Analysis of Best Practices in Implementation of SB 375

UC Berkeley’s Center for Research Efficient Communities (CREC) analyzed the process and practices by which the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in California’s four biggest regions — the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego — prepared their initial Sustainable Communities Strategies under Senate Bill 375 (SB 375). The goal of the research is to inform current and future planning efforts under SB 375, both by other metro regions in California and by the “big four” MPOs themselves as they prepare future Sustainable Communities Strategies as part of the periodic Regional Transportation Plan process.

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Project Overview

The analysis identifies practices by all four MPOs that were particularly effective in achieving both the MPO’s self-created goals for regional transportation planning and the goals of SB 375, emphasizing the ways that SCS planning built upon each MPO’s prior experiences with Regional Blueprint planning and Regional Transportation Plans. The analysis puts SCS planning in its proper analytical context by assessing these efforts in light of previous regional planning precedents set by the MPOs themselves, each MPO’s unique geographical and political circumstances, and a framework for evaluating progress toward regional sustainability.

Project’s Intended Audience

Metropolitan Planning Organization staff and boards, state agency staff and policy makers, state and local elected officials.

Key Project Components

A report entitled Assessing Regional Plans Under SB 375: Moving to Sustainability, available in June 2015.

This project is conducted by Elisa Barbour, William Eisenstein, PhD, and Louise Mozingo, MLA. To learn more about the California Center for Sustainable Community research partners, please click here.

Fact Sheet

UC Berkeley’s Center for Research Efficient Communities (CREC) analyzed the process and practices by which the Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in California’s four biggest regions — the San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Los Angeles, Sacramento and San Diego — prepared their initial Sustainable Communities Strategies under Senate Bill 375 (SB 375).

Download the Analysis of SB375 Best Practices Fact Sheet to learn more about this project.

This project is conducted by Elisa Barbour, William Eisenstein, PhD, and Louise Mozingo, MLA. To learn more about the California Center for Sustainable Community research partners, please click here.

 

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