Make No Little Plans: The Short History of Big Thinking and Big Plans in California (1960 -1980)

APA California Chapter


Monday, September 25, 2017
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. PDT

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During the 1960s and 1970s, government officials and private citizens crafted several major proposals for providing an overall structure to guide land use and environmental policy in California. The major proposals included the State Development Plan (1963-68), the California Tomorrow Plan (1972), the Planning and Conservation League's Land and Environment report (1975), and the Governor's Office of Planning and Research's Urban Strategy (1978). These proposals were comprehensive and ambitious. Since the 1980s there have no similar efforts. This session explores the cultural and historical context in California at the time that provided the impetus for these ambitious undertakings, what was learned from these efforts, why there have been no similar efforts in last 30 plus years, and how planning policy has been crafted in recent years without the benefit of a big picture policy framework.


J. Laurence Mintier, FAICP

Larry Mintier is President of Mintier & Associates and Senior Advisor with Mintier Harnish. Since the founding of Mintier Harnish in 1985, he has worked for over 160 public agencies, law firms, and private clients. He supervised the firm’s work in preparing over 50 general plans, specific plans, and master plans; 70 housing elements; nearly a dozen zoning and subdivision ordinances; and numerous other special studies and projects. Prior to his consulting career, Larry worked for the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research during Jerry Brown’s first and second terms. Larry holds ... Read More

Steven A. Preston, FAICP

Steve Preston, City Manager of San Gabriel, California, has received several awards for the city’s planning and redevelopment programs. Prior to joining San Gabriel he served in La Verne and Glendale, California, as well as in the private sector. Steve has taught negotiation and community engagement, and has significant ... Read More

William Fulton

Bill Fulton is Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University. He is a former Mayor of Ventura, California, and Director of Planning & Economic Development for the City of San Diego. In his career, Mr. Fulton has also served as Vice President for Policy at Smart Growth ... Read More

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