An Ounce of Prevention focuses on the underlying
procedures that are common to all land use decisions. It walks
through the typical decision-making process – from design and
drafting ordinances to issuing a final decision and hearing
appeals – and identifies practical strategies to reduce the risk
The Farmland Protection Action Guide: 24 Strategies for California (2002) was created to help decision-makers evaluate the policy options available to protect farmland and select strategies that best fit community needs.
Understanding the Habitat Conservation Planning
Process in California (2004) was designed to provide those
who are involved in projects or planning efforts an understanding
of the regulations and issues affecting protected species,
focusing on the requirements for habitat conservation plans, and
advice and recommendations regarding best approaches to project
planning and regional conservation planning for protected
This 2003 publication was designed to help local leaders
decide whether an inclusionary housing ordinance was right for
their community. It includes an annotated sample inclusionary
housing ordinance. The Institute is grateful to McDonough Holland
& Allen PC for its support for this publication.
The goal of this 2002 manual was to help local agencies in
understanding development agreements and to provide them with
practical tools to assist them in using development agreements
within their jurisdiction.
This publication helps local agencies develop revenue
diversification strategies that are consistent with and
contribute to the overall policy goals and priorities of the
agency and the community it serves.