Planning in CA

What Is Planning?

Planning, also called urban planning or city and regional planning, is a dynamic profession that works to improve the welfare of people and their communities by creating more convenient, equitable, healthful, efficient, and attractive places for present and future generations. Planning enables civic leaders, businesses and citizens to play a meaningful role in creating communities that enrich people’s lives.

Good planning helps create communities that offer better choices for where and how people live. Planning helps communities to envision their future. It helps them find the right balance of new development and essential services, environmental protection, and innovative change.

See the following link from the American Planning Association website for more information about What Is Planning?

See the Bureau of Labor Statistics of the U.S. Department of Labor’s definition of  “Urban and Regional Planners” in its most recent Occupational Outlook Handbook.


Resources on Planning in California

These links do not imply any endorsement of these organizations or their programs.

California Office of Planning and Research (OPR): state agency that oversees land use and climate planning and the California Environmental Quality Act

California Planning Roundtable (CPR): organization of experienced California planning professionals with a mission to provide a forum for creativity and leadership in promoting understanding of California’s critical public policy issues, and recommending action.

Institute for Local Government (ILG): non-profit research and education organization affiliated with the California State Association of Counties and the League California Cities.

SPUR: member supported non-profit organization that promotes good planning and good government in the San Francisco Bay Area with offices in San Francisco and a newly opened location in San Jose.

Guide to California Planning, 3rd Edition: William B. Fulton, Solano Press (November 2005)


Additional Planning Resources

Congress for New Urbanism (CNU): leading organization that promotes walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.

Cyburbia: forum for planners, planning students, and others who help shape the built environment; oldest and most active urban planning community on the Internet for discussion about the built environment and related subjects.

Planetizen: public-interest information exchange provided by Urban Insight for the urban planning, design, and development community. It is a one-stop source for urban planning news, commentary, interviews, event coverage, book reviews, announcements, jobs, consultant listings, training, and more.

Planning Commissioners Journal: resource website for planners, planning commissioners and citizens.

Urban Land Institute (ULI): member supported non-profit research and education organization representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service.



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