The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) is pleased to invite your input on a revised Environmental Justice (EJ) Chapter in the General Plan Guidelines. OPR was in the midst of the comprehensive General Plan Guideline (GPG) update when Senate Bill 1000 (Leyva, 2016) passed requiring local jurisdictions with disadvantaged communities to incorporate a separate EJ element or integrate goals, policies and objectives. OPR has done significant outreach across the state with EJ groups, city and county planning departments, state agencies, and many other stakeholders to provide additional guidance on the new statute.
The revised EJ Chapter will be open for public comment until December 20, 2018. This revised chapter reflects input that OPR received on the discussion that was included in the 2017 GPG as well as additional discussions during public outreach sessions on areas where more guidance was needed to implement SB 1000. The revised proposal contains: (1) a process by which to determine if a local jurisdiction is subject to the new SB 1000 requirements, (2) new considerations regarding partnership, (3) additional information about updates when cities and/or counties have some of the policies for SB 1000, (4) example policy language and data sources, and (5) updated discussions on thematic areas to include under SB 1000.
We look forward to your input. Please submit all written comments by 5:00pm on December 20, 2018 to SB1000@opr.ca.gov.
Additional case studies illustrating themes of EJ, Health, and Equity will be published next week here and on the OPR website in their final form.