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SB 375: Basics & Technical Resources

California’s SB 375 (Steinberg) was signed into law in 2008, and provides an opportunity for California’s regions to change the way that we grow. Recognizing that nearly 40 percent of California’s greenhouse gas pollution comes from transportation, the central purpose of SB 375 is to reduce pollution by improving our land use patterns and offering more housing and transportation choices to Californians.


SB 375 Basics

Stages of a Sustainable Communities Strategy
By ClimatePlan, October 2012
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SB 375 Fact Sheet
By TransForm Executive Director Stuart Cohen. October 2011
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Putting SB 375 to Work
By ClimatePlan. June 2010
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Sustainable Communities 101: SB 375 Bill Summary
By Housing CA. 2010
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Communities Tackle Global Warming: A Guide to SB 375
By NRDC and CLCV. June 2009
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SB 375 Bill Text (Steinberg, 2008)
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Quick Fact

An Urban Land Institute report finds that: “Economically, SB 375 will help the state, communities, and developers meet the shifting market demand for housing, diversify the housing offerings on the market, allocate public resources more efficiently, and ensure a better quality of life.”

Technical Resources

Overview of Scenario Planning and Transportation Modeling Tools: Modeling 101 Webinar for ClimatePlan Network
By Nathaniel Roth, UC Davis – March 2013
This webinar explored the scenario planning and transportation modeling tools being used currently in California. It was designed for those that are fairly new to the world of modeling.
Watch the webinar here

A Bold Plan for Sustainable California Communities: A Report on the Implementation of Senate Bill 375
By NRDC and Move LA -September 2012
This report tells the story of how Southern California and Sacramento have tackled implementation of SB 375, and provides a brief update on the San Diego plan.
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San Diego and SB 375:  Lessons from California’s first Sustainable Communities Strategy
By Eliot Rose, Autumn Bernstein and Stuart Cohen – December 2011
The San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) approved the first sustainable communities strategy (SCS) under Senate Bill 375 in October 2011.  This report takes a comprehensive look at the plan and analyzes why it didn’t achieve the GHG reductions that many hoped it would.
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Measuring Progress towards Transportation GHG Goals: Required Actions for Successful SB 375 Implementation
By Juan Matute, UCLA
Key to the success of SB 375 are accurate, valid models which are capable of forecasting the effects of transportation and land use policies on future greenhouse gas emissions.  This White Paper discusses the models, evaluation methods, and data required to improve California’s ability to successfully implement its SB 375 regional greenhouse gas reduction policy.
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Leveraging a New Law: Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions Under SB 375
By Eliot Rose, The Center for Resource Efficient Communities – May 2011
This report examines what it will take to implement SB 375 successfully and makes specific recommendations for regional and state agencies.
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RTP Guidelines – from the California Transportation Commission
These guidelines, updated in 2010 to reflect changes brought about by SB 375, provide great detail on the process of developing a Regional Transportation Plan and accompanying Sustainable Communities Strategy.
Download the RTP Guidelines

Sample Timeline for Development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy
Check out the Bay Area’s SCS timeline to get an idea of the process for developing a Sustainable Communities Strategy and opportunities for involvement. In addition, a flowchart that depicts the general process for RTP/SCS development was developed along with the 2010 RTP Guidelines.
Click here for the flowchart

Public participation requirements under SB 375: A guidebook from the Institute for Local Government
This guide describes the minimum public participation requirements regional and local agencies must meet in developing their transportation and housing plans under SB 375.
Link to the guide

An Introduction to Travel Models – Presentation by Mike McCoy, UC Davis
This presentation is part of a panel discussion on modeling that was hosted by CalTrans in 2008. Mike McCoy’s presentation, which provides a general overview of travel modeling, begins at approximately 8 min. 30 sec. into the video.
Link to presentation


SB 375 Target-Setting Materials

ARB Resolution Adopting SB 375 Regional Targets
September 23, 2010
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ARB Staff Report – Proposed Regional SB 375 Targets
August 9, 2010
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ClimatePlan Sign-On Letter to ARB – Support Staff Recommended Targets
September 20, 2010
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Public Health Sign-On Letter to ARB – Support Staff Recommended Targets
September 22, 2010
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Social Equity Community Sign-on Letter to ARB – SB 375 Targets
July 20, 2010
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Links for More Info

SB 375 In Your Region
California Air Resources Board – SB 375 website
Institute for Local Government – SB 375 and Regional Planning Resources

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