SB 1000’s Lessons Learned

October 2018 American Planning Association California Conference in San Diego

Best practices and lessons learned from integrating environmental justice to General Plans across the state

Incorporating environmental justice into planning is essential for improving the health and quality of life of all Californians. Fortunately, addressing the needs of EJ communities that have been overlooked by previous planning activities, while also providing opportunities and improvements to those communities, are at the heart of the SB 1000 law.

On October 8, 2018, CEJA participated in a panel at the APA CA Conference to reflect upon the first year of implementing SB 1000. Panelists lifted up recent best practices and lessons learned from integrating environmental justice to General Plans across the state.

You can download the PDFs of each presentation and the combined presentations below.

Panel Presentations: SB 1000 Implementation: Best Practices, Case Studies, and Open Forum


SB 1000: Background and Primer
Elizabeth Baca, Deputy Director, OPR.

An overview of SB 1000’s statute and the requirements of the law using case studies, tools and recommendations from OPR’s 2017 General Plan Guidelines.


SB 1000: Community Engagement and Lessons Learned
Tiffany Eng, Green Zones Program Manager, CEJA.

Best practices for including community voices in planning from an EJ perspective, using values, lessons learned, and a sample process for high quality engagement.


Disadvantaged Community Analysis
Mark Hoffman, Associate Principal, PlaceWorks.

A step-by-step process to identify disadvantaged communities according to SB 1000, using a 2018 case study from San Bernardino county’s General Plan development process.


Case Study: Southwest Fresno Specific Plan
Drew Wilson, Planner, City of Fresno.

Model EJ policies and a sample community engagement strategy from the recently adopted Southwest Fresno Specific Plan. Presentation includes policies and plans drawn from urban, suburban, and rural communities, presented by the City of Fresno.