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California Strategic Growth Council

California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) brings together agencies and departments within Business, Consumer Services and Housing, Transportation, Natural Resources, Health and Human Services, Food and Agriculture, and Environmental Protection, with the Governor's Office of Planning and Research to coordinate activities that support sustainable communities emphasizing strong economies, social equity and environmental stewardship. For more information about the SGC, please visit the About page.


Important Message:

The April 28, 2015 Strategic Growth Council meeting has been postponed until June.
Once dates are confirmed we will send a message through our List Serve, click here to join.

ARB releases updated FAQ on AHSC Program Greenhouse Gas Quantification Methodology
April 14, 2015

For applicants invited to submit a full application, more information on Greenhouse Gas Quantification Methodology for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program can be found by reviewing the updated (4/10/15) Air Resources Board Frequently Asked Question page:

SGC Releases List of Applicants Invited to Submit Full Applications for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program
March 18, 2015

To read the memo and view the list, click here.

AHSC Concept Proposal Review Update
March 12, 2015

AHSC Program staff are currently finalizing the review of submitted concept proposals. All AHSC applicants will be notified of the results of the concept proposal reviews by no later than Monday, March 16th.

The full application will be posted on or before Wednesday, March 18th. The due date for the full applications will be extended to April 20, 2015. Applicants will be notified when the full application is available via email.

SGC Releases a Request for Proposal
February 24, 2015

The California Department of Conservation has released a request for proposal (RFP) to assess the likelihood of the specific or corridor plans funded in the first round of the Strategic Growth Councilís Sustainable Communities Planning Grants & Incentive Program to move towards implemented sustainable development or shovel ready projects. Details about the RFP can be found by looking for Bid #RFP 3014-366 - Identify and Disseminate Sustainable Communities Planning Grants and Incentives on the Bid Sync website:

Proposal Deadline: Feb 27, 2015 by 3:00 p.m.

Application Period Open: Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program
February 4, 2015

The Notice of Funding Availability for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program is now available on the Department of Housing & Community Development website:

Concept Proposal application instructions and Financial Assistance Application Submission Tool (FAAST) system online application tool are also now available. All applications must be submitted to the Department using the FAAST online application submittal process. Concept Proposal applications are due Thursday, February 19, 2015 by 5:00 p.m.

Applicants can access the FAAST system at Please refer to the Concept Proposal application instructions for detailed information on setting up a FAAST system ID and using the FAAST system for application submittal:

AHSC Technical Assistance Workshops

AHSC workshops are being held throughout the state February 4 through February 12, 2015. Registration and workshop locations are available online at Please note that the date for the Oakland workshop has changed to Thursday, February 12.

AHSC Technical Assistance Workshop Agenda
AHSC Technical Assistance Workshop Presentation

Final adopted guidelines can be found at

Questions on the AHSC application can be directed to

Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities NOFA Release Announcement
January 30, 2015

The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), in conjunction with the Strategic Growth Council, is pleased to announce the release of the Fiscal Year 2014/15 Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) of approximately $120 million for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC) Program. A copy of the NOFA can be found at

Concept proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on February 19, 2015. Concept proposal application and instructions will be available on HCDís website by close of business Monday, February 2, 2015.

Questions may be directed to

AHSC February Technical Assistance Workshops:
Please click here for the workshop schedule and registration information.

SGC releases memo on proposed revisions and updates to the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program
December 19, 2014

In response to robust public feedback, the SGC has released a memo containing staff-recommended proposed revisions and updates to the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program Guidelines. Please click here to read the memo. To receive announcements from the SGC, please click here.

SGC moves December 2014 Council Meeting to January 2015
December 4, 2014

Due to the volume and quality of the comments received on the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program Draft Guidelines, the Council has decided to move its scheduled December 2014 to January 20, 2015 to allow staff more time to review comments and make revisions to the guidelines. A memorandum containing a summary of staff proposed revisions will be released in mid-December to update the public on important changes to the guidelines. To receive announcements from the SGC, please click here.

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) - Council Member Agencies and Departments
Office of Planning & Research | California Health and Human Services |California Natural Resources Agency | California State Transportation Agency
Business, Consumer Services, and Housing Agency |California Environmental Protection Agency | California Department of Food and Agriculture