Guidelines

The Sierra Club Loma Prieta Chapter Sustainable Land Use Committee reviews and makes recommendations on plans and proposals near El Camino, downtowns, and transit stations. Such plans include General Plans, Downtown Plans, Station Area Plans, Pedestrian Plans, Bicycle Plans, individual development proposals, etc. In addition to Sierra Club California Urban Growth Management Policy Guidelines (2002), we use our Chapter's Guidelines for Station Area Plans as well as our Chapter's Guidelines for Residential/Mixed-Use Projects to review plans and projects.

These guidelines outline and expound upon the top five goals we have set for new projects near transit:
  1. Compact Development - Livable, mixed-use communities with a diversity of housing options
  2. Community & Economic Benefits – Improved parks, additional shops and services, active downtown
  3. Pedestrian Priority – Prioritize walking and active lifestyles
  4. Transportation  Alternatives – Safe bicycle facilities, reliable public transit
  5. Energy & Resource Efficient – Green buildings and site developments

Once we fully understand a project and feel it is neccessary to comment, we create letters with what we like about the project and what we think can be improved.  We work closely with the Chapter's Cool Cities Teams and other community groups to ensure in this process and afterward when it is time to make our recommendations known.  You can find past comment letters on the Projects page.