Local Government Commission (Sacramento, California)

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The Local Government Commission (LGC) is a non-profit organization in Sacramento, California dedicated to local environmental sustainability, economic prosperity and social equity.[1] LCG has worked for over 35 years [2] to support local policymakers on topics involving climate change, energy, water and community design.[3] The LCG approach includes connecting leaders, advancing policies and implementing solutions. They do this through the creation of programs to connect local leaders and work on policy advancement by providing technical assistance and advice to local jurisdictions. Some of the specific services provided by the LGC including forums, workshops, training programs, presentations, design charrettes, and community image surveys.[4] The LCG is led by a board of fifteen elected California city and county elected officials and the total membership of the nonprofit encompasses over seven hundred local leaders from around the California and the greater U.S.[5]

Ahwahnee Principles[edit]

In 1991, the LGC helped bring together the architects Peter Calthorpe, Michael Corbett, Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Moule, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Stefanos Polyzoides and Daniel Solomon to develop a set of community principles for land use planning. Called the Ahwahnee Principles [6] (after Yosemite National Park's Ahwanee Lodge). The Ahwahnee Principles were designed to help revitalize existing parts of communities through infill development and create communities that are complete and integrate a mix of uses. These principles, are a blueprint for elected officials and planners to provide compact, mixed use, walkable and transit-oriented development in their communities. The Ahwahnee Principles were the start of the now widespread and diverse SmartGrowth and New Urbanism movement [7] This movement largely arose out of the looming presence of urban sprawl and land consumption that saw exponential expansion since the 1950s. According to the LCG, the ten principles of smart growth are 1) Preservation of open space 2) Development towards existing communities 3) Compact building design 4) Mix land uses 5) Rang of housing choices 6) Variety of transportation choices 7) Walkable neighborhoods 8) Strong sense of place 9) Community and stakeholder collaboration 10) Predictable development decision [8]

The LGC held its 22nd annual Building Livable Communities Conference for Local Elected Officials from March 15–17, 2013, at Yosemite National Park. The topic was "New Strategies for a New Age".[9]

Civic Spark[edit]

The LCG in partnership with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research started CivicSpark; an AmeriCorps program that hires 68 fellows each year to implement targeting projects dedicated to helping build capacity for local governments to address environmental issues in California like climate change and water resource management. 146 fellows around the nation have participated in CivicSpark over the past three years and dedicated eleven months of service on 121 projects centered around climate change and water management issues.

Civic Spark is administered by CaliforniaVolunteers and sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service.[10]
  1. ^ "Land Use Planning for Sustainability and Livability". www.cityofsacramento.org. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "Who We Are – Local Government Commission". Local Government Commission. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Local Government Commission - Leaders for Livable Communities". Local Government Commission. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  4. ^ "Services – Local Government Commission". Local Government Commission. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  5. ^ "Land Use Planning for Sustainability and livability". www.cityofsacramento.org. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  6. ^ LGC: Principles for Resource-Efficient and Livable Communities
  7. ^ "Ahwahnee Principles – Local Government Commission". Local Government Commission. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  8. ^ "Planning Academy - City of Sacramento". www.cityofsacramento.org. Retrieved 25 May 2017. 
  9. ^ LGC: 2013 Conference
  10. ^ http://civicspark.lgc.org/

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  1. ^ "CivicSpark". civicspark.lgc.org. Retrieved 20 April 2017. 
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