This guide describes opportunities for local officials to
engage the public in regional transportation planning in
California, with a particular focus on preparation of sustainable
communities strategies required by SB 375.
Public engagement processes are often forums for very deeply held concerns. In some cases, public engagement participants will have very strongly held views about the topics to be discussed; the local (or regional) agency and officials involved; and/or the public engagement process itself.
This guide provides information about California law related to
evaluating greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions as part of California’s
environmental review (CEQA) process. It is written for the
busy local official and others seeking a plain language
explanation of the requirements. It includes endnotes for those
who want more detailed information or references to the law.
The Institute for Local Government has prepared legal analyses of
the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006 (sometimes known by its
legislative identiy: AB 32) and the Sustainable Communities and
Climate Protection Act of 2008 (sometimes known by its
legislative identity: SB 375) explaining how these laws
specifically affect local agencies.