San Joaquin Valley

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The eight counties that make up the San Joaquin Valley adopted Sustainable Communities Strategies in June 2014.

Since then, ClimatePlan has monitored their implementation.


Quick Fact

More centrally located homes can dramatically reduce household driving and utility costs. By building new homes in areas that are already close to jobs, services, and amenities, Valley households could spend $3,600 less per year on auto-related costs and utility bills by 2035.

— Vision California Rapid Fire Model, San Joaquin Valley Regional Results, Calthorpe Associates

Regional Overview

The San Joaquin Valley, often referred to as California’s heartland, is also the fastest-growing region in the state and was the hardest hit by the economic downturn. Communities in the Valley struggle with poor air quality and rising levels of childhood asthma, obesity, and diabetes. Improving air quality in the Valley will be one of the most significant benefits of successfully implementing SB 375.

The eight counties that make up the San Joaquin Valley include a population of just over 4 million people. The population is expected to grow to more than 7.5 million residents by 2050.

The Valley has eight county Councils of Government (COGs), listed below, responsible for regional planning; they work together, but each develops its own Sustainable Communities Strategy.

Fresno Council of Governments, www.fresnocog.org
Kern Council of Governments, www.kerncog.org
Kings County Association of Governments, www.countyofkings.com/kcag
Madera County Transportation Commission, www.maderactc.com
Merced County Association of Governments, www.mcag.cog.ca.us
San Joaquin Council of Governments, www.sjcog.org
Stanislaus Council of Governments, www.stancog.org
Tulare County Association of Governments, www.tularecog.org

SB375 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reduction Targets:
– 2020: 5% per-capita reduction from 2005 level
– 2035: 10% per-capita reduction from 2005 level


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