Sacramento Region Blueprint Implementation
The Blueprint Preferred Scenario means nothing if it remains just a plan on paper. Since the Blueprint was adopted in December 2004, SACOG and its members have focused on implementing the principles that came out of the Blueprint Preferred Scenario:
- Housing options
- Transportation choices
- Mixing land uses
- Compact development
- Conserving natural resources
- Utilizing existing assets
- Quality design
One of SACOG’s mottos is “providing better information for more informed decision making.” As such, SACOG’s implementation activities may be categorized as following:
SACOG provides professional services directly to its member jurisdictions and their public interest stakeholders. The technical services include providing modeling and analysis of different development scenarios to illustrate the impacts of different land use alternatives to population, jobs, energy consumption and transportation.
Educational Activities and Resources
SACOG provides a variety of planning seminars and public and professional educational services that help provide information about the Blueprint principles. Several times a year, SACOG puts on workshops for the planning community on various topics (e.g., parking management, innovative development, land use and travel modeling, etc.) Likewise, workshops are held for elected officials, planning commissioners and the general public on broader planning issues. Upon request, SACOG will make Blueprint presentations to member jurisdictions and their stakeholders. SACOG also provides videos, photos, and photo and 3D simulations available for public education on smart growth.
On an ad hoc basis, SACOG provides instructional information in new planning topic areas. Most recently, SACOG produced the , which provides step-by-step information on how a jurisdiction can create a development coding system that is more visually based and physically-oriented that conventional zoning codes.
SACOG provides direct financial support for projects or activities that implement the Blueprint principles. The support comes in the way of competitive financial assistance. There are four programs that award grants on a two-year cycle:
- The Air Quality Funding Program funds transportation-related projects that help the region reach air-quality attainment status.
- The Bicycle/Pedestrian Funding Program helps fund capital and non-capital bicycle and pedestrian projects in large, medium, or small cities and towns in the Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.
- The Community Design Funding Program provides financial assistance to public and private projects that implement the Blueprint Principles.
- The Transportation Demand Management Funding Program provides funds to activities that focus on moving people through the region more efficiently through carpooling, vanpooling, using transit, walking and telecommuting.