Saturday, June 26, 2010

The Governator Promotes Denser Development...

California's Governor continues his push toward more compact land use development according to this recent Sacramento Bee column.  Here's a key excerpt:

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has denounced the November ballot measure and vowed to defeat it at the polls. His administration's new report contends that California must cope with its ever-rising population by shifting to denser, transit-oriented development patterns and says that doing so will dramatically lower the cost of living in the state, citing both AB 32 and Senate Bill 375, another new law aimed at implementing higher-density development patterns.
"Vision California is an unprecedented effort to explore the role of land use and transportation investments in meeting the environmental, fiscal and public health challenges facing California over the coming decades," the document declares, adding, "By clearly expressing the consequences of different scenarios, Vision California can inform the policy and programmatic decisions that will drive California's infrastructure investments."

The idea of living more densely is one way to reduce, among other things, the need for extensive (and expensive) government services like road maintenance and energy costs related to running police, fire, and other vehicle fleets.  For a state like California that's on the cusp of budget disaster (if not past it), reducing expenditures is mission:critical.

This should be an interesting ballot battle in Sunny CA later this year...

--Chad Emerson, Faulkner U.

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