ACTION ALERT – Tell SCAG that we need more time! DELAY Connect SoCal plan by 90 days on May 7th
The Regional Council of the Southern California Council of Governments’ (SCAG) is made up of an 86-member governing board of local elected officials representing the six southern California counties and 191 cities.
On May 7th SCAG’s Regional Council will seek to adopt the final draft of the ‘Connect SoCal’ plan. But SCAG only just released its final draft (over 10,000 pages) on March 27th. The plan is a long-range vision for the future of Southern California that identifies the mobility and housing challenges the region will face in the next 25 years and solutions to address them.
Due to the recent COVID-19 pandemic hitting us all at the very same time the final draft was released, business leaders have been in survival mode to protect our families, employees, and businesses. We simply need more time to establish the changes between the ‘draft’ and ‘final’ plans make sense. We want to ensure that these changes will help not harm the vital jobs, needed housing supply, transportation, and balanced clean air solutions that all our cities will use to approve or reject future developments.
We are urging you to send in letters before May 6th (click on the button above or on the title image) to the SCAG Regional Council leaders requesting a 90-day DELAY to assess the changes between the ‘draft’ and ‘final’ plans to provide constructive comments so major problems can be addressed.
How does SCAG’s 25 year planning for my city impact me?
- Impacts qualifying for the maximum federal funding for over 4,000 transportation projects—ranging from highway improvements, railroad grade separations, new transit hubs, new bus and rail corridors, bicycle lanes, and replacement bridges.
- Impacts support of our vital goods movement industry while defining ways to utilize resources more efficiently.
- Impacts land-use strategies (featuring housing!) that help our region achieve state greenhouse gas emission reduction goals and federal Clean Air Act requirements.
- Impacts preserving open space areas, improving public health, and roadway safety.