Cities and counties can have an enormous impact in shaping the
physical environment of neighborhoods and the health and
well-being of their residents. The Land Use and Environment
component of the Sustainability program provides resources to
support local officials in their efforts to plan and develop
healthy communities that are socially, economically,
environmentally and fiscally sustainable.
Local officials are responsible for overseeing the planning and
development of their communities. The Institute offers resources
to help elected officials, planning commissioners, staff members,
and the public understand the basic elements of local planning in
Ensuring that all current and future members of a community have
access to housing is an important part of planning. A well
planned community offers residents a range of affordable and
convenient housing choices. Access resources and case stories
Engaging your community in the planning process is often vital to
the success of a project. Various resources to support
effective public participation and engaging your community in
planning, housing and economic development are available from
ILG’s Public Engagement program.
The case stories provide examples of how local communities
throughout California have revitalized blighted areas and
addressed challenges like affordable housing, climate change,
resource conservation and transportation.