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What is the RTP-SCS?

Connected 2050 is an update of our region’s long-range Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The Connected 2050 Plan provides a collective vision for the region’s future that balances transportation and housing needs with social, economic, and environmental goals. The plan helps guide future planning efforts and policy decisions that affect transportation, including its relationship with housing and land use, that will reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in our region.

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Do you feel safe riding a bike? Can you take the bus at a convenient time and directly to your destination? Where are quality jobs and affordable housing needed most? Fill out SBCAG’s Better Communities survey to improve our streets and build communities that are more connected, healthy, vibrant, and prosperous.

2050 Update Process

The Santa Barbara County Association of Governments (SBCAG) updates the SCS with the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) every 4 years. The last RTP-SCS update was completed in 2017. The Connected 2050 RTP-SCS update will be completed by August 2021.

The final Connected 2050 RTP-SCS will provide recommendations to help our cities and the County of Santa Barbara make important decisions about transportation, housing, and land-use in the next 3-5 years. The Connected 2050 RTP-SCS provides forward-looking recommendations out to 2050 because many of these local government decisions will influence the region’s long-term growth and development for the next 30 years.

By October 2020, SBCAG staff will use technical analysis and community input to create several different future “scenarios.” Each of the scenarios will represent a different vision for future development, growth, and transportation in our region. Once several different scenarios have been developed, each one will be tested and evaluated. SBCAG will use computer modeling and analysis to determine how well each of the future scenarios would meet state goals to reduce GHG emissions – while also meeting the regional goals, objectives and performance measures laid out in the Connected 2050 Plan.

Community input is essential to this process. By providing your ideas about how your community can be improved and developed, SBCAG is able to consider and test a wider range of future options that are more aligned with community preferences. Your involvement will help SBCAG identify the best paths to a sustainable future that reflects community desires and needs, while enhancing public health, improving safety and equity, complying with existing laws, and preparing for anticipated growth in our region.

After all of the different scenarios are evaluated, SBCAG will conduct workshops to share what they have learned and to collect community input on the different scenarios. The input and ideas that community members share during these workshops will help SBCAG identify a “preferred growth scenario” for the Connected 2050 SCS. The preferred growth scenario will need to reduce GHG emissions and meet the goals, objectives and performance measures of Connected 2050.

The preferred growth scenario will influence many of the transportation and land-use recommendations in the final Connected 2050 Plan. After the final SCS is adopted in 2021, local governments across our region will use its recommendations to guide important decisions about housing, growth, and the development of local communities over time.

Language Access

Just Communities is working with SBCAG and CEC to create an inclusive, multilingual community outreach process for Connected 2050.

Translation and interpretation specialists with Just Communities are providing the following language-access services for Connected 2050:

  • Spanish-language interpretation at all Connected 2050 listening sessions and workshops
  • Translation of Spanish-language communications and input received from the community members
  • Spanish-language translation of all public information and educational materials for Connected 2050, such as flyers, social media posts, and web content.

Just Communities will use best practices from their Language Justice Initiative to ensure that everyone’s voices are truly heard and included in the final Connected 2050 plan.


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