Regional Policy Council

Prosperous Economy, Quality Environment, Social Equity

One of the most valuable tools for our region in pursuing the 3Es of sustainable growth (prosperous economy, quality environment and social equity) is the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint (the Blueprint). The Blueprint is the result of a regional collaborative unique effort to plan for the future of the San Joaquin Valley. Begun in 2006, the Blueprint involved seven San Joaquin Valley Councils of Government and one Regional Transportation Planning Agency – representing all eight of the Valley’s counties (Valley COGS). Under the direction of these entities, an extensive public outreach campaign took place throughout the region which ultimately produced the values of vision for the Blueprint, as well as 12 Smart Growth Principles. These principles establish a benchmark for Blueprint-related decision-making and provide guidance for achieving the adopted San Joaquin Valley Blueprint.

The adopted 12 Smart Growth Principles

  • Create a range of housing opportunities and choices
  • Create walkable neighborhoods
  • Encourage community and stakeholder collaboration
  • Foster distinctive, attractive communities with a strong sense of place
  • Make development decisions predictable, fair and cost-effective
  • Mix land uses
  • Preserve open space, farmland, natural beauty, and critical environmental areas
  • Provide a variety of transportation choices
  • Strengthen and direct development toward existing communities
  • Take advantage of compact building design
  • Enhance the economic vitality of the region
  • Support actions that encourage environmental resource management

The complete Blueprint can be viewed here: San Joaquin Valley Blueprint

Upon adopting these principles for smart growth, the Valley COGs worked closely with UC Davis and local planners to use UPLAN, a growth scenario modeling software, to develop a variety of growth scenarios. A status quo scenario was included which was essential to ensuring that the Blueprint identified realistic development patterns. The UPLAN analysis has shown that if growth continued as it had during the previous five to ten years, an additional 760,000 acres of agricultural land throughout the Valley would be converted to urban uses by 2050.

Through this scenario development process, the three Valleywide alternative growth scenarios were considered based on different levels of housing density, travel choices and other variables; ultimately, a single preferred growth scenario for the San Joaquin Valley was selected. On April 1, 2009, the Regional Policy Council adopted the preferred growth scenario and the 12 Smart Growth Principles, officially concluding the three- year planning process and setting the stage for viagra the transition to the implementation of the Blueprint by the cities and counties of the Valley.

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