SCAG releases SoCal "Growth Vision Report"
- Published Tuesday, June 29, 2004, as a Southern California Association
of Governments press release
Southern California Prepares for 6.3 Million in Population Increase
with Its Compass Vision -- Long-Term Blueprint For Growth
Southern California Association of Governments Unveils Plan for
Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura
Preparing for a region that will grow by 6.3 million people by the
year 2030, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
unveiled "The Compass Vision," an unprecedented strategy to
accommodate that growth while alleviating traffic congestion,
improving air quality and sustaining a livable region.
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Local elected officials and business leaders from throughout Southern
California joined SCAG officials in announcing The Compass Vision, its
long-term blueprint for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San
Bernardino and Ventura Counties. The plan, called "The 2% Strategy:
Shared Values; Shared Future," was presented at three news conferences
in Orange County, the Inland Empire and in Los Angeles.
It offers a growth vision for the next 30 years on jobs, housing and
mixed-use development in centers and major transportation corridors.
Estimates indicate there will be an additional 6.3 million people in
the region by 2030, for a total population of nearly 23 million
people. If current trends continue, traffic congestion will more than
double in 2030.
"This strategy is the growth vision of the people of Southern
California," said Ron Roberts, City of Temecula Council member and
President of the SCAG Regional Council. "It is the result of 13
public workshops and contact with thousands of residents. It's a
vision of shared values for the next 30 years and how we will address
transportation, jobs, and housing."
The plan is the culmination of a landmark project called "Southern
California Compass," a collaborative regional planning effort launched
in 2002 by SCAG.
The Compass Growth Vision document is intended to convey a common
understanding and image of how the region should develop over the next
decades. It is not a comprehensive plan or zoning map.
"The choices we make today will affect the results of tomorrow," said
Toni Young, Mayor of the City of Port Hueneme and Second Vice
President of the SCAG Regional Council. "We need to begin planning
for our future today. This 2% Strategy is not a detailed zoning
map. It's our compass that will direct us in the right course."
"It is our hope that Compass will serve as a critical guide to city
and county decision-makers, providing them with a regional framework
for how to make local land use and transportation decisions more
effectively and efficiently," said Bev Perry, Brea City Councilwoman,
Immediate Past President of SCAG and Chair of the SCAG Growth
"This is an important beginning," said Susan Longville, San Bernardino
City Council member, and member of the SCAG Regional Council. "Our
next critical step will be to develop the tools and policies to
implement this strategy."
The plan outlines four principles for implementation:
1. Improve mobility for all residents
* Encourage transportation investments and land-use decisions that
are mutually supportive.
* Locate new housing near existing jobs and new jobs near existing
* Encourage transit-oriented development.
* Promote a variety of travel choices.
2. Foster livability in all communities
* Promote infill development and redevelopment to revitalize existing
* Promote developments that provide a mix of uses.
* Promote "people-scaled," walkable communities.
* Support preservation of stable, single-family neighborhoods.
3. Enable prosperity for all people
* Provide a variety of housing types to meet the needs of all income
levels in each community.
* Support educational opportunities that promote balanced growth.
* Ensure environmental justice regardless of race, ethnicity or
* Support local and state fiscal policies that encourage balanced
* Encourage civic engagement.
4. Promote sustainability for future generations
* Preserve rural, agricultural, recreational and environmentally
* Focus development in urban centers and existing cities.
* Develop strategies to accommodate growth that use resources
efficiently, eliminate pollution and significantly reduce waste.
* Utilize "green" development techniques.
Other local leaders helping to unveil the new vision for the region
included: Mark Pisano, SCAG Executive Director; John Fregonese,
nationally renowned urban planner and lead consultant of the Compass
team; and Don Brackenbush, President of Public Private Ventures, Inc.