California Planning Websites

American Institute of Architects, California Council

The AIACC is the nation’s largest state architectural organization,
representing more than 8,500 architects on issues of statewide importance to the public and profession.

This component, comprised of 21 local chapters, has a strong reputation as a member-driven professional organization.
AAIACC also Housing the Next 10 Million…Envisioning California’s Great Central Valley

American Society of Landscape Architects

California Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)

AEP is a non-profit organization of professionals working to improve their skills as environmental and resource managers.

AEP is dedicated to the continued improvement of the environmental profession and its members.

California Center for Land Recycling

California Center for Land Recycling (CCLR or “see-clear”) is focusedon creating sustainable communities by encouraging and facilitating land recycling to revitalize urban areas, discourage urban sprawl, and conserve greenspace.

CCLR focuses on sites that are idle, abandoned,
underutilized, or contaminated (or perceived to be contaminated), known as “brownfields”.

California Center for Regional Leadership (CCRL)

CCRL is a statewide nonprofit organization established to support,
facilitate, and promote innovative regional solutions for the state’s
major economic, environmental, and social challenges, and to help
achieve a more sustainable California.

California Coastal Commission

The Coastal Commission was established by voter initiative in 1972 (Proposition 20) and made permanent by the Legislature in 1976.

The mission of the Commission, as the lead agency responsible for carrying out California’s coastal management program, is to plan for and regulate development in the coastal zone consistent with the policies of the California Coastal Act.

California Futures Network

California Futures Network (CFN) is a statewide coalition of organizations created in 1997 to educate and organize at the state, regional, and local levels to achieve land use policies that are fiscally, socially, and environmentally sound.

CFN Affiliates are united in their belief that California should:

  1. Steer public and private investments toward existing developed areas;
  2. Provide increased social justice, economic and housing opportunities for disadvantaged populations and communities
  3. Conserve that state’s valuable agricultural lands.p

California League of Cities

California County Planning Directors Association

CCPDA is the California Association of all of the County Planning Directors. Land Use Planning is under the purview of local government and as such, each County has the responsibility for this important function. Where will future growth occur in a County? How much? These and many other questions are answered in a County’s General Plan.

The Planning Department is responsible for the coordination and implementation of that plan. CCPDA is a vital link between all California Counties to coordinate best managment practices in the field of Planning. As an Association, we learn from each other’s experiences. Oftentimes, when a County is dealing with an issue, we find that someone else in another jurisdiction is or has already dealt with it.

They offer helpful advice, this is an important function of CCPDA. CCPDA provides legislative coordination with the California State Association of Counties (CSAC) on Land Use Planning matters.

California Planning & Development Report

CP&DR is a monthly newsletter that serves the California planning and development community with news, books, reports, and planning links

California Planning Foundation (CPF)

A nonprofit, charitable corporation established to further the professional practice of planning in California. CPF achieves this goal through its primary activity of scholarships and awards to university students in financial need, who have demonstrated academic excellence at programs approved by the Planning Accreditation Board.

A secondary, but vitally important CPF activity is the sponsorship of workshops, publications and other continuing educational and professional development programs. CPF promotes the objectives of equal opportunity and social equity with all programs supported by contributions to CPF and fund-raising activities.

California Planning Roundtable

The California Planning Roundtable is an organization of experienced planning professionals who are members of the American Planning Association. Membership is balanced between the public and private sectors, and between Northern and Southern California.

The mission of the Roundtable is to promote creativity and excellence in planning by providing leadership in addressing important planning issues in California.

California State Association of Counties (CSAC)

California State Senate Rules Committee

Check out the full text of bills and track their status. “Subscribe” to bills to receive e-mail notification of progress.


The California Environmental Resources Evaluation System, a program of the California Resources Agency that uses the Internet to make environmental planning information easy to find and use.


The California Environmental Quality Act


The State Clearinghouse in the Office of Planning and Research online access to CEQA database. Searches for individual CEQA documents, projects, or lead agencies are possible.

California State Agency Resource for General Plans

List of State agency resources and reference documents compiled by the Office of Planning & Research.


BEGIN is a flexible program that provides downpayment assistance to lower and moderate income home buyers, through grants to local governments that provide regulatory relief and incentives to projects.

HCD Infill Infrastructure Grant Program:

HCD Transit-Oriented Development:

Information Center for the Environment

The Center is a cooperative effort of environmental scientists at the University of California, Davis and collaborators at over thirty private, state, federal, and international organizations interested in environmental protection.

Land Use Planning Information Network

The goal of LUPIN is to formulate and implement an information service to support and address land use and planning via the CERES Web

Local Government Commission

The LGC is a nonprofit organization working to build stronger communities.It includes the “Center for Livable Communities” and the Energy Information Clearinghouse.

Natural Communities Conservation Planning – California Watershed Projects Inventory (CWPI)

(Information Center for the Environment – ICE) California Watershed Projects Inventory. Natural Communities Conservation Planning. Project Name: Natural Communities Conservation Planning.

New Valley Connexions

An 18 month project that started in February 1999 which focuses on identifying and enhancing technology development opportunities in Fresno, Kern, Kings, Madera, Merced, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Tulare counties.

It will address strengthening the agricultural base, increasing economic diversification, and improving competitiveness in the new economy.

Planning & Conservation League

The Planning and Conservation League (PCL) is a 30 year old, non- profit, charitable organization which acts as a statewide alliance of citizens and conservation organizations, united to protect and restore the quality of California’s environment through legislative and administrative action.
Planning Resources on the Internet serves as a gathering place for selected Internet sites for city and regional planning. The focus here is to identify and organize sites likely to be of use to the city and regional planning students and faculty at UC Berkeley.

While the emphasis is on academic city planning, practising planners will also find sites of interest. In addition, many selections reveal a deliberate California and San Francisco Bay Area bias. Most links are annotated and whenever possible the sponsor or source is identified.

Southern California Association of Governments

SCAG is a regional planning agency and a Council of Governments comprised of 184 cities in six counties. Get direct link to city, countyand regional home pages.Find all the information your local government has to offer-from basic demographics to upcoming events.

Speakers Commission on Regionalism

The winners in the New Economy will be the regions that learn to work together to relieve traffic congestion, build affordable housing, preserve open space and promote economic development.

If government is going to be effective in this new age, it is going to have to start thinking regionally.

The Center for Livable Communities

The Center for Livable Communities helps local governments and community leaders be proactive in their land use and transportation planning, and adopt programs and policies that lead to more livable and resource-efficient land use patterns.

Center programs can help jurisdictions expand transportation alternatives, reduce infrastructure costs, create more affordable housing, improve air quality, preserve natural resources, conserve agricultural land and open space, and restore local economic and social vitality.

The Great Valley Center

The mission of the Great Valley Center is to support activities and organizations that promote the economic, social, and environmental will being of California’s Great Central Valley.

The Planning Report

The Planning Report is the insider’s guide to managed growth in Southern California. For more than a decade it has been the only publication dedicated to the informed and substantive analysis of land use planning and managed growth in metro Los Angeles.