California urban sprawl seen more vertical with new state central planning role

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california_planningA new state law has plunged California state agencies headlong into land use, sparking a debate that the Golden State will now tilt more towards vertical development and against its suburban local community tradition.

Sacramento Bee reporter Dan Walters explains that under the rubric of controlling greenhouse gases, the state now can require communities to meet emission standards in land use decisions, with transportation funds the carrot and stick.

However, Calitics blogger Robert in Monterey argues that the law signed by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger will not by itself change the cultural and racial segregation that drove suburban sprawl, Only by encouraging urban density and providing the transit infrastructure to serve it can we have a California Dream for the 21st century – sprawl can no longer provide affordable housing or economic security, and it comes at a massive environmental and climatic cost.

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