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LTC, Annual Forum, Greener California: Impacts of Senate Bill 375 and Winning Strategies for Southern California, 05/22/2009, Rick Bishop
 

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Rick Bishop; Executive Director, Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)

Rick Bishop; Executive Director, Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG)

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    LTC, Annual Forum, Greener California: Impacts of Senate Bill 375 and Winning Strategies for Southern California, 05/22/2009, Rick Bishop LTC, Annual Forum, Greener California: Impacts of Senate Bill 375 and Winning Strategies for Southern California, 05/22/2009, Rick Bishop Presentation Transcript

    • SB 375 What does it mean for Western Riverside County? Leonard Transportation Center Forum May 22, 2009 Doubletree Hotel, Ontario, CA Rick Bishop Executive Director bishop@wrcog.cog.ca.uswww.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Several ways to get to VMT reductions…1. Land use changes2. Transportation investments3. Transportation policies TDM -strategies to impact driving habits www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • How are we reacting to SB 375 thus far? 1. Freaking out 2. Asleep www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • 3. Asleep but appearing to pay attentionwww.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • How should we be reacting? 1. Perplexed/confused 2. Confident www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Why perplexed / confused?1. Currently no sanctions against “non-conforming” SCS2. The “Alternative Planning Scenario” (?)3. Uncertain whether all jurisdictions need to comply with SCS4. Uncertain about scope of what’s needed to reach targets5. RHNA linkage6. No funding for SCS preparation www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Why confident?1. We know where we will end up… • WRCOG subregion will grow by 1.1 million by 2035 • 40,000 new residents each year… It is foolish to act / plan as if it won’t happen… … the key is whether we can frontload the evolution. www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Why confident?2. The majority of future households will be comprised of: - Single-parent households The traditional two- - Baby boomers parent household - Empty-nesters with children is now less - Couples without children than a quarter of the population and getting proportionally smaller. (Higher Density Development Myth and Fact – Urban Land Institute) www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Why confident?3. Signs point to greater acceptance among WRCOG residents of a changed land use mix in future 42% expressed interest in living in a transit village in the next 2 years 14% “very interested” Source: WRCOG survey, 2007 www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • TOD Demonstration Project Study generated significant interest RIVERSIDE MARCH JPA CORONA PERRIS HEMET www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • What’s TUMF got to do with it?- Western Riverside Transportation Uniform Mitigation Fee (TUMF) Program- Largest multi-jurisdictional transportation fee program in United States- Will provide nearly $5 billion for improvements to WRCOG-area arterials, interchanges, intersections www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • 600,000 MORE JOBS IN WESTERN RIVERSIDE BY 2035- Could result in a significant commute shift in the region as thousands of freeway trips to coastal counties will be reduced in length or eliminated;- BUT, those trips will be redistributed among the subregion’s local roads and arterials;- If not planned for, could be a disaster for the subregion’s internal arterial system. www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Western Riverside Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan• will conserve 153,000 acres of habitat• de facto densification of the subregion? www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Some observations in general…1. With 6 million more people coming (and 2 million more homes) we shouldn’t need SB 375 to help us “re-think” our planning approaches.2. Greenhouse gas discussions here to stay “Environment vs. Economy” argument is weakening3. What has “worked” in the past probably won’t in the future - changing demographics - transportation policies / priorities - water availability - energy constraints and costs www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Be confident… but realisticExisting transportation network / policies Mistrustof government Anti-growth NIMBYfear Community mind set ParochialismRESISTANCE TO HIGHER DENSITY No vision Lackof positive media Unpredictability ofpublic financing No sense of urgency… www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • “Can Western Riverside get ahead of the urbanevolutional process and build TOD’s and higher densitiesNOW rather than waiting?”It needs to. www.wrcog.cog.ca.us
    • Four point plan for success1. Political leadership is vital2. Proactive planning among private and public sectors3. Multi-agency cooperation4. Need to stay the course www.wrcog.cog.ca.us