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Do local governments have to follow recommendations in Connected 2050?

Only local cities and counties have the authority to make land uses decisions. None of the region’s cities or the County of Santa Barbara are required to follow the land-use planning recommendations in the SCS. However, cities and counties cannot access many sources of state funding for transportation and housing projects unless their local plans follow land-use recommendations in Connected 2050’s SCS. This gives local governments an incentive to follow Connected 2050 recommendations, so they can access more state funding for projects that will benefit their communities and the greater region.

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