Announcement: Public Review for Land Use, General Plans, and Disadvantaged Communities Technical Advisory (Senate Bill 244)

The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is pleased to solicit your input on the public review draft of the Senate Bill 244: Land Use, General Plans, and Disadvantaged Communities Technical Advisory. Senate Bill 244 (Wolk 2011) requires Local Agency Formation Commissions (LAFCOs) to make determinations regarding “disadvantaged unincorporated communities” during their municipal service reviews, sphere of influence updates, and annexation approval process. SB 244 also requires local governments to amend the land use element of their general plans to identify and describe “island communities,” “fringe communities,” and “legacy communities” and include an analysis of water, wastewater, stormwater drainage, and structural fire protection needs or deficiencies for each of the identified communities. The Technical Advisory provides OPR’s recommendations for LAFCOs and local governments to comply with these new requirements. Click here to view the draft Technical Advisory and please submit your comments to Magda.Arguelles@opr.ca.gov by November 15, 2012 (please note the review period has been extended).