City Council, and a vote by the people of Hayward.

At a HAPA Steering Committee meeting on March 19, 2002, we discussed “Smart growth ideas, need for market research study on reduced car dependency, integrated urban systems, housing and the Carlos Bee Quarry as possible site…”

By 2003, HAPA was engaged in discussions over what would replace the Foothill Freeway. On February 26, 2003, the HAPA News proposed a “Draft Scope of Work: Foothill/Mission Smart Growth Variation” as an alternative to the over-widening of Mission and Foothill:

“Smart Growth Redevelopment. Suitable parcels along the two mile distance otherwise to be taken for ROW would be redeveloped based on smart growth principles. (Many existing uses would remain.) Smart growth includes mixed use, e.g., ground floor businesses under residential housing at BRT [bus] stops. Smart growth would not be over five stories and usually three to four. It would include development of student-oriented housing on the quarry site at a density similar to Wimbledon Woods. …”

Many of the other elements of what has evolved into College Heights are in the HAPA News and a related report, “Foothill/Mission Planning Issues.”

In October 2003, “The HAPA Plan for Foothill and Mission, Hayward” proposed rapid bus from BART to Cal State Hayward and:

“The Carlos Bee Quarry. About 30 acres of surplus Caltrans land is up for grabs. It could be used for “car-free” housing, with lower rents, transit passes and taxi credits in monthly rent, and mobility by Rapid Bus. Transit-oriented residential development along Foothill Mission and at the Quarry would provide the ridership to support Rapid Bus, and Rapid Bus would make a car-free lifestyle possible. Such a lifestyle is not only less expensive, but also reduces air pollution and global warming gases, reduces energy consumption and resource use, improves personal health and safety, and is more sustainable in the long run. A survey of 100 Cal State students in 2003 indicated that about 1/4 to 1/3 could live in such housing, would save on rent, and would want to live there.”

With the final demise of the SR238 Foothill Freeway in 2004, the construction of Bayview Village – now College Heights – became the major concern of the Hayward Area Planning Association. This website is a major part of that effort, along with outreach and surveying.

Media Coverage

Cal State Easy Bay Pioneer Newspaper – Utopia in the Hayward Hills July 30, 2009

SF Chronicle – 1,000 units, near car-free planned in Hayward June 8, 2009

NY Times – In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars May 12, 2009