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.
Approach to Developing the 2016 SCS
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.
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.
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.
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.
Final Sustainable Communities Strategy - 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. The Final MTP/SCS documents are available on the
2012 MTP/SCS homepage - click here to visit.
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.
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.
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is required to update the GHG reduction targets associated with SB 375 no later than every 8 years. ARB first set targets for the region in 2010 and intends to update these targets in 2016.
In 2010, ARB set GHG reduction targets for the BCAG region from passenger vehicles as a 1% increase from 2005 emissions levels by 2020 and 2035. The targets apply to the BCAG region as a whole for all passenger vehicles emissions, and not to individual cities or sub-regions.
- Click Here to view the
California Air Resources Board (ARB) - Report on Regional GHG Emission
Reduction Targets For Automobiles and Light Trucks (approved by ARB
September 23, 2010)
ARB has formally notified all Metropolitan Planning Organizations, such as BCAG, that passenger vehicle GHG reduction targets will be revised in 2016. Once new targets are approved by ARB, they would apply to BCAG’s 2020 RTP/SCS.
The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is working with researchers
at the University of California at Irvine and Davis to identify
the impacts on vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions of
key transportation and land use policies based on the scientific
literature. Click here to visit CARBs website and view the results of this research.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.