VICTORY ALERT – SCAG Regional Council approves a 120-day delay to ‘ConnectSoCal’!
Today, SCAG’s Regional Council unanimously approved (54-0-0) the staff recommendation for a 120-day delay to adopt the full ‘Connect SoCal’ plan. This is the result of your letters and tweets to SCAG Regional Council leaders making a difference to protect projects that will create; vital jobs, needed housing supply, and transportation infrastructure solutions.
SCAG President-elect, Rex Richardson articulated, “Adopting the resolution today provides us a path forward that protects our region’s federally funded transportation projects and ensures our regional plan lays the groundwork for the economic stimulus our communities will need to recover from this pandemic”
The staff recommendation contained in the adopted resolution will allow SCAG to;
- Move forward with the Regional Transportation Plan(RTP) component to obtain Federal Transportation dollars.
- Pause approval of the Sustainable Communities Strategy(SCS) for up to 120 days.
- Allows SCAG to identify and restore SCS projects that have already received local entitlements and correct inconsistencies with the SCS and locally approved general plans.
This victory is a win for the region as it shows the thoughtful collaboration with elected leaders and the business community. BizFed wants to give kudos to SCAG President Bill Jahn, Big Bear Lake Mayor, SCAG 1st Vice President Rex Richardson, Long Beach City Councilmember, SCAG 2nd Vice President Clint Lorimore, Eastvale City Councilmember, SCAG Immediate Past President Alan Wapner, Ontario Mayor Pro-Tem, and SCAG Executive Director Kome Ajise & COO Darin Chidsey for communicating with the business community during the last three weeks to listen to our comments.
We want to thank the following BizFed members for submitting your letters and or testifying in support of today’s vote for the delay;
Southern California Leadership Council
BIA Southern California
Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles
Associated Building Contractors Southern California
Bell Gardens Chamber of Commerce
Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA)
California Business Roundtable
California Retailers Association
Construction Industry Air Quality Coalition (CIAQC)
Culver City Chamber of Commerce
Engineering Contractors Association
Greater Antelope Valley Association of Realtors
Greater Los Angeles Association of Realtors
Inland Empire Economic Partnership
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (LAEDC)
Long Beach Area Chamber of Commerce
Orange County Business Council
Pasadena Chamber of Commerce
Regional Black Chamber of Commerce – San Fernando Valley
Regional Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership
Santa Clarita Valley Chamber
Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation
Southern California Contractors Association
Southern California Partnership for Jobs
Torrance Area Chamber
A special thanks to our own BizFed CEQA Committee Co-Chair Jennifer Hernandez, Holland & Knight for her technical expertise and Ron Miller, Los Angeles/Orange County Building Trades for standing side by side with us.