|ORange county & sb 375
Senate Bill (SB) 375 was introduced by Senator Darrell Steinberg and became law effective January 1, 2009. It prompts regional collaboration to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cars and trucks and ultimately ties land use planning to transportation and housing. The bill requires that regional planning agencies create a plan to meet emission reduction targets. This incentives-based bill also allows for new California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) exemptions and streamlining for projects that conform to the new regional plan.
SCAG adopted its regional plan, called a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) covering the six counties in SCAG. Orange County has written its own SCS which was incorporated into SCAG's master document.
In April 2011, FHBP organized a coalition of 26 conservation and community organizations that ultimately supported the inclusion of a new land use strategy that allowed natural land preservation to be one of the strategies to reduce or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. This strategy, and the document was approved in late June 2011 for the Orange County SCS.
In November 2011, another conservation policy was incorporated into the SCAG document. This policy sets up a similar program to the Orange County Transportation Authority's Renewed Measure M Environmental Mitigation Program. The SCAG policy sets up the framework for an implementation tool in 2016. Orange County and SCAG were the first to adopt conservation policies in their SCSs.
FHBP and others will continue to attend the meetings on the Orange County and SCAG SCS.
Learn more about the SB 375 and the public outreach meetings:
Friends of Harbors,
Beaches and Parks