Coastal Plan Alignment Compass



CA Governor's Office of Planning and Research (OPR)




The Coastal Plan Alignment Compass supports California’s coastal communities as they develop and coordinate local plans. There are potential benefits to aligning these planning efforts, including achieving multiple climate mitigation and adaptation goals, reducing duplication, and avoiding potential policy conflicts. The Compass provides an overview of the required elements and best practices for each plan, discusses concrete strategies to leverage vulnerability assessments to help make them usable and applicable to all plans, and identifies crosswalk opportunities and tricky spots to avoid. It also illustrates tools and state guidance documents that support the incorporation of hazards into planning.

Climate Impact Tags

Sea level rise

Adaptation Planning Guide Phases

Phase 1: Define, Explore, and Initiate

Resource Type Tags

Data and tools Planning and policy guidance


Extent: Del Norte County, Humboldt County, Los Angeles County, Marin County, Mendocino County, Monterey County, Orange County, San Diego County, San Francisco County, San Luis Obispo County, San Mateo County, Santa Barbara County, Santa Cruz County, Sonoma County, Ventura County


Last updated: May 24, 2022