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Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy Roundtable


Wednesday, March 22, 2017
2:00 PM

COG Sequoia Conference Room
2035 Tulare St., Suite 201, Fresno, CA

Toll Free Number: 888-398-2342 ~ Participant Code:  740166

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This portion of the meeting is reserved for persons wishing to address the Committee on items within its jurisdiction but not on this agenda.  Note:  Prior to action by the Committee on any item on this agenda, the public may comment on that item.  Unscheduled comments may be limited to 3 minutes.



Approve February 22nd Meeting Summary
SCS Performance Indicators (Kai Han) [DICUSSION]

Summary:  A presentation will be given to cover the 38 performance indicators utilized in the 2014 RTP/SCS. New health indicators will be introduced, followed by a discussion focusing on updating the top 10 performance indicators .

Action: Direction may be provided at the discretion of the committee.

RTP Mini Grant Recommendations to the Fresno COG Policy Board (Brenda Veenendaal) [APPROVE]

Summary:  The Fresno COG will provide mini grants of $5,000 each to organizations, schools, businesses, etc. to solicit ongoing public input into key activities associated with the preparation of their 2018 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Sustainable Communities Strategy.

The primary goal of this effort is to reach out to residents of the Fresno County region, to include them in the RTP and SCS transportation planning process, and to obtain defined input on the three SCS Scenarios that will be released for public review.  This program helps ensure that interested members of the public have ample opportunity to understand and provide meaningful input on these plans during the planning process.  These activities will coordinate with public involvement activities conducted separately by the Fresno COG. All feedback collected will be combined and forwarded to the Fresno COG Policy Board. 

Applications were due to Fresno COG by Monday, February 27, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon).  A total of 13 applications were received.  After reviewing, scoring and discussing each application, the scoring committee asked that five of the applicants clarify some of the information provided.  Following a review of the responses received from those additional inquiries, the scoring committee recommended the following seven agencies for funding of $5,000 each:

  • Public Health Institute—Cultiva La Salud
  • Fresno State OCED (East County)
  • Fresno State OCED (North Fresno & Clovis)
  • Central California Environmental Justice Network (CCEJN)
  • Central California Asthma Collaborative
  • Tides Center/Leadership Counsel for Justice & Accountability
  • Fresno Building Healthy Communities

These Mini-Grant applicants were selected based upon their proposed outreach strategies, demographic coverage, number of people they proposed to reach and their agency/staff qualifications.  Together, the recommended mini grant recipients commit to reaching a diverse geographic and demographic cross section of the Fresno County communities.  Staff will present more information on their demographic coverage at the TTC and PAC meetings.

Fresno COG's goal is to empower each of the grant recipients to begin implementing their RTP/SCS Scenario Outreach Strategies right away.  An orientation meeting will be held with all mini-grant recipients during the first week of April.  All outreach should begin immediately, as the first Fresno COG public meeting will be held in late April, with mini-grant workshops tentatively beginning in mid-June of 2017 throughout the county.

Action: Staff recommends that the RTP Roundtable approve the seven selected RTP Mini Grant Applicants, permitting Fresno COG to enter into a contract with each of them for an amount not to exceed $5,000.

Updates to the 2017 RTP Public Outreach Strategy (Brenda Veenendaal) [INFORMATION]

Summary:  Fresno COG staff has begun implementing the envisioned public outreach strategy, new opportunities have come forward, and some tasks and expenditures have been deemed unnecessary. Staff will give a summary of the updates, and the upcoming outreach timeline for meetings and workshops. 

Action:  Information Only. Direction can be provided at the discretion of the committee.

ARB GHG Emission Reduction Target Setting Update (Kristine Cai) [INFORMATION]

Summary: Senate Bill 375 (SB 375) requires that greenhouse (GHG) emission reduction targets be updated every 8 years. The California Air Resources Board (ARB) adopted the first sets of targets in 2010 for the 18 Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) in the State, and is in the process of updating the targets. Targets are set for each region at a percent reduction of passenger vehicle GHG emissions per person from 2005 level. The 8 MPOs in the San Joaquin Valley were given the targets of 5% reduction for 2020, and 10% reduction for 2035 in 2010.

ARB's modeling shows that the State is on track to meet the statewide goal of reducing the GHG emission to the 1990 level by 2020. Senate Bill 32 (SB 32) codified the GHG reduction goal for 2030 to reduce the GHG emission 40% below 1990 level. The State's ultimate goal is to reduce the GHG 80% below 1990 level by 2050. SB375 is focused on GHG reduction from passenger vehicles from integrated transportation and land use planning. It is one of the several programs that the State is implementing to achieve the overall state-wide goal. MPOs are tasked with the implementation of SB375 through the development of a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) in their Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). An SCS is a land use development pattern combined with transportation strategies, which if implemented, will meet or exceed the GHG reduction targets set by the ARB.

ARB has held 3 public workshops statewide (Los Angeles, Sacramento and Fresno) in March to inform the target update process and seek public input. ARB is scheduled to finalize the 2nd round of targets for the regions in the fall of 2017. The 2nd round of targets will be focused on 2035. 2020 targets from the first round will be kept

MPOs across the State have provided preliminary target concepts to ARB as a starting point. Due to the declining transportation revenues and the increased vehicle efficiencies, which reduces the cost of driving and thus increases the overall vehicle miles driven (VMT), MPOs are having challenges achieving the existing targets. However, in order to meet the State's aggressive GHG reduction goals, the ARB is looking for more enhanced targets from each region. MPOs across the State sent consistent messages that the State needs to explore more tools such as pricing and other revenue strategies to achieve the state's goal.

The ARB preliminarily set the target range for the Valley MPOs at -11% to -20+%, which are based on the achievement of the first SCS’s in the Valley. The target for each MPO will be narrowed down as MPOs provide more specific recommendations to ARB in the next few months. Fresno COG achieved 11% reduction in 2035 for the 2014 RTP/SCS, and is expecting to recommend higher targets than the first SCS. Staff is still testing the traffic model that will be used for the target-setting and the 2018 RTP/SCS, and expects to bring the draft target recommendation to the Roundtable in April/May.

Action: Information only. Direction can be provided at the discretion of the Committee.

Policy Element Outline (Jennifer Soliz/Meg Prince) [INFORMATION/DIRECTION]

Summary: The Policy Element seeks to identify the transportation goals, objectives, and policies that meet the transportation needs of our region. Goals, objectives, and policies are established to direct the courses of action that will provide efficient, integrated multimodal transportation systems to serve the mobility needs of people, including accessible pedestrian and bicycle facilities, and freight, while fostering economic prosperity and development, and minimizing mobile sources of air pollution.  The 2018 RTP reflects transportation planning for Fresno County through the year 2042. 

Staff will provide a brief overview presentation of the draft policy element outline and will solicit input and direction from the Roundtable in effort to draft the complete 2018 RTP Policy Element.  Staff will highlight specific areas that contain proposed updates/edits.

Action: Information and discussion only. Direction can be provided at the discretion of the Committee

Selection of Vice Chair

V.Other Items

Items from Staff

Items from Members

Next meeting date: April 26, 2017 from 2:00 – 4:00 PM.