Sustainable Communities Strategy
California Senate Bill 375 established the goal to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through development of the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), which integrates transportation and land-use planning. The law calls for metropolitan planning organizations in 18 regions to develop an integrated transportation, land-use, and housing plan with the ultimate goal of reducing GHG emissions from cars and light-duty trucks. Agencies involved in developing the SCS include the Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments in partnership with the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. The SCS is just one element in the overall plan for transportation, land use and housing in the region entitled One Bay Area.
The implementation of these policies will have far-reaching effects on local and regional land-use planning. It's critical that policymakers and stakeholders have practical knowledge of these policies that will fundamentally change the way we plan for future development. My office hosted a series of workshops for elected officials and stakeholders to learn about this process, and we will continue to work collaboratively to enact sound policies for Alameda County residents. Below, you can download the various presentations that the regional agencies provided at these workshops.
In July 2013 the SCS and its companion regional transportation plan document were approved and adopted by a majority vote of the governing boards of the Association of Bay Area Governments and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. The Bay Area's first plan that links regional land use and transportation in a long-term strategy, Plan Bay Area, lays out a framework to meet the state's goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. While a great deal of effort and debate went into the development of Plan Bay Area, it is a "work in progress." Results of the first plan are being tracked and key elements that were not sufficiently addressed in this first cycle will be developed. This includes - economic development, goods movement, and inter-regional coordination with neighboring regions. Soon the regional agencies will begin preparations for the next update to Plan Bay Area, due in 2017. To ensure that greater numbers of the public have many more opportunities for involvement in the development of Plan Bay Area 2, a comprehensive public outreach process will be established. I encourage you to participate and learn about this important initiative.
First District Supervisor
The following documents are provided in Portable Document Format (PDF) and require the free Adobe Reader. Where indicated, forms are also available in Microsoft PowerPoint (PowerPoint). If you do not have PowerPoint installed, you can download a free reader.
- SCS Leadership Summit March 31 2012 1415kb
- SCS Leadership Summit May 14 2011 Presentation 3771kb
- Sustainable Communities Strategies Overview 1317kb
- Alameda County Transportation Commission: A New Direction 1282kb
- BAAQMD CEQA Guidelines Update 2672kb
- Sustainable Communities Strategies Overview 4900kb
- Alameda County Transportation Commission: A New Direction 9184kb
- BAAQMD CEQA Guidelines Update 7810kb
For further information on the Sustainable Committees Strategy development, visit www.OneBayArea.org.