STANISLAUS COUNCIL OF GOVERNMENTS
SUSTAINABLE COMMUNITIES STRATEGY AND REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ALLOCATION
In collaboration with Kittelson Associates, we assisted the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG) in preparing the 2014 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy and Environmental Impact Report (EIR). Pursuant to SB 375, StanCOG’s RTP was required to include policy, action, financial, and environmental elements. For the first time, the updated RTP/SCS included a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) component and that was coordinated with the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). Mintier Harnish’s role in this project was to prepare an SCS that demonstrated how StanCOG would meet its GHG reduction targets through integrated land use, housing, and transportation planning. This entailed the development of alternative RTP growth/land use scenarios (i.e., SCS scenarios) in coordination with and relative to the typical RTP infrastructure based funding allocations scenarios and RHNA allocation process. The land use scenarios were developed using the land use allocation software tool Envision Tomorrow. Mintier Harnish also concurrently prepared the RHNA methodology and facilitated the allocation process.