California State Budget Targets Reduction in Sprawl

State budget negotiations includes $135 million in "Smart Growth" incentives.

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June 16, 2000, 11:15 AM PDT

By William Davis


In an attempt to thwart sprawl, the state budget currently under negotiation includes $100 million to provide $2,000, to $5,000 per residence for jurisdictions that increase the number of building permits issued by 25% over the annual average for the past three years. The budget also includes $25 million in grants to help communities develop abandoned commercial sites, $5 million dollars in grants for communities with housing available for the creation of new jobs, and $5 million in loans for multi-family units near transit stations. Opponents charge the amounts will barely make a dent in stopping urban sprawl.

Thanks to William Davis

Friday, June 16, 2000 in The Stockton Record

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