StanCOG invites public input on transportation plan
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At a Glance:
WHAT: Valley Vision public workshop
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30
WHERE: Seasons Multicultural Events Center, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto
INFO: Contact Jaylen French at jcfrench@stancog.org or 525-4600. More information on the Valley Vision process can be found at www.valleyvisionstanislaus.com
Stanislaus Council of Governments officials hope to get public input next week on a plan it is creating that aims to reduce greenhouse gases and improve transportation within the county.

Local residents can voice their opinion on this Valley Vision plan at a public workshop Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Seasons Multicultural Events Center in Modesto.

“This is a long range planning document that will provide the framework for investment in roads, freeways, public transit like buses, bike trails and other ways people move around our county for the next 28 years,” the Valley Vision website states.

StanCOG is a council of city and county governments comprised within Stanislaus County that was established by a joint powers agreement to address regional transportation issues. It is responsible for developing and updating a variety of transportation plans and for allocating the federal and state funds to implement them.

In addition to laying out a plan to reduce greenhouse gases, Valley Vision Stanislaus aims to create a Regional Transportation Plan that meets the transit needs of the region. It also seeks to identify areas to accommodate all the region’s population, including all income groups for at least the next 28 years.

The document is being created in accordance with the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act of 2008. That law requires regional transportation planning agencies, such as StanCOG, to come up with strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by linking land use and transportation. It is part of a larger statewide effort, outlined in a 2006 state law, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020.

The planning document must identify residential densities and building intensities, determine housing needs for the next eight years and find places that could house people. It also must gather and consider information about resource areas and farmland.

In addition, the strategy must identify a network to serve the region’s transportation needs and lay out how the area could be developed to help reduce greenhouse emissions from cars and trucks.

No part of the plan will be mandatory, though individual cities and the county might gain certain benefits by incorporating elements into their general plans, Valley Vision Stanislaus Project Manager Jaylen French said last year.

StanCOG is also soliciting public input on the scope and content of the environmental impact report for the Valley Vision process. Comments will be accepted until Feb. 5, a Tuesday.

For information: jcfrench@stancog.org or 525-4600.

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