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Evaluating Progress toward SB375 Implementation: A Long‐term View


Consideration of progress toward SB 375’s goals must take into account the governance paradox that underpins SB375.  There is a notable disconnect between the law’s unequivocal affirmation of local land use authority and the importance it places on regional visions for future land use and transportation.  This is a central challenge facing implementation of the law. Over the long term, local governments and the land use and development policies they pursue will decisively influence progress on SB375.  General Plans produced by California cities are thus a key component of SB375’s success. They articulate city by city how the state will grow.  My review of a 31‐city sample of General Plans suggests that many cities could improve their plans in key dimensions to provide for greater alignment with SB 375 principles.

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