SACOG and CSU Fresno Receive $5.5 million from HUD Sustainable Regional Planning Grant Funding

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has selected the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) as a recipient of a $1.5 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant. Only about 1 in 5 applicants received an award.

Background on the grant:

The HUD funds will help the Sacramento region plan for the construction of housing and employment centers in high-frequency transit areas, including using CEQA streamlining under SB 375. The funds will also be used to integrate natural resources planning with other local and regional planning, and a study of how to better integrate federal, state, regional and local plans, policies and programs.

This funding, from the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant program, is part of a new federal Interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities, led by HUD, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.

What the grant funds:

  1. Increase the construction of housing and employment centers in high-frequency transit areas that promote social equity, inclusion, access to opportunity, public health, and neighborhood revitalization and reduces environmental impacts.
  2. Integrate housing, land use and transportation planning and programs.
  3. Integrate natural resources planning to protect valuable environmental assets and increase housing opportunities near employment centers.
  4. Use the Sacramento region as a pilot test to develop comprehensive recommendations and a handbook to improve the integration of federal, state, regional and local plans, policies and programs for the purpose of effectively implementing place-based planning.

Who will be involved in implementing the grant:

  • SACOG
  • Valley Vision
  • Cities & counties across the Sacramento region
  • Sacramento Housing & Redevelopment Agency (SHRA)
  • UC Davis Center for Regional Change
  • UC Davis Urban Land Use and Transportation Center
  • Urban Land Institute, Sacramento Chapter
  • Regional Water Authority (RWA)

The only other California grant recipient was for California State University, Fresno Foundation in the amount of $4 million.  Click HUD Grant Finalists for a list of all award recipients across the country.

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