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Popular Tools, Regulations, and Statutes

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  • Dec 28, 2010
    Tool
    Viewed 4,625 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...
  • 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.
  • Dec 30, 2010
    Tool
    Viewed 4,511 times.
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  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
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    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.
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    Viewed 4,453 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
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    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 13, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
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    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...
  • Feb 29, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
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    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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
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    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...
  • 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...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
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    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...
  • Mar 1, 2011
    Tool
    Viewed 3,947 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
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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
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    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.