(SAN MATEO COUNTY/SILICON VALLEY)
Weighing the potential tolls of development and an evolving community, Burlingame officials started addressing policy outlining a commitment to protecting the environment over the coming decades.
The Burlingame Planning Commission and City Council during a joint discussion Saturday, April 28, opened a discussion on the city’s updated climate action plan document.
Officials are crafting the proposal in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions over the coming two decades through improved mobility routes, more efficient development practices, natural resource conservation and more.
The plan raises 20 measures designed to make Burlingame a more environmentally-friendly community, which must be implemented as the city faces expected growth in the next few decades.
For his part, Community Development Director Kevin Gardiner said the discussion at the recent meeting was the first in a series designed to formulate and craft the policy.
Among the most notable programs and practices identified to cut greenhouse gas emissions are implementing a transportation demand management plan, establishing a complete streets network, adopting more efficient construction management, becoming more energy efficient and supporting Peninsula Clean Energy, according to the plan.
Should the variety of initiatives be implemented effectively, Burlingame officials expect the community will reach the emission-reduction benchmarks established in 2030, 2040 and 2050.
Most impactful among the programs identified in the report is adoption of Peninsula Clean Energy, the county’s provider of electricity drawn from renewable sources which does not generate greenhouse gases.
Should the program stay its course and officials promote residents using the alternative energy source, officials expect to make a sizable step toward becoming more sustainable, according to the report.
Transportation demand management plans, which are required for all new developments in Burlingame, were identified as a key area as well, in an attempt to reduce the amount of single-occupancy car trips visiting each new project.
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