Compass Blueprint Awards 2013
SCAG, along with the Southern California Gas Company, hosted over 800 awardees, sponsors and guests at the 7th Annual Compass Blueprint Recognition Awards Program on May 2, 2013 at SCAG’s annual Regional Conference & General Assembly in Palm Desert. The Awards Program began with a welcome from Senate President pro Tem Darrel Steinberg . Compass Blueprint Recognition Awards were presented to over 20 organizations for plans and projects that demonstrate excellence and achievement in the four key elements of Compass Blueprint planning: Livability, Mobility, Prosperity and Sustainability.
Visionary Planning for Mobility, Livability, Prosperity & Sustainability
The Metro Countywide Sustainability Planning Policy is a complement to efforts that have been underway for more than two decades to improve air quality and increase transportation choices in Los Angeles County. It builds upon the 2012-2035 Regional Transportation Plan/ Sustainable Communities Strategy (RTP/SCS) and provides a foundation for achieving further greenhouse gas reductions in the 2016 RTP/SCS. The Policy broadens Metro’s approach to sustainability from focusing on a particular project or transportation mode to developing a more holistic and system-based framework for sustainability analysis and planning. It defines the agency’s long-term, desired sustainability outcomes in order to facilitate greater coordination and collaboration across transportation modes, planning disciplines (land-use, housing, environment, economic development, health, utilities) and government agencies.
Visionary Planning for Livability
The Cornfield Arroyo Seco Specific Plan (CASP) revises traditional grid zoning and introduces new building form, urban design, open space, parking, conservation, performance and street standards. The Plan includes revisions to the Citywide General Plan Framework Element, Transportation Element and General Plan Land Use designations; Zone changes; and Street Reclassif ications.
The CASP incorporates approximately 660 acres today that are largely characterized by low-density, light industrial buildings and publicly-owned maintenance, utility and railway yards. The arrangement and mix of land uses within the proposed Plan are intended to reduce both mobile and stationary source GHG emissions through increased transit ridership, facilitating the development of new businesses and requiring that the operation of residential, commercial and industrial buildings is conducted in an energy and water-efficient manner.
SCAG also commends the City’s Bicycle Plan 2010 for its contributions in implementing the Compass Blueprint Principles.
Coachella Valley Association of Governments – Coachella Valley Parkway 1e11
Excellence in Mobility
The Coachella Valley Parkway 1e11 project is an innovative multi-modal path that will accommodate bicycles, pedestrians and Neighborhood Electric Vehicle (NEVs). The project will follow the Whitewater River in the heart of the Coachella Valley and roughly parallel Hwy. 111 and I-10. The path will also connect all nine cities in the Valley as well as the intervening County land and three Indian Tribes. The improvement on the path will be wide enough to accommodate all users. Paving materials will be eco-friendly while allowing for ease of maintenance and patrol. The project provides an alternative form of transportation and will reduce vehicle miles travelled (VMT) by over 12 million vehicle miles by 2035. The economic benefit expects 743 jobs during the construction phase and an overall economic impact of almost $1 billion through jobs, added events, health benefits, safety, tourism, increased property values, increased business opportunities and consumer savings associated with improved air quality. Over $40 million has already been committed to the construction of the path through various funding sources.
SCAG also commends CVAG’s Green-for-Life Program for its contributions in implementing the Compass Blueprint Principles.
County of Los Angeles - One Valley One Vision, Santa Clarita (OVOV)
Visionary Planning for Sustainability
The One Valley One Vision, Santa Clarita (OVOV) plan was a joint effort by the City of Santa Clarita and the County of Los Angeles to develop consistent long-range planning documents for the entire Santa Clarita Valley. This innovative collaboration resulted in the adoption of an updated City General Plan, which replaced an outdated document adopted in 1991, as well as the adoption of an updated County Area Plan, which replaced an outdated document adopted in 1984. Together, these plans allow for a 93% increase in housing units and a 130% increase in jobs, substantially improving the area’s jobs/housing balance. This effort ensures ongoing coordination between the two jurisdictions as they implement their respective long-range planning documents over the coming years. OVOV acknowledged the challenge of planning for this area through a “Valley of Villages” strategy that allows for additional growth while preserving the Santa Clarita Valley’s rich mosaic of urban, suburban and rural environments. The “Valley of Villages” strategy focuses growth in areas near existing job centers, transit and infrastructure.
SCAG also commends the County of Los Angeles for its contributions in implementing the Compass Blueprint Principles with the following plans/projects: The Willowbrook MLK Wellness Community Vision and MLK Medical Center Campus Plan, Rural Outdoor Lighting District Ordinance, and Sustainable Pavement Treatment Program for County Roads.
Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) - Highway 395 Corridor Study for Southwest Riverside County
Visionary Planning for Prosperity
The Highway 395 Corridor Study for Southwest Riverside County studies the Historic Highway 395 Corridor that travels through the Cities of Temecula, Murrieta, Wildomar and Lake Elsinore. As the I-15 has become the predominant travel route for traversing the region, the old Highway 395 route has become less prominent and underutilized in the expanse from Temecula to Lake Elsinore. The Western Riverside Council of Governments (WRCOG) Highway 395 Corridor Study is a collaborative effort between the cities of Lake Elsinore, Murrieta, Temecula and Wildomar and stakeholders within the participating communities and has received funding support through Caltrans and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). The purpose of the Study is to develop a comprehensive transportation and land use plan for the shared 16-mile, north-south arterial. The Study enables these four cities to accommodate future growth by utilizing a range of transportation options and reducing transportation demand through better community design. Additionally, the Study establishes a vision that will guide land use decisions, infrastructure improvements, design and economic development activities along the Corridor. SCAG also commends WRCOG’s Sustainability Framework plan for its contributions in implementing the Compass Blueprint Principles.
City of Fontana - Senior Apartments
Achievement in Livability
The Fontana Senior Apartments are four phased, aesthetically pleasing, residential developments: “Fountains at Sierra,” “Gardens at Sierra,” “Village at Sierra” and the “Plaza at Sierra.” The City of Fontana renewed and revitalized its once dilapidated, crime-ridden downtown area, transforming it with the addition of affordable senior housing complexes. The City chose to place the vitallyneeded affordable senior housing developments in the downtown area due to the close proximity to existing medical facilities and transportation services (Metrolink Rail Facility and OmniTrans Bus Lines), as well as for the opportunity for downtown revitalization. A total of 384 units were constructed for low-income senior citizens (defined as people age 55 or older with income levels at or below 50% of median income). An area once in decline is now thriving.
South ay Bicycle Coalition/LA County Bicycle Coalition - South Bay Bicycle Master Plan
Achievement in Mobility
The South Bay Bicycle Master Plan is the result of a partnership between bike advocacy non-profit Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition (LACBC) and local grass-roots bike advocates, the South Bay Bicycle Coalition (SBBC). The plan recommends Class I bike paths, Class II bike lanes, Class III bike routes and bike-friendly streets. Proposed bikeways connect with existing and planned facilities in neighboring jurisdictions, as well as transit facilities, schools and commercial and off ice centers. In addition to a recommended bikeway network and locations for bicycle parking and support facilities, the plan includes goals, objectives and policies. These are focused upon the “six E’s” of a successful bike plan: evaluation and planning, engineering, education, enforcement, encouragement and equity.
City of Long Beach - The Collage Apartments
Achievement in Sustainability
The Collage Apartments are located in the Wrigley neighborhood of Central Long Beach, on a one-half acre site assembled from the consolidation of three contiguous, blighted properties. At the time of its acquisition, the site included six derelict structures with non –permitted residential units built from garage conversions and paved yards with overgrown weeds, rickety fences and illegal parking throughout. The property was well known to law enforcement as a source of crime and illegal activity. Major renovations transformed the site into 14 large, family-oriented residential units with secure parking, private yards, shared open space and substantial community amenities. Additionally, residents are also provided with support services from Jamboree Housing Corporation’s resident services group, Housing with HEART (HwH). Free programs tailored to meet the unique needs of Collage residents focus on academic achievement for young people, community-building activities and family health and fitness.
SCAG also commends the City’s contributions in implementing the Compass Blueprint Principles with the following plans/projects: Downtown Plan and The Parklet at Berlin Bistro/The Parklet at Lola's.
Riverside Transit Agency (RTA) Travel Training Program
Achievement in Properity
Launched in November 2011, the Riverside Transit Agency’s travel training program – the first of its type in Riverside County – is a free, self-paced process where an individual, regardless of ability or age, can learn to ride RTA’s fixedroute system. The program, fueled by a spectrum of marketing materials that include a bilingual brochure, posters, advertisements in RTA’s Ride Guide and an online promotional video – is steering a growing number of customers away from costly Dial-A-Ride service and saving the agency operational costs. Trainees say the program provides the true freedom and independence that does not exist with an advanced-registration system. Instead of being segregated to paratransit and dependent on its limitations, trainees develop the freedom to choose when fixed-route service will work for them and when they need that extra bit of assistance. This unique program promotes a variety of travel choices, nurtures community partnerships, embraces sustainable communities and helps minimize pollution and waste.
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