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Land Use & Community Design Case Stories

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Well-planned communities with a balance of housing, jobs, shopping, schools, and recreation give people the option of walking, biking or using transit rather than driving. This results in lower greenhouse gas emissions and also promotes physical activity and more vibrant, healthy and sustainable communities.

Each story includes lessons learned, links to additional resources and can serve as examples other agencies may consider and adapt to meet their communities’ unique circumstances.

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City of Chula Vista – Land Use & Community Design Program to Address Climate Change

Chula Vista adopted measures aimed, in part, at reducing greenhouse gas emissions in new development. The measures emphasize compact neighborhood development, building-specific energy measures for new communities, as well as comprehensive project design criteria to reduce greenhouse gas emissions throughout the community.

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City of Delano Engages Residents in Healthy Planning

The fast growing City of Delano is collaborating with community partners to successfully engage a cross section of residents in the General Plan Update process, with a particular emphasis on public health and safety.

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City of Fremont – Land Use & Community Design Program to Address Climate Change

While Fremont is a largely built-out suburban community, it has targeted remaining undeveloped and under-utilized sites for high density, mixed use, and transit-oriented development.

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City of Livermore – Land Use & Community Design Program to Address Climate Change

A comprehensive update of the Livermore zoning code will better incorporate “smart code” practices, such as enhanced pedestrian and bicycle mobility, transit-oriented development, mixed-use and infill.

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City of Petaluma – Land Use & Community Design Program to Address Climate Change

The Petaluma General Plan 2025 reflects planning goals across all its elements that are designed to mitigate future greenhouse gas emissions. Highlights include policies that encourage higher densities around a new regional rail system and in the central core, as well as greener buildings among existing and future development.

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City of Riverside – Land Use & Community Design Program to Address Climate Change

The Riverside bicycle master plan, the result of comprehensive planning for future bicycle mobility in the city, envisions over 140 miles of new bike paths, lanes and routes to connect commuters with jobs, students with schools, and the general population with parks, shopping and regional bicycle trails.

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City of San Diego – Land Use & Community Design Program to Address Climate Change

After two decades of expanding outward and reaching the limits of developable land, the City of San Diego’s recent general plan update incorporates a City of Villages concept that directs future growth to mixed-use communities that are pedestrian friendly and linked to regional transit.

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City of Vista – Land Use & Community Design Program to Address Climate Change

Vista is updating its existing downtown specific plan to allow for much higher residential densities than envisioned in the original 1993 plan.

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County of Sacramento – Land Use & Community Design Program to Address Climate Change

Sacramento County encourages greater infill development with a three-pronged approach that includes 14 corridor plans with updated designs and densities for older, under-utilized commercial corridors; a general plan update focused on infill; and staff assigned to facilitate infill in the county unincorporated area.

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FOCUS on TOD

FOCUS channels Bay Area development in the right direction.

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Partnerships Make Roadways Safer

In tough economic times expectations remain high for cities and counties to provide quality public services and facilities, though resources to fund desired projects are scarce. One strategy for overcoming limited resources is for cities and counties to combine forces with other agencies and organizations to leverage expertise, staff time and funding.

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