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Northeast San Fernando Valley Sustainability and Prosperity Strategy

Join us on our year-long journey to plan the future of the Northeast San Fernando Valley. Communities of unlimited potential, working to realize their place in the greater region.

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Project Overview

The Northeast San Fernando Valley Sustainability & Prosperity Strategy is a highly-ambitious endeavor that covers an area the size of Cleveland, with an even greater population―half a million residents. As substantial as the Northeast Valley region is, there is a tendency for it not to be recognized as a quarter of the fifth largest metropolitan area in the United States―the San Fernando Valley.

PROJECT AREA The core area covered includes the City of San Fernando, Community Plan areas of the City of Los Angeles: Arleta-Pacoima, Mission Hills-Panorama City, Sun Valley-La Tuna Canyon, Sunland-Tujunga-Lakeview Terrace-East La Tuna Canyon, Sylmar; and selected unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County.

This once-rich farmland of olives and citrus gave way to the suburban middle class at the end of WWII, and was absorbed into the vast suburban landscape of L.A.'s San Fernando Valley. Owing to the modesty of the housing, and proximity of heavy industry and aggregates, the northeast became the de facto center of affordable housing for the region. Unfortunately, some of the same industries and activities that provided post-war job opportunities, also had a dramatic effect on the quality of life, and the residents of the region.

One of the pillars of this strategy will be to build on an environmental justice agenda being ably led by a cadre of local non-profits applying the principles of SCAG's Compass Blueprint strategy. After many years and lengthy processes, the Compass strategy comes down to a few core principles:

Mobility - Livability - Prosperity and Sustainability

Applying the subsequently enacted mandates of California Assembly Bill 32 and Senate Bill 375, we arrive at a primary strategic goal: Linking land use and transportation planning to support community sustainability.

A key element is developing an overriding strategy for LOCATION EFFICIENCY to complement transit modes and technologies being identified and brought on line by SCAG and Metro. By rethinking the basic urban form of our communities, we can enjoy the dividends of reduced travel times, and reduced fuel consumption. The result is less environmental impact, and more time to enjoy an improved quality of life.

By planning our Town Centers better, we can assure a full range of amenities and assets close to our neighborhoods and in many cases accessible by transportation alternatives, including active transportation (non-motorized transit modes). By re-industrializing manufacturing, we can eliminate toxics, pollution and blight, while preserving the economic base, cultivating employment and promoting prosperity.

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