Military Affairs

Military Services Coordination

The US military plays an important role in California. The Department of Defense stewards approximately ten percent of California’s land, military operations and personnel contribute billions of dollars to California’s economy, and military bases and airspace provide an integrated network of training assets critical to our national security that cannot be replicated or replaced.

OPR is working to improve communication and encourage collaboration between local governments and the US military on land use planning and development issues in California. The OPR Military Affairs Team works closely with all branches of the military on areas of mutual concern and priority including land use planning, regulatory activities by state agencies, and statewide energy policies.

Land Use

OPR works with active military installations and local communities in California to reduce potential land-use conflicts through early coordination and development notification. This function enables appropriate growth, local economic vitality, and public health and safety while safeguarding ongoing military training and military readiness. The Military Affairs Team develops partnerships and provide tools, staff support, mapping capability, and information to local governments to assist in development, adoption, and implementation of local polices and ordinances.

In addition to early coordination, and notification of proposed new development, OPR works with the Military and local land use agencies to incorporate provisions into city and county General Plans and implementing ordinances to establish project review and permitting procedures that foster land uses that are compatible with military operations.

Regulatory Activities

OPR and the military work cooperatively to ensure that active military installations are able to comply with state regulations, and that regulators understand the potential impacts of their actions on military activities. OPR also provides implementation support to regulatory agencies developing new programs or rules that might impact the military

Energy

California Government Code section 65040.7 requires OPR to serve as a liaison to coordinate effective inclusion of the military in the development and implementation of state energy and environmental policy. OPR and other state agencies actively partner with the military to advance state energy and environmental policies, including the expansion of energy efficiency and renewable energy projects on land managed by the military. The program seeks to balance and integrate California’s goals for renewable energy development and natural resources protection with the mission of the military in California.

Governor's Military Council

The Governor’s Military Council was created by California Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr. on March 28. The Council was codified into law through 2021 with the signing of AB 442 (Irwin-2015). The current Chair of the Council is Col. Rocky Chávez, USMC (ret.), and the Vice Chair is Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge, USCG (ret.).

The California Governor’s Military Council – comprised of retired flag and general officers, civic leaders, bipartisan state legislators and senior policymakers – helps position California to maintain and grow military operations in the state, providing insight and recommendations to state leaders who are developing a strategy to support and grow military operations in the Golden State. As federal leaders consider cuts and realignment of federal military operations, the Council also articulates the unique military value of California’s diverse network of installations, and of the Californians and businesses that support them. The Council also supports the efforts of local and regional organizations to improve partnerships with military installations in their communities. More information can be found on the Council’s website: militarycouncil.ca.gov

Resources

Land Use Compatibility

California Government Code sections 65302 and 65560 identifies specific requirements for local governments to consider the impact of development on military readiness activities when preparing or updating their general plan. The intention of the law is to encourage cooperation between military installations and local communities to reduce land use conflicts between civilian development and military readiness activities. SB 1468 identifies specific requirements about when and where local governments must incorporate military readiness activities into the general plan.

California Government Code sections 65352, 65404, 65940, and 65944 require public agencies to notify the military of certain local planning proposals and development permit applications. The intent of these requirements is to create a local notification process which informs the military of certain local land use proposals in an effort to prevent land use conflicts between local communities and military installations and training activities.

Senate Bill 242 (SB 242, Roth, Chapter 142, Statutes of 2019) makes changes to these notification requirements that clarify and streamline military notification for proposed development and land-use changes around military operations. Please contact OPR’s Military Affairs Team with any questions about current state requirements and the military notification process.

Mapping

The California Military Land Use Compatibility Analyst (CMLUCA) is a mapping tool developed by OPR that local governments and developers can use to identify whether proposed planning projects are located in the vicinity of military bases, military training areas, or military airspace. This mapping tool helps local governments and developers comply with state law, which requires the military to be notified of certain development applications and general plan actions.

Publications

California Government Code section 65040.9 directs OPR to prepare and publish an advisory handbook that explains how to reduce land use conflicts with military installations and activities. The California Advisory Handbook for Community and Military Compatibility Planning contains information on planning documents and processes of local governments and installations and provides specific information about the types of planning tools available for achieving compatible land use.

California state law outlines how cities and counties must consider the impact of development on military readiness activities when preparing or updating their general plan. The Community and Military Compatibility Planning Supplement to the General Plan Guidelines provides recommendations on how to comply with, and implement these laws.

The Community and Military Compatibility Planning Supplement to the General Plan Guidelines is currently under development to become compliant with state accessibility requirements. Please contact Kyle Smith at the contact information below for the 2009 version of the Military Supplement.

Current Projects

AMP SoCal

The Advanced Manufacturing Partnership of Southern California (AMP SoCal) program is an initiative partially funded by the Department of Defense to provide immediate and sustained assistance to Southern California workers and firms impacted by reduced defense procurement and contracting through the provision of tools, workforce, and capacity to master the future. As lead co-applicant for AMP SoCal, the University of Southern California Center for Economic Development (CED) – an applied research center of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy – manages the community planning and economic diversification efforts.

AMP SoCal is a broad-based consortium of over 135 dedicated organizations that have come together to transform the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry in Southern California. AMP SoCal partners have joined together to establish the conditions, infrastructure, and network necessary to build on the historical success of Southern California’s A&D industry while harnessing its innovative potential to achieve sustainable and wide-ranging prosperity.

CASCADE

The California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis and Diversification Effort (CASCADE) is an initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to bolster California's defense supply chain cybersecurity resilience, innovation capacity and diversification strategies, and to support the growth and sustainment of California's Cybersecurity workforce through cybersecurity-related education curricula, training, and apprenticeship programs. CASCADE is being led by the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz) and the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in collaboration with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (CalOES).

The foundation of CASCADE revolves around research, data and analysis, knowledge-sharing education, outreach and effective application of cybersecurity standards, frameworks and best practices in order for California’s defense supply chain to achieve practical implementation of cybersecurity, establish diversification strategies and enhance innovation and workforce capacity.

CaMEO CAMP

The California Military Energy Opportunity Compatibility Assessment Mapping Project (CaMEO CAMP) is funded by the U.S. Department of Defense to promote compatible siting of renewable energy projects to prevent adverse impacts to DoD’s test, training and military operations and achieve shared state and federal goals. The CaMEO CAMP is being managed by the California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, in collaboration with the California Energy Commission.

The overall goal of the CaMEO CAMP is to better understand the potential for renewable energy development and associated facilities within operational military influence areas in order to proactively define where appropriate early consultation with the Department of Defense (DoD) should occur, and also to enable that coordination through an easy to use process and tool.

OPR’s Military Affairs Team

Scott Morgan
Chief Deputy Director
  Scott.Morgan@OPR.CA.GOV

Douglas Burt
Associate Policy Advisor
  Douglas.Burt@OPR.CA.GOV

Allison Hsieh
Policy Advisor, Governor’s Military Council
  Allison.Hsieh@OPR.CA.GOV

Eileen Sánchez
Program Director, California Advanced Supply Chain Analysis & Diversification Effort (CASCADE)
  Eileen.Sanchez@OPR.CA.GOV

Kyle Smith
Associate Planner and Policy Advisor
  Kyle.Smith@OPR.CA.GOV