On September 30, 2008 Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed AB 1358, The California Complete Streets Act. AB 1358 impacts local general plans by requiring local general plan circulation element updates "to plan for a balanced, multimodal transportation network that meets the needs of all users of the streets, roads, and highways for safe and convenient travel in a manner that is suitable to the rural, suburban, or urban context of the general plan."
The change in guidelines means that cities and counties cannot ignore complete streets elements such as bicycle, pedestrian, disabled, and transit facilities when updating their general plans. In response, OPR has developed the Update to the General Plan Guidelines: Complete Streets and the Circulation Element.
Read the draft document at http://www.opr.ca.gov/
The draft of the Update to the California General Plan Guidelines: Complete Streets and the Circulation Element is available to the public for a 30-day review comment period. The public review comment period will begin October 20, 2010 and conclude November 19, 2010.
Please address all comments and questions on this draft guidance document to firstname.lastname@example.org