Friday, January 29, 2016 The CSAC Bulletin
Housing, Land Use and Transportation
For more information, please contact Kiana Valentine at 916.650.8185, or Chris Lee at 916.650.8180.

Strategic Growth Council to Hold Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Grant Program Workshops

This week the Strategic Growth Council (SGC) announced six workshops to be held across the state to assist applicants interested in applying for the 2015-16 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. Interested participants can also sign up for consultation with SGC staff regarding the eligibility of a specific project that is ready to apply for funding and other questions.

The workshops will include a presentation regarding the AHSC Program Guidelines and requirements for Concept Applications, with a question and answer session after the presentation. The morning session will last from 9:00-11:30 am.

According to the SGC, staff will be available on the afternoon of each workshop for small group or one-on-one consultations on a first come, first served basis. The consultations will be 20 minutes in length and will be used to focus on projects that are ready to apply for the 2015-2016 AHSC Program, discuss project eligibility, and answer questions specific to the applicant's project. For consultation times, AHSC Program Staff will follow-up to confirm the exact time of the appointment. Applicants with projects in or benefitting Disadvantaged Communities (as defined by CalEnviroscreen 2.0) will be given priority for consultations. However, their goal is to provide consultations to all who request an appointment.

The final AHSC guidelines are available online here. Concept applications are due March 16 and applicants invited to submit a full application will be notified the week of April 20. Full applications will be due on June 20 and awards will be announced in September.

Workshop dates and locations are listed below:

FRESNO

Tuesday, February 2
City of Fresno
2600 Fresno Street
Fresno, CA 93721
Click here to register

SACRAMENTO
Wednesday, February 3
SACOG
1415 L Street #300
Sacramento, CA 95814
Click here to register

OAKLAND
Thursday, February 4
Elihu Harris State Building
1515 Clay Street, Room 2
Oakland, CA 94612
Click here to register

RIVERSIDE
Monday, February 8
City of Riverside
3900 Main Street
Riverside, CA 92501
Click here to register

LOS ANGELES
Tuesday, February 9
SCAG (w/ video-conferenced sites)
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Click here to register

SAN DIEGO
Wednesday, February 17
SANDAG 401 B Street, Suite 800
San Diego, CA 92101
Click here to register

Office of Planning and Research Offering CEQA Traffic Impacts Webinars

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) announced that it will host two webinars to discuss its Revised Proposal on Updates to the CEQA Guidelines on Evaluating Transportation Impacts in CEQA (Implementing Senate Bill 743 (Steinberg, 2013)), released on January 20, 2016. OPR notes that registration for each webinar is limited to 500 participants. Each webinar will be recorded, and the same material will be presented in each. A recording of each webinar will be available for viewing on our website following the live presentation. Accordingly, OPR asks that participants register for only one webinar to maintain space for others who may be interested in attending:

February 1, 3-5 pm

February 9, 3-5 pm

Once you have registered for one webinar or the other, please ensure you have GoToWebinar installed on your computer before the webinar starts. Also, if you register and are unable to attend, please cancel your registration to make your space available for another attendee.

In each 2 hour webinar, OPR will:

  • Describe the context and need for the proposed changes
  • Describe the proposed changes to the CEQA Guidelines
  • Describe the contents of the draft Technical Advisory
  • Provide case study examples for various project types
  • Provide time for questions and answers

Additional information regarding the revised proposal is available on OPR’s website.