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The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research is accepting comments on a revised Environmental Justice Chapter in the General Plan Guidelines until Thursday, December 20. Senate Bill 1000, proposed by California State Senator Connie Leyva (D –Chino), requires that local jurisdictions with disadvantaged communities incorporate an environmental justice element into their General Plan or, in the alternative, integrate goals, policies, and objectives into other elements of their General Plan to achieve similar goals.

Following significant outreach across the state with environmental justice groups, city and county planning departments, state agencies, and many other stakeholders to provide guidance, OPR distributed a draft of the Environmental Justice Chapter on November 20. This draft contains: (1) a process by which to determine if a local jurisdiction is subject to the SB 1000 requirements; (2) new considerations regarding private-public entity partnerships; (3) additional information about updates when cities and/or counties have some policies for SB 1000; (4) example policy language and data sources; and (5) updated discussions on thematic areas to include under SB 1000.

To view the draft chapter, visit 

Comments must be submitted by 5:00 on December 20, 2018 to