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Sustainable Communities Strategy

Sustainable Communities Strategy
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In September 2008 Governor Schwarzenegger signed Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), also known as the Sustainable Communities and Climate Change At of 2008, as the mechanism to implement passenger vehicle greenhouse gas reductions outlined in Assembly Bill 32.

Under SB 375, BCAG, as the region's Metropolitan Planning Organization, has been designated by the state to prepare the area's "Sustainable Communities Strategy" (SCS) as an additional element of the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).  The SCS is the forecasted development pattern for the region, which, when integrated into with the transportation network, and other transportation measures and policies, will meet the passenger vehicle greenhouse gas reduction target for the area.

2020 Sustainable Communities Strategy
 
The 2020 update of the region's SCS includes a review of existing policies and the progress made to date with associated recommendations moving forward for the purpose of meeting the regions greater passenger vehicle greenhouse gas reduction targets. The 2020 RTP/SCS includes an update of the preferred “balanced” land use scenario, which considers the latest regional growth forecasts, recent regional trends in development and housing, and known impacts of the Camp Fire.  This approach recognizes the lower than anticipated housing and population growth and minimal changes made to local land use plans over the past four years, with continued focus on the primary land use strategies developed in 2012.
 
Project Documents
 
2020 SCS Document (Chapter 4 of the 2020 RTP/SCS, Adpopted December 2021)     
2020 SCS Schedule (revised October 2020)
SCS Progress Report (September 2019)
Regional Growth Forecasts (September 2019)
Technical Methodology (revised April 2021)
Land Use Scenario Map (October 2020)
 
Public Outreach for the 2020 RTP/SCS
 
Round 1 - Outreach Prior to Development (June 2018)
Prior to the development of the 2020 RTP/SCS, staff hosted a public workshop in June of 2018 in an effort to educate and inform the public as to what the project consists of and to solicit comments. (Public Notice)
 
Round 2 - Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meetings (November 2019)
BCAG staff and EIR consultants, Rincon Inc., hosted a public workshop in November of 2019 to solicit views from agencies and the public regarding the scope and content of the environmental analysis that will be included in the Draft EIR. (Public Notice)
 
Round 3 - Review Preliminary Draft Land Use and Transportation Scenarios (September 3, 2020) (link to workshop materials and public notice )
 
Round 4 - Review Draft Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (November 5th, 2020)
 
 

2016 Sustainable Communities StrategyTop of Page

Adopted December 8, 2018
 
The focus of the 2016 RTP/SCS was to expand on the efforts of the 2012 plan by integrating the new Long-Range Transit and Non-Motorized Plan and incorporating the latest regional growth forecasts.  This approach included an update of the preferred “balanced” land use scenario contained in the 2012 SCS.
 
Project Documents (PDFs)

BCAG's 2016 SCS
Appendix 6-6: Modeling
 

Public Outreach for the 2016 RTP/SCS

Round 1 - Outreach Prior to Development (August 2014)

Prior to the development of the 2016 RTP/SCS, staff hosted two public workshops in August of 2014 in the City of Oroville and Chico in an effort to educate and inform the public as to what the project consists of and to solicit comments. Links to the workshop documents and public notice have been posted below.

 

Round 2 - Program Environmental Impact Report (EIR) Scoping Meetings (September 2015)

BCAG staff and EIR consultants, Rincon Inc., hosted two public workshops in September of 2016 in the City of Oroville and Chico to solicit views from agencies and the public regarding the scope and content of the environmental analysis that will be included in the Draft EIR in. Links to the workshop documents and public notice have been posted below.

 

Round 3 - Review Draft Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (July 2016)

An open house workshop has been scheduled to review the Preliminary Draft 2016 RTP/SCS for July 13, 2016 at 3 p.m. at the BCAG conference room located at 326 Huss Drive, Suite 150, Chico.  Links to the workshop documents and public notice will be posted below when available.

Preliminary Draft SCS (also posted above)
 

Round 4 - Review Draft Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy (September 2016)

An open house workshop reviewed the Draft 2016 RTP/SCS on September 8, 2016 from 4 p.m. - 6 p.m. at the Oroville City Council Chambers - 1735 Montgomery St. - Oroville, CA and September 12, 2016 from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. in the BCAG conference room located at 326 Huss Drive, Suite 150, Chico. 

 
 
 

2012 Sustainable Communities StrategyTop of Page

Adopted December 13, 2012

The region's first Sustainable Communities Strategy was adopted with the 2012 Metropolitan Transportation Plan on December 13th, 2012, by the BCAG Board of Directors.

Project Documents
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- BCAG's 2012 SCS

Public Outreach Conducted for the 2012 SCS

1st Round SCS Workshops (August 2011)

BCAG hosted 4 public workshops in early August 2011 to present the preliminary draft 2012 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and to inform and educate the public as to what the SCS consists of, the issues and policies choices, and to solicit comments prior to its development.

Workshop Materials:

  • Slide Presentation (PDF)
  • SCS Internet Resources Handout (PDF)
  • BCAG 2012 SCS Information Handout (PDF)
  • Current Land Use and Road Network Map (PDF)
  • Brochure and Comment Card (PDF)
  • Public Notice (August 2011 Workshops)

2nd Round SCS Workshops (June 2012)

BCAG hosted 4 public workshops in June 2012 to present the preliminary draft 2012 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP), to once again inform and educate the public as to what the SCS consists of, the issues and policies choices, and to solicit comments on the recently prepared land use scenarios.

Workshop Materials:

  • BCAG 2012 SCS Information Handout - revised (PDF)
  • Land Use Growth Area Types (PDF)
  • Land Use Scenario Descriptions and Analysis (PDF)
  • Regional Transportation Priorities Map (PDF) and Table (PDF)
  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Projects Table (PDF)
  • Slide Presentation (PDF)
  • Comment Card (PDF)
  • Public Notice (June 2012 Workshops)
3rd Round SCS Workshops (October 2012)

BCAG hosted 4 public workshops in October 2012 to present the official Draft 2012 Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy. Public Notice (October 2012 Workshops)

Workshop Materials:

  • Slide Presentation (PDF)
  • SCS Internet Resources Handout (PDF)
  • BCAG 2012 SCS Information Handout (PDF)
  • Brochure and Comment Card (PDF)

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If you have questions regarding the Sustainable Communities Strategy for the Butte County region or wish to be placed on the SCS email notification list, please contact Brian Lasagna, Regional Analyst at (530) 809-4616 or via e-mail at RTPComments@bcag.org.