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Implementing the Blueprint

The Blueprint Preferred Scenario means nothing if it remains just a plan on paper. Since the Blueprint was adopted in December 2004, SACOG and its members have focused on implementing the principles that came out of the Blueprint Preferred Scenario:

  • Housing options
  • Transportation choices
  • Mixing land uses
  • Compact development
  • Conserving natural resources
  • Utilizing existing assets
  • Quality design

One of SACOG's mottos is "providing better information for more informed decision making." As such, SACOG's implementation activities may be categorized into the following groups:

Technical Support

SACOG provides professional services directly to its member jurisdictions and their public interest stakeholders. The technical services include providing modeling and analysis of different development scenarios. Such analysis could show the impacts of different land use alternatives to population, jobs, energy consumption and transportation. Additionally, staff from member jurisdictions can take training sessions on how to use the I-PLACE3S scenario planning software that was used to model land use and travel impacts for the Blueprint project and the Metropolitan Transportation Plan 2035. Likewise, SACOG staff is available to assist member agencies with professional services such as meeting facilitation, small group leadership, mapping, demographic projections, transportation modeling or analysis, and other services as needed.

Educational Activities and Resources

SACOG provides a variety of planning seminars and public and professional educational services that help provide information about the Blueprint principles. Several times a year, SACOG puts on workshops for the planning community on various topics (e.g., parking management, innovative development, land use and travel modeling, etc.) Likewise, workshops are held for elected officials, planning commissioners and the general public on broader planning issues. SACOG also produced two videos on infill development that are available for public educational uses. Additionally, a 1,500-image database of photos of smart growth built projects is available for download. SACOG also commissioned 10 photo simulations of real-life built environments in the Sacramento region. The simulations show what these sites look like today, and how a series of small incremental changes can dramatically alter the sense of community. These photo simulations are downloadable for public educational uses.

Upon request, SACOG will make Blueprint presentations to member jurisdictions and their stakeholders.

On an ad hoc basis, SACOG provides instructional information in new planning topic areas. Most recently, SACOG produced the Form-Based Codes Handbook, which provides step-by-step information on how a jurisdiction can create a development coding system that is more visually based and physically-oriented that conventional zoning codes.

Financial Assistance

SACOG provides direct financial support for projects or activities that implement the Blueprint principles. The support comes in the way of competitive financial assistance. There are four programs that award grants on a two-year cycle:

  1. The Air Quality Funding Program funds transportation-related projects that help the region reach air-quality attainment status.
  2. The Bicycle/Pedestrian Funding Program helps fund capital and non-capital bicycle and pedestrian projects in large, medium, or small cities and towns in the Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo, and Yuba counties.
  3. The Transportation Demand Management Funding Program provides funds to activities that focus on moving people through the region more efficiently through carpooling, vanpooling, using transit, walking and telecommuting.
  4. The Community Design Funding Program provides financial assistance to public and private projects that implement the Blueprint Principles

SACOG occasionally receives funds for specific subject areas such as civic engagement or form-based codes; those funds are then awarded to cities and counties in the form of grants.

For More Information

If you represent one of SACOG's member jurisdictions (one of the 22 cities or six counties in the SACOG region) and would like to discuss the SACOG services and resources described above, please contact one of the following SACOG planning staff members:

Kacey Lizon
(916) 340-6265
  Greg Chew
(916) 340-6227