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  • Hi, My name is ---------------------- and I am ------------------------------- of the Southern California Association of Governments. Thank you very much for inviting me to speak with you today about your regional Metropolitan Planning Agency and Council of Governments, and about all the activities it undertakes to promote economic growth, personal well-being, and livable communities for all Southern Californians. Let me start by giving you a little background about SCAG and the region…
  • About SCAG In Depth

    1. 1. Southern Resolving Regional Challenges California Association of Governments The James R. Gosnell Deputy Executive Director September 21, 2007
    2. 2. SCAG is largest of nearly 700 Councils of Governments in the U.S. COGs and MPOs by State Alabama Alabama Tombigbee Regional Commission Birmingham Regional Planning Commission Central Alabama Regional Planning and Development East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Lee-Russell Council of Governments North-Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments South Alabama Regional Planning Commission South Central Alabama Development Commission Southeast Alabama Regional Planning and Development TARCOG-Top of Alabama Regional Council of Governments WAPDC-West Alabama Planning & Development Council Arizona Flagstaff Metropolitan Planning Organization MAG-Maricopa Association of Governments NACOG-Northern Arizona Council of Governments PAG-Pima Association of Governments South-Eastern Arizona Governments Organization Western Arizona Council of Governments Yuma Metropolitan Planning Organization Arkansas Metroplan - Little Rock WCAPDD-West Central Arkansas Planning California ABAG-Association of Bay Area Governments BCAG-Butte County Association of Governments COFCG-Council of Fresno County Governments Council of San Benito County Governments Coachella Valley Association of Governments MCAG-Merced County Association of Governments MTC-Metropolitan Transportation Commission Kern Council of Governments Kings County Association of Governments Mendocino Council of Governments Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments Orange County Council of Governments SACOG-Sacramento Area Council of Governments San Bernardino Associated Governments SANDAG-San Diego Association of Governments SBCAG-Santa Barbara County Association of Gov SCAG-Southern California Association of Governments SCRTPA-Shasta County Regional Transportational SEDD & SPO-Sierra Economic Development District SGVCOG-San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments SJCOG-San Joaquin Council of Governments SLOCOG-San Luis Obispo Council of Governments StanCOG - Stanislaus Council of Governments WRCOG-Western Riverside Council of Governments Colorado DRCOG-Denver Regional Council of Governments Northwest Colorado Council of Governments Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments Pueblo Area Council of Governments (PACOG) SW Colorado Transportation Planning Commission Connecticut CCRPA-Central Connecticut Regional Planning Agency CRCOG-Capitol Region Council of Governments CRERPA-The Connecticut River Estuary Regional Council of Governments of the Central Naugatuck Valley South Central Regional Council of Governments Windham Region Council of Governments Delaware Dover/Kent County MPO WILMAPCO-Wilmington Area Planning Council Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Florida Brevard Metropolitan Planning Organization Central Florida Regional Planning Council Charlotte County-Punta Gorda Metropolitan Planning Collier County Metropolitan Planning Organization East Central Florida Regional Planning Council First Coast Metropolitan Planning Organization Florida MPO Advisory Council Hillsborough County MPO Hillsborough County Planning Commission Lee County Metropolitan Planning Organization Metroplan Orlando Metropolitan Planning Organization for the Miami North Central Florida Regional Planning Council Northeast Florida Regional Planning Council Palm Beach County Metropolitan Planning Organization Sarasota-Manatee Metropolitan Planning Organization SFRPC-South Florida Regional Planning Council Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council Volusia Metropolitan Planning Organization West Florida Regional Planning Council Withlacoochee Regional Planning Council Georgia Albany Planning & Development Atlanta Regional Commission CSRA-Central Savannah River Area CVRD-Coosa Valley Regional Development Center MTRDC-McIntosh Trail Regional Development Center Hawaii OMPO-Oahu Metropolitan Planning Organization Idaho Ada Planning Association Bannock Planning Organization SICOG-Southeast Idaho Council