Does statewide planning matter very much?
When California passed SB 375 (a law requiring local planners to create strategies for reducing greenhouse gas emissions) environmentalists were enthuasiastic, while pro-sprawl commentators used hyperbolic rhetoric to attack the law.
But regional planning organizations are now starting to create "sustainable community strategy" (SCS) plans mandated by SB 375 and it appears that they might not do very much at all. A San Francisco Bay planning agency just released its SCS, and it apparently doesn't do very much to spur infill development other than saying it would be a nice thing.
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