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 is federally required to be updated every four years. The SACOG board adopted the 2020 MTP/SCS and accompanying documents at a special board meeting on November 18, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
The SACOG Board of Directors serves as the Airport Land Use Commission (ALUC) for Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties. California’s State Aeronautics Act (Public Utilities Code sections 21670 et seq.), identifies the role and responsibilities of ALUCs in land use planning. The Act is intended to ensure that proposed land uses in areas around public-use airports are compatible with continued airport operations.
SACOG plays a key role in the State’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process. Every eight years, the State of Calfornia’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) provides SACOG with a regional determination, which represents the number of units the region must plan for. The total allocation is broken down into four income categories and the lower two income categories (“Low Income” and “Very Low Income”) must be accommodated on sites zoned for higher densities.
The Green Region Plan advances the Sacramento region’s transportation system, putting it on a path to zero by emitting fewer emissions. The plan offers cost effective investments that address mobility needs while also improving air quality. There are many efforts underway in the region on adopting cleaner vehicles, influencing the choices people make about transportation, and insuring the full system is operating effectively and efficiently. The intent of the Green Region Plan is to bring together the various partners, both public and private, that are working toward this same goal.
In 2018 the Greater Sacramento Economic Council, Sacramento Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Valley Vision, Sacramento Region Business Association, and the Sacramento Area Council of Governments partnered to engage the nationally recognized Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program to conduct a market assessment of the six-county Sacramento region.