This section is designed to provide local officials with an
overview of metropolitan planning organizations with an emphasis
on regional transportation planning as revised by SB 375
(including the development of sustainable communities
strategies). Included are updates on regional planning
activities, public participation efforts and planning documents
for each metropolitan planning organizations (MPO). Also
included in this section are links to other related resources on
Federal law requires that any urbanized area with population of at least 50,000 be guided and maintained by a regional entity known as a metropolitan planning organization (MPO). SB 375 details specific roles for California MPOs, expanding their role in regional planning. Eighteen MPOs are designated in California, accounting for approximately 98% of the state’s population.
The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is the comprehensive regional planning agency and the council of governments for the nine counties and 101 cities and towns in the San Francisco Bay Area. Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) functions as both the regional transportation planning agency and the metropolitan planning organization for the region.
The Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments (AMBAG) is a voluntary association of 18 cities and 3 counties in California’s central coast region. AMBAG is the designated metropolitan planning organization for Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties.
Butte County Association of Governments (BCAG) is an voluntary
association of all the local governments within Butte County, and
is the designated metropolitan planning organization and regional
transportation planning agency for the region.
Kern COG, is an association of city and county governments created to address regional transportation issues. Its member agencies include the County of Kern and the 11 incorporated cities within Kern County.
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an
association of local governments in the San Luis Obispo County
region. The central purpose of SLOCOG is to examine common
regional problems and suggest solutions.
The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the largest of nearly 700 councils of government in the United States, functioning as the metropolitan planning organization for six counties: Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino, Riverside, Ventura and Imperial.
Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) is a council of city
and county governments for the Stanislaus County region that was
established in 1971 by a joint powers agreement to address
regional transportation issues.
Tahoe Metropolitan Planning Organization (TMPO) serves as the federally-designated metropolitan planning organization for the Tahoe region. The Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA) carries out planning requirements of the Bi-State Tahoe Regional Planning Compact and serves as the regional transportation planning agency for the California portion of the Lake Tahoe basin.
The Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) was formed by
a joint powers agreement, executed by the eight incorporated
cities and Tulare County in 1971. In 1982, TCAG was also
designated the metropolitan planning organization for Tulare
A Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) outlines transportation investments for a region. It is drafted by a Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) or Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) every four years (five years in regions that have attained federal air quality standards) and includes a 20-year outlook for likely growth in the region. The RTP is the basis for state funding of transportation projects.
This is a collaborative planning process that engages local
residents in formulating a long-term vision for their
region. This vision is developed from residents’ and
incorporates their various priorities for the region.
Through a public process a preferred growth scenario is selected
from a series of alternative sustainable growth scenarios.
This preferred scenario then guides regional and local land use
and transportation decisions for the future that ultimately fits
the residents’ needs and desires for the area.