Friday, February 5, 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.

Transportation

ABX1 16 (Patterson) – Request for Comments
As introduced on August 31, 2015

ABX1 16, by Assembly Member Patterson, would create a five-year pilot project whereby two counties, one in northern California and one in Southern California, would assume responsibility for the state highway system within the county, including funding programmed for the maintenance and improvement of those state facilities. The bill provides an incentive for counties to participate by allowing any savings on the projects to maintain or improve the state facilities to be allocated to priority local projects that fit within the guidelines of the funding source. It is unclear how any cost overruns would be handled.

Counties would see their maintained centerline mileage increase from a low of about 4% in San Francisco City and County to a high of about 93% in Orange County if they were to assume responsibility for the state highways within their borders.

The author’s office has asked for CSAC’s feedback on the measure, including soliciting counties that may be interested in participating in such a pilot program. We would appreciate any comments or expressions of interest in participation that counties may offer.

Strategic Growth Council Releases Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Grant Program NOFA; Workshops Held Across State

Late last week the Strategic Growth Council released the Notice of Funding Availability for the 2015-16 Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) program. 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.

The SGC’s series of workshops on the AHSC program will continue next week in southern California. 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 Application, 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, our goal is to provide consultations to all who request an appointment.

Upcoming workshop dates and locations are listed below:

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 Additional CEQA Traffic Impacts Webinar

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research will host an additional webinar 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 the webinar is limited to 500 participants. This webinar and one from this week will be recorded and available for viewing on our website following the live presentation.

You can register for the Feburary 9 webinar, which will be held from 3-5 PM online here.

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 the two-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.