The Sonoma County Transportation & Land Use Coalition was formed in 1991 from members of the Sonoma County Conservation Council who had expressed a special interest in transportation issues. We developed policies and objectives which are shown below.
SCTLC Policies on Transportation and Planning Criteria
Any transportation policy or plan should:
- be based upon and consistent with sound land use planning;
- emphasize energy-efficient and energy-conserving modes of transport. We are particularly concerned that walking and bicycling and efficient forms of public transit receive suitably enhanced public investment. The long-term aim is to minimize growth of transportation systems based on fossil fuels;
- fully utilize existing rights-of-way, particularly the newly acquired rail right-of-way, and emphasize coordinated public transit systems. This means interconnecting automobile, bus, rail and self-propelled transportation systems. Continued rail freight service and expanded passenger rail service should be developed;
- be based upon a county-wide cooperative planning process.
SCTLC’s Primary Objectives
- Assure that transportation is appropriate for centers of population instead of sprawl.
- Work for enhanced bicycling, walking and public transit modes.
- Assure public support for financing the operating costs of transit systems.
- Work for equitable sharing of transportation costs and distribution of transportation benefits.
In 2001, an updated consensus was developed on what transportation and land-use policies the Sonoma County Transportation Land-Use Coalition should support. A summary of the results is below.
Library Study Group on Land Use and Transportation
There was consensus to support the following principles and goals.
- Develop transportation and land-use policies that create developments with a sense of community, and that reduce and even eliminate auto-dependency.
- Reframe housing and transportation issues: from “building housing” to “housing people,” from “providing transportation” to “moving people and goods.”
- Find the means to fund public transit operations.
Create livable/walkable Communities
• Mixed-use developments with housing, jobs and services within walking distance of each other.
• Housing affordable for people with very low, low, moderate and above moderate incomes within walking distance of job sites.
• Residential development downtown
• Housing developments and job sites need good access to public transit
• Return to tradition street patterns (grid system)
Intra-county transit needs to be improved
• Greatly expanded bus service
• All transit systems coordinated, one pass for all
• More efficient Paratransit
Reduce the “drive and park” advantage
• Parking cash-out and other transportation demand management tools
• No more “free” parking—anywhere
• Make shopping centers support local shuttles.
• Make future parking lots serve dual purposes, i.e., part of retail, commercial and/or housing on top.
• Remove parking requirements from the development and put responsibility on the driver.
• Provide tax and other incentives to reduce vehicle use.
Eliminate hidden subsidies for autos.
• Stops need to be part of high-density communities and town centers
• Minimize park-and-ride adjacent to stops
• No stops between urban areas
• Needs to be part of a comprehensive multi-modal system
Improve walkways and bikeways
• Implement countywide bike plan
• Implement city bike plans
Keep rural roads safe and calm
• Create Heritage Road designation
• Put money into maintenance, not widening and straightening
Support an initiative or referendum
• to support bikeways, and walkways
• to fund expanded transit operations