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The Planners’ Toolkit contains dozens of tools that are designed to achieve a myriad of Smart Growth objectives. To assist with finding the most appropriate tools, the Toolkit includes a search capability that makes site navigation easier, gives users more control, and reveals related information. The Planners’ Toolkit search function allows users to search by key terms, the 12 Blueprint Smart Growth Principles, and community type.
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Mar 2, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Feb 13, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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,...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 24, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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 “...
  • Feb 29, 2012
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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...
  • Jan 20, 2011
    Statute/Regulation
    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.