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Popular Tools, Regulations, and Statutes

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  • Dec 28, 2010
    Tool
    Viewed 10,348 times.
    Mixed-use development combines two or more types of land use into a building or set of buildings that are physically and functionally integrated and mutually supporting. This can be some combination of residential, commercial, industrial, office, institutional, or other land uses.
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Viewed 9,835 times.
    A Market Feasibility Analysis determines the likelihood that a proposed land use or development will fulfill the objectives of a particular investor or community. For example, a feasibility study for a proposed housing subdivision should:
  • Apr 16, 2012
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    Viewed 6,528 times.
    GIS is a critical tool for planners; however, access to detailed, up-to-date data layers can be difficult to find.  GIS can be used to understand community landscapes in many different planning functions and in a variety of applications.  In order to create informative maps and conduct...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Viewed 6,373 times.
    Geographic Information Systems (GIS) has revolutionized the world of mapping. GIS allows us to link endless amounts of information to a specific geographic location and helps us answer questions and solve problems by looking at data in a way that is quickly understood and easily shared.  GIS...
  • Mar 2, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 6,120 times.
    SB 244 (Wolk, 2011) requires cities and counties to address the infrastructure needs of unincorporated disadvantaged communities in city and county general plans and LAFCo Municipal Service Reviews (MSRs) and annexation decisions.  SB 244 defines an unincorporated disadvantaged community as a...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 5,700 times.
    SB 5 (Machado, 2007) requires the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) to prepare and adopt a Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) by 2012, and establishes flood protection requirements for certain local land use decisions consistent with...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Viewed 5,310 times.
    Walkable blocks is a street configuration that provides short high connectivity blocks to both increase pedestrian activity, reduce traffic speed through the neighborhood and reduce overall vehicle miles traveled.   Frequently, walkable blocks also have shallow building setbacks and...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 5,083 times.
    AB 1358 (Leno, 2008) requires, beginning January 1, 2011, cities and counties, upon any substantive revision to their circulation elements, to plan for a balanced multi-modal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of streets, roads, and highways, including motorists, pedestrians,...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Viewed 5,022 times.
    More local governments are using design guidelines and pattern books as methods for creating, preserving, or reinforcing the distinctive architectural character of an area.  Design guidelines typically regulate building scale, façade, and landscaping to ensure new development fits in with the...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
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    SB 610 (Costa, 2001) requires additional information to be included as part of an urban water management plan if groundwater is identified as a source of water available to the supplier.  This law also requires an urban water supplier to include in the plan a description of all water supply...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Viewed 4,804 times.
    “Form-based codes focus on the desired structure and appearance of the built environment, rather than on restricted uses (the focus for more conventional planning tools). Form-based codes typically address the exterior form, massing, and site design of buildings and their relationship to the site...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Viewed 4,571 times.
    As local governments grapple with the issue and consequences of sprawl, infill development and sustainable reuse have arisen as a sustainable smart growth solution.  Infill development encompasses sustainable reuse that recycles existing land sources, minimizes impacts to habitat, reduces...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Viewed 4,459 times.
    Most of the current activity around “Complete Streets” is to retrofit existing roadways into facilities that are designed to be equally safe for drivers, bicyclists, transit vehicles and users, and pedestrians of all ages and abilities.  In new development, this type of facility should be...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Viewed 4,443 times.
    An agricultural conservation easement is a voluntary, legally recorded deed restriction that is placed on a specific property used for agricultural production. The goal of an agricultural conservation easement is to maintain agricultural land in active production by removing the development...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Viewed 4,432 times.
    Redevelopment is a tool created by state law (CA Health & Safety Code Section 33330 et seq.) to assist local governments in eliminating blight from a designated area, stimulate community development and achieve community goals.  Redevelopment can help communities implement a revitalization...