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Item #16 California Measure SB375: Linking Greenhouse Gas Emissions Reductions to Metropolitan Transportation Planning Presentation to the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board November 19, 2008
2 SB375 Press Release This landmark bill takes Californias fight against global warming to a whole new level, and it creates a model that the rest of the country and the world will use Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger September 30, 2008
3 The Legislature Finds and Declares: Greenhouse gas emissions for automobiles and light trucks can be substantially reduced by new vehicle technology and by the increased use of low carbon fuel. However, even taking these measures into account, it will be necessary to achieve significant additional greenhouse gas reductions from changed land use patterns and improved transportation.
4 Setting GHG Reduction Targets The State Air Resources Board shall: Provide each affected region with greenhouse gas emission reduction targets for the automobile and light truck sector for 2020 and 2035, respectively, no later than September 30, 2010. Appoint a Regional Targets Advisory Committee by January 31, 2009 to recommend factors to be considered and methodologies to be used for setting targets. Prior to setting targets, exchange technical information with the metropolitan planning organization and the affected air district, and release draft targets by June 30, 2010.
5 The Sustainable Communities Strategy Each metropolitan planning organization shall prepare a sustainable communities strategy, subject to the requirements of Part 450 of Title 23 of, and Part 93 of Title 40 of, the Code of Federal Regulations. The sustainable communities strategy shall reduce the greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and light trucks to achieve, if there is a feasible way to do so, the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets.
6 The Alternative Planning Strategy If the sustainable communities strategy is unable to achieve the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets established by the state board, the metropolitan planning organization shall prepare an alternative planning strategy showing how these greenhouse gas emission targets would be achieved through alternative development patterns, infrastructure, or additional transportation measures or policies.
7 Review By State Air Resources Board Review of the sustainable communities strategy or an alternative planning strategy by the state board shall be limited to acceptance or rejection of the metropolitan planning organizations determination that the strategy submitted would, if implemented, achieve the greenhouse gas emission reduction targets. At a minimum, the metropolitan planning organization must obtain state board acceptance of the alternative planning strategy.
8 Regulation of Land Use The adopted strategies do not regulate the use of land and are not subject to state approval, and city or county land use policies, including the general plan, are not required to be consistent with the regional transportation plan (which would include the sustainable growth strategy), or with the alternative planning strategy.
9 Incentives (1)This bill would exempt from CEQA a transit priority project that meets certain requirements and that is declared by the legislative body of a local jurisdiction to be a sustainable communities project. (2)The bill would exempt other residential or mixed-use residential projects meeting certain requirements from being required to include certain information regarding growth inducing impacts or impacts from certain vehicle trips.
10 Travel Demand Models (1)The California Transportation Commission has developed guidelines for travel demand models used in the development of regional transportation plans. This act assures the commissions continued oversight of the guidelines. (2) Any revision of the guidelines shall include the formation of an advisory committee that shall include representatives of the metropolitan planning organizations.
11 COG Climate Change Report On November 12, 2008, the COG Board approved the National Capital Region Climate Change Report with significant greenhouse gas reduction goals for the region, and recommendations to: -Collaborate with the TPB to evaluate how a process modeled after the current regional metropolitan planning process for transportation and air quality planning might be adapted to address greenhouse gas emissions. -Consult with other regions around the country to broadly evaluate options for regional approaches to greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. California SB375).
12 SB375 as a Model for Linking Greenhouse Gas Reductions to Metropolitan Transportation Planning Based on discussions at the October 29-31, 2008 AMPO Annual Meeting in Seattle, TPB staff suggests that an approach based on California SB 375 would be an appropriate means for: (1)Responding to the recommendations in the COG Climate Change Report; and (2)Addressing greenhouse gas reduction in the 2009 Authorization of Federal Surface Transportation Programs.
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