General Plans as a Tool for Social Equity

APA California Chapter, Inland Empire Section


Thursday, June 8, 2017
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. PDT

Riverside, CA, United States

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In these turbulent times of widening income inequality, soaring housing prices, and racial tensions, planners are wondering how our work can be part of solutions to larger social problems (or at least not exacerbate issues). The plans we write and the way we create them can have a lasting positive or negative on social equity outcomes – this is on top of historic planning policies that contributed to our current inequities.


Come join Beth Altshuler from Raimi + Associates and Dr. Elizabeth Baca from the CA Governor’s Office of Planning and Research to hear about why its advantageous for your community to explicitly address social equity in your plans, processes, and policies. They will share concrete strategies and resources from OPR's forthcoming general plan guidelines related to social and racial equity, community engagement, and community health. This workshop will also explain SB 1000, which requires general plans to address environmental justice. They will also share examples of how cities and counties in California are already incorporating social equity into each stage of the comprehensive and community planning process.

  This workshop will combine presentation, facilitated discussions, and interactive exercises to support you in applying these concepts in your own community.


Riverside County Flood Control

District Conference Room 1

1995 Market Street

Riverside, CA 92501



$20 APA members/ $25 Non-APA Members

Lunch is Provided


Elizabeth Baca

Dr. Elizabeth Baca is passionate about innovations to foster total health and well-being. She currently serves as the Senior Health Advisor in the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR). She is engaged in innovation in the public sector to foster health through multiple projects including healthy planning, healthy ... Read More

Beth Altshuler

Beth Altshuler is an epidemiologist and urban planner at Raimi + Associates. She works with cities, counties, foundations, and CBOs to apply a Health (and Equity) in All Policies lens to the challenges and opportunities in their communities. Beth has extensive experience in designing and implementing innovative community involvement and visioning ... Read More

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