Proposition 1C, the $2.85 billion affordable housing bond component of California’s Strategic Growth Plan, passed in 2006, and now it’s time for those funds to be allotted. Why not use that funding to spur the growth of sustainable communities throughout the Golden State? That seems to be the thinking behind the the Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program, which will award $9.3 million in Proposition 1C funding to thirteen California communities.
The Partnership for Sustainable Communities reports that funding for each community will go to implement, test and document sustainable development strategies in the course of a specific project. Those communities and projects are: Emeryville (Emeryville Marketplace); San Francisco (Mission Bay); Sacramento (Township Nine); San Diego (Village at Market Creek); Fullerton (Fullerton Transportation Center); National City (Paradise Creek Revitalization); Chico (Meriam Park); Truckee (Truckee Railyard); Marina (The Dunes on Monterey Bay); Ontario (Downtown Core Catalyst Project); Oxnard (North Oxnard Communities); San Diego (Quarry Falls); and Hercules (Bay Front Transit Village).
“Walkable communities, improved air quality, reduced emissions, less time spent in a car, and a strong economy can all become reality through sustainable development,” said Sustainable Stategies Pilot Program Director Lynn Jacobs, in a statement. “This pilot program will provide valuable insights to allow the state to implement best practices and strategies as we move forward with our sustainable development goals in California.”
The Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program, designed in partnership with a variety of state agencies, supports local innovation and projects that help to achieve the state’s environmental, economic, transportation, and housing goals. It was also intended to serve as a venue in which to test strategies for broad implementation in sustainable development projects throughout California. As a condition of this funding, projects will be required to collect data and measure the effectiveness of their sustainable community strategies. The designated communities will then use this information to develop an outline of how their unique strategies and tools can be used across the state.