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These resources will help inform your land use and community design activities. Resources include links to organizations, state and federal agencies, tools, guides and tip sheets to support your work.  You’ll also find examples of programs and materials from cities and counties.

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Built to Last: Charting a Path to a Sustainable Economy

California, like the rest of the nation, has been weathering a severe economic downturn that has resulted in near-record levels of unemployment, widespread home foreclosures and lost income. Local costs for safety-net programs and other essential services have grown while state and federal revenues have fallen, leading to chronic budget shortfalls and fiscal distress. This whitepaper looks at two very different California cities’ examples of pioneering efforts to chart a more sustainable economic future.

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CAPCOA Model Policies for Greenhouse Gases in General Plans

This report contains model greenhouse gas reduction policies prepared by California Air Pollution Control Officers Association (CAPCOA) for inclusion in General Plans, along with a wide range of related information for local officials.

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City of Delano Achieves Broad Public Engagement for Health & Inclusiveness

City of Delano Achieves Broad Public Engagement for Health & Inclusiveness
Learn about health, land use & community design

Watch this webinar recording hosted January 13, 2013 and featuring Keith Woodcock, Director of Community and Regional Planning Center at California State University, Fresno discussing strategies the City of Delano used to engage its community to improve health through community design.

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Energy Aware Facility Siting and Permitting Guide (2011 Edition)

The Energy Aware Facility Siting and Permitting Guide is an update of an earlier guide developed by the Energy Commission in the 1990s. This most recent guide assists local governments with developing general plan energy and transmission elements and provides guidance on utility-scale electricity generation and transmission planning and permitting.

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EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting System

Reporting rule may affect cities and counties with landfills, municipal power generation plants, stationary combustion equipment or other large sources of emissions.

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Land Use & Community Design – Snapshot of Local Agency Programs and Policies 2009

Cities and counties throughout California are responding to climate change through their local policies and programs for land use and community design.

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Local Government Climate Hubs

SF Bay Area cities and counties are using innovative websites to engage communities in climate action.

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Local Government Commission – Ahwanee Principles

The Local Government Commission developed the Ahwanee Principles, which outline the elements of integrated, sustainable, and resource-efficient communities. Communities designed in accordance with the Ahwanee Principles can reduce their overall carbon footprint in comparison to traditional patterns of land use.  Follow the link to read the original Ahwahnee Principles.

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Update to the General Plan Guidelines: Complete Streets and the Circulation Elements

The Office of Planning and Research has published new guidelines for cities and counties to use in updating the circulation element of the general plan.  The guidelines are intended to help local agencies create balanced transportation networks that serve the needs of all users, whether driving, walking, bicycling, or using transit. 

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Smart Growth Network

The Smart Growth Network is a partnership of dozens of public and nonprofit organizations and associations that “work on outreach programs, technical assistance, research, publications, and other collaborative projects.”

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TransForm
(formerly the Transportation and Land Use Coalition)

TransForm works to create world-class public transportation and walkable communities in the Bay Area and beyond. TransForm builds diverse coalitions, influences policy, and develops innovative programs to improve the lives of all people and protect the environment.

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Smart Growth Program

This program provides publications, grants, technical assistance and other resources to state and local agencies, non-profits, and community groups. 

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U.S. Mayors Federal Climate Protection Center

The Climate Protection Center provides mayors with guidance and assistance to lead their cities’ efforts to reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are linked to climate change.

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