Legislation Edges California Closer to True Urban Planning

Recently approved legislation tying land use planning to greenhouse gas emissions is being sold as critically important by both detractors and supporters. But Bill Fulton argues that SB 375 provides only one step in an ongoing evolution.
October 30, 2008, 12pm PDT | Paul Shigley
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"Senate Bill 375 is not like the revolutionary land use reforms approved in Oregon during the 1970s, Florida during the 80s, and Washington during the 1990s. All of those reforms gave the state a direct role in land use. Senate Bill 375 falls far short of those comprehensive growth management schemes.

Instead, writes Fulton, SB 375 is 'a step – admittedly a very big step – in California's gradual transformation from suburban planning to urban and metropolitan planning. This transformation does not begin with SB 375 – nor will it end with SB 375.'"

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Published on Thursday, October 23, 2008 in California Planning & Development Report
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