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Regional Planning Whitepapers


The Institute for Local Government has written several whitepapers which highlight creative approaches local officials have used in regional planning.

Access these whitepapers below.


Regional Partnerships Provide Leadership

Partnerships among public, private and nonprofit groups are nothing new, and examples abound. However, innovative partnerships that build capacity to address sustainability, energy efficiency, climate change and reductions in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are relatively new. Two examples illustrate the creativity and vibrancy of these efforts.


City Officials Think Regionally to Tackle Transportation, Housing and Environmental Issues

California’s population, estimated at 37 million in 2010, is expected to grow to nearly 60 million people by the year 2050. As California grows, issues affecting cities are increasingly regional in nature. To help manage this growth and its associated challenges, city officials are participating more extensively in regional planning efforts.


Balancing Local and Regional Interests When You’re Asked to Serve Both

When elected officials serve on regional governing bodies, they can face perplexing issues as to whose interests they should be advancing. The article on the right sorts through some of those issues.  

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