Climate Change: State Policy and Regulatory Updates


AB 32 Scoping Plan
The California Air Resources Board (ARB) is currently updating the AB 32 Scoping Plan. The Scoping Plan update will define ARB’s climate change priorities for the next five years and lay the groundwork to reach post-2020 GHG reduction goals (e.g., 80% below 1990 levels by 2050). ARB held public workshops throughout California in June and July of this year to discuss the Scoping Plan Update. Stakeholder comments were accepted from June 13, 2013 through August 5, 2013. A preliminary public draft of the 2013 update was expected in late September. In October 2013, ARB plans to hold a public workshop and provide an update to the Board. A December 2013 Board meeting should provide additional opportunities for stakeholder feedback and public comment. The latest information is available on the ARB website.  
Office of Planning and Research (OPR) Guidelines
The Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) has begun the process of updating its General Plan Guidelines. The 2013 updates will address issues important to planners as the state faces continued growth, including GHG emissions reduction and climate change, infill development, public health, and energy. OPR is also updating its Technical Advisory on CEQA and climate change, which is expected to provide guidance on GHG thresholds for plan-level documents (e.g., General Plans and Climate Action Plans), and on using the streamlining provision of CEQA (Guidelines §15183.5(b)(1)) to tier environmental review of development projects from a climate action plan. To stay up to date with the latest developments, sign up for the OPR’s email lists on their website.
For more information contact Jeff Caton, ESA's Sustainable Communities Director at jcaton [at] esassoc [dot] com or at 415.896.5900.