AB 1553

Signed into law 10/11/2001 

Required the Office of Planning and Research to adopt guidelines for addressing environmental justice matters in city and county general plans and to hold at least one public hearing before the release of draft guidelines and at least one public hearing after the release. The guidelines should recommend that general plans include methods for planning for the equitable distribution of new public facilities and services, methods to avoid over-concentrating industrial facilities in proximity to schools and residential areas, methods to avoid locating new schools and residential dwellings in proximity to industrial facilities that pose a hazard to human health and safety, methods to promote livable communities. 

  • Action Agency(ies): Office of Planning and Research, CalEPA
  • Policy Champions: National City in San Diego County, was the first jurisdiction to adopt an EJ element in their planning in California in 2011.
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