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  • Jan 20, 2011
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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...
  • Mar 2, 2012
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    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 30, 2010
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    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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    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...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    OVERVIEW
  • Apr 16, 2012
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    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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    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....
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    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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    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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    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 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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    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...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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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...
  • Dec 28, 2010
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    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...
  • 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...