2018 National Planning Conference

Working Lands, Regional Resilience

Sunday, April 14, 2019 from 10:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198215

Location: 2022

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  • Understand the wide variety of planning, economic, and financial tools that together create an integrated approach to solving the continued conversion of agricultural lands to urbanized uses.
  • Understand ways in which to work with multiple agencies and stakeholders to craft a comprehensive regional plan that is implementable.
  • Understand the importance of California's innovative SALCP program that funds efforts to preserve working lands to achieve California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.


With the continued threat of farmland loss through incremental conversion to urban development and non-agricultural uses, fundamental changes to our planning policies along with new investments are needed to protect our rural communities, open spaces and working lands to honor the value these resources provide the regional economy and quality of life. The Valley Agricultural Plan represents a two-year planning effort between the county of Santa Clara, the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority (OSA), and multiple partner agencies that resulted in a regional planning document. It includes innovative policy and economic development tools to provide a comprehensive regional framework that ensure the support and growth of the regional agricultural economy.

Funded in part by California’s Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALCP), the Valley Agricultural Plan demonstrates the critical link between preserving and revitalizing working agricultural lands and achieving California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals to provide regional resilience for future climate adaptation. The panel discusses the process of developing the plan, the first steps toward implementation, and the regional context of integrating agricultural and food systems planning into regional planning frameworks.

Session Speakers

Amie E. MacPhee, AICP
San Francisco, CA

Sibella Kraus
Sustainable Agriculture Education (SAGE)
Berkeley, CA

Michael Meehan
County of Santa Clara
oakland, CA