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Popular Tools, Regulations, and Statutes

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  • Mar 1, 2011
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    Viewed 4,342 times.
    California state law requires each city and county to adopt a general plan “for the physical development of the county or city, and any land outside its boundaries which bears relation to its planning” (§65300). The California Supreme Court has called the general plan the constitution for future...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Agricultural mitigation policies have successfully been adopted throughout California. They generally require protecting farmland in an amount equal to the agricultural land converted to other uses – either through the purchase of permanent conservation easements or the payment of an in-lieu fee....
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    When land is developed new costs are incurred by the municipal government in order to provide additional services and infrastructure to that development. Such services include the expansion of fire protection, libraries, schools, policing, and emergency services, just to name a few. A variety of...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
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    SB 375 (Steinberg, 2008) brings together land use, housing, and transportation planning in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  This law requires all Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to update their Regional Transportation Plans (RTPs) and prepare regional housing needs...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    The planning and design of pedestrian/bicycle friendly routes focuses on safety.  The practice of requiring pedestrian / bicycle friendly design that is on an equal footing with vehicle transportation planning provides better opportunities to consider safety, improve accessibility, and support...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Sustainability means meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs . The three, interrelated pillars of sustainable development are the environment, social equity, and economic development. To be sustainable is to balance the aims of...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Viewed 3,859 times.
    Since passage of AB 32, The Global Warming Solutions Act (2006), communities throughout California have been identified as a key partner in efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Many local governments have begun to address community and municipal greenhouse gas emissions by updating their...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Viewed 3,844 times.
    More and more communities are facing the challenges of childhood obesity, asthma, type two diabetes, and other health issues resulting from an unhealthy and sedentary lifestyle.  Past efforts to address these issues focused solely on changing individual behaviors and have not succeeded in...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Viewed 3,837 times.
    Broadband or high-speed Internet access allows users to access the Internet and Internet-related services at significantly higher speeds than those available through “dial-up” Internet access services. Broadband has proven to be a foundation for economic growth, job creation, global competitiveness...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Energy is an essential resource and local governments are now looking toward renewable sources (i.e. wind, geothermal heat, water flows, biomass, and sunlight) as energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions increase.  The California Renewable Energy Resources Act (SB 1-2) requires California...
  • Jan 24, 2011
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    AB 32 (Nunez), known as the California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006,  requires the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt rules and regulations to achieve 1990 equivalent statewide greenhouse Gas (GHG) emission levels by 2020.
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 3,671 times.
    The Subdivision Map Act regulates the division of land in California.  The Act requires that all land divisions be approved by the city or county in which they are located.  Each city and county must adopt a subdivision ordinance regulating land division consistent with the requirements...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Viewed 3,635 times.
    A community land trust (CLT) is a private non-profit community organization that safeguards land in order to provide affordable housing opportunities. CLTs acquire properties through market purchase and/or land donations. The land trust retains the title to the land while selling homes on it at...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 3,621 times.
    AB 170 (Reyes, 2003) requires each city and county within the jurisdictional boundaries of the San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District to either adopt an air quality element or amend appropriate elements of their general plan to include data and analysis, comprehensive goals, policies,...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    In 2006 the Legislature passed and Governor Schwarzenegger signed AB 32 the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006, which set the 2020 greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions reduction goal into law.  The goal is to reduce GHG emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80 percent of 1990 levels by 2050.