blockitecture leaderboard

California Launches Process to Create Sustainability and Housing Program (Funded by Cap and Trade)

California's Strategic Growth Council has begun to shape the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program around its new allocations of cap-and-trade funds. The first key public meeting on creating the program was July 10.

Under SB 862, signed by Governor Jerry Brown just three weeks ago, California's Strategic Growth Council suddenly has $130 million to fund the first year of a new Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program, and after that a promise of ongoing funding from cap-and-trade revenues.

Last week the SGC met to take stock of its budgetary good fortune. It was a happy meeting as meetings go, but some positions on uses for the money were quietly being staked out. The Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program will fund planning and construction to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by means consistent with SB 375 and AB 32, coordinating energy-efficient transportation, land conservation and compact housing growth.

The program will be shaped by its overarching statutory scheme, but there's room within it for a lot of different organizational structures and funding choices, as shown by questions raised at the meeting: Would the program focus on urban transit-oriented development, or could it fund more varied and more rural projects? Among the goals of housing, conservation and transportation efficiency, would one predominate? Would one of the state agencies partnering with SGC assert primary control? How much power would locally affected people and organizations have over the nature of promised benefits to disadvantaged communities? How would larger nonprofits be involved? And -- as Bill Higgins of the California Association of Councils of Government (CALCOG) has suggested -- should regional planning entities help allocate the money?

Workshops to take public comment on creating the program guidelines are to be announced soon, probably for August.

Full Story: SGC meeting begins to shape the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities program

Comments

building block set

NEW! Build the world you want to see

Irresistible block set for adults when placed on a coffee table or desk, and great fun for kids.
$25
Red necktie with map of Boston

For dads and grads: tie one on to celebrate your city!

Choose from over 20 styles imprinted with detailed city or transit maps.
$44.95
Women's t-shirt with map of Los Angeles

City T-Shirts for the ladies!

Women's Supersoft CityFabric© Fashion Fit Tees. Now available in six different cities.
$24.00

Stay thirsty, urbanists

These sturdy water bottles are eco-friendly and perfect for urbanists on the go.
$19.00