Climate Adaptation Model Policies for General Plans



Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)




This document provides a large selection of model policies for cities and counties in the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region seeking to update their General Plans to address climate adaptation. Model policies are organized according to the following elements: housing, circulation, environmental justice, land use, and safety. Although the majority of the policies address multiple climate hazards, there are also model policies for specific climate hazards related to extreme heat, air quality and vector borne disease, drought, severe storm/wind, inland flood, landslide, and wildfire. The model policies in this document are meant to be used as a starting point and should be refined to suit the unique context of each local community.

Climate Impact Tags

Drought Extreme heat Extreme storms Flooding Sea level rise Temperature Wildfire

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 3: Define Adaptation Framework and Strategies

Resource Type Tags

Plan or strategy Planning and policy guidance


Extent: Imperial County, Los Angeles County, Orange County, Riverside County, San Bernardino County, Ventura County


Last updated: June 18, 2024