As a key planning agency for the Sacramento region, SACOG is engaged in a wide array of projects and programs ranging from air quality to transportation to housing and regional land-use planning.
The common thread in SACOG’s projects and activities is regional collaboration. SACOG serves as a forum for studying and resolving regional issues, and fosters cooperation among all local governments in the Sacramento region.
The Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (MTP/SCS) for the Sacramento region pro-actively links land use, air quality, and transportation needs. The MTP/SCS supports the Sacramento Region Blueprint, which implements smart growth principles, including housing choice, compact development, mixed-use development, natural resource conservation, use of existing assets, quality design and transportation choice. It also provides increased transportation options while reducing congestion, shortening commute times, and improving air quality.
In 2008, SACOG shifted the planning paradigm to more explicitly include rural areas. Responding to criticism that SACOG’s land use and transportation planning lacked adequate attention to and information about rural parts of the region, the Rural-Urban Connections Strategy project (RUCS) was launched.
On September 20, 2012, the SACOG Board unanimously approved the 2013-21 Regional Housing Needs Plan (RHNP). This action was the final stage in adopting 2013-21 Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), a state requirement to determine the number of housing units cities and counties must plan for in their housing element updates. The most important component of the Plan is that it distributes the allocations housing units in each of four income categories to each city and county in the six county region, including the Tahoe Basin portions in El Dorado and Placer Counties.