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About the Sustainable Communities Strategy

The Sacramento region adopted its Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) along with its Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) in April 2012.  The plan has been hailed as a model for success, but some questions linger about whether sprawl projects will continue to be approved.  Click here to read a sign-on letter from ClimatePlan partners on the MTP/SCS.

The region’s Sustainable Communities Consortium, led by SACOG, is currently working to produce a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development, which will build upon the MTP/SCS. Click here for more information on the Consortium.

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To get involved and learn more, see the websites of partner groups below. Contact ClimatePlan for help getting connected.


About the Region

The six-county Sacramento region is currently home to more than 2 million residents, and is expected to grow to more than 3.3 million by 2035.

It’s estimated that Sacramento motorists spend 36 hours a year sitting in traffic, but if the Sustainable Communities Strategy is implemented, residents will have more choices such as safe walking and biking and efficient and convenient transit.

The SB 375 greenhouse-gas emissions reduction targets are 7% per capita reduction for 2020 and 16% per capita reduction for 2035.

Regional Resources

Final Metropolitan Transportation Plan & Sustainable Communities Strategy
Adopted by SACOG, April 19, 2012
Link to download the plan and its EIR

ClimatePlan Sign-on Comment Letter on MTP/SCS
January 9, 2012
Download the letter

Vision California: Sacramento Regional Results
By Calthorpe Associates
This analysis assesses the economic, energy, health, and land impacts of different ways to accommodate Sacramento’s expected growth. Scenarios were developed to reflect a range of land use choices, from a business-as-usual future based on past trends to more compact options, including those represented by the regional Blueprint plan.
Download the Regional Results Summary

SACOG’s Blueprint Project
This site provides detail on the Blueprint Project, which was completed in 2008, a great step towards achieving the goals of SB 375.
Link to Blueprint website

SACOG’s Rural-Urban Connections Strategy
In the same way that Blueprint Project is an economic development strategy for urban areas, the RUCS project is an economic and environmental sustainability strategy for the Sacramento region’s rural areas.
Link to RUCS website

Sacramento County’s Greenhouse Gas Inventory
June 2009
This GHG inventory provides an important base of knowledge for regional planning and developing strategies for GHG reduction.
Download the inventory presentation

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Quick Fact

SACOG estimates that the Sacramento region’s taxpayers will save at least $16 billion on infrastructure costs by implementing the Blueprint and focusing most new growth in existing communities. (source: Sacramento Area Council of Governments)

Partners in the Region

American Lung Association in California
California League of Conservation Voters
Coalition on Regional Equity (CORE)
Environmental Council of Sacramento (ECOS)
Housing CA
Local Government Commission
Planning and Conservation League
Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA)
Sacramento Housing Alliance

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