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Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG)

Agency Type: Council of Governments, Metropolitan Planning Organization, Regional Transportation Planning Agency
Summary Profile:

The Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for a six county region.  SACOG provides transportation planning and funding for the region, and serves as a forum for the study and resolution of regional issues.  Two of the counties--El Dorado and Placer--have their own transportation planning agencies that work with SACOG to produce transportation planning and programming documents (and within these two counties is the Tahoe basin and TRPA).  SACOG serves as the Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA) for the other four counties: Sacramento, Yolo, Sutter and Yuba.  

As the COG, SACOG develops the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) in the region.  Additionally, SACOG assists in planning for transit, bicycle networks, clean air and airport land uses.

Number of Members: 28: six counties and 22 cities
Population Represented: 2,350,000
Staff: 52
Program Highlights:
  • Rural-Urban Connection Strategy (RUCS)-- SACOG's RUCS is a nation-leading example of how better transportation planning can fuel the economies of rural areas. RUCS factors economic development, environmental sustainability, and the quality of life within rural areas and applies the data to develop a more sensitive regional transportation plan.  SACOG uses innovative technology to gather previously uncollected statistics that inform how policies and strategies will impact both urban and rural parts of the region.  RUCS helps bind the region around linked goals such as smart growth, resource conservation, enhancement of agriculture and food industries, food access and healthy eating, and recreation.
  • Connect Card--SACOG, along with local public transit agencies, is rolling out the Connect Card, which will allow transit riders to use a single fare card across 9 transit systems and aims to improve transit ridership and satisfaction.  The Connect Card will make fare payments and transfers easy and will provide seamless connections throughout the region.  
  • Sacramento Regional Blueprint--Back in 2004, SACOG produced a regional blueprint that was truly innovative.  It's worth revisiting the website dedicated to the plan.   It formed the basis for the regional transportation plan and key elements were eventually incorporated into state law in SB 375.  SACOG continues to be a leader in scenario forecasting and modeling which forms the basis for making transportation investment decisions that will serve the future transportation needs of the SACOG Region.  
Legislative Principles: Download PDF
Board Makeup:

The Board of Directors is comprised of 31 members.  Each of the 22 cities gets one vote, except the City of Sacramento, which has two votes (total of 23 votes from cities).  Each of the six counties gets one vote, except Sacramento County, which gets three votes (eight votes from counties).  In addition, the Director of Caltrans District three may sit as an ex-officio member who may participate in discussions and place items on the agenda, but not vote.  Section 5.8 of SACOG's joint powers agreement provides that action by the board requires an affirmative vote by three measures: a county majority (majority of members present and representing counties), a city majority (majority of city members present and representing cities), and a population majority (majority of the represented population whose members are present and voting).  

Executive Director: James Corless
CALCOG Board Representative: Tim Onderko, Supervisor, Placer County
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Aug. 19, 2019

A short overview of the very successful Youth Leadership Academy that allowed high school student to engage in regional planning issues in the Sacramento Area with SACOG board members.

Jul. 30, 2019

Case Review: Court of appeal case upholds the use of an SB 375 streamlined process for CEQA review of an infill project on a transit corridor.