of Governments Illinois Bi-State Regional Commission Chicago Area Transporation Study Coles County Regional Planning and Development Eastern Will County Regional Council North Central Illinois Council of Governments Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission Northwest Municipal Conference South Central Illinois Regional Planning Southeastern Illinois Regional Planning Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Indiana Bloomington/Monroe County Metropolitan Planning Delaware- Munci Metropolitan Plan Commission Evansville Urban Transportation Study Indianapolis Metropolitan Planning Organization Madison County Council of Goverments Michiana Area Council of Governments Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission Tippecanoe County Area Plan Commission Iowa Area XV Regional Planning Commission Bi-State Regional Commission Des Moines MPO East Central Intergovernmental Association East Central Iowa Council of Governments Iowa Northland Regional Council of Governments Metropolitan Area Planning Agency Midas Council of Governments Northwest Iowa Planning and Developmen Commission Region Six Planning Commission Region XII Council of Governments SIMPCO- Siouxland Interstate Metropolitan Planning Southeast Iowa Regional Planning Commission Southern Iowa Council of Governments Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission Kentucky Green River Area Development District Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development OKI-Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council Louisiana Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments Regional Planning Commission for Jefferson, Orleans, Maine Androscoggin Valley Council of Governments Eastern Maine Development Corporation KVCOG-Kennebec Valley Council of Governments Mid-Coast Regional Planning Commission NMDC-Northern Maine Development Commission Greater Portland Council of Governments South Maine Regional Planning Commission Maryland Baltimore Metropolitan Council Massachusetts Berkshire Regional Planning Commission Boston Metropolitan Area Planning Council Boston Region Metropolitan Planning Organization Cape Cod Commission Information Center Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission Franklin Regional Council of Governments Merrimack Valley Planning Commission Montachusett Regional Planning Commission Old Colony Planning Council PVPC-Pioneer Valley Planning Commission SRPEDD-Southeastern Regional Planning Michigan SEMCOG-Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Tri-County Regional Planning Commission West Michigan Shoreline Regional Development Commission Minnesota Arrowhead Regional Development Commission Duluth-Superior Metropolitan Interstate Committee Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments Metropolitan Council St. Cloud Area Planning Organization   Missouri Boonslick Regional Planning Commission East-West Gateway Coordinating Council Harry S. Truman Coordinating Council MARC-The Mid-America Regional Council Kaysinger Basin Regional Planning Commission Mark Twain Regional Council of Governments Meramec Regional Planning Commission Mid-America Regional Council Mid-Missouri Regional Planning Commission Mo-Kan Regional Council Northeast Missouri Regional Planning Commission Northwest Missouri Regional Council of Governments South Central Ozark Council of Governments Southeast Missouri Regional Planning Southwest Missouri Council of Governments Nebraska NENEDD-Northeast Nebraska Economic Development New Hampshire Southern New Hampshire Planning Commission New Jersey DVRPC- The Delaware Valley Regional Planning North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority New Mexico Middle Rio Grande Council of Governments New Mexico Association of Regional Councils New York CDRPC-Capital District Regional Planning Commission Capital District Transportation Committee (MPO) Central New York Regional Planning & Development Elmira-Chemung Transportation Council Genesee/Finger Lakes Regional Planning Council Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council Ithaca-Tompkins County Transportation Council Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board New York Metropolitan Transportation Council Southern Tier West Regional Planning & Development Southern Tier Central Regional Planning & Development Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council North Carolina Burlington - Graham MPO Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Cape Fear Council of Governments Centralina Council of Governments Land-of-Sky Regional Council NWPCOG-Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments Triangle J Council of Governments WPCOG-Western Piedmont