SB 379 Fact Sheet: Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Strategies

The Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation (ARCCA) released this fact sheet to explain the basic requirements of SB 379 for California communities. SB 379 will require cities and counties within California to integrate climate adaptation into their general plans by January 1, 2017 or January 1, 2022 depending on whether or not that city or county has adopted a Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. The fact sheet also describes a 3-step process cities and counties can use to meet the requirements. 

The 3-step process responds to SB 379's requirement that the safety elements of general plans be updated to include climate adaptation and resiliency strategies. To do this, the fact sheet suggests that communities:

  1. Assess - conduct a vulnerability assessment to identify risks. For this, the fact sheet suggests cities and counties draw on Cal-Adapt, the California Adaptation Planning Guide, among other local information. 
  2. Develop - create a set of resilience goals, policies, and objections. For this, the fact sheet outlines a number of factors to consider, including social equity and opportunities to collaborate across jurisdictions.
  3. Implement - create a set of feasible implementation measures to meet goals. For this, the fact sheet includes a number of examples such as developing early warning systems and relocating public facilities outside of at-risk areas. 

ARCCA is a coalition of the Local Government Commission in California.

 

 

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