In response to the results from the Development Streamlining Questionnaire, and as part of our efforts to accelerate housing production, SCAG has prepared a series of guidance materials included below. The guidance material topics were carefully selected based on feedback and include a combination of streamlining options or exemptions under CEQA and other state laws.
SCAG is pleased to share that the Housing Policy Leadership Academcy (HPLA) concluded in December 2022, following the success of a 10-month educational and traning program offered across eight cohorts. The online traning course brought together local leaders in monthly sessions to explore the relationship between policy, planning and housing development.
SCAG’s Commitment to Southern California’s Housing Crisis
The SCAG Housing Policy Forum Series offers an opportunity for emerging and established leaders to engage in shared learning about housing policy issues and trends while identifying opportunities for cross-sector collaboration and innovation. This initiative seeks to educate policymakers and thought leaders on best practice solutions to support coalition building and equitable housing development.
The REAP 2.0 program is a flexible program that seeks to accelerate progress towards state housing goals and climate commitments through a strengthened partnership between the state, its regions, and local entities. REAP 2.0 seeks to accelerate infill housing development, reduce Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT), increase housing supply at all affordability levels, affirmatively further fair housing, and facilitate the implementation of adopted regional and local plans to achieve these goals.
The State’s Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) grant program has supported the creation of the Other-to-Residential Toolkit, a unique tool that guides planners and policymakers step-by-step in facilitating more residential development in their jurisdictions by converting underutilized non-residential (other) land uses to residential.