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County of Marin:   Community Development Agency  -  Regional Planning Initiatives

Printed:   June 29, 2013   08:00 AM

Regional Planning Initiatives

Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS)

In 2008, SB 375 was signed into law. It requires each of the state's 18 metropolitan areas to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from cars and light trucks. Each region must develop a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) that promotes compact, mixed-use commercial and residential development that is walkable and bikable and close to mass transit, jobs, schools, shopping, parks, recreation and other amenities. Regional agencies, including the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), are leading this effort with the initiative called Plan Bay Area. The SCS will affect local jurisdictions in terms of access to regional transportation funding, and in the forecasts that drive housing element requirements.

Plan Bay Area documents, including information on SB 375 (Steinberg), and the various SCS scenarios can be found here.

County correspondence on the SCS

May 17, 2011:   Initial Vision Scenario staff report to the Board of Supervisors
June 9, 2011:   Letter from County to ABAG on the Initial Vision Scenario
January 31, 2012:   Jobs-Housing Connection Scenario staff report and presentation to the Board of Supervisors
February 6, 2012:   Letter from County to ABAG on the Detailed Scenarios
March 20, 2012:   Jobs-Housing Connection Scenario staff report and presentation to the Board of Supervisors

Urbanized 101 Corridor Priority Development Area (PDA)

July 8, 2007:   PDA application and Resolution
2011:   Revised PDA map
FOCUS program website:

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP)

Transportation 2035 is the name of the Bay Area's current Regional Transportation Plan. It outlines how approximately $218 billion in anticipated federal, state and local transportation funds will be spent in the nine-county Bay Area during the next 25 years. The RTP is to be updated every four years, the next update to be adopted in April 2013. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is the agency responsible for this work.

The Transportation Authority of Marin works closely with the MTC to facilitate local Marin transportation funding and programs.

Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)

The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) is a state mandated process for determining how many housing units, including affordable units, each community must plan for through zoning and development policies. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) assigns the housing need for the Bay Area, and it is ABAG's responsibility to distribute this need to local governments. ABAG develops a methodology for assigning units to each city and county in the nine-county Bay Area. This allocation is the total number of housing units, by income category, for which each jurisdiction must plan in their Housing Elements.

The current RHNA cycle spans the years 2007-2014. The next cycle covers the years 2014-2022, and information on that RHNA allocation process can be found in the Housing Needs section of the One Bay Area site. Information on Marin County's Housing Element can be found on the County's Affordable Housing webpage.

County correspondence on RHNA

May 17, 2011:   Spheres of Influence staff report to the Board of Supervisors
March 20, 2012:   Jobs-Housing Connection Scenario and Draft RHNA staff report and presentation to the Board of Supervisors