As the largest metropolitan planning organization in the United States, SCAG has the critical mission of supporting 191 cities and six counties with transportation, planning, and economic development efforts. SCAG recognizes that civic issues are not constrained by local jurisdictional boundaries. Effective planning requires close collaboration, strong communication, and fluid data sharing across the region.
SCAG is in the process of developing an innovative online regional mapping tool known as the SoCal Greenprint. This will be a strategic conservation mapping tool that highlights the benefits of natural lands, waters, and agricultural lands, including access to parks and trails, habitat protection and connectivity, clean water, clean air, food production, and increased resilience to climate change.
The goals of the SoCal Greenprint are to protect, restore, and enhance natural lands, public greenspace, working lands, and water resources and the benefits they provide to people and nature throughout the SCAG region. It will support planners, conservation practitioners, developers, infrastructure agencies, and other stakeholders in integrating the protection of natural and agricultural resources into land use and infrastructure plans and avoid potential litigation by identifying and assessing environmental issues early in the planning process.
SCAG has engaged The Nature Conservancy (TNC), a leading international conservation organization with experience creating Greenprints in California (one example is the Bay Area Greenprint), to lead this process with input from a diverse group of stakeholders in the fields of planning, conservation, community organization, developers, and more.
Given the important role geospatial data has in making planning decisions, SCAG is working with a number of local and regional agencies to form a purchasing co-operative that would obtain a variety of high quality aerial imagery at a reduced, shared cost.