As part of implementing the nation’s first law that connects land use to greenhouse gas emissions (SB 375), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has adopted regional targets strongly supported by environmental groups meant to reduce GHG emissions from vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The business community expressed concern that the targets were too aggressive and asked the board to adopt more reasonable goals of 2% reduction by 2010 and 5% reduction by 2030, instead of the “stretch” goals recommended in the ARB staff report.
Final action was unanimous and the following targets were set for the major metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) for the years 2020 and 2035:
+ Bay Area (MTC /ABAG) = -7% then -15%
+ Southern California (SCAG) = -8% then -13%
+ San Diego (SANDAG) = -7% then -13%
+ Sacramento (SACOG) = -7% then -16%
+ San Joaquin Valley = -5% then -10%
We have written extensively about SB 375 in the past, and the bill was signed over our industry’s objections in 2008. Our friends at the Institute for Local Government have put together a short primer on the law. If you are interested in learning more, click here.