Specific, detailed responsibilities of OPR are highlighted below.

Land use and planning:

  • Formulation of long-range land use goals and policies
  • Management of state planning grants, and encouragement of local and regional planning
  • Creation and adoption of General Plan Guidelines
  • Drafting of CEQA Guidelines (for adoption by the Secretary of Natural Resources)
  • Operation of the State Clearinghouse for distribution and review of CEQA documents
  • Coordination of research on growth and development

Climate and environment:

  • Operation of the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program
  • Creation of a State Environmental Goals and Policy Report, every four years
  • Coordination of environmental justice activities

Research and Education:

  • Support innovative programs in higher education to close equity and achievement gaps in STEM and other disciplines and support learning environments of the future
  • Support innovation and long range planning in health to translate science into action and improved health outcomes
  • Management of planning and implementation grants

Intergovernmental coordination:

  • Conflict resolution among state agencies
  • Coordination of federal grants for environmental goals
  • Coordination of statewide environmental monitoring
  • Coordination with US military for land use and other issues in the state
  • Coordination of higher education initiatives and provide research in higher education planning