Richard Powers - Gateway Cities COG on SB 375

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Richard Powers - Gateway Cities COG on SB 375

  1. 1. Gateway Cities Council of Governments Approach to SB 375 Presented by Richard Powers Executive Director, Gateway Cities COG September 26, 2009
  2. 2. About the Gateway Cities <ul><li>27 Cities in Southeast Los Angeles County </li></ul><ul><li>County of Los Angeles </li></ul><ul><li>Port of Long Beach </li></ul><ul><li>Population 2 Million </li></ul>
  3. 3. Gateway Cities COG Mission <ul><li>Transportation </li></ul><ul><li>Air Quality </li></ul><ul><li>Housing </li></ul><ul><li>Economic Development </li></ul><ul><li>SB 375 relates to all these areas </li></ul>
  4. 4. Critical Concerns <ul><li>Major shift in land use decision making from cities to regional agencies </li></ul><ul><li>State Air Resources Board (ARB) as regulator, of concern </li></ul><ul><li>Cities must get educated and be fully engaged </li></ul><ul><li>Know SB 375 statutory breakdown </li></ul>
  5. 5. Focus On <ul><li>Regional Housing Needs Assessment </li></ul><ul><li>Transportation funding </li></ul><ul><li>Local land use authority </li></ul><ul><li>Growth forecasting </li></ul>
  6. 6. COG Approach <ul><li>Voluntary assessment of $5,000 per city to hire consultants </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with County Transportation Commission (MTA) </li></ul><ul><li>Work closely with county on unincorporated communities </li></ul>
  7. 7. SB 375 Key Elements <ul><li>Series of workshops for city Planning Directors </li></ul><ul><ul><li>SCAG, MTA are presenters & partners </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Case studies and strategy examples </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What will be expected of cities </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. SB 375 Key Elements (cont’d.) <ul><li>Survey of cities via web – 100% response </li></ul><ul><li>Sample questions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sustainability plans and programs? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions quantified? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GHG emissions reduction plans? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Travel demand management? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Results used to estimate subregion’s progress towards assumed target </li></ul>
  9. 9. Survey Results: Strategies Adopted or Considered by Gateway Cities* <ul><li>Transit Oriented Development: 79% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed rezoning: 25% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Mixed Use Development: 86% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed rezoning: 43% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Increased Employment Density: 68% </li></ul><ul><li>Increased Residential Density: 71% </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Completed rezoning: 25% </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bicycle and Pedestrian Infrastructure: 54% </li></ul><ul><li>Telecommuting: 64% </li></ul><ul><li>Employer Based Rideshare: 30% </li></ul><ul><li>Parking Strategies: 11% </li></ul><ul><li>Park & Ride and Transit Feeders: 19% </li></ul><ul><li>Transit Access Improvements: 19% </li></ul>* Survey results based on number of cities
  10. 10. SB 375 Key Elements (cont’d.) <ul><li>COG and city participation in SB 375 meetings </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Regional Targets Advisory Committee (RTAC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SCAG </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Subregional Coordinators’ Group </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Plans & Programs Technical Advisory Committee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Community, Economic & Human Development Policy Committee </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Special workshops & General Assembly </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. SB 375 Key Concerns <ul><li>Evaluating whether to prepare subregional SCS (“delegation”) </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding implications for local land use authority </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding implications for Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging cities in SCAG growth forecast </li></ul>
  12. 12. SB 375 Key Concerns (cont’d.) <ul><li>Understanding implications for transportation project planning & funding </li></ul><ul><li>Tracking implications of RTAC process and decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Keeping cities informed and engaged </li></ul><ul><li>Identifying funding for city and COG efforts </li></ul><ul><li>Defining collaborative relationship with MTA and SCAG </li></ul>
  13. 13. Contact Information <ul><li>Website: www.gatewaycog.org </li></ul>

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