California Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR)
The Office of Planning and Research (OPR), created by statute in 1970, is part of California's Office of the Governor. OPR serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency.
OPR provides tools and guidance for local governments to address climate change as follows:
- Publication of technical advisories and regulatory guidelines;
- Coordination of State online resources that local governments can access to understand the potential impacts of climate change on their jurisdiction and how to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions;
- Ongoing creation and support of a technical assistance and best practices learning network for local governments.
As the state's comprehensive planning agency, OPR has statutory responsibilities to review general plans, prepare general plan guidelines, consider general plan extension requests, and provide other general technical assistance to planning agencies. OPR often acts as a liaison between state and local governments and between state agencies to encourage collaboration in the achievement of land use goals and objectives.
As part of its technical assistance program, OPR offers a variety of publications on land use planning and CEQA. These publications range from general topics, including guides to planning in California for citizens and planning commissioners, to technical advice for planners on CEQA. The planning resources found on the OPR website provide additional information on tools and resources available for local government climate change planning.
Phone: (916) 322-2318
- State of California
- Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA)
- California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment
- Paying for Climate Adaptation in California: A Primer for Practitioners
- Defining Vulnerable Communities in the Context of Climate Adaptation
- California's General Plan Guidelines - Environmental Justice Element