Sustainable Communities Strategy

Project Description
Senate Bill 375 (or SB 375) is landmark legislation for California on land use, transportation, and environmental planning. Passed in 2008, SB 375 requires the development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) in every state metropolitan region. For the nine-county Bay Area, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are responsible for managing the SCS process, with coordination from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (Air District) and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC).

Project Objectives
SB 375 unifies several existing regional planning and projections processes and is required to accomplish the following objectives:
  1. Provide a new 25-year land use strategy for the Bay Area that is realistic and identifies areas to accommodate all of the region's population, including all income groups.
  2. Forecast a land use pattern, which when integrated with the transportation system, reduces greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and light trucks and is measured against the regional target established by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
Underlying these specific objectives is an overall goal to build a Bay Area which continues to thrive and prosper under the changing circumstances of the 21st century.

Current Status
On March 11, 2011, the regional agencies released the Initial Vision Scenario, which includes preliminary housing and employment growth numbers. More information on the Initial Vision Scenario is available at OneBayArea. The City Council conducted a regular business item to review the Initial Vision Scenario and to provide input on May 3, 2011. For more information, please see the Council-approved comment letter.

The review-comment process will be repeated as the SCS scenarios are refined by the regional agencies.