Council of Governments North Dakota Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan Council of Governments Ohio Akron Metropolitan Area Transportation Study Brooke-Hancock-Jefferson County Metropolitan Planning Clark County-Springfield Transportation Coordinating Eastgate Regional Council of Governments Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission Licking County Area Transportation Study Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission MORPC-Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission Northeast Ohio Areawide Coordinating Agency OKI-Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council Richmond County Regional Planning Commission Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments Oklahoma Association of Central Oklahoma Governments INCOG-A Voluntary Association of Local Governments Oregon Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments Lane Council of Governments METRO-serving Portland and the surrounding counties Rogue Valley Council of Governments The Salem-Keizer Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council Umpqua Regional Council of Governments Pennsylvania DVRPC-Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission Lancaster County Transportation Coordinating Committee LVPC-Lehigh Valley Planning Commission SEDA-Council of Governments Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission Rhode Island Rhode Island State Planning Council South Carolina ACOG-Appalachian Council of Governments Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester COG South Carolina COG Map South Dakota Planning & Development District III Tennessee Tennessee Department of Transportation Chattanooga Hamilton County Regional Planning agency Jackson Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Johnson City Metropolitan Transportation Planning Knoxville MPO Nashville Area MPO Texas Alamo Area Council of Governments Ark-Tex Council of Governments BCSMPO- Bryan-College Station MPO BVDC-Brazos Valley Council of Governments CAPCO-Capitol Area Planning Council CAMPO - Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization Central Texas Council of Governments Coastal Bend Council of Governments Concho Valley Council of Governments Corpus Cristi Metropolitan Planning Organization Deep East Texas Council of Governments East Texas Council of Governments NCTCOG-North Central Texas Council of Governments Panhandle Regional Planning Commission Rio Grande Council of Governments San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization Sherman-Denison Metropolitan Planning Organization SETRPC-South East Texas Regional Planning Commission SPAG-South Plains Association of Governments South Texas Development Council Texoma Council of Governments Utah Cache Metropolitan Planning Organization BRAG-Bear River Association of Governments Five County Association of Governments Mountainland Association of Governments Six County Association of Governments Southeastern Utah Association of Local Governments Uintah Basin Association of Governments Wasatch Front Regional Council Vermont Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization Two Rivers- Ottauquechee Regional Commission Virginia Virginia Association of Planning District Commissions Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission Cumberland Plateau Planning District Hampton Roads Planning District Commission Lenowisco Planning District Commission Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission Mount Rogers Planning District Commission New River Valley Planning District Commission Northern Neck Planning District Commission Northern Shenandoah Valley Regional Commission Northern Virginia Regional Commission Rappahannock Area Development Commission Richmond Regional Planning District Commission Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission Washington Cowlitz-Wahkiakum Council of Governments Grays Harbor Council of Governments Puget Sound Regional Council Richland-Kennewick-Pasco-Benton-Franklin Council Spokane Regional Transportation Council Whatcom Council of Governments West Virginia Bel -O-Mar Regional Council Lima-Allen County Regional Planning Commission Regional Intergovernmental Council Wisconsin Bay Lake Regional Planning Commission Dane County Regional Planning Commission East Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Mississippi River Planning Commission North Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Northwest Regional Planning Commission Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission Southwestern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission
    3. 3. 187 cities Metropolitan Planning Organization
