Enabling Strategic Growth in Cudahy, California

After decades of sprawl, state and regional governments are now focused on encouraging compact, infill and transit-oriented growth as a key strategy to reduce vehicle travel and greenhouse gas emissions. According to this logic, growth in already-developed areas that are more central and better-served by transit will result in less driving and fewer emissions. Cudahy is such a community, and has upzoned a significant portion of the City to accommodate future growth. But Cudahy is also unprepared for growth in various ways. First, it has fundamental existing deficiencies in water and sewer infrastructure. The City needs to assess such deficiencies as well as future needs, and develop a financing mechanism to sustain these systems. Second, there has been very little permitted development in Cudahy in the past decade. This indicates that the market for new development is poor, and points toward the possible existence of regulatory barriers that affect financial feasibility of new development. Finally, when the City does grow, it lacks a financing mechanism to sustain public infrastructure; the City struggles with constrained resources. There is no local funding source for infrastructure for walking, biking, and transit access, which are crucial to support a growth strategy aimed at overall [...]

Performance Monitoring Tools to Assess Sustainable Communities Strategies

REVISION (Regional Engaging, Visioning, and Implementing Sustainability through Infill Opportunities Network)* is a transformational upgrade to the CALOTS (California Land Opportunities Tracking System), which has served as a useful, public tool over the past decade of integrated regional transportation and land use planning. The UCLA Lewis Center for Regional Policy Studies, working with the Southern California Association of Governments, created the tool that is now in use. With the implementation of SCAG’s Sustainable Communities Strategy comes an opportunity to revisit the analytical mapping tool with sustainability metrics in mind. The finalized tool will incorporate a range of data and performance indicators related to sustainable communities: Non-motorized accessibility index to describe differences in pedestrian and bicycle accessibility within and among transit priority areas within the SCAG region. Advanced performance monitoring tools to assess changes in time-series and longitudinal data over time.  Such tools can be used to assess changes in population density or household vehicle availability in transit priority areas over time. Tracking changes in employment over time by location, using the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Employer-Household Dynamics data. A parking inventory tool that can serve as a data repository for multi-jurisdictional parking studies. Other datasets and calculated indicators identified by our [...]

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