What is Green Means Go: Green Means Go is a locally-driven, multi-year pilot program to lower greenhouse gas emissions in the six county Sacramento region using three strategies: accelerating infill development, reducing vehicle trips, and promoting clean mobility options in targeted areas, called Green Zones. Although the Green Means Go program includes all three strategies, the first, accelerate infill development, is a critical foundation for the other two strategies. What are Green Zones: For Green Means Go, local jurisdictions will nominate Green Zones, which are areas where they will promote infill, reduce regulatory and economic barriers to infill, and support new clean transportation options. For Green Means Go to be most effective, the Green Zones need to be places where significant new growth is planned so that the efforts to accelerate infill, accelerate travel choice, and accelerate vehicle electrification all have potential to be complimentary strategies.
Why nominate Green Zones? Green Zones will be areas that are eligible for any future Green Means Go funding for projects should we receive state funding leading up to the next MTP/SCS update. One notable exception to this would be if SACOG receives stimulus funding for economic development that needs to be allocated prior to establishing Green Zones later this year.
What areas are eligible? There are two primary requirements for nominated Green Zones:
Must be within infill areas, defined by the 2020 MTP/SCS Community Type map as Center and Corridor Communities or Established Communities (MTP/SCS Chapter 3, page 19)
Must be planned for growth and supported by local policies and actions that support increased development or redevelopment in the area (e.g. a specific plan, higher density zoning, public investment, nexus studies to facilitate fee reductions, economic development studies or plans, willingness to implement fee reductions and/or process streamlining for the area upon receiving funding for infrastructure improvements)