California lawmakers must require local governments and regional planning agencies to develop long-term plans that minimize auto use--at least that\u2019s what the California Energy Commission is preparing to recommend. Unless they do so, California is unlikely to meet its greenhouse gas reduction goals, the commission warns in a new report. \u201cThere are a number of obstacles to smart growth and we\u2019re starting to peel them back,\u201d said Jackie Pfannenstiel, commission chair. She is overseeing the agency\u2019s work on the issue and is heading up a new state land-use working group under the governor\u2019s Climate Action Team. The commission outlined its recommendations on land-use in a report released August 31 in the context of its 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report proceeding. The report, entitled The Role of Land Use in Meeting California\u2019s Energy and Climate Change Goals, warns that unless efforts to cut building sprawl are stepped up the state is likely to fall short in meeting its greenhouse gas reduction targets. Californians could face a declining quality of life as supplies of petroleum and natural gas that fuel transportation, heat, and electricity dwindle. \u201cThe purpose is to look at what we can do differently in our land use that influences transportation,\u201d said Pfannenstiel. \u201cIf there\u2019s one metric, it\u2019s vehicle miles traveled.\u201d The report recommends that the state require regional plans that minimize auto use and building energy use through denser mixed-use developments. It recommends that the state leverage funding for massive infrastructure projects, such as freeways or waterworks, to favor such \u201csmart growth.\u201d It calls for examining the state and local tax system to minimize current incentives for sprawling developments centered on big box retail projects. Yet, while the report focuses primarily on transportation, it also notes that land-use planning plays a big role in determining demand for electricity. Consequently, it calls for utilities to step up their role in local and regional planning. The report\u2019s recommendations are expected to be included in the upcoming 2007 Integrated Energy Policy Report. Editor\u2019s note: For a more detailed version of the CEC report on land use, please see our sister publication E=MC2 \u2013 Energy Meets Climate Challenge. You can find it at www.energymeetsclimate.com.