    4. 4. Most socially & culturally diverse region in the world 18 million people now… 23 million by 2030
    5. 5. 15 th largest economy in the world Shares the characteristics of many nations
    6. 6. 9,000 lane miles of freeway Four major airports Long Beach San Pedro Hueneme Nation’s Global Gateway for Trade
    7. 7. 4 Air Basins Ventura Los Angeles Orange Imperial Riverside San Bernardino South Central Coast Air Basin South Coast Air Basin Mojave Desert Air Basin Salton Sea Air Basin
    8. 8. 5 Air Districts South Central Coast Air Basin South Coast Air Basin Mojave Desert Air Basin Salton Sea Air Basin Ventura County APCD Imperial County APCD South Coast AQMD Mojave Desert AQMD Antelope Valley AQMD
    9. 9. 6 Regional Water Quality Control Boards Lahontan Colorado River Los Angeles Santa Ana Central Coast San Diego Ventura Los Angeles Orange Imperial Riverside San Bernardino
    10. 10. SCAG is Structured to Resolve Regional Issues City Hall Cities Too Small State of California State Too BIG A Regional Forum that fosters collaboration and cooperation to compete globally and flourish locally The Solution
    11. 11. Requires Close Collaboration with Partner Organizations LOCAL COMMUNITY FEDERAL STATE Subregions General Public Planning Orgs. Transportation Orgs. Transportation Commissions Air Quality Management Districts Highway (FHA) Transit (FTA) Aviation (FAA) Railroad (FRA) Environment (EPA) Housing (HUD) Transportation (DOT/CTC/BT&H) Air Quality (CARB) Councils of Government (CALCOG) Housing (BT&H) SCAG
    12. 12. Success Based on Group Resolve to Find Workable and Fair Solutions Membership is Voluntary Regional GOVERNMENT Regional COOPERATION
    13. 13. We do not have the authority to: Regulate Tax Implement
    14. 14. We do have the authority to: Plan Program Study Monitor
    15. 15. We are a Joint Powers Agency (JPA) SCAG was established through a Joint Powers Agreement with other public agencies in 1965. A JPA may only have powers common to its member agencies
    16. 16. We are not a “Special District” General Purpose Governments: Cities Counties Special District Governments: Air Districts Water Districts Fire Districts Vector Control
    17. 17. Government Relationships Creation/Authority Given Responsibility Grass Roots Ad Hoc Committees Task Forces Special Commissions Citizen Groups General Purpose Local Government Federal State Joint Powers Agencies Special Districts
    18. 18. Progress Vision Leadership Which promote economic growth, personal well-being, and livable communities for all Southern Californians &
    19. 19. Strategic Plan <ul><li>Be the Pre Eminent Regional Agency </li></ul><ul><li>Be the Voice for the Region </li></ul><ul><li>Ensure Financial Stability </li></ul><ul><li>Create Regional Financing Mechanisms </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage and Foster Regional Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Have a Comprehensive Plan to Guide Regional Development </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Planning will be an Ongoing Process </li></ul>
    20. 20. Resolving Regional Challenges Southern California Association of Governments
    21. 21. SCAG brings members together to formulate solutions to regional problems
    22. 22. Participation Opportunities Resolving Regional Challenges General Assembly Regional Council Policy Committees Task Forces
    23. 23. Resolving Regional Challenges <ul><li>New seat is created for every new member </li></ul><ul><li>Meets once a year to: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>set the agency’s planning and policy priorities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>approve changes in bylaws </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>adopt SCAG’s General Fund budget </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>introduce resolutions </li></ul></ul>General Assembly
    24. 24. 76 Voting Members <ul><li>This governing board guides SCAG’s policy direction </li></ul><ul><li>Meets once a month </li></ul><ul><li>Composed of: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Elected Officials from 65 Districts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>7 County Representatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 County Transportation Commission Representatives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mayor of Los Angeles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Tribal Nations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Receives Advice from Policy Committees </li></ul>Regional Council
    25. 25. 65 Regional Council Districts 1 5 7 3 12 37 District: A group of cities with a geographic community of interest. All have populations of about 250,000.
