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21 Lastly, the CRPA has a Regional Growth Boundary. The established at staff level. Omnitrans also approaches city/ Comprehensive Plan defines the Regional Growth Boundary county staff when it updates its Short Range Transit Plan to and this directs where new growth will occur. Public funding identify the developing areas and the need for transit service. for water and sewer are earmarked for projects within the growth boundary. The Regional Growth Boundary positively assists transit, because it encourages denser growth and Successful Projects defines where future growth can occur. This helps transit planners concentrate their efforts and resources, but does not Chino Preserve specifically assist in the integration of bus transit service into land developments. Appropriate land uses and recognition of The Preserve is an area of approximately 5,500 acres located the importance of transit to serve developments are the pri- in the southwest corner of San Bernardino County approxi- mary drivers to integrating transit with new developments. mately 37 mi east of Los Angeles. The area was annexed to the city of Chino in July 2003. The Preserve development will be a mixture of residential neighborhoods focused OMNITRANS around a community core and commercial center. Approxi- mately half of the area will remain as open space for natural, Omnitrans is headquartered in San Bernardino, California. recreational, and agricultural uses. The development will The service area is located approximately 25 mi west of Los also be integrated with the Chino Airport. Areas adjacent to Angeles and includes 15 cities and San Bernardino County. the airport property to the north of the development are des- It was formed as a Joint Powers Authority in 1976. Omni- ignated for airport uses, light industrial, or public facilities. trans serves approximately 1.4 million people within 480 square miles and provides fixed-route service, parallel para- The Preserve Specific Plan was completed in March 2003 transit service, and two demand-response community shuttle and lays out a vision for the community. The Plan includes services. Annual ridership is approximately 16 million. development guidelines, a mobility plan, an infrastructure plan, and design guidelines to direct the type, style, and The state of California mandates an environmental review design of development. Residential construction within the process for projects that can have a significant impact on the development has already begun. surrounding area. Through this process, cities will release a notice to public agencies, including Omnitrans, that a project Transit elements within the Preserve include a one- will be undergoing environmental review. Comments are directional loop connected to a regional bus service planned accepted throughout the stages of the process. In addition to along the development's western boundary. The loop service the formal environmental review process, informal communi- will operate within a dedicated right-or-way on 10-min inter- cation regarding new developments occurs through contacts vals (see Figure 7). FIGURE 7 Planned transit route in Preserve development. (Courtesy: City of Chino, California.)