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What is this project about?

The Land Conservation and Development Commission (LCDC) passed Climate-Friendly and Equitable Community (CFEC) rules in 2022 to help cities reduce climate pollution, especially from transportation, by reducing driving. The new rules require cities over 50,000 to reform parking standards, plan for mixed use and walkable “climate-friendly areas” that provide more variety of housing, businesses, and services, and that are safely accessible by transit, bike, and foot. This may lead to more equitable outcomes, especially for those traditionally underserved residents, and give people the choice to not have a vehicle.

Learn more about Climate Friendly and Equitable Communities on the FAQs and CFEC Background tabs.

What does this mean for Albany?

Parking Reform – The city repealed parking, set parking maximums, and updated bicycle parking standards. Over time, parking lots will have more tree canopy, bicycle parking, and electric vehicle charging. Learn more on the Timeline tab.

Climate Friendly Areas (CFAs) – These areas would allow a mix of housing, businesses, and amenities, be walkable and accessible without driving. We hope they encourage more housing and transportation choices and create vibrant and connected neighborhoods.

Phase 1, 2023: The first phase was to study and determine potential locations of climate-friendly areas where 30% of Albany’s 2040 projected housing needs could be located. Staff identified areas near transit lines already zoned for a mix of uses that could meet the CFA requirements with little to no change to existing standards. CFAs were identified in all areas of the city – north, downtown, south/west, east, and in the middle. Candidate CFAs were reviewed and revised based on community input. See the final candidate CFAs and learn more in the study reports:

Please send any comments about these reports to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by Monday, December 11, 2023.

Phase 2, 2024: The second phase is to determine any amendments that may be needed to the development code standards, zoning, and comprehensive plan maps as needed by the end of 2024. The city will engage city residents and property owners in the candidate CFAs to get feedback on any proposed changes before going through a process to make a final decision on the location and boundaries of the CFAs and to officially designate the areas needed to comply with the rules, and then update the standards.

How do I stay informed or get involved?

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  • View the Community Engagement and other tabs above.


The Community Development Department guides growth and development within Albany by balancing the needs of current residents with those of future generations to ensure that the community remains a vibrant and desirable place to live, work, and play.

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