Kern County Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategies

Kern County Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategies
Location Kern County California
Organization California Rural Legal Assistance, Inc.

California’s Senate Bill 375 mandates that each regional government in California develop and adopt plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in part through developing Regional Transportation Plans and Sustainable Communities Strategies that will guide local land use, transportation, and other decisions important to greenhouse gas emissions. This is one of two HIAs CRLA is conducting to inform the metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) as they develop these plans. The HIAs will examine the ways in which these plans may influence factors important to health, such as access to sidewalks, bike lanes and open space, healthy foods, and healthcare services, and exposure to air pollution.

To conduct the HIAs, CRLA will engage with the two MPOs and community-based stakeholder organizations to develop strategies to mitigate negative health outcomes and promote health. The HIAs will inform both the development of the plan and the subsequent environmental impact review that each county will undertake as part of the decision-making process.

Supported by funding from The California Endowment.

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At A Glance
  • Status:
  • Publication date:
    2014, May
  • Decision-making levels:
  • Sectors:
    Planning and zoning, Transportation
  • Additional topic areas:
    Active transportation, Food and nutrition, Legislation, Mental/behavioral health, Planning
  • Drivers of health:
    Access to healthy food, Access to services/medical care, Clean air and water, Diet and physical activity, Safe and affordable public transit, Noise, Safe street infrastructure
  • Affected populations:
    Chronic health conditions, Economically disadvantaged, Older adults, Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Community types:
    Urban, Rural
  • Research methods:
    Quantitative research
  • Funding source:
    Health Impact Project grantee