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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.
  • Mar 1, 2011
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    California state law requires each city and county to adopt a general plan “for the physical development of the 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...
  • 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...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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  • 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...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    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...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    “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...
  • 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...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    Energy is an essential resource and local governments are now looking toward renewable sources (i.e. wind, geothermal heat, water flows, biomass, and sunlight) as energy demand and greenhouse gas emissions increase.  The California Renewable Energy Resources Act (SB 1-...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    As local governments grapple with the issue and consequences of sprawl, infill development and sustainable reuse have arisen as a sustainable smart growth solution.  Infill development encompasses sustainable reuse that recycles existing land sources, minimizes impacts...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    More local governments are using design guidelines and pattern books as methods for creating, preserving, or reinforcing the distinctive architectural character of an area.  Design guidelines typically regulate building scale, façade, and landscaping to ensure new...
  • 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...
  • Jul 10, 2012
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    California’s air quality has continuously increased since the California Air Pollution Control Act was passed in 1947.  The state has been consistently ahead of the federal government, other states, and the rest of the world in monitoring and reducing air pollution....
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Dec 30, 2010
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    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...