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As the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) prepares to develop the 2016–2040 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, the agency is updating its Public Participation Plan and invites your input.

Consistent with federal and state requirements, SCAG regularly reviews and evaluates its public participation and outreach activities to ensure that the public and interested parties are given early, meaningful and substantive opportunities to be involved in SCAG’s decision-making. To that end, SCAG released the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan on January 22, 2014 for a mandatory 45–day public review and comment period, which ends at 5:00 p.m. on March 7, 2014.

SCAG invites your review and comments on the draft plan.

READ THE DRAFT PLAN HERE.

HOW TO SUBMIT COMMENTS ON SCAG’S 2014 DRAFT PUBLIC PARTICIPATION PLAN:
SCAG provides a variety of ways for you to submit your comments on the 2014 Draft Public Participation Plan. Choose the method most convenient for you:

  • Complete the Public Participation Comment form at: www.scag.ca.gov/participate/Pages/PublicComment.aspx
  • Email your comments to: contactus@scag.ca.gov
  • Fax your comments to: 213-236-1961 – ATTENTION: Media & Public Affairs
  • Mail or drop off your written comments at any SCAG Office:
    • Main Office
      818 W. 7th Street, 12th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90017
    • Imperial County Office:
      1405 N. Imperial Avenue, Suite 1, El Centro, CA 92243
    • Orange County Office
      600 S. Main Street, Suite 906, Orange, CA 92863
    • Riverside County Office
      3403 10th Street, Suite 805, Riverside, CA 92501
    • San Bernardino County Office
      1170 W. 3rd Street, Suite 140, San Bernardino, CA 92410
    • Ventura County Office
      950 County Square Drive, Suite 101, Ventura, CA 93003

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
At the conclusion of the comment period, staff will review, address and incorporate as appropriate all comments received into a final, draft Public Participation Plan that will be presented to SCAG’s Legislative/Communications & Membership Committee (LCMC) at its meeting on March 18, 2014. Upon approval by the LCMC, staff will present the 2014 Final Public Participation Plan to the SCAG Regional Council for adoption on April 3, 2014.

Questions? Please contact Angela Rushen Ross, Manager of Media & Public Affairs at ross@scag.ca.gov or call 213-236-1809.

We value and appreciate your input!

Together with the release of the 2014-15 guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grants, the Strategic Growth Council announced that they will host six outreach workshops across the state to share more information about the AHSC program and how to submit a concept proposal. The workshops will be held in early February, but the exact locations will be announced by the end of January. For more information about the workshops, please download the workshop notice.

Keywords : Grants

The Strategic Growth Council has recently announced a Request for Grant Applications for the 2015 Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation Program (SALCP). Administered by the California Department of Conservation on behalf of the Strategic Growth Council, the SALCP is envisioned as the first step in a multi-year conservation effort that will conserve agricultural land while reducing greenhouse gas emissions in California and is funded by the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund. There are two components of the SALCP: Agricultural Land Strategies and Agricultural Conservation Easements. Agricultural Land Strategy Grant proposals are due by March 20, 2015. Agricultural Conservation Easement Grant pre-proposals are due Feb. 6, 2015 and full proposals are due April 1, 2015. For information about the program guidelines, grant application forms and supporting material, please visit the Department of Conservation’s website or call (916) 324-0850.

Keywords : Grants

​The Strategic Growth Council has shared proposed revisions based on feedback to its Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) grant guidelines development. The revisions were provided in a memo released on Dec. 19, which also gave an update on two key issues not addressed in the preliminary draft guidelines: California Air Resources Board Guidance on Greenhouse Gas Reduction Quantification and the role of Metropolitan Planning Organizations. 

The Strategic Growth Council rescheduled its Dec. 2014 meeting to Jan. 20, 2015 in order to allow more time to incorporate and consider these revisions to the 2014-15 AHSC program guidelines. It is anticipated that the final application and guidelines for grant funds will be released sometime in late January. Any comments on the proposed revisions and updates may be sent to: ahsc@sgc.ca.gov. 

For more information on the AHSC grant program and other cap-and-trade related funding opportunities, please visit SCAG's webpage on the Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund.


Keywords : Grants

The Department is delighted to the announce release of a Notice of Funding Availability(NOFA) of approximately $35 million for the Housing-Related Parks (HRP) Program, 2014 Designated Program Year (DPY).

For the 2014 DPY, the Department will award funds for the issuance of building permits for units affordable to lower-income households as well as units substantially rehabilitated, converted and/or preserved between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2014.

Please refer to the revised HRP Program Guidelines for additional information on eligibility and documentation requirements.

The DPY 2014 application and instructions will be released prior to the end of the Calendar Year and will be posted on the Department's HRP Program webpage at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrpp/. In addition, Program staff will be conducting an application webinar during the month of January to answer questions and provide technical assistance to potential applicants.

Please note, the deadline for meeting Program threshold requirements as set forth in Section 102 of the Program Guidelines include the following:

  • Housing element compliance as of December 31, 2014 which means a Housing element that has been adopted by the jurisdiction's governing body and determined to be in substantial compliance with State housing element law pursuant to Government Code Section 65585, and
  • Submittal of required Annual Progress Reports that must be submitted to the Department by no later than the application due date, February 5, 2014.

Applications are due February 5, 2015.

Please contact your Program Representative (see below) with questions. The Department looks forward to working with you!

Northern California/Bay Area
Fidel Herrera
(916) 263-7441
fidel.herrera@hcd.ca.gov

Sacramento/Central Valley/Central Coast/Eastern Sierra
James Johnson
(916) 263-7426
james.johnson@hcd.ca.gov

Southern California
Hilda Sousa
(916) 263-1784
hilda.sousa@hcd.ca.gov

Program Manager
Jennifer Seeger
(916) 263-7421
Jennifer.Seeger@hcd.ca.gov

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