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As the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) prepares to develop the 2016–2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, the agency is updating its Public Participation Plan and invites your input.

Consistent with federal and state requirements, SCAG regularly reviews and evaluates its public participation and outreach activities to ensure that the public and interested parties are given early, meaningful and substantive opportunities to be involved in SCAG’s decision-making. To that end, SCAG released the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan on January 22, 2014 for a mandatory 45–day public review and comment period, which ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014.

SCAG invites your review and comments on the draft plan.

READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON SCAG’S 2014 DRAFT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN:
SCAG provides a variety of ways for you to submit your comments on the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan. Choose the method most convenient for you:

  • Complete the Public Participation Comment form at: www.scag.ca.gov/participate/Pages/PublicComment.aspx
  • Email your comments to: contactus@scag.ca.gov
  • Fax your comments to: 213-236-1961 – ATTENTION: Media & Public Affairs
  • Mail or drop off your written comments at any SCAG Office:
    • Main Office
      818 W. 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    • Imperial County Office:
      1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
    • Orange County Office
      600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, CA 92863
    • Riverside County Office
      3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
    • San Bernardino County Office
      1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
    • Ventura County Office
      950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
At the conclusion of the comment period, staff will review, address and incorporate as appropriate all comments received into a final, draft Public Participation Plan that will be presented to SCAG’s Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee (LCMC) at its meeting on March 18, 2014. Upon approval by the LCMC, staff will present the 2014 Final Public Participation Plan to the SCAG Regional Council for adoption on April 3, 2014.

Questions? Please contact Angela Rushen Ross, Manager of Media & Public Affairs at ross@scag.ca.gov or call 213-236-1809.

We value and appreciate your input!

On Oct. 2, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released a Notice of Funding Availability for the Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) program. IIG  grants provide for the gap funding of infrastructure improvements that are an integral part of or are necessary to facilitate the development of new infill housing for specific residential or mixed use projects. A total of $40 million is available for the Fiscal Year 2014-15 funding round. Grant applications are due to HCD by Dec. 10. More information about the IIG Program, along with Guidelines issued by HCD, can be found at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/iig.  

Keywords : Grants

​This month's issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter highlights the adoption of the 2014 Southern California Active Transportation Program, which recommends that the California Transportation Commission fund 54 projects in the region that promote walking and biking. Plus, learn about the Compton Creek Natural Park, the draft Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant guidelines workshop and the fifth annual SCAG Economic Summit.

The Federal Transit Administration will host a webinar on its Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Notice of Funding Availability on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, at https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/fta-tod-pilot

The webinar will provide an overview of the program, describe eligible applicants and projects, and provide an opportunity for attendees to obtain answers to other questions. Note that audio and video will be provided through the link above; there is no separate call-in number. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the Pilot Program for TOD Planning NOFA webpage afterward for those that are unable to attend.

Keywords : Grants

​On Oct. 27, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., SCAG will host a Strategic Growth Council public workshop to seek input on the draft Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program guidelines. The AHSC program is a new funding opportunity created by the California Cap-and-Trade Expenditure Plan, with $130 million being allocated to this program in the State Budget for FY 2014-15. The purpose of the program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through projects that implement land use, housing, transportation and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development, and projects that support related and coordinated public policy objectives. The Oct. 27 workshop is one of four events being held throughout the state to obtain feedback on the draft grant guidelines. The deadline for receiving comments is Oct. 31 and the complete schedule of workshops is listed below.

For more information, please visit the AHSC webpage.

Statewide AHSC Workshop Locations

Thursday, Oct. 23
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Merced City Hall
Sandpiper Room
678 West 18th Street
Merced, CA 95340

Friday, Oct. 24
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Elihu Harris Building Auditorium
1515 Clay Street
Oakland, CA 94612

Monday, Oct. 27
1:00 - 4:00 pm
Southern California Association of Governments
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017
Click here to register

Tuesday, Oct. 28
1:00 - 4:00 pm
CalPERS Headquarters
Lincoln Plaza North Auditorium
400 Q Street
Sacramento, CA 95811

Keywords : Grants
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