What makes the Riverside County Integrated Project important and necessary?
  "What this county is doing is visionary." --- Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Interior, David J Hayes

Riverside County is at the epicenter of California’s population explosion. From the rolling hills of Temecula to the palm tree-lined streets of the Coachella Valley, Riverside County offers a growing job base, newly built designer homes, great schools and proximity to employment and recreational opportunities in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties.
But the very growth that has made the Inland Empire economy larger than the economies of 25 other states also threatens the quality of life for the 1.5 million men, women and children who currently reside in Riverside County and find it an attractive place to live, work and play.
As a result, Riverside County’s leadership has embarked on an unprecedented, three-year planning effort to simultaneously prepare environmental, transportation, housing and development guidelines for the first half of the twenty-first century, based on population doubling in 2020.
This integrated planning effort, to be completed in 2002, is the Riverside County Integrated Project (RCIP).
Project Goals
  • To create a high-quality, balanced and sustainable environment for the Citizens of Riverside County
  • To make Riverside County's communities great places to live, work and play
Did you know? Riverside County's population is larger than 12 states in the US.
Why Riverside County needs RCIP
Riverside County residents say traffic congestion is one of the most critical issues facing the county today. (Decision Research) In 2020, the traffic on the 91 freeway to the Orange County line will be nearly double today's volume of 235,000 cars!
Currently, Riverside County is home to over 1.5 million people (Ca. Dept. of Finance), and is expected to DOUBLE its population to 3 million by 2020!
According to figures from Western Riverside Council of Governments, "Western Riverside County will need more than 95,000 new housing units by July 1, 2005 to accommodate people of all income levels. (The Californian, May 14, 1999)
Traditional planning is fractured, takes decades to implement, and often spawns lawsuits between developers and environmentalists. RCIP is an integrated planning process to be completed in 36 months (between June 1999 and June 2002), designed to build consensus, save time and money.
Riverside County residents want RCIP. An overwhelming 90% agree with the pursuit of RCIP's goals, according to a recent survey. (Decision Research, 1999)

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