California Department of Transportation

Office of Community Planning

Overview

The Office of Community Planning (OCP) works to address a statewide need to improve coordination between transportation planning and decision-making and local land use planning and decision-making.  We focus on the need for community-sensitive approaches to transportation and land use decisions as well as how sustainable transportation choices can best be made.  OCP also works to enhance Caltrans’ leadership role in the development and delivery of transportation projects that are consistent with community values and which therefore enjoy more public support.

Office of Community Planning Value Statement

  To promote and participate in community-based planning that integrates land use, transportation, and community values.

Objectives

Broader goals of the Office of Community Planning include:

  • Affect existing Caltrans processes and functions to reflect relevant context-sensitive approaches and community values;
  • Develop partnerships to enhance community-based transportation planning approaches at local, regional, and state levels;
  • Develop technical and program expertise in community-based transportation planning and active public engagement techniques;
  • Enhance Caltrans' leadership role by integrating community-based transportation planning approaches in the Department's planning processes;
  • Move forward with transportation planning efforts and projects that enjoy public support, thus are easier to develop and deliver because of consistency with community values;
  • Work at the local level to ensure that potential impacts of proposed local development to the State Highway System are avoided or mitigated.

OCP Programs

The Office of Community Planning consists of these elements: Community-Based Transportation Planning (CBTP), Environmental Justice (EJ), Public Engagement, Local Development-Intergovernmental Review (LD-IGR), Native American Liaison, Sustainable Mobility including Complete Streets and Smart Mobility Framework, Transit Planning, and Land-Use/Transportation Data and Tools.


Each element addresses Departmental goals of improving safety and maximizing the transportation system’s performance by increasing transit use and vehicle occupancy, and reducing motorist delay. CBTP, EJ, and Public Participation & Engagement efforts promote the integration of community needs with those of the State. Our LD-IGR work helps to preserve the State Highway System by avoiding or mitigating impacts of local development projects. Our Native American Liaison work ensures consistency for our required consultation with Native American Tribes. Our Sustainable Mobility work includes Complete Streets and Smart Mobility Framework.  Complete Streets work guides continuing implementation of the multi-modal elements within projects. We are pilot testing implementation of the Smart Mobility Framework to evaluate how it can create more efficient transportation choices. Our Transit Planning work helps create multimodal transportation connections critical for the success of the HSR blended system.  The Land-Use/Transportation Data and Tools work has resulted in studies and initiatives for housing and transportation coordination, transit-oriented development, and land use/transportation analysis tools and models.  Links to webpages for each of these, and more, are available on the left of this webpage.

 

Contact

Alyssa Begley
Chief, Office of Community Planning
HQ, DOTP, MS-32
( 916) 651-6882
alyssa.begley@dot.ca.gov

 

Address:
1120 N Street, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 95814
Mail:
PO Box 942874, MS-32
Sacramento, CA 95274-0001