The big news today in the California Climate Change arena is Governor Brown signing AB 398 and AB 617. Here’s a word from the co-chairs for our first conference on Local Climate Change Planning issues:
“As the Trump Administration turns its back on climate change policy, Governor Brown and the California Legislature are tackling the issue head-on. On the first day of the conference, speakers will analyze recently adopted and signed legislation including AB 398, which extends the Cap and Trade program for an additional 10 years and AB 617, which enacts some of the strongest air quality protections in California history.
“In the administrative arena, speakers will examine CARB’s 2017 Scoping Plan, which lays the framework for achieving statewide greenhouse gas reduction goals; implementation of SB 743, which will change the way transportation impacts are analyzed under CEQA; SB 375, which established state greenhouse gas emission reduction targets; and the CARB Vibrant Communities and Landscapes 2050 vision, which considers how the state can support actions, at all levels of government, to facilitate development and conservation patterns that help achieve California’s climate goals. In examining judicial developments, speakers will address GHG analyses following the Supreme Court’s decision in Center for Biological Diversity v. California Department of Fish and Wildlife (2015), as well as the Court’s recent decision in Cleveland National Forest Foundation v. San Diego Association of Governments (2017).
“We are fortunate to have the author of SB 743 and SB 375, former Senate President Pro Tem and Mayor Darrell Steinberg, in attendance to address how those two pieces of legislation affect local land use planning. CARB board member and Sacramento County Supervisor Phil Serna will address the recently adopted CARB Scoping Plan, and the impact of the extension of the Cap and Trade program through 2030.
“On the second day of the conference, speakers will discuss how these emerging laws and policies affect local land use planning, including local agencies’ obligations under CEQA after the Newhall Ranch and SANDAG decisions. Planning Directors from two of the “Big Four” Metropolitan Planning Organizations will discuss the new regional targets proposed by CARB in their June 2017 Draft Staff Report, and how these aggressive targets affect planning for MPOs’ forthcoming Sustainable Communities Strategies.
“Finally, we will look at Climate Action Plans, and the role they play in implementing climate policy within local jurisdictions. We are grateful for the diverse group of speakers who have agreed to present their perspectives and findings about climate change and shifting state and federal policies.”
Jennifer L. Hernandez, Esq. of Holland & Knight LLP and
Tina A. Thomas, Esq. of Thomas Law Group, Program Co-Chairs
It’s not too early to register to reserve your seat!