Regionalism Takes A Step Forward In CA With SB 375 Targets Approved

NRDC land use expert Amanda Eaken blogs about the approval by the Air Resources Board of the regional targets required by SB 375 to reduce global warming caused by transportation. An overlooked result may be the new powers resting with MPOs.

Amanda Eakin participated in the SB 375 Regional Targets Advisory Committee that provided "recommendations on factors to be considered and methodologies to be used in the ARB target setting process". She is considered one of the authorities on SB 375 process.

"Now that the Air Board has set the targets, the regional agencies will use their existing regional transportation planning processes to select the strategies most appropriate to their regions to meet their targets.

Toward the end of the discussion, CARB Boardmember and Mayor of Riverside Ron Loveridge commented on what may be one of the most significant impacts of law to date:

"The 21st Century is a century of regions. SB 375 is the first time in my political lifetime that we've had a serious regional conversation about urban form."

From San Francisco Chronicle:
"The board adopted different targets for different areas of the state, with the first coming in 2020 and the second in 2035. For the Bay Area, the targets are a 7 percent reduction by 2020 and a 15 percent reduction by 2035.

The targets adopted by the board for the Los Angeles region were higher than the planning body there had called for, though the numbers will be re-evaluated. Officials with the Southern California Association of Governments had asked for a 6 percent reduction by 2020 and 8 percent by 2035, but the air board approved 8 percent by 2020 and 13 percent by 2035."

Thanks to Climate Plan

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