Climate Change Adaptation in Action
Incorporating Adaptation to Climate Change in Pinole’s General Plan Update
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Pinole, California has created a blueprint for maintaining its unique character and small-town feel while addressing climate change through its general plan update. Community visioning was an important part of the process, and residents highlighted the importance of preserving locally significant sites, buildings, cultural history and diversity. To plan comprehensively for resiliency and increased development, city officials simultaneously updated the general plan, as well as adopted three specific corridor plans (along Appian Way, San Pablo Avenue, and Pinole Valley Road) and revised the city’s zoning code. The general plan addresses climate change adaptation and mitigation through more than 90 policies and actions, all developed under the umbrella of long-term sustainability. Some of the key strategies include transit-oriented development, water conservation, enhanced resilience to storm events, emergency response preparedness, habitat restoration and open space protection. Planning for both mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions and adaptation to climate change optimizes the use of limited government resources and promotes resilience and sustainability in Pinole.
- The City of Pinole was able to incorporate climate change adaptation into comprehensive planning efforts through a platform of sustainability, a priority identified during a community visioning process.
- Developing strategies and policies that achieve both mitigation and adaptation goals can save time and money, as well as maximize community benefits.