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Exploring the issues and challenges of regional governance and transportation programming in California.  In the interests of dialogue and debate, not all the views expressed in this forum represent official policy positions of CALCOG. 

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May 18

Blueprint Viewprint

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 11:55 PM by Bill Higgins

Welcome to the Regional Viewprint Blog.

We hope that this will be a forum for debate and discussion for issues that affect regions and the needs of the member cities and counties that drive our regional governance structure.

The name "Regional Viewprint" pays appropriate homage to the regional blueprints that played such an important role in the modern development of our communities. Of course, regional planning is not new.  California courts have long recognized that decisions in one community that have an affect in another may be considered under a "regional welfare" standard (See Associated Home Builders v. City of Livermore, 18 Cal 3d 582 (1976)) (By the way, this is what happens when you give an attorney a blog - in the future I will control my urge to add legal citations). 

But the blueprints that emerged in the late 1990s and 2000s took the discussion out of the courts and placed it where it should be - with the public.  They fostered simple but meaningful questions: how should we grow? what do we want our community to become?  The answers shaped policy outcomes from Humboldt County to San Diego, and have influenced policy discussions and legislation in Sacramento and Washington DC.

California's regions are at the forefront of developing a bottoms-up process for regional collaboration.  It is by no means perfect, and fresh ideas abound, which is why we are very optimistic about the creation of this blog as a forum for these discussions.  In addition to our ramblings, we hope to feature guest blog posts. And in the process, we will learn from each other.

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