Creating Sustainable Communities and Landscapes

Recommended practices and tools for local collaboration on climate-smart growth

Published: October 8, 2018

By the Strategic Growth Council

The State of California has a rich history of environmental leadership. With some of the most beautiful landscapes and fertile soils in the country, we have much to protect and conserve. As the State’s population grows towards fifty million people, infrastructure demands place intensified levels of stress on California’s agricultural and natural wealth. In order to address these challenges, California has led the charge nationally to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, because we recognize that this battle is not only about the environment – it is also about protecting the well-being of our families and communities. To ensure the prosperous future of our State, we must shift to a more conscientious approach to land use planning in California – one that balances the needs of conservation and development. In order to balance these priorities, the State has put new laws in place for new housing and infill development, community resilience, economic growth in urban and rural areas, and set an ambitious target for carbon neutrality by 2045 that relies upon efficient and orderly growth across California.

Developed through a collaboration among the Strategic Growth Council, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the California Association of Local Agency Formation Commissions (CALAFCO), this paper is intended to help support coordination among local entities to advance efficient growth and conservation of natural resources. The document highlights case studies in which LAFCos, cities, counties and special districts successfully partnered to reduce suburban sprawl and increase the conservation of natural and working lands, while also considering how to improve community resilience. It also aims to raise awareness of available tools and resources that can be used to create more environmentally and economically sustainable communities throughout California.

California, State of. “AnnouncementCreating Sustainable Communities and Landscapes: Recommended Practices and Tools for Local Collaboration on Climate-Smart Growth.”, Strategic Growth Council, 8 Oct. 2018,

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Sacramento Regional Transit District Lowers Fares

Effective Monday, October 1, 2018

SACRAMENTO, CA – The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) is investing back into the community. Effective Monday, October 1, SacRT will lower bus and light rail fares for the first time in its 47-year history.

The basic single ride will decrease by 25 cents from $2.75 to $2.50, and the discount single ride will decrease by 10 cents from $1.35 to $1.25. The basic monthly pass will decrease by $10 from $110 to $100, the discount monthly pass will decrease by $5 from $55 to $50, the paratransit single ride will decrease by 50 cents from $5.50 to $5, and the super senior fare will decrease by $2 from $42 to $40. In January, SacRT lowered the student monthly pass from $55 to $20 for students in grades K through 12.

In addition, transfer tickets will be re-implemented. For just 25 cents, riders who purchase a single ride ticket with cash can transfer between bus and light rail, light rail to bus or bus to bus. Riders are already able to transfer for free using electronic fare media such as ZipPass or Connect Card.

“SacRT has spent the past three years tightening its belt and implementing cost-cutting measures,” said Henry Li, SacRT General Manager/CEO. “The hard work of our staff has paid off, and now the Sacramento community will receive the benefits.”

Prepaid tickets that were purchased prior to the fare reduction will not be exchanged or refunded; however, customers can continue to use prepaid tickets in the future until the expiration date.

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