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Sustainability Moves Forward with San
Diego Association of Governments New
“Sustainable Communities Strategy”
On October 28, 2011, the San Diego Association of
Governments ("SANDAG") took the historic, albeit
controversial, step of approving the nation's first
comprehensive regional sustainability plan: the SANDAG
"Sustainable Communities Strategy."  This important
document sets forth SANDAG's 40-year plan to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions, and is hailed by supporters as a
milestone in California's efforts to ensure a sustainable future,
but derived by critics on several grounds.  Developers,
planners, builders, design professionals, and others engaged
in the green-building movement should take note of this issue,
which promises to set the stage for similar action plans
throughout the state in the near future.

Sustainable Communities

The Sustainable Communities Strategy ("SCS") was adopted,
in part, to satisfy legal requirements mandated under
California Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), which obligates regional
transportation agencies adopt a "sustainable communities
strategy."  As approved, the SCS is an element of SANDAG's
large 2050 Regional Transportation Plan ("RTP"), and also
seeks to comply with emissions reduction targets promulgated
by the California Air Resources Board ("CARB").  Under CARB
guidelines, year 2005 emissions levels are to be reduced by
7% by 2020, and 13% by 2035.  The SCS provides for bold
steps to be taken to achieve these targets.

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to read more, click here....
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PUC RENEWABLE ENERGY LOG

A listing of current regulatory actions of
the California Public Utilities Commission
concerning solar energy, wind power,
biofuels, and other renewable energy
matters.  Access the PUC Log here.

Recent Developments:

Case No. A234078 - In Re Solar
Distributors Response to Commissioner
Comments Filed

Here I will keep the running log of PUC
matters on solar and renewable energy

Click here for more cases and info.
California SLaw is a publication of the law
firm of Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin devoted to
legal issues concerning green building,
sustainable development, renewable energy,
environmental protection, smart growth,
solar rights, and other legal issues involved
in building a cleaner community.

With more than twenty years of experience
in the areas of redevelopment and municipal
law, AGC's attorneys are practicing on the
cutting edge of events in the changing field
of California redevelopment law.  If your
city, agency, organization or business is
responding to ABX1-26 or has otherwise
engaged in transactions with redevelopment
agencies, we urge you to explore the
impacts and exposure posed by this
precedent-setting legislation.  For more
information on AGC's Redevelopment
Transition Practice Group, please contact
AGC at (562) 699-5500, or e-mail any of the
Practice Group directors:  Andrew Jared at
ajared@agclawfirm.com; Scott Nichols at
snichols@agclawfirm.com; and Matthew
Gorman at mgorman@agclawfirm.com.
Overall, the SCS marks a critical shift toward a more
sustainable future for California's communities, and has the
potential to dramatically reshape the legal landscape in which
local governments operate.  This shift should be watched
carefully by those who routinely work with cities, counties,
and other local agencies, and is of particular importance to
professionals engaged in green-building and related fields.  
Whether SANDAG's SCS is effective remains to be seen, but
it embodies a growing desire in state and local governments
for environmental regulation and conservation.

The Sustainable Communities Strategy ("SCS") was adopted,
in part, to satisfy legal requirements mandated under
California Senate Bill 375 (SB 375), which obligates regional
transportation agencies adopt a "sustainable communities
strategy."  As approved, the SCS is an element of SANDAG's
large 2050 Regional Transportation Plan ("RTP"), and also
seeks to comply with emissions reduction targets
promulgated by the California Air Resources Board
("CARB").  Under CARB guidelines, year 2005 emissions
levels are to be reduced by 7% by 2020, and 13% by 2035.  
The SCS provides for bold steps to be taken to achieve
these targets.

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to read more, click here....
Governor says "NO" to redevelopment
but sustainability may continue to thrive