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Senate Bill 1 Workshops for Planning Grants Announced

Help Shape Your Community - Caltrans Seeks Public Input

Date: June 4, 2018
District: Headquarters
Contact: Vanessa Wiseman
Phone: (916) 654-2936
Contact: Tamie McGowen
Phone: (916) 657-5060

SACRAMENTO — Today, Caltrans announced public workshops to help shape how the next cycle of planning grants will be allocated in their communities. The landmark Senate Bill 1, The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 (SB 1), provides $31 million for the Sustainable Communities and Climate Change Adaption Planning Grants for this next round of grants.

  • Sustainable Communities: Caltrans will provide $29.5 million in annual grants, including $25 million from SB 1, for local and regional multimodal transportation and land use planning projects that support regional sustainable community strategies.
  • Climate Change Adaptation Planning: Caltrans will provide $6 million from SB 1 for the last year of this three-year program to local and regional agencies to support resilient planning for areas that are potentially vulnerable to climate change.

Public input collected from these workshops will be used to draft grant guidance documents for these programs. Caltrans is also partnering with other state agencies to ensure that planning grants incorporate strategies to achieve the state's greenhouse gas reduction target goals of 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030, and 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.

SB 1 has already provided $64 million in the past year and will continue to provide $206 million in planning grants for local communities over the next decade. This much needed funding will support planning that aims to improve the environment while building communities anchored by a stable economy.

Unable to attend in person? For accessing the workshops remotely, visit Caltrans' grants website for details.

Never attended a planning grant workshop before? Expect a basic overview during which a timeline for the development of the planning grant guideline documents will be covered. Workshop discussion will be open and topics may include grant program objectives, minimum and maximum funding amounts for grant awards and criteria for both grant applicant eligibility and distribution of funds. Attendees are encouraged to participate by asking questions and commenting on how to improve the next set of draft guidance documents.

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