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Popular Tools, Regulations, and Statutes

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  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 3,586 times.
    CEQA requires all public agencies in California to identify and consider the environmental (or physical) effects of their actions related in approving “projects” as defined by the Act.
  • Dec 30, 2010
    Tool
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  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 3,409 times.
    Zoning is the division of a city or county into districts for the purpose of regulating land use and development standards.  The typical zoning ordinance regulates land use by dividing the community into districts or “zones” and specifying the uses that are to be permitted, conditionally...
  • Dec 28, 2010
    Tool
    Viewed 3,390 times.
    Housing trust funds are established by city, county, or state governments to financially support the preservation and production of affordable housing, and to increase opportunities for low-income families and individuals to access decent homes.  Local housing trust funds are established by...
  • Feb 29, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 3,284 times.
    The Valley Blueprint Planners Toolkit is a unique web-based collaborative and interactive planning resource focused on communities in the San Joaquin Valley.  However, the Planners Toolkit is not the only planning-related toolkit available.  Many other organizations have developed...
  • Dec 28, 2010
    Tool
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    Inclusionary housing is a local policy requiring that market-rate residential developments include  a certain amount of affordable housing. While some inclusionary housing policies are mandatory and others voluntary, the goal of all inclusionary housing programs is to establish a relatively...
  • Feb 13, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 3,176 times.
    Planning in California is governed and directed by an ever evolving and changing body of legislation and case law.  At the heart of these laws are those establishing requirements for general plans, specific plans, zoning, land division, redevelopment, and environmental analysis.  The...
  • Dec 30, 2010
    Tool
    Viewed 3,149 times.
    Water efficient landscaping is a balanced landscape.  It uses design and plants that to suit a specific location.  A water efficient landscape plan considers soil type, plant selection, local climate, use of mulches, properly sized turf areas, efficient irrigation, and water reuse...
  • Dec 28, 2010
    Tool
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    Thirty years ago 60 percent of children living within a two-mile radius of a school walked or bicycled to school.  Today that number has dropped to less than 15 percent.  Roughly 25 percent commute by school bus, and well over half are driven to or from school in vehicles.  Thirty...
  • Mar 1, 2011
    Tool
    Viewed 3,087 times.
    California’s water system is in crisis.  California’s serious water shortages, brought on in part by drought conditions, have persisted over time. However, for the first time in the state’s history, the water supply and delivery system may not be adequate to meet the needs of the growing...
  • Dec 28, 2010
    Tool
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    Energy efficiency is using less energy to provide the same level of energy service. Efficient energy use is achieved primarily by means of a more efficient technology or processes rather than by changes in individual behavior.  The state of California began implementing energy-efficiency...
  • Dec 30, 2010
    Tool
    Viewed 3,039 times.
    Economic development strategies are concerted approaches on the part of a city or county to influence the direction of private sector investment toward opportunities that can lead to sustained economic growth within or supportive of that jurisdiction.
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 3,027 times.
    California State law requires each city and county to adopt a general plan “for the physical development of a 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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 3,000 times.
    The California Community Redevelopment Act was enacted in 1945 to give local governments the tools necessary to address problems such as blight, degraded buildings, and a lack of housing. While the Act is now known as Community Redevelopment Law (CRL), the goals of redevelopment remain the same: to...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 2,983 times.
    The specific plan is a planning tool typically used to plan a particular portion of a city or county.  Often a specific plan is used by a public agency to implement the general plan in selected areas of the community requiring special planning attention.  A specific plan is also used by...