Vision California Calls for Compact Development in Established Cities

Vision California, the state's first planning document in over thirty years, was released Wednesday and concludes that planners "should focus on creating compact development in already established cities," over continued suburban sprawl.
June 25, 2010, 2pm PDT | George Haugh
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New developments in California need to be planned from conception to conserve increasingly scarce resources such as water and gasoline. These measures will translate to a healthier lifestyle for dwellers through reduced commutes and improved air quality. The authors argue that "bringing commuters closer to their jobs can help Californians drive 3.7 trillion fewer miles and save 140 billion gallons of gasoline by 2050."

Although the report does not impact law directly, it takes aim at local governments who have enjoyed the "autonomy to create their own growth initiatives." The report is likely to become a hotly debated topic as the state approaches November gubernatorial elections.

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Published on Thursday, June 24, 2010 in San Francisco Chronicle
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