The program has been split into two components: the main AHSC program, and the Sustainable Agricultural Land Conservation (SALC) program.
The AHSC program’s purpose is the reduction of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through projects that implement land use, housing, transportation, and agricultural land preservation practices to support infill and compact development, and that support related and coordinated public policy objectives.
Cities are strongly encouraged to comment on these programs that could provide significant funding for projects that reduce GHG emissions and meet the objectives of SB 375.
The main AHSC program will provide grants and/or loans to projects that will achieve GHG reductions through increasing accessibility of affordable housing, employment centers and key destinations via low-carbon transportation options (walking, biking and transit), resulting in fewer vehicle miles traveled (VMT). The draft guidelines have identified two project prototypes to implement this strategy: (A) Transit Oriented Development Project Areas (TOD) or (B) Integrated Connectivity Projects (ICP).
Oct. 31 is the deadline to submit comments via email
on the draft guidelines. SCG has also scheduled four public guideline development workshops
. Reservation is required for the workshops.
program will provide grants and/or loans to projects that will achieve GHG reductions through protecting agricultural lands from GHG-intensive development (e.g., agricultural land conservation easements), resulting in net increases in GHG sequestration. SGC will coordinate with the California Natural Resources Agency and the California Department of Conservation on this part of the grant program.
Comments on the SALC program draft guidelines will be accepted via email
through Oct. 31. Public workshops are also planned, but have not been announced.