• Court of Appeal Approves Regional Greenhouse Gas Reduction Plan
  • August 22, 2016 | Author: Christopher G. Foster
  • Law Firm: Morris Polich & Purdy LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • Prior to 2008, California enacted a number of statutes and regulations to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions on a statewide level. In 2008, the California Legislature enacted SB 375. It required each metropolitan planning organization (MPO), as part of its regional transportation plan, to adopt a “sustainable communities strategy.” As a part of the sustainable communities strategy, each MPO was required to adopt regional land and transportation strategies designed to meet, it feasible, regional GHG emissions reduction targets for 2020 and 2035 that the California Air Resources Board (ARB) was given broad discretion to set. In 2010, the ARB issued GHG emissions reduction targets for the Bay Area region. The ARB called for the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission and the Association of Bay Area Governments (Agencies) to develop regional land use and transportation strategies that would result in per capita percentage reduction in emissions of 7 percent by 2020 and 15 percent by 2035, as compared to emissions in 2005. The Agencies then developed a sustainable communities strategy for the region titled “Plan Bay Area”, and in 2013 conducted an environmental review of it pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Agencies concluded that Plan Bay Area met ARB’s SB 375 targets and was environmentally acceptable, and adopted it. In 2014, the ARB accepted the Agencies’ determination that Plan Bay Area would meet the SB 375 requirements.