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Housing, Land Use and Transportation

Draft Guidelines Release for Affordable Housing, Sustainable Growth

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) released the 2015-16 Draft Guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program yesterday. This is the first round of proposed changes to the existing Guidelines that will govern the second round of AHSC grants.

According to the SGC, the 2015-16 Draft Guidelines are a product of feedback received on the first year of the AHSC Program, including the first round of applicants and awards, as well as comments from hundreds of diverse stakeholders. The proposed changes are intended to advance the goals and objectives of the AHSC Program by strengthening the connection between housing, transportation, and transit investments to further reduce vehicle miles travelled and greenhouse gas emissions while creating healthier, transit-oriented environments.

Proposed revisions cover a range of topics including: revised scoring criteria, the jurisdictional cap for localities, projects in rural areas, transportation capital improvements, housing and transportation collaboration, urban greening and green infrastructure, active transportation, and community benefits and engagement.

CSAC encourages counties to review and provide comment to the SGC on the Draft Guidelines. CSAC will also submit comments to the SGC on behalf of all California’s 58 counties so please also share your county’s perspectives with CSAC staff (clee@counties.org andkbuss@counties.org).

SGC will be holding several public workshops to describe proposed changes in the Draft Guidelines and hear public comments on the Draft Guidelines. Written comments may be sent to:AHSC@sgc.ca.gov no later than Friday,October 30, 2015in order to be considered for the draft Final Guidelines document.

The Draft Guidelines will undergo public review, feedback, and staff revision prior to Council adoption of the final 2015-16 AHSC Guidelines at its December 17, 2015 meeting.

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