Liset Marquez, Staff Writer
Created: 06/14/2012 05:47:00 PM PDT

ONTARIO – The loss of redevelopment agencies isn’t just a burden for cities, it also has San Bernardino County transportation planners looking for a pathway to prosperity.

In the past, funding for public improvement projects, such as freeway interchanges, were matched by various transportation agencies as well as the city in the project’s jurisdiction.

But the matching funds from cities usually came from their redevelopment agencies, something cities are now being tasked to support or find substitute funding, said Highland Mayor Larry McCallon, the outgoing president of San Bernardino Associated Governments, the county’s transportation planning agency.

“We have to look at important ways to do our development and infrastructure financing,” McCallon said Thursday morning at SanBAG’s second annual General Assembly.

The meeting at the Ontario Doubletree Hotel brought together several city leaders and regional planners in San Bernardino County to discuss the region’s future.

Hasan Ikharta, executive director of Southern California Associated Governments, who spoke about the economic implications of regional transportation, echoed McCallon’s sentiments.

The dissolution of redevelopment agencies comes at a time when there is going to be a growing need for infrastructure improvements, he said.

“I think the leadership needs to hear about the development opportunities and shortcomings we have,” he said. “It’s important because the future will be different from the past.”

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