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The Office of Planning and Research (OPR), created by statute in 1970, is part of the Office of the Governor. OPR serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency.


OPR Releases Public Draft of the Update to the General Plan Guidelines for Public Comment  10-12-2015
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research has been engaged in an extensive update to the General Plan Guidelines, informed by extensive outreach, engagement, and collaboration with state agencies and stakeholders. A General Plan is the local government’s long-term blueprint for the community’s vision of future growth. OPR is responsible for updating the General Plan Guidelines – the “how to” resource for drafting a general plan. OPR also monitors general plan implementation with annual progress reports from cities and counties, and grants general plan extensions for qualified cities and counties. read more...

OPR to Conduct a Public Workshop on October 6, 2015 on the CEQA Guidelines  10-05-2015
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research and the Natural Resources Agency will conduct a public workshop to receive input on proposed changes to the CEQA Guidelines on October 6, 2015, beginning at 9:00a.m., in the Cal/EPA Headquarters Building, Sierra Hearing Room, 2nd Floor, 1001 I Street, Sacramento, CA 95814. Staff will provide a brief background on the CEQA Guidelines as well as an overview of the changes proposed in the preliminary discussion draft, and will provide an opportunity for public input. The workshop will be webcast for those unable to attend in person. The broadcast can be accessed on the day of the workshop at http://www.calepa.ca.gov/broadcast/. Information on submitting questions or comments will be provided during the webcast for remote participants.

The Social Determinants of Health for Planners Paper Published Today by the California Planning Roundtable  09-30-2015

RIVERSIDE, CA) – September 30, 2015…The California Planning Roundtable (CPR) announced today the publication of its paper entitled “The Social Determinants of Health for Planners: Live, Work, Play, Learn!.” The paper was prepared under the leadership of the Healthy Communities Work Group in collaboration with a selected group of sixteen non-CPR professionals who are experts in the fields of planning and public health. The publication is intended to advance deeper understanding of public health approaches and the value they can bring to the planning practice and profession. read more...

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