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Land use planning and management in California
Land use planning and management cuts across many resource management strategies. More efficient and effective land use is linked to several resource management strategies including watershed, water use efficiency, groundwater quality, flood management, parks and recreation, climate change adaptive management and agricultural lands stewardship. Directly development away from agricultural lands permits multi-objective management of these lands for agricultural preservation, floodplain management, water quality, habitat conservation, and sustainable development. In addition, planning for more compact and sustainable communities, both urban and rural, will assist in reducing reliance on the state-s water supply, and result in more efficient use of California’s water resources. Important considerations of water issues and land use planning include not only the effects of the physical environment, but also the economic and social impacts of land use and development.
Stronger collaboration between land use planners and water managers can promote more efficient and effective land-use patterns and integrated regional water management practices. Land use planners consider water throughout the local land use planning process, and water is a critical element in adopting efficient land use planning policies and regulations. California’s projected growth and urban development increases the pressure on natural resource conservation, and amplifies the need for a comprehensive land use decision-making process integrated with water management.
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"2016 - California Land Use and Management - A Resource Management Strategy of the California Water Plan" (2019). Miscellaneous Documents and Reports. 114.