CCRL engages regional and statewide leaders in the advancement of land use,
housing and infrastructure investment policies that support region-based
growth and development. Since 2001, CCRL has learned a host of lessons about
improving growth planning policy at the regional and state level.
CCRL Land-Use and Infrastructure Goals 2005 – 2006
- Increase the level of understanding among regional civic leaders about
infrastructure and housing policy and investment in light of future population
- Strengthen the connections between state policymakers and regional leaders
to foster more effective and efficient use of public resources.
A Permanent Source of Funding for Affordable Housing. Housing
affordability indicators in California are falling to all-time lows as a result
of the dramatic and sustained increase in the cost of market-rate and affordable
housing in virtually every region of the state. California’s
decreasingly affordability rates are forcing Californians to pay higher and
higher percentages of their income on housing; driving buyers, particularly
first-time buyers, to the metropolitan edges, encouraging sprawl; limiting
residents ability to move; and threatening California’s economic stability.
In response to this crisis, CCRL and the regional collaborative are
working together to analyze the benefits of a permanent source
of dedicated funding for state affordable housing subsidy. A White
Paper on this topic will be released in the Summer, 2005
followed by regional dialogues are scheduled throughout the next 18 months.
2004 - 2005: PPIC 2025 Report. CCRL
contributed to the PPIC’s long-term visioning piece centered around
the critical question: “What
kind of California do you want?” The report offers
a longer-term perspective on a set of critical issues from population growth
to education to transportation infrastructure to job opportunities. In
the process, it puts some of the states’ most controversial topics – such
as term limits, Proposition 13, and the two-thirds supermajority for tax increases – on
the table for discussion.
The California Story. CCRL co-sponsored a statewide
convening on June 15, 2004 in Sacramento with the Surdna Foundation and the
Funders’ Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities. Participants
included two Cabinet Secretaries and two “smart growth” Legislators,
state and regional leaders from the public and nonprofit sector, teams of
representatives from four other states and thirteen representatives from ten
foundations. The event presented the current trends and challenges in
land use; thirteen regional innovations in growth visioning, regional planning,
and community-grounded demonstration projects; and possible new state policy
CCRL convened five regional dialogues on AB 857 (Wiggins) to explore the regional
perspective on state investments and land-use decisions aligning with three
major interrelated planning priorities: Promote infill development and equity;
Protect open space and working landscapes; Encourage compact and efficient
development patterns. The statute mandates that all state projects in the
Governor's Five Year Infrastructure Plan along with every related state agency
functional plan be consistent with these priorities beginning in 2005.
Improvement. Governor Schwarzenegger initiated an extensive
review of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to make changes to
the law to improve the state’s ability to meet its housing development
needs, while at the same time maintaining environmental protection. This review
of CEQA has taken form in a state-level CEQA Improvement Advisory Group, led
by the Resources Secretary Mike Chrisman, and including five other Cabinet
members and a diverse array of stakeholders from the business, housing, local
government, environmental and social justice communities.
The Project was designed to work along two tracks. The first track focuses
on policy changes to removes barriers for housing, particularly infill housing
(and other infill development) and resource conservation strategies. It
is intended that action be taken during the current legislative session. The
second track will look at CEQA and infrastructure and comprehensive planning,
and will extend through the end of 2005, with policy proposals to be ready
for the 2006 legislative session.
CCRL facilitates the Advisory Group which was created to engage key stakeholders
in crafting changes to CEQA. To solicit public input, CCRL organized a series
of five Regional Dialogues around the state. See State Resources Agency link: http://ceres.ca.gov/ceqa/
Economic Vitality Conversations. Working in partnership with
the Cabinet, led by Business, Transportation and (BT&H) Secretary Sunne
McPeak, CCRL worked with regional partners to convene eleven regional Economic
Vitality Conversations. These
Conversations have helped to position “growth” issues as vital
to California’s economic success, especially, housing, transportation
and comprehensive regional planning. Though supported from other sources, the
EVC project is essential to advancing the Surda-supported CCRL effort to encourage
leverage on growth issues by the Schwarzenegger Administration.
CCRL convened local and statewide forums through the California
Policy Reform Network on infrastructure planning and
Member of the Environmental
Goals and Policy Report Stakeholders Group (EGPR).
and the Land(1997 - 2000).
CCRL served as strategic advisors to Governor
Davis’ Commission on Building for the 21sth Century (2000 – 2002).
Nick Bollman chaired Assemblymember Bob Hertzberg’s Commission
on Regionalism (2001 – 2002).
CCRL and the California department of Housing and Community Development
(HCD) are working together find a permanent source of dedicated
funding for state affordable housing subsidy.
convened 5 regional CEQA Improvement Dialogues in April/May 2005 in
partnership with the California Resources Agency and the Public Policy Institute
On Feb 18, 2005 the California Institute for County Government (CICG)
and CCRL co-convened a one day State-Local
Fiscal Reform summit in Napa, California.
June 15, 2004, CCRL was a co-convener of a national dialogue on growth planning,
infrastructure investment, and land conservation in Sacramento. An electronic
summary of the dialogue reveals that California is poised to become
a national leader in Smart Growth policy
and the Bay Area Alliance held a Bay Area Infrastructure Dialogue (270
KB PDF) on May 18, 2004.
The March 2003 issue of the CalRegions newsletter outlines work that California's Regional
Collaboratives and the California Policy Reform Network are doing to encourage public investment in infrastructure
CCRL convened five regional dialogues on the implementation of AB 857 as
part of the process of developing the Environmental Goals and Policy Report
2003 issue of the CalRegions newsletter gives an overview of the opportunity
presented by AB 857 and the five regional dialogues convened by CCRL.
Opportunity: New Resources to Meet California's Housing Needs
CEQA Reform: Issues and Options (Public
Policy Institute of California)
The San Joaquin
Valley: To Sprawl Or Not?
text of AB 857
in Transportation Funding &Finance - (USC Keston Institute for Infrastructure)
- Report and Recommendations to California Business, Transportation, and Housing
Smart Growth Network
Publications from the Speaker's Commission
Holds Responsibility for Infrastructure? New Regional Governments or Cities &Their
Partners (Keston Infrastructure Institute)
UCR Blakely Center for Sustainable Suburban
California Business, Transportation,
and Housing Agency
California Center for Land Recycling
California Debt and Investment
Advisory Commission (CDIAC)
California Department of Housing and
California Department of Transportation
California Resources Agency
Center for Governmental Studies
Center for Law in the Public Interest
Governor's Office of Planning and
USC Keston Institute
Legislative Smart Growth
Local Government Commission
Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce
New Schools Better Neighborhoods
Public Policy Institute of California
Smart Growth America
Surface Transportation Policy
Project (STPP) California
Transportation &Land Use Collaborative
of Southern California
Urban Land Institute