Senate Bill 375 (2008, Steinberg) builds on the existing
framework of regional planning in an effort to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions from motor vehicle trips.The Institute for Local
Government has created this resource center which includes three
premier workbooks (located to the right) to help local officials
learn about California’s SB 375 as it relates to:
Regional Planning for Transportation, Housing and the
Public Participation Requirements
Opportunities to Engage the Public in Regional Planning
Also included in this resource center are basic definitions and
resources related to SB 375 and information on how California’s
metropolitan planning organizations are implementing this law.
This section is designed to provide an overview of basic terms
and resources related to SB 375, which relies on regional
collaboration by local officials to address California’s goals
for reducing that portion of the emissions of greenhouse gases
that stems from automobile travel. The law coordinates three
important planning activities into a new integrated planning
The regional transportation plan (RTP);
The regional housing needs assessment (RHNA); and
Updating the housing element of local general plans.
This section is designed to provide local officials with an
overview of metropolitan planning organizations – regional
agencies governed by local officials within their
metropolitan region. These agencies have important
responsibilities, including a new emphasis on regional
planning for transportation and housing as revised by SB 375.
Below is information on regional planning activities (including
the development of sustainable communities strategies), public
participation efforts and planning documents for each
metropolitan planning organization.