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Strategy E2: Work with Local Government
Strategy E2.1:  Coordinate with local planning efforts


There are a number of regional and local plans, policies, and regulations that may be relevant to implementation of a proposed project  Generally, state and federal agencies, as well as some local or regional agencies involved with the location or construction of facilities for the production, generation, storage, treatment, or transmission of water, are not subject to local land use regulations and inconsistency with a specific local land use regulation is not by itself an adverse effect on the environment.  

Local governmental agencies, however, are in a unique position to know and understand the local and regional planning issues for their area.  Factors to consider in working with the county and other regional entities include the factors discussed below:

  • Meet with the counties and other local entities that are located in or near the project area discuss the project. Consider entering into agreements with the appropriate counties to participate in the planning and development phases of the project.
  • DP P1 of the Delta Plan states that water management facilities, ecosystem restoration, and flood management infrastructure must be sited to avoid or reduce conflicts with existing uses or those uses described or depicted in city and county general plans for their jurisdictions or spheres of influence when feasible, considering comments from local agencies and the Delta Protection Commission. Plans for ecosystem restoration must consider sites on existing public lands, when feasible and consistent with a project's purpose, before privately owned sites are purchased. Measures to mitigate conflicts with adjacent uses may include, but are not limited to, buffers to prevent adverse effects on adjacent farmland.
  • DP R4 of the Delta Plan states that agencies acquiring land for water management facilities, ecosystem restoration, and flood management infrastructure should purchase from willing sellers, when feasible, including consideration of whether lands suitable for proposed projects are available at fair prices.
  • DP R7 of the Delta Plan states that cities, counties, and other local and State agencies should work together to protect and enhance visitor serving businesses by planning for recreation uses and facilities in the Delta, providing infrastructure to support recreation and tourism, and identifying settings for private visitor serving development and services.


State programs: Consider state programs dealing with a specific geographical area such as the Delta Plan of the Delta Stewardship Council.  State entities are subject to the requirements of the Plan's regulations.   Any project subject to the DSC review must file a certification of consistency with the Delta Plan.  Although the BDCP is not a project for which a certification of consistency must be prepared, the analysis in the Draft BDCP EIR/EIS discusses how the BDCP is consistent with the 14 policies of the Final Draft Delta Plan.

Regional programs

  • The Delta Protection Commission's Land Use and Resources Management Plan.   The Plan is composed of seven elements: Land Use, Agriculture, Natural Resources, Recreation and Access, Water, Levees, and Utilities and Infrastructure.  Many of its goals and policies support long-term viability of agriculture and to discourage inappropriate development of agricultural lands.
  • The Delta Protection Commission's Great California Delta Trail Blueprint Report for Contra Costa and Solano Counties which is also intended to serve as a template for the Great Delta Trail planning process in Sacramento, San Joaquin and Yolo counties.
  • Suisun Marsh Local Protection Plan
  • San Francisco Bay Plan

Other Habitat Conservation Plans, including the following existing and potential plans:

  • Placer County Conservation Plan
  • Yuba-Sutter HCP/NCCP  
  • Natomas Basin HCP 
  • Yolo Natural Heritage Program      
  • South Sacramento HCP
  • Solano County Multispecies HCP
  • East Contra Costa County HCP/NCCP
  • San Joaquin County Multi-Species HCP and Open Space Plan  
  • East Alameda County Conservation Strategy

State and federal plans for fish and wildlife and parks such as:

  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service - Stone Lakes National Wildlife Refuge Comprehensive Conservation Plan
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation - General Plan for Brannan Island and Franks Tract State Recreation Areas
  • California Department of Parks and Recreation - Recreation Proposal for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta and Suisun Marsh
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Yolo Bypass Wildlife Area Land Management Plan
  • California Department of Fish and Wildlife - Lower Sherman Island Wildlife Area Land Management Plan

Local Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans

Under the provisions of the Planning and Zoning Act (Gov. Code §65000, et seq.) cities and counties must prepare general plans, incorporating seven mandatory elements, including land use, open space and conservation.  A number of cities and the following counties include land in the Delta:

  • Alameda
  • Contra Costa
  • Sacramento
  • San Joaquin
  • Solano
  • Sutter
  • Yolo      


The form and nature of discussion with the counties and other local entities may be different depending on among other things:

the type and scope of the project

who pays for the time and resources of local government staff involved

the role of local government – advisory, part of governance structures, other  


The counties would normally be the primary or initial contact for working with local government.  Other partners could include any of the parties identified in the section above on Related Programs and Policies.


If you would like to provide feedback on this strategy, please click the following link: Agricultural Stewardship Strategy Feedback Form

ALS Workgroup: ALS Framework and Strategies: Section II:  Strategy E2.1: Coordinate with Local Planning: 061014