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SLOCOG Board Elects New Officers

 


The SLOCOG Board elected new officers at its January 7, 2015 meeting in Atascadero. The Board welcomes new President Debbie Arnold (District 5) and Vice President Jan Marx (San Luis Obispo). The Board also gave its thanks to past President, Shelly Higginbotham (Pismo Beach).


Coast Rail Corridor Environmental EIS/EIR


The Coast Corridor Draft Program EIS/EIR examines the potential environmental impacts of rail line improvement alternatives located between Salinas and San Luis Obispo (the “Coast Corridor”). These improvements are being considered to support the proposed Coast Daylight train project. SLOCOG is the lead agency for the State environmental document (EIR) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is the lead for the Federal document (EIS). The public comment period for the Draft Program EIS/EIR began Friday November 14, 2014, with all public comments due by Wednesday January 7, 2015. A packed house showed up for the SLOCOG board meeting to voice their opinions primarily as they relate to suggested track realignments in the Santa Margarita area. Residents of this area had concern about potential track realignments that could run through what is currently private property. The SLOCOG board heard comments and instructed staff to work with Caltrans and the FRA to remove the track alignments from the document before it comes back for final approval by the SLOCOG board. SLOCOG staff has successfully coordinated an agreement with Caltrans and FRA to remove those track alignments from this document. Staff anticipates bringing the final EIR/EIS back to the SLOCOG board for final approval in June, 2015.

More information can be found in the staff report.
READ HERE

Questions? Contact Peter Rodgers at 805-781-5712 or prodgers@slocog.org.
 

2014 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Public Workshop #1


SLOCOG conducted a public hearing in the Atascadero City Hall Council Chambers on Wednesday, January 7th following the installation of new board members. The SLOCOG Board had previously authorized staff to finalize and release the Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) for public review and initiation of the public comment period at its December 3rd meeting in Grover Beach. Additionally, SLOCOG has two interactive web tools at slocogconnectingcommunities.com: (1) an interactive transportation budgeting tool; and (2) an interactive web-mapping tool to provide comments on the proposed RTP projects (the four maps include: highways, streets and roads projects; active transportation projects; system efficiency projects; and an blank map for open-ended comments).

The 2014 RTP includes a balanced multi-modal transportation investment strategy that addressing how SLOCOG proposes to maximize system efficiencies through implementation of transportation demand and system management techniques; enhanced transit services; and improvements to state highways, routes of regional significance, local streets, and bike and pedestrian improvement projects. The “financially-constrained” project list is meant to identify those projects that could be funded and constructed over the next 20+-year planning horizon.

The 2014 RTP includes a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS), which must identify how the region will accommodate the expected growth in population, housing, and employment while achieving goals for the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles and light-duty trucks. The SCS takes a big-picture look at how we can grow over time in a way that uses resources efficiently, protects existing communities, conserves farmland and open space, and supports our local economy.

The full document is available for download at slocogconnectingcommunities.com. Individual chapters and appendices can be downloaded separately. Other material on the website include 25 large-format land use scenario maps arranged by subregion, all maps included in the document, and extensive CommunityViz performance indicators from the Regional Land Use Model (RLUM).

More information can be found in the staff report.
READ HERE

Questions? Contact Steve Devencenzi at 805-781-4662 or sdevencenzi@slocog.org.
 

SLO Regional Rideshare Program Update


SLO Regional Rideshare staff was on hand at the January board meeting to present an update to multiple Rideshare programs. Programs highlighted include Rideshare Month activities, updates the new 511/Rideshare website, employer commute program the Back & Forth Club, our region’s Mobility Management and Safe Routes to School Programs. 

More information can be found in the staff report.
READ HERE

Questions? Contact Stephanie Hicks at 805-781-4462 or shicks@slocog.org.
 

Unmet Transit Needs Study - Transit, Bicycle & Pedestrian Improvement Requests Wanted!


SLOCOG staff is soliciting input from the public on transit deficiencies and bicycle and pedestrian improvements as part of their annual Unmet Transit Needs study and Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements analysis.

Requests can be submitted online - 
SUBMIT YOURS HERE!

All requests are valued and considered. The annual Unmet Transit Needs and Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements Public Hearings are scheduled for Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. at the County Board of Supervisors’ Chambers located at 1055 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo.  Wednesday, February 11th is the last day to submit requests for the current study.

Questions? Contact Tim Gillham at 805-781-1520 or tgillham@slocog.org.
 
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RTP Public Workshop #2

SLOCOG will be conducting a public workshop for the 2014 RTP at the Atascadero City Hall Council Chambers on Tuesday, January 27th from 5 to 7pm.

Please contact Steve Devencenzi at (805) 781-4662 or sdevencenzi@slocog.org for additional information.
 
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The next scheduled meeting of the SLOCOG Board will be held at the San Luis Obispo County Government Center, Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Upcoming items:
  • Unmet Transit Needs
  • Draft 2014 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) 
  • Draft FY 15/16 Overall Work Program
ADA accommodations may be requested by contacting SLOCOG offices at 781-4219. Please note that 48 hours advance notice is necessary to accommodate your request. 
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ABOUT SLOCOG
The San Luis Obispo Council of Governments (SLOCOG) is an area-wide planning and programming agency for issues of regional concern. SLOCOG is also the federal-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), the state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), the Service Authority for Freeways and Expressways (SAFE), the Census Data Affiliate (CDA) and the Regional Ridesharing Program for the San Luis Obispo Region. Member agencies and their designated representatives are listed below:
 
President - Debbie Arnold (District 5)
Vice President - Jan Marx (San Luis Obispo)

District 1 Supervisor - Frank Mecham
District 2 Supervisor - Bruce Gibson
District 3 Supervisor - Adam Hill
District 4 Supervisor - Lynn Compton
District 5 Supervisor - Debbie Arnold

Executive Director - Ron DeCarli

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          Arroyo Grande - Jim Guthrie, Council Member

          Atascadero - Tom O'Malley, Mayor

          Grover Beach - John Shoals, Mayor

          Morro Bay - Jamie Irons, Mayor

          Paso Robles - Fred Strong, Council Member

          Pismo Beach - Shelly Higginbotham, Mayor

          San Luis Obispo - Jan Howell Marx, Mayor

          Ex-Officio, Caltrans District 5 - Timothy Gubbins