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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has prepared the Draft 2015 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (Draft 2015 FTIP) in compliance with the adopted 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy (2012-2035 RTP/SCS) and all federal and state requirements, including those set forth in the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) and metropolitan planning regulations. SCAG has also prepared the Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS to reflect additions or changes to a number of critical transportation projects that are ready to move forward toward the implementation phase.

On June 5, 2014, the SCAG Transportation Committee approved release of the Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS for a 30-day public review and comment period, which concludes on July 31, 2014. The Draft 2015 FTIP is comprised of transportation projects for the six-county SCAG region: Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura. The Draft 2015 FTIP consists of three (3) volumes: (I) Executive Summary, (II) Technical Appendix, and (III) Project Listing (consistent with the 2012 RTP/SCS). The Technical Appendix includes the federally required conformity analysis for the Draft 2015 FTIP. The Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS is comprised of transportation project changes for the same six-county region, and consists of a single document containing the changes.

Included in the public review and public hearings of the Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS are the Federal Program of Projects for Fiscal Years 2015-2020 that are funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds for all urbanized areas in the SCAG six-county region. This public involvement opportunity meets the public involvement requirements for the Program of Projects. Subsequent to public involvement and adoption, the final 2015 FTIP will function as the final program for the region, unless amended, and a final notice is not published. The projects are listed by each respective county in Volume III of the Draft 2015 FTIP. The applicable urbanized areas are: Camarillo, El Centro–Calexico, Hemet, Indio–Cathedral City, Lancaster–Palmdale, Los Angeles–Long Beach–Anaheim, Mission Viejo–Lake Forest–San Clemente, Murrieta–Temecula–Menifee, Oxnard, Riverside–San Bernardino, Santa Clarita, Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks, Victorville–Hesperia, and Yuma AZ – CA* (*Imperial County Portion).

The Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS are available for public review on the SCAG website at www.scag.ca.gov/FTIP and www.scagrtp.net. Copies are also available for public review at SCAG’s Los Angeles office and regional offices (Imperial, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura). Copies of the Draft 2015 FTIP can also be found at public libraries throughout the region (library listing is available on the SCAG website). SCAG’s Regional Council as the agency’s governing board is tentatively scheduled to consider approval of the final 2015 FTIP and Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS on September 11, 2014.

SCAG will be holding two (2) public hearings regarding the Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS on the following dates, times and locations:

Thursday, July 10, 2014 at 10 a.m.
SCAG Main Office
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

Thursday, July 24, 2014 at 3 p.m.
SCAG Main Office
818 West 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017

One may also participate in the public hearings via video conference from SCAG’s regional offices. Please visit our website for the public hearing procedures and video conference locations at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2015/draft.aspx or http://scagrtp.net/

The purpose of the hearings is to receive public input and comments regarding the Draft 2015 FTIP and Draft Amendment No. 2 to the 2012–2035 RTP/SCS, which may be used to facilitate changes where appropriate. SCAG encourages the public and all interested parties to submit written comments and/or written information at the public hearings and no later than the close of the public comment period. Written comments will be accepted until 5:00 PM on July 31, 2014 and may be submitted electronically to gutierre@scag.ca.gov, or by U.S. mail as follows:

Southern California Association of Governments
Attention: Pablo Gutierrez
818 West Seventh Street, 12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Together with the release of the 2014-15 guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grants, the Strategic Growth Council announced that they will host six outreach workshops across the state to share more information about the AHSC program and how to submit a concept proposal. The workshops will be held in early February, but the exact locations will be announced by the end of January. For more information about the workshops, please download the workshop notice.

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The Strategic Growth Council has recently announced a Request for Grant Applications for the 2015 Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Program (SALCP). Administered by the California Department of Conservation on behalf of the Strategic Growth Council, the SALCP is envisioned as the first step in a multi-year conservation effort that will conserve agricultural land while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in California and is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. There are two components of the SALCP: Agricultural Land Strategies and Agricultural Conservation Easements. Agricultural Land Strategy Grant proposals are due by March 20, 2015. Agricultural Conservation Easement Grant pre-proposals are due Feb. 6, 2015 and full proposals are due April 1, 2015. For information about the program guidelines, grant application forms and supporting material, please visit the Department of Conservation’s website or call (916) 324-0850.

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​The Strategic Growth Council has shared proposed revisions based on feedback to its Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant guidelines development. The revisions were provided in a memo released on Dec. 19, which also gave an update on two key issues not addressed in the preliminary draft guidelines: California Air Resources Board Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Quantification and the role of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. 

The Strategic Growth Council rescheduled its Dec. 2014 meeting to Jan. 20, 2015 in order to allow more time to incorporate and consider these revisions to the 2014-15 AHSC program guidelines. It is anticipated that the final application and guidelines for grant funds will be released sometime in late January. Any comments on the proposed revisions and updates may be sent to: ahsc@sgc.ca.gov. 

For more information on the AHSC grant program and other cap-and-trade related funding opportunities, please visit SCAG's webpage on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.


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The Department is delighted to the announce release of a Notice of Funding Availability(NOFA) of approximately $35 million for the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program, 2014 Designated Program Year (DPY).

For the 2014 DPY, the Department will award funds for the issuance of building permits for units affordable to lower-income households as well as units substantially rehabilitated, converted and/or preserved between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.

Please refer to the revised HRP Program Guidelines for additional information on eligibility and documentation requirements.

The DPY 2014 application and instructions will be released prior to the end of the Calendar Year and will be posted on the Department's HRP Program webpage at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrpp/. In addition, Program staff will be conducting an application webinar during the month of January to answer questions and provide technical assistance to potential applicants.

Please note, the deadline for meeting Program threshold requirements as set forth in Section 102 of the Program Guidelines include the following:

  • Housing element compliance as of December 31, 2014 which means a Housing element that has been adopted by the jurisdiction's governing body and determined to be in substantial compliance with State housing element law pursuant to Government Code Section 65585, and
  • Submittal of required Annual Progress Reports that must be submitted to the Department by no later than the application due date, February 5, 2014.

Applications are due February 5, 2015.

Please contact your Program Representative (see below) with questions. The Department looks forward to working with you!

Northern California/Bay Area
Fidel Herrera
(916) 263-7441
fidel.herrera@hcd.ca.gov

Sacramento/Central Valley/Central Coast/Eastern Sierra
James Johnson
(916) 263-7426
james.johnson@hcd.ca.gov

Southern California
Hilda Sousa
(916) 263-1784
hilda.sousa@hcd.ca.gov

Program Manager
Jennifer Seeger
(916) 263-7421
Jennifer.Seeger@hcd.ca.gov

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