Over the course of Connect SoCal’s four-year planning cycle, SCAG has benefited greatly from listening to the many needs and concerns of our stakeholders. This invaluable feedback and insight has created the foundation of a truly collaborative and comprehensive vision for the region.
In that same spirit, SCAG’s Regional Council has approved Connect SoCal for the limited purpose of federal transportation conformity, so that SCAG may submit the plan to the Federal Highway Administration and Federal Transit Administration for review prior to the June 1, 2020, deadline, as required by the federal Clean Air Act. The Regional Council’s action aims to ensure the continued flow of federal funding for our region’s infrastructure including the more than 4,000 projects in the plan, which will create hundreds of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars of economic activity.
The Regional Council is anticipated to consider the approval of Connect SoCal in its entirety within 120 days and following additional engagement with stakeholders to consider the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on the plan and its implementation.
As mentioned above, SCAG will be considering the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and working to address recent comments received, including issues related to the incorporation of entitlements within Connect SoCal. SCAG staff will provide a progress report on these efforts within 60 days.
SCAG will continue to maintain an email distribution list for the Connect SoCal and PEIR and provide updates on how to stay involved through this process. To be added to or removed from the Connect SoCal or PEIR distribution lists, request hard copies of future CEQA notices, or request general assistance, please email ConnectSoCal@scag.ca.gov or 2020PEIR@scag.ca.gov and provide your full name, telephone number, email and mailing addresses.
Subsequent action by the Regional Council is anticipated to move the plan forward in its entirety, enabling SCAG to distribute Draft Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocation as well as submit the plan to the California Air Resources Board to confirm the attainment of greenhouse gas reduction targets.
SCAG thanks you and the many stakeholders and partners that are helping to contribute to the development of Connect SoCal. Connect SoCal, its project list, 20 supporting technical reports and PEIR are all available for review on the Connect SoCal website.