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In 2013, a key priority for California’s Office of Planning and Research is a comprehensive update of the General Plan guidelines. Last updated in 2003, OPR’s General Plan Guidelines serve as a ‘how-to’ resource for cities and counties to develop general plans consistent with state law. In 2013, OPR intends to broaden the scope of the guidelines beyond the concept of a ‘how-to’ resource to address how plans can take a more holistic approach to GHG emissions, infill development, public health, and regional planning under SB 375.


Download a fact sheet about the 2013 General Plan Guidelines update.
– Read Healthy Planning Policies, a guidebook by ChangeLab Solutions on how General Plans can promote healthy communities.
Visit the website of the state’s General Plan Guidelines (from here you can access the current guidelines and other resources).

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