Working Lands, Regional Resilience

What You'll Learn

  • Understand the wide variety of planning, economic, and financial tools that together create an integrated approach to 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 the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals.

More Course Details

With the continued threat of farmland loss through incremental conversion to urban development and non-agricultural uses, fundamental changes to planning policies are needed to protect rural communities, open spaces, and working lands.

The Valley Agricultural Plan in California 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 ensures the support and growth of the regional agricultural economy.

The Valley Agricultural Plan, funded in part by California's Sustainable Agricultural Lands Conservation Program (SALCP), 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.

Speakers discuss 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.