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Highest Rated Tools, Regulations, and Statutes

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  • Dec 30, 2010
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    5
    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...
  • Apr 16, 2012
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    5
    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...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    5
    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...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    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...
  • Mar 2, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
    4.5
    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...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    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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    4
    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...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    4
    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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    3.666665
    “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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    3.5
    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...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    3.2
    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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    3
    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.
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    3
    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:
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    3
    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 30, 2010
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    3
    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...