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Popular Tools, Regulations, and Statutes

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  • Dec 30, 2010
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    Viewed 5,496 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...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Viewed 5,324 times.
    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....
  • Mar 1, 2011
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    Viewed 5,282 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...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Viewed 5,243 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 30, 2010
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    Viewed 5,226 times.
    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...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Viewed 5,087 times.
    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...
  • 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 30, 2010
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    Viewed 4,850 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...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    Viewed 4,772 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 28, 2010
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    Viewed 4,745 times.
    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...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Viewed 4,726 times.
    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...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Viewed 4,676 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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 4,667 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...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 4,663 times.
    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 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 4,654 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,...