Comstock's magazine 0119 - January 2019 - Page 58

n TRANSPORTATION Efforts toward TOD aren’t new. In 2004, SACOG adopted the Blueprint Scenario, a smart growth vision that highlights TOD as a way to direct future growth to existing infrastruc- ture. In the preferred scenario, 41 percent of new jobs and 38 percent of new housing are within walking distance of 15-minute bus or train service. Five years later, SacRT re- leased a TOD guide, pointing out how there is no one-size- fits-all model for TOD, given the diverse geography of the Sacramento region. “The definition of TOD tends to force a single pro- grammed solution onto the different types of communities served by transit,” notes SacRT’s “A Guide to Transit Oriented Development.” It says, “On the contrary, the land develop- ment pattern in the Sacramento Region is sophisticated and diverse with a multitude of conditions. The types of projects that might be appropriate in older neighborhoods close to downtown are different from those that might work in new and growing areas in the County.” BUILDLING CONNECTIONS In Placer County, which doesn’t have many major tran- sit stops with high-frequency bus routes, evolving ideas of transit factors into planning. With the rise of communal bikes, telecommuting, ridesharing and autonomous ve- hicles around the corner, transit doesn’t look like it did 20 years ago. “You want housing in and around where you have multi- ple transit options,” says Shawna Purvines, principal plan- ner for Placer County’s Community Development Resource Agency. “Walkable communities are also a factor we consid- er. With more ride- and car-share options available like Uber and Lyft, this allows us to think of transportation a little dif- ferently and more broadly than just around bus stops.” Recently, a project within Placer County was awarded $16 million from the State’s Affordable Housing and Sustain- able Communities Grant for an affordable-housing project of 56 multifamily units in the North Tahoe area. The funds will support not only affordable housing, but also assist with other transportation needs in the area, like the purchase of four new electric buses, needed updates to a transit center and improvements to a nearby bike trail. Another project in North Auburn seeks to build a 79-unit affordable-housing project, also near existing transit services. This project is lo- cated within the county’s Government Center. Elk Grove’s city officials are also eyeing increased transit opportunities and, along with them, options for higher-den- sity village centers, according to Darren Wilson, Elk Grove’s development services director. The City is currently con- S 58 PCBP | January 1 2019 Comstocks January 2018 ad-final.indd 12/13/2018 4:09:29 PM