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ACTION ALERT – 1pm TODAY, Support SCAG Regional Council to adopt the Connect SoCal Plan and (vitally) PEIR Addendum!
In May, after our strong advocacy work, SCAG’s Regional Council voted to approve Connect SoCal, and associated Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) Addendum, for the limited purpose of federal air quality conformity and delay further submittal of the plan by 120 days in order to facilitate further review in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
GREAT NEWS! We are pleased to report that after many months of intense analysis and communications, the business coalition working with SCAG leadership on the problematic 2020 Sustainable Communities Strategy – called “Connect SoCal” – has reached an exceptional result for our members and the region as a whole in Resolution 20-624-1.
BizFed SUPPORTS Resolution 20-624-1 and strongly urges you to testify to encourage the SCAG Regional Council to approve this afternoon.
WHAT: SCAG Regional Council Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, September 3rd – Meeting starts at 1:00 pm, Log in by 12:45pm
ZOOM MEETING LINK: https://scag.zoom.us/j/
MEETING ID: 249 187 052
We would like to give a special thank you to SCAG President Rex Richardson & Executive Officer Kome Ajise along with BizFed members Jennifer Hernandez with Holland & Knight, Lucy Dunn with the Orange County Business Council, Rich Lambros with the Southern California Leadership Council, Jeff Montejano with the Building Industry Association of Southern California, Greg McWilliams with FivePoint, and Paul Granillo with the Inland Empire Economic Partnership for doing the heavy lifting to get it across the finish line.
WHAT’S HAPPENING TODAY?
At today’s Regional Council meeting, staff will bring Connect SoCal and PEIR Addendum before the governing board again for final adoption and approval to transmit the plan to state agencies.
The plan has already been approved by the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration and fully achieves state greenhouse gas reduction benchmarks. After closely reviewing and responding to input and feedback, SCAG staff has made the appropriate technical refinements but has not recommended any policy or investment changes. The plan includes strategies that help us to address our current challenges and move the region forward, including, but not limited to:
Click here for county-specific benefits of the plan.
WHY WE ENGAGED TO FIND A SOLUTION
Problems with Connect SoCal – Why we engaged
Solution – SCAG’s top staff and its officers made the following provisions regarding TAZ maps:
SCAG is not responsible for enforcing these TAZ map restrictions on local government so it is important that these explicit statements in Connect SoCal and its adopting Resolution can be used to defeat claims by housing opponents that projects built based on General Plans and other local input are inconsistent with the SCS based on the highly restrictive and problematic TAZ maps. The remainder of Connect SoCal is full of aspirational goals/policies, and prioritization of transit-neighborhood development, which has its own challenges – but these can be addressed far more easily than the hard-number growth projections at the TAZ map level which the final resolution neutralizes.
In your corner,
Tracy Hernandez, BizFed Founding CEO