Webinar Asks: Should Maryland Adopt A California-Style Air Emissions System?

The University of Maryland School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation and the National Center for Smart Growth has launched a series of “Brown Bag Webinars” that examine various growth and land use issues.  The next webinar is entitled “Should Maryland Adopt a California-Style SB 375 System?”  The webinar will take place on Thursday, May 16 from 3:30 – 4:30 PM at the Preinkert Field House – Conference Room 1112V, at the University of Maryland, College Park.  You can attend the event in person or access a webcast during or after the event here.

The webinar will be presented by William Fulton from Smart Growth America (SGA).  From the National Center’s webinar page:

Since 2008, California has been engaged in a major experiment in regional planning — implementing SB 375, a law that requires each metropolitan region in the state to alter transportation investments and land use decisions so that greenhouse gas emissions are reduced. Each region’s “Sustainable Communities Strategy” is now in place and local governments throughout the state are grappling with how to implement these strategies. What has California’s experience been so far? Is the SB 375 approach a good model for other states, including Maryland? Longtime Californian Bill Fulton, now with Smart Growth America, will provide an update of the California situation and observations about what Maryland can learn.

William Fulton, AICP is Smart Growth America’s Vice President & Director of Policy Development & Implementation. A former Mayor of Ventura, CA, Bill joined SGA after a long career as an urban planner, author, professor, and politician in California. He is the author of several important books on urban planning, including The Reluctant Metropolis: The Politics of Urban Growth in Los Angeles; The Regional City: Planning of the End of Sprawl (co-authored with Peter Calthorpe); and the textbook Guide to California Planning. Bill is also a Principal in the California-based planning firm, The Planning Center | DC&E and a Senior Scholar at the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. As a practicing urban planner and economic development consultant, Bill has worked on a wide variety of projects, including local transit-oriented development plans, a GIS tool to identify and quantify infill development potential; transferable development rights programs; and California’s recent transition away from redevelopment. As a city councilmember and mayor in Ventura, he championed the passage of an all-infill general plan, a revised growth management system; and an innovative effort to incubate high-tech businesses. A native of the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York, Bill graduated from St. Bonaventure University and holds graduate degrees in journalism/public affairs from The American University in Washington D.C., and in urban planning from UCLA in Los Angeles. In 2009, he was selected by Planetizen as one of the Top 100 Urban Thinkers.

As previously reported on Conduit Street, the State is considering adopting the SB 375 model, which would assign vehicle miles traveled (VMT) targets to local governments.  Local governments would have to adhere to the VMT targets when making transportation and land use decisions.  The SB 375 model may be combined with another California requirement, San Joaquin Air Pollution Control District Rule 9510, which requires a development or transportation project to offset the air pollution generated by the project, including from indirect sources such as automobile travel.

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