Communities create an array of plans that help them manage their assets and resources – from local hazard mitigation plans to adaptation plans. The Adaptation Clearinghouse provides resources that support the alignment of multiple planning efforts and documents, allowing local planners to achieve climate mitigation and adaptation goals, reduce duplication, and avoid policy conflicts. A Plan Alignment Compass is a useful guide planners can use to understand how different planning processes align.

The Coastal Plan Alignment Compass is the first guide in a series of plan alignment guides under development, and supports California’s coastal communities as they develop and coordinate local plans to address coastal issues like sea level rise. 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.

To receive a hard copy version of the Compass, please contact ICARP staff (OPR, or Becky Lunde (NOAA, 

Coastal Plan Alignment Compass Partners

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