Breakout Session 1A: SB 375: What’s Working, What’s Not, and What to Do Going Forward
Saturday, February 27, 2016
10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. PST
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This panel will consider the current state of affairs related to the landmark SB 375 legislation, enacted in 2008, which requires the coordination of transportation and land use planning at the regional level by Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and the preparation of a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) as an integral part of each MPO’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). These plans must demonstrate how the region will meet state-mandated regional greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets.
After eight years of implementation, there is solid evidence that SB 375 has dramatically improved the overall approach to regional planning across California’s many metropolitan areas. However, there is a growing disconnect in many places between forward-looking, GHG-reducing plans at the regional scale and “business-as-usual” land use and transportation planning at the local level, with cities and counties continuing to approve numerous projects that are inconsistent with the regional RTP/SCS and that may ultimately make it impossible to achieve the GHG reduction goals of the regional plans.
Participants will learn about what’s working and what’s not working at the local, regional, and state levels and ideas for how we might address the challenges of ensuring, first, that regional plans are as strong as possible and, second, that local governments then follow the regional plans when considering and approving local projects.