What is the goal?
The Sacramento region Blueprint is a bold vision for urban growth that promotes compact, mixed-use development and more transit choices as an alternative to low density development and sprawl.
Why is this important?
Between 2000 and 2050, the Sacramento region will add more than 1.7 million people and 1 million new jobs. The nature of that growth will determine its consequences. In 2002, the Sacramento region faced a prospective future of worsening congestion – a projected increase of over 50 percent by the year 2025 – and increasingly worse air pollution based on current land-use patterns, transportation funding levels, and transportation investment priorities. To attempt to solve these challenges, the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (known as SACOG) initiated the Sacramento Region Blueprint Project, an extensive study of the linkages between transportation land use and air quality.
What is Valley Vision doing about it?
Valley Vision was a partner to SACOG during the Blueprint project, designing ways to get thousands of citizens across six counties to understand alternative development scenarios and choose growth principles that resulted in preferred community outcomes. Valley Vision organized community participation meetings, attracted over 5,000 attendees during the planning effort, and helped to assemble the input into development principles that earned broad public and political support in the region.
Valley Vision organized community workshops for the Blueprint project in 2003 and 2004.
Since the award-winning Blueprint was adopted by the SACOG Board in 2004, the work has resulted in a set of growth principles that guide urban planning efforts across the Sacramento region to this day. These include: housing options, transportation choices, mixing land uses, compact development, conserving natural resources, utilizing existing assets, and quality design.
- Environmental Protection Agency – National Award for Smart Growth Achievement
- American Institute of Architects Presidential Citation
- Environmental Council of Sacramento – Environmentalist of the Year
- Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration – Transportation Planning Excellence Award
- American Leadership Forum Mountain Valley Chapter – Thanks to You Award
- Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations – National Award for Outstanding Achievement
- Innovations in American Government – Top 50 Programs
- Governor’s Environmental Economic Leadership Award
Sacramento Area Council of Governments: www.sacog.org