Hitting The Sweet Spot In Regional Planning

The Sacramento, California, region may be witnessing a minor planning miracle: a regional sustainability plan lauded by developers, environmentalists, and civic officials alike.
March 22, 2012, 5am PDT | Josh Stephens
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"Having pursued so-called "Blueprint" planning since 2004, and having built its 2008 Metro Transportation Plan (MTP) around it, the Sacramento region's efforts inspired some of the tenets of SB 375 in the first place. The SACOG [Sacramento Area Council of Governments] SCS [Sustainable Community Strategy], released in November and scheduled to be voted on next month, is no novel concept but rather more of a revision of existing plans. It has been met with broad support in part because the heavy lifting was done years ago."

"The SCS assumes that the region, currently at 2.2 million residents, will grow by roughly 871,000 residents- 400,000 fewer than the 2008 MTP assumes – translating to 361,000 new jobs and just over 300,000 new housing units. The SCS calls for all of this new growth to consume only 56,000 acres of greenfield land."

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Published on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 in California Planning & Development Report
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