New Land Use Law is a Landmark for Farmland Preservation
Aggie Village in Davis is an example of a walkable community that SB 375 will encourage.
The new law creates two incentives to promote more compact, transit-oriented development within and adjacent to cities. First, at least $5 billion in state transportation and other infrastructure funding will be used to reward local governments in regions that adopt land use “blueprint” plans that meet greenhouse gas reduction targets. Second, development projects that comply with the plans will benefit from a streamlined environmental review process that will save them time and money. The San Joaquin Valley, California’s most productive agricultural region, is now in the process of designing a blueprint plan that could benefit from SB 375.
An extraordinary coalition of conservation and environmental groups – among them AFT -- developers and local government advocates backed SB 375 after years of negotiations over both its underlying principles and the details. “Huge credit goes to the political leadership and everyone who hung in there,” said Thompson. “This demonstrates that government isn’t broken and that private interests can overcome their differences to achieve something truly meaningful for us all.”