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A New Era for Regional Planning in California: A Look at Senate Bill 375

Thinking Forward
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On September 30, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law Senate Bill 375 (Steinberg; Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) which ushers in a new era for regional planning in California. Senate Bill (SB) 375 is an ambitious bill that combines regional transportation planning with sustainability strategies in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in California's urbanized areas. It also establishes new streamlining opportunities for compatible projects under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The result of 2 years of intensive negotiations among business, development, housing, and environmental groups, this legislation represents a delicately balanced and complex set of compromises. This article summarizes the main provisions of the bill.

Authored By

  • Terry Rivasplata

    Technical DirectorICF International

    Terry Rivasplata, a Senior Environmental Planner with ICF International, specializes in preparing California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents for projects ranging from schools to general plans. He teaches classes on CEQA and related topics for clients and the University of California Extension.

    He was with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research from 1985 to 1998, including a stint as the chief of both the state clearinghouse and the planning unit. He participated in drafting the 1998, 1997, and 1994 amendments to the CEQA Guidelines. He is the editor of the Environmental Assessor for the Association of Environmental Professionals and was coauthor of the 1998, 1990, and 1987 editions of General Plan Guidelines.

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Published: Nov 3, 2008
Source: ICF International

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