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  • 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...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    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...
  • Feb 29, 2012
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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
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    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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
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    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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
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    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 20, 2011
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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 24, 2011
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    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
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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...
  • Jan 24, 2011
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    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,...
  • Jan 24, 2011
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    SB 610 (Costa, 2001) requires additional information to be included as part of an urban water management plan if groundwater is identified as a source of water available to the supplier.  This law also requires an urban water supplier to include in the plan a description of all water supply...
  • Jan 24, 2011
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    SB 5 (Machado, 2007) requires the Department of Water Resources (DWR) and the Central Valley Flood Protection Board (CVFPB) to prepare and adopt a Central Valley Flood Protection Plan (CVFPP) by 2012, and establishes flood protection requirements for certain local land use decisions consistent with...
  • Jan 24, 2011
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    AB 1358 (Leno, 2008) requires, beginning January 1, 2011, cities and counties, upon any substantive revision to their circulation elements, to plan for a balanced multi-modal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of streets, roads, and highways, including motorists, pedestrians,...
  • Mar 1, 2011
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    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...
  • Feb 13, 2012
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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...