What is the Sustainable Communities Strategy? What will it look like? The draft Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) framework was presented to the SANDAG Board on Friday, October 8.
The Sustainable Communities Strategy is a new element that will be included in the 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), as required by SB 375. It will demonstrate how development patterns and the transportation network, policies, and programs can work together to achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reduction targets for cars and light trucks that have been established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). The San Diego region is required to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks seven percent per capita by 2020 and 13 percent by 2035.
The SCS is composed of four building blocks that have served as the underpinning for transportation planning in the San Diego region for many years: land use planning, transportation network planning, transportation demand management strategies, and transportation system management strategies.
Four transportation networks are under consideration by SANDAG for the 2050 RTP. In the coming weeks, SANDAG will be evaluating the various network scenarios based upon Board-approved plan performance measures, including GHG emissions. Based on feedback from the public, working groups, SANDAG policy advisory committees (PACs), and the Board of Directors, staff will refine the network scenarios and continue to evaluate their performance. How the four network scenarios meet the goals of the SCS will be presented to working groups, PACs, and the Board of Directors in the coming weeks. Sign up for the 2050 RTP e-mail newsletter at 2050RTP@sandag.org.
Anne Steinberger, Marketing Manager