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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.


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.

Final Day for Affordable Housing Sustainable Communities comment will be October 31, 2014.
October 30. 2014

A video of the workshop held in Sacramento on October 28,2014 is now available. If you would like to provide comment on the Draft Guidelines please click here. The comment form will be removed after October 31, 2014.

We thank you for your feedback.

AHSC Workshop - Live Webcast today 1:30pm-4:30pm
October 28, 2014

Please click here to enter the live Webcast.

Workshop materials posted below.



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Comments can be made by clicking here by October 31, 2014.

The California Strategic Growth Council announces availability of draft guidelines for Sustainable Communities Implementation Program
September 23, 2014

The Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has posted Preliminary Draft Guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program and the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program.

The draft guidelines for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program can be found HERE.

The draft guidelines for the Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program can be found HERE.

Atlantic Author James Fallows Writes on California High Speed Rail
September 17, 2014

The Atlantic magazine national correspondent James Fallows is writing a series of blogs on the California High Speed Rail project. He has written 11 to date. They are here No. 1, No. 2, No. 3, No. 4, No. 5, No. 6, No. 7, No. 8, No. 9, No. 10, No. 11.

In this series Fallows frequently refers to the HSR Story Map coordinated by the Strategic Growth Council. You can read more about the Story map here. In preparation for this series, Fallows interviewed California High Speed Rail Commission Chair, Dan Richard, High Speed Rail Authority Director Jeff Morales, SGC Executive Director Mike McCoy and a number of other California interests. In addition he has published responses from many readers making this an interesting ongoing dialog which he plans to add to from time to time.

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