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  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments
    Formed and governed by the local governments SACOG has formal responsibilities under federal and state law for transportation planning it is the region s Metropolitan Planning Organization and for meeting state housing and greenhouse gas reduction goals SACOG is also known for the remarkable public participation and visioning process which SACOG carried out to develop its long range Blueprint plan for the region SACOG has evolved into a complete transportation

    Original URL path: http://www.regionalplans.org/featured-regional-planning-programs-and-issues/sacramento-area-council-of-governments/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Envision Utah
    the Coalition for Utah s Future and is led by a steering committee of forward thinking citizens business people elected and appointed public officials and nonprofit community leaders Envision Utah is a nonregulatory public private partnership in the words of the project s executive director It has been particularly important for this initiative to win and retain public support so local governments will implement their pieces of the regional plans through their traditional land use powers Envision Utah is famous for its intensive public visioning initiative and continuing devotion to sustaining public interest in its recommendations The Quality Growth Strategy does not use growth boundaries or a master plan that designates various growth and preservation zones on the landscape Rather building on public desire for smart growth outcomes however Envision Utah s Quality Growth Strategy advocates compact pedestrian friendly and mixed use community design infill rather than greenfields development and transportation choices and water conservation measures which local governments are encouraged to implement by adopting model ordinances Vital Statistics Chapter of the Book 13 State UT Year Established 1997 Geographic Scale Statewide Mandatory or Voluntary over Local Government Voluntary Authorizing Laws None Agencies and Organizations Envision Utah Resources Quality Growth

    Original URL path: http://www.regionalplans.org/featured-regional-planning-programs-and-issues/envision-utah/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Florida and Regional Planning
    Omnibus Growth Management Act While the impacts of these changes are not yet entirely clear they require caution in describing the state of planning in Florida At least prior to May 2011 Florida s approach was an example of state growth management laws that seek to raise the level of local planning without creating mandatory regional plans or imposing growth and conservation maps on local governments Even before the 2011 changes Florida s experience illustrated the difficulties in making this approach work on any consistent basis as the state has struggled with setting meaningful state policies and bringing local plans to carry out these policies across such a large and diverse area Florida s program is essentially voluntary because while the state requires all local governments to plan it does not require local plans to conform to regionally conceived and adopted land use visions A prominent mandatory but not inherently regionalist piece of Florida s statutory scheme is the requirement that local government s impose concurrency on growth meaning they may not approve new development unless adequate public facilities such as roads and sewer are in place Many argue that this concurrency requirement has had at least in many areas

    Original URL path: http://www.regionalplans.org/featured-regional-planning-programs-and-issues/florida-and-regional-planning/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Atlanta Regional Commission
    a rapidly growing metropolitan area a focus reflected in the title of one of its current flagship programs the Livable Centers Initiative ARC devotes its energies not only to large scale growth management but also to neighborhood and street level issues of community design ARC also is the region s Metropolitan Planning Organization MPO and has substantial funds to use in integrating transportation infrastructure spending with its regional growth management

    Original URL path: http://www.regionalplans.org/featured-regional-planning-programs-and-issues/atlanta-regional-commission/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Maryland’s Smart Growth Initiatives
    outside these growth areas Maryland s approach is fundamentally voluntary because municipal and county governments need not conform their local master plans and builders need not conform their ambitions to the state s designations The Act seeks to use state infrastructure money to get development not only in the right places but also at higher densities than much of the suburban development the state has seen Though supported by aggressive state and county land acquisition programs the Act s impact on development patterns during its first decade is uncertain Vital Statistics Chapter of the Book 16 State MD Year Established 1992 Geographic Scale Statewide Mandatory or Voluntary over Local Government Voluntary Authorizing Laws State Agencies and Organizations Maryland Department of Planning National Center for Smart Growth Research University of Maryland 1000 Friends of Maryland Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Resources Maryland Smart Growth laws Maryland Priority Funding Areas online Tracking Residential Growth Priority Funding Areas PFAs and Residential Single Family Development in Maryland 1940 2009 Maryland Department of Planning GIS data sets Selected References Frece J W 2004 Twenty Lessons from Maryland s Smart Growth Initiative Vermont Journal of Environment Law 6 3 106 132 Knaap G and E Lewis 2007

    Original URL path: http://www.regionalplans.org/featured-regional-planning-programs-and-issues/marylands-smart-growth-initiatives/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Chesapeke Bay Restoration
    commercial and agricultural development in its vast watershed the Bay Program relies on setting measurable environmental criteria which the member states commit to try to achieve through whatever land use efforts each state is prepared to institute within its own borders Of the states in the Chesapeake Bay watershed only Maryland and some of its counties has adopted meaningful forms of regional land use management However this may change if the federal government compels the states to meet the Total Maximum Daily Loads TMDLs for nutrients and suspended solids which EPA has adopted for the Bay and its tributaries In most cases upgrades to sewage treatment plants and storm water best management practices will no be sufficient without also implementing effective growth management to preserve surviving forests and limit sprawl Given its size and complexity it is not surprising that the Chesapeake Bay restoration effort calls forth a wide range of agencies organizations and strategies as well as perspectives on its success or failure Vital Statistics Chapters of the Book 17 18 30 States DC MD PA VA Year Established 1983 Geographic Scale 38 0 million acres Mandatory or Voluntary over Local Government Voluntary Authorizing Laws Federal State Agencies and Organizations Chesapeake Bay Program US Environmental Protection Agency Chesapeake Bay Program Office Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin ICPRB Chesapeake Bay Commission Delaware s Chesapeake Bay Watershed Implementation Plan District of Columbia Chesapeake Bay Program Maryland Department of the Environment New York Department of Environmental Conservation Chesapeake Bay Program Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection Chesapeake Bay Program Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation West Virginia Chesapeake Bay Program 1000 Friends of Maryland Chesapeake Bay Foundation Eastern Shore Land Conservancy Resources Chesapeake 2000 Multi State Agreement Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load Maryland Chesapeake Bay Restoration Plan pdf Chesapeake TMDL

    Original URL path: http://www.regionalplans.org/featured-regional-planning-programs-and-issues/chesapeake-bay-restoration/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Planning for Lancaster County, Pennsylvania
    that are very important to many of its residents but the county is suffering the effects of sprawl coming from a distant city and its own struggling urban areas Lancaster County s plans though are entirely voluntary for the municipalities within the county The county government is convening more than one hundred local jurisdictions to adopt regional goals and land use strategies The county has sponsored an overall plan as well as a more focused planning process for the central part of the county where growth is most intense These plans promote the use of tools like designated urban growth areas incentives for redevelopment and farmland preservation to safeguard the county s scenic character in the face of growing population without sacrificing economic prosperity Since the county does not have land use power and does not provide infrastructure funding it relies on local governments to participate in the planning process then implement the resulting plans through their local ordinances This program has been in place for more than 15 years It has been successful in gradually shaping landscape change in Lancaster County Vital Statistics Chapter of the Book 19 State PA Year Established 2005 Geographic Scale 570 000 acres Mandatory

    Original URL path: http://www.regionalplans.org/featured-regional-planning-programs-and-issues/lancaster-county-pennsylvania/ (2016-04-29)
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  • Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC)
    in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey The agency has no direct power to compel city and local governments to conform with regional plans It seeks to create a common regional vision by planning collaboratively directing transportation funds promoting conservation land acquisitions and providing planning help to municipalities The agency covers a diverse and politically fragmented landscape in which a struggling big city and its many sprawling suburbs do not have

    Original URL path: http://www.regionalplans.org/featured-regional-planning-programs-and-issues/delaware-river-valley-planning-commission/ (2016-04-29)
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