SACOG’s Regional Approach for Reviewing and Prioritizing Full Applications In AHSC Cycle 2 (2015-2016)
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As described in the Final Guidelines, MPOs may identify and recommend projects that have been invited by SGC to submit a Full Application based on their own process. In January of this year, the SACOG Board approved: (1) SACOG staff’s review and prioritization of the submitted projects, and (2) the metholodogy to evaluate the projects. SACOG is undertaking prioritization in order to better position the entire region to receive AHSC funding awards. 

On June 2, 2016, SACOG presented a more detailed version of the approved Regional AHSC Full Application Prioritization Methodology to the Land Use and Natural Resources committee. The methodology is based on the AHSC guidelines scoring informed by agency data and resources. SACOG’s approach deviates from AHSC scoring (see AHSC Cycle 2 Full Application Point Allocation for more detail) on four main elements as follows:

  • Estimated Greenhouse Gas Emission Reductions: Incorporate information related to jobs/housing balance, regionally-defined central business districts, and qualitative area context from the Sketch 7 modeling tool to augment the CalEEMod and Transportation and Connectivity quantification methods.
  • Active Transportation Improvements: Incorporate the connectivity, accessibility, efficiency, and placemaking goals outlined in the Regional Active Transportation Program (ATP) for the bicycle and pedestrian network in order to better align AHSC scoring criteria with our regional funding priorities.
  • Location Efficiency and Access to Destinations: Incorporate existing and proposed bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure information, ATP accessibility analysis, travel model data, and other resources to fill the gaps in WalkScore and BikeScore.
  • Implementation of Planning Efforts: Include Center and Corridor Communities as part of corridor planning efforts and include qualitative information about project implementation of regional goals related to the Blueprint Principles and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment. 

SACOG has applied the prioritization methodology and is presenting the results to the Land Use and Natural Resources Committee for consideration at the meeting on August 4, 2016.  SACOG is undertaking project review in order to provide comprehensive regional data and resources to supplement the information considered as part of the AHSC scoring criteria and inform AHSC’s quantification methodology for Round 3 of the funding program. Considering SACOG’s prioritization input as part of their review, SGC will announce their proposed recommendations for funding awards in September to be followed by Council action.