    26. 26. Committees Composed of Local Elected Officials, Including Subregional Representatives. Policy Committees Transportation & Communications Committee Community, Economic & Human Development Energy & Environment Committee Administration Committee
    27. 27. 14 Subregions Provide Local Input Virgenes Malibu COG Westside Cities VCOG Orange County COG WRCOG North L.A. County South Bay Cities COG Gateway Cities COG San Gabriel Valley COG Arroyo Verdugo L.A. City SCAG provides funding and assistance to subregions to facilitate planning activities SANBAG IVAG CVAG
    28. 28. <ul><li>Communications/ Membership </li></ul><ul><li>Strategic Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Forecasting </li></ul><ul><li>RHNA </li></ul><ul><li>RCP </li></ul><ul><li>Benchmarks </li></ul><ul><li>Growth Visioning </li></ul><ul><li>Modeling </li></ul><ul><li>Goods Movement </li></ul><ul><li>Aviation </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Transit </li></ul><ul><li>Regional TDM </li></ul><ul><li>MagLev </li></ul><ul><li>RTP TAC </li></ul><ul><li>Trans. Finance </li></ul><ul><li>4 Corners </li></ul><ul><li>Southwest Compact </li></ul><ul><li>CETAP </li></ul><ul><li>RSTIS </li></ul><ul><li>Water Policy </li></ul><ul><li>Solid Waste </li></ul>Transportation & Communications Committee Community, Economic & Human Development Energy & Environment Committee Administration Committee Task Forces
    29. 29. Activities Are Funded By <ul><li>Federal & State Transportation and Other Planning Grants (over 90%) </li></ul><ul><li>Membership Dues </li></ul><ul><li>Regional Council Activities </li></ul><ul><li>Annual General Assembly </li></ul><ul><li>Legislation Coordination </li></ul>$ $
    30. 30. What We Have Accomplished Together Goods Movement Action Plan Alameda Corridor Salton Sea Authority HOV Lanes
    31. 31. 2007-2008 Work Program Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)  Regional Transportation Improvement Program Transportation Financing Strategies Goods Movement Corridor Planning Compass Blueprint Transit Planning Transportation Modeling, Data, and Monitoring Environmental Planning Public Information Blueprint Planning   $ 2.4   $ 1.3 $ 1.7 $ 3.4 $ 1.3 $ 3.4 $ 2.1 $ 9.4 $ 3.0 $ 2.1 $ 1.6 In Millions $31.7
    32. 32. The 15 Year Project Development Process YEAR 1 2-3 4 5 6-8 9 10-11 Develop Unified Planning Work Program Develop 20-Year Long-Range Plan Develop Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) Incorporate TIP into Statewide TIP Environmental Clearance Authorization for Final Design Right-of-Way Acquisitions
    33. 33. YEAR 12 13-14 15 Plans, Specifications, and Estimates Project Construction Operations This is an Accelerated Timetable The 15 Year Project Development Process
    34. 34. Project Performance Measures Mobility Accessibility Reliability Safety Cost-Effectiveness Productivity Sustainability Preservation Environmental Environmental Justice
    35. 35. Organization Regional Council General Counsel Exec. Director & Deputy Exec. Director Manager of Human Resources Director of Planning & Policy Chief Financial Officer Director of Government Affairs Director of Information Services Chief Counsel Accounting Budgets Contracts Transportation Environment Community Legislation Communications Membership Modeling Data IT Operations
    36. 36. Major Responsibilities, Programs & Projects Southern California Association of Governments
    37. 37. The plan that determines which specific transportation improvements within the region will be eligible for state and federal funding over the next 25 years The Regional Transportation Plan
    38. 38. The Regional Aviation Strategy Solely the responsibility of SCAG members with support from the FAA
    39. 39. Interregional Transit Systems Coordinating the development of operational and service improvements, such as universal fare systems
    40. 40. Goods Movement Strategy Making our ports, highways, and railways more efficient while simultaneously improving air quality and minimizing environmental impacts
    41. 41. Air Quality Conformity Developing transportation plans that contain projects and strategies that meet State and Federal Air Quality Mandates
    42. 42. Regional Housing Strategy Planning for population growth with adequate and affordable housing while reducing long commutes
    43. 43. Four Key Principles Compass Blueprint MOBILITY LIVABILITY PROSPERITY SUSTAINABILITY
    44. 44. Data & Monitoring Monitoring the region’s progress from year-to-year and in comparison with other large metropolitan areas
    45. 45. www.scag.ca.gov SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA ASSOCIATION GOVERNMENTS of Regional Resolving Challenges