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Should States Impose Development Laws to Cut Car Use?


California is close to adopting a law aimed at slowing the increase in vehicle emissions by encouraging housing and development projects near job sites and transportation hubs. It's sort of a "if you build it here, they will ride the bus or stop driving" plan.

If passed by the Senate, the measure would tweak the current regional planning process by setting some new goals to reduce emissions. This would be the nation’s most comprehensive effort to cut back on sprawl and would essentially reward cities and counties that comply with efforts to minimize driving (and thereby emissions).

One enthusiast told the New York Times the law means California is "planning for housing needs, transportation needs and climate-change needs all at the same time," while others worry it will override some of the current development laws.

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