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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is circulating a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to notify interested parties that SCAG, as the lead agency, plans to prepare a Program Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) for Connect SoCal (2020–2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy). The NOP begins a 30-day public comment period from January 23, 2019 to February 22, 2019 to seek input from interested parties on the scope and content of the Connect SoCal PEIR.

To expedite the distribution process and reduce printing and postage costs, SCAG is primarily using electronic mail to notify interested parties, including responsible and trustee agencies, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), federal, state and local agencies, stakeholders and other interested agencies, organizations and individuals of the NOP.


SCAG will be hosting two (2) scoping meetings for the PEIR at SCAG’s Los Angeles office. Information for the scoping meeting is as follows:

Date:

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Time:

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location:

Southern California Association of Governments
900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Room:

Policy Committee - A


A webcast and videoconferencing will be available for the scoping meetings. Due to limited spacing for some meeting locations, an optional RSVP link for the scoping meeting is available at: https://scag.wufoo.com/forms/z16jlufl11ygyf2/.

A copy of the NOP, information on the scoping meetings, videoconferencing locations, and webcast address, are available at: connectsocal.org.

In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, SCAG is committed to providing special accommodations to those who are interested in participating in the scoping meetings. SCAG is also committed to helping those with limited proficiency in the English language by providing translation services at the workshop in accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act. We ask that you provide your request for special accommodations or translation services at least 72 hours prior to the scoping meetings so that SCAG has sufficient time to make arrangements. Please contact Mr. Roland Ok, Senior Regional Planner, at (213) 236-1819, to make a request.

SCAG is also updating and will continue to maintain an email distribution list for the PEIR. To be added to or removed from the distribution list, request hard copies of future CEQA notices, or request general assistance, please send an email to 2020PEIR@scag.ca.gov and provide your full name, telephone number, email and mailing addresses.

Keywords : regional transportation plan

SCAG congratulates First Vice President Randon Lane on his DOT appointment; agency will begin the process of filling his role on the leadership team

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) offered its gratitude and congratulations to its First Vice President, Randon Lane, who has resigned to accept a presidential appointment in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Lane announced his resignation as Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Murrieta, as well as his appointed roles at SCAG, the League of California Cities and the Riverside Transit Agency, to accept a role within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Randon has shown extraordinary leadership on regional transportation issues throughout Southern California. His city and our region will miss him, but we know he will accomplish great things in Washington,” said SCAG President Bill Jahn.

Rex Richardson, a Long Beach City Councilmember, will replace Lane as SCAG’s First Vice President. The agency’s Regional Council will select Richardson’s successor as Second Vice President at its September meeting.

Read the full press release here.

​Los Angeles – The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today opened the public comment period on how best to allocate local housing need – a critical step forward in addressing an affordability crisis that has broad ramifications on our region’s prosperity and quality of life.

SCAG will conduct four public hearings and accept written comments over the next several weeks for residents, businesses and stakeholders to weigh in on three options for determining local housing needs as part of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process.

California requires that every city and county adequately plan to meet current and projected housing needs, and through RHNA, determines what that need is every eight years. Later this month, the state is expected to announce the latest need assessment for the six-county region, at which point SCAG is required to develop a proposed plan for how to allocate those numbers to local jurisdictions.

“No community is immune from the safety, health and economic consequences of the housing crisis,” said Bill Jahn, President of SCAG. He noted that the average California home price is nearly 2 ½ times above the national average, while the average rent is nearly 50% higher than the rest of the country. More than 50% of households spend more than 30% of their paychecks on housing costs.

Three methodologies for determining local housing need were reviewed Thursday by SCAG’s Regional Council. Those options were based on feedback received from RHNA Subcommittee members and members of the public.

Read the full press release here​.

Keywords : RHNA

The Proposed RHNA Allocation Methodology is available for public review and comment from August 2, 2019 to September 13, 2019. SCAG will conduct four public hearings in the second half of August 2019. For more details about the public hearings, please visit: scag.ca.gov/housing

Posted July 30, 2019

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-09 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on July 30, 2019 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2019.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2019/proposed.aspx.

Please note that some of the changes or project additions may be for projects funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds. This public involvement opportunity is provided to meet the public involvement requirements for the program of projects.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the FTIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects. The public notice of public participation activities and the time established for public review of and comments on the FTIP will satisfy the pop requirements of the Section 5307 program.

Additionally, SCAG is adding language in 2019 FTIP Amendment #19-09 to address the federal requirements for performance measures.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-07 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this amendment, contact John Asuncion at (213) 236-1936 no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2019.

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