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Regional Planning in the San Joaquin Valley: Blueprint

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In response to the Partnership’s recommendation, a collaboration of the region’s COGs launched the San Joaquin Valley Blueprint as eight parallel but separate planning processes. Three years later in April 2009, the San Joaquin Valley Regional Policy Council, comprised of two elected officials and an alternate from each county COG, adopted 12 smart growth principles and recommended a “preferred growth scenario” for the Valley that would, if implemented, reduce the amount of land consumed by urban growth between now and 2050 by 34 percent compared with the status quo trend. Blueprint leaders are currently in the process of preparing an implementation plan and a planners’ toolkit, designed to help local governments turn the recommended goals into policy and, ultimately, to on-the-ground results.

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