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Envision region, plan local

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A undergraduate level presentation on the Blueprint growth envisioning process conducted in California's San Joaquin Valley

A undergraduate level presentation on the Blueprint growth envisioning process conducted in California's San Joaquin Valley

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  • Talk about what is Regional Planning entails
  • Regional Framework for CollaborationFederal and State levels provide forums, funding and guidanceRegions have transportation planning process, corridor and landscape scale vantage point, framework for convening stakeholdersLocal level makes land use decisionsCommunity level provides public input on needs and desires
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    • 1. “There are only two things American don’t like, densityand sprawl.” -Rural Planner, Randall ArendtThe San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Planning ProcessPresented ByBHARAT SINGH
    • 2. Planning at a Regional Level in CaliforniaHistorically Regional Planning in theUS has been minimal. TransportationCumulative impacts of poor airquality, congestion, environmentaldegradation, distribution of water Air Qualityand loss of farmland/open spacenecessitated the need to envisionregional futures. WaterRecent realization of global warmingand climate change has expeditedthe need to plan with a regional MPOs & COGsvision.
    • 3. Planning at a Regional Level in CaliforniaRegional Framework forCollaboration Transportation • Federal and State levels provide forums, funding and guidance Air Quality • Regions have transportation planning process, corridor and landscape scale vantage point, framework for convening stakeholders Water • Local level makes land use decisions • Community level provides MPOs & COGs public input on needs and desires
    • 4. Planning at a Regional Level in California• Planning has been compartmentalized – Land Use, Transportation Transportation, Environmental, Land resource management, housing, economic development Air Quality etc.• Agencies created to help guide and manage urban agglomerations Water (ABAG, SANDAG) - Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs)• Smaller urban clusters are MPOs & COGs managed by County level agencies call Council of Governments (COG)
    • 5. California Blueprint ProgramState initiative to promote: Linking land use, transportation, housing, environment, economic development, equity Consensus on preferred growth scenario - “Blueprint” - for each region identifies transportation impacts of land use A more efficient and effective transportation system Sufficient housing supply to accommodate population growth in each region
    • 6. California Blueprint ProgramDesired Outcomes Improve mobility  reduce auto dependency, congestion  increase transit use, walking and bicycling Land use  encourage infill development  accommodate sufficient housing supply  minimize impacts on farmland and habitat Establish a better process for public engagement in planning
    • 7. California Blueprint ProgramBlueprint Regions • MPOs • Rural Counties
    • 8. San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint• 8 Counties• Central Valley• Agricultural Heartland• Seen rapid suburbanization – loss of Farmland/Open space• High Poverty• Lack of housing option• Poor Public Transportation• Running out of Water
    • 9. San Joaquin Valley Regional Blueprint• Each County responsible for running individual Blueprint Process• Process to include Consensus Building amongst communities• Developing data to model land use and integrate better transportation modeling tools• Develop alternative scenarios• Achieve ‘Preferred Scenario’ by consensus
    • 10. Fresno Blueprint ProcessKey Hurdles - Political • Public Outreach to bring all communities and jurisdictions to the table. • Developing Consensus on regional issues, assets, need & goals. • Convincing communities of regional issues such as limited resources and need for affordability and choice of housing types. • Assuring local governments about their authority of planning and developing their communities. • Establishing a Vision for the Region. From the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint Website
    • 11. Fresno Blueprint ProcessKey Hurdles - Technical • Poor Land use Database • Lack of professional capacity to develop data collection land use/transportation modeling standards . • Establishing a graphic vocabulary and language to explain technical results to decision makers. • Identifying technical methods to evaluate alternatives. • Educating decision makers and community leaders about development alternatives.
    • 12. Fresno Blueprint ProcessResulting Process • Fresno COG conducted outreach to develop a vision and set of goals. • Got assistance for Data development • Developed four alternative future scenarios for the County by the year 2050. • Accepted a 5th Alternative advocated by the City of Fresno • Comparatively evaluated all alternatives on several parameters: • Loss of Farmland/Open space • Reductions in Vehicle Miles travelled • Reduction of green house gasses • Consumption of electricity and water • Presented finding to decision makers & community leaders to establish consensus on preferred future for Fresno County • Established Blueprint Vision to guide future growth, General Plans, Zoning and transportation investments.
    • 13. Fresno Blueprint ProcessResulting Process • Fresno COG conducted outreach to develop a vision and set of goals. • Got assistance for Data development • Developed four alternative future scenarios for the County by the year 2050. • Accepted a 5th Alternative advocated by the City of Fresno • Comparatively Evaluated all alternatives on several parameters: • Loss of Farmland/Open space • Reductions in Vehicle Miles travelled • Reduction of green house gasses • Consumption of elctricity and water • Presented finding to decision makers & community leaders to establish consensus on preferred future for Fresno County
    • 14. Web Resources• San Joaquin Valley BLUEPRINT • California Partnership for the San http://valleyblueprint.org/ Joaquin Valley• California Regional BLUEPRINT http://www.sjvpartnership.org/ http://calblueprint.dot.ca.gov/ • Community Design + Architecture• UPLAN Land use modeling Software http://community-design.com/ http://ice.ucdavis.edu/doc/uplan• Smartgrowth Transportation Planning http://www.smartgrowthplanning.org/
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