|Benefits of new proposal:|
On "growth related" transportation improvements and SDCs
Maybe after the new year I'll read this more closely. But for the moment it's something that deserves wider notice.
On transportation, the Executive Summary claims it:
- Establishes SDCs commensurate with community-wide funding levels for major street improvement projets, approximately doubling the prior SDC
- Most growth-related improvements can be constructed with 100 percent SDC funding
On the face of it, this sounds like a real improvement.
But almost certainly there are details to consider that could weaken these overall claims.
As a side matter, but nevertheless strongly implicated in all this, we have a major disconnect between our notions of "Activity Nodes and Corridors" and our "Buildable Lands" inventory.
|Activity Nodes and Corridors from 2006|
|Buildable Lands from the SDC report|
A major part of "Our Salem" should be to revise our understandings of these and to knit the two systems together.
While "upgrades" to modern urban standards include bike lanes and sidewalks, there does not appear to be any specific focus on non-auto mobility in the SDC projects listed.
The whole of it does not appear to take into consideration any greenhouse gas reductions, and is based on "business as usual."
|False precision: Look at this fancy math!!!|
|Like fluid: The rising tide of cars|
So if SDCs are a thing of interest to you, check out the press release and report.