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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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