Major milestone reached in SB 375?

March 2, 2011

On March 11th, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will release their “Initial Vision Scenario”  of the Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The SCS becomes the land use portion of the region’s transportation plan and must achieve a target of reducing per-capita greenhouse gas emissions by 15% in 2035. The good news: we are well on our way to achieving the reduction target. The bad news: by assuming the sluggish economy will continue, it is possible to meet the targets without making significant changes to what we fund or much else. It would be a real shame if SB 375 results in a numbers game rather than any real changes in land use planning or infrastructure spending. As the region drafts its first Sustainable Communities Strategy, SPUR wants to make sure we don’t lose sight of the promise of SB 375: to actually shift our land use planning and transportation funding towards an urbanist vision of the region (click here for more information). To review the draft scenario when it is released click here. To follow the San Francisco government agencies’ local response click here. To get involved, contact Egon Terplan at: eterplan@spur.org