Sustainable communities bills await the Governor’s signature

Last Friday was the final day for the Legislature to forward bills to the Governor’s desk for the year. A number of bills that would shape future land use and transportation in California now await his signature — or veto.  ClimatePlan doesn’t take positions on legislation, but we’ve been keeping a close eye on these bills and sharing information and action alerts with our network of partners.  Here are a few of the highlights.  For a detailed list, you can also click here to download a summary of the bills we tracked this session (including a few that never made it).

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Let’s Not TIP-toe Around This Important Effort!

In recent years, dozens of organizations have gotten involved to help Regional Transportation Plans and Sustainable Communities Strategies better promote healthy, equitable regions throughout California. And these long term Regional Transportation Plans have taken great strides forward.

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State Policy Roundup: What a Week It’s Been!

It’s been a make-or-break week for land use and transportation legislation in Sacramento, ending with a dramatic vote on high speed rail.  As the Legislature packs up its bags and heads off to summer recess, here is our rundown of the week’s highs and lows--

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Legislative Update – the Fast and the Furious!

In recent months, we’ve been working to improve coordination on smart growth legislation in California, a challenging endeavor in this crazy fiscal and political environment! Major policy problems such as the gaping hole left by redevelopment’s dissolution have become the norm, and now there’s an urgent need to work with legislators to solve these problems. Fortunately, ClimatePlan partners and allies are working fast and furiously to ensure that these problems are addressed by smart and effective legislation.

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SACOG Adopts Visionary Plan, but Sprawl Projects Loom on the (Literal) Horizon

Today, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) continues their legacy of leadership in regional planning, with the adoption of the 2012 Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy.  The plan is an impressive achievement, one that could guide the Sacramento area to a more sustainable economic and environmental future, but its successful implementation could be jeopardized by sprawling projects on the exurban fringe.

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