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AB-897 Office of Planning and Research: regional climate networks: climate adaptation action plans.(2021-2022)

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Date Published: 04/19/2021 09:00 PM
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Amended  IN  Assembly  April 19, 2021
Amended  IN  Assembly  April 07, 2021

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2021–2022 REGULAR SESSION

Assembly Bill
No. 897


Introduced by Assembly Members Mullin, Bennett, Quirk Quirk, and Ward
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia)

February 17, 2021


An act to add Sections 71133, 71134, 71135, and 71136 to, and to add and repeal Section 71137 of, the Public Resources Code, relating to climate change.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


AB 897, as amended, Mullin. Office of Planning and Research: regional climate networks: climate adaptation action plans.
Existing law requires, by July 1, 2017, and every 3 years thereafter, the Natural Resources Agency to update, as prescribed, the state’s climate adaptation strategy, known as the Safeguarding California Plan. Existing law establishes the Office of Planning and Research in state government in the Governor’s office. Existing law establishes the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program to be administered by the office to coordinate regional and local efforts with state climate adaptation strategies to adapt to the impacts of climate change, as prescribed.
This bill would authorize eligible entities, as defined, to establish and participate in a regional climate network, as defined. The bill would require the office to encourage the inclusion of agencies with land use planning authority into regional climate networks. The bill would authorize a regional climate network to engage in activities to address climate change, as specified.
This bill would authorize require a regional climate network to develop a regional climate adaptation action plan, plan and to submit the plan to the office for review, comments, and approval, as described. The bill would require, on or before July 1, 2022, the office to establish geographic boundaries for regional climate networks, and to develop and publish on its internet website guidelines on how eligible entities may establish regional climate networks and how governance boards may be established within regional climate networks. The bill would also require, on or before January 1, 2023, the office to develop and publish on its internet website guidelines, as prescribed, establishing how a regional climate network may develop a standards and required content for a regional climate adaptation action plan, including certain information, analyses, and contents to be included in a plan and certain considerations and procedures for a regional climate network when preparing a plan.
This bill would require the office to provide technical assistance to regions seeking to establish a regional climate network and to regional climate networks in developing regional climate adaptation action plans. The bill would require, on or before January 1, 2023, the office to make recommendations to certain policy and budget committees of the Legislature related to regional adaptation on developing expanding state support for the work of regional climate networks, as prescribed, and the potential sources of financial assistance and options for distributing state funds to support the creation and implementation of regional climate adaptation action plans.
Vote: MAJORITY   Appropriation: NO   Fiscal Committee: YES   Local Program: NO  

The people of the State of California do enact as follows:


SECTION 1.

 It is the intent of the Legislature to do all of the following:
(a) Foster regional-scale climate adaptation by encouraging collaboration among local, regional, and state entities on adaptation solutions in a way that promotes coordination within each region of the state, as well as coordination among neighboring regions.
(b) Support the development of regional climate adaptation plans that build upon and enhance local climate adaptation actions to reduce climate risk and help achieve multiple benefits, including benefits to public health, to the protection of infrastructure and natural resources, and to California’s economy.
(c) Support the implementation of regional climate adaptation efforts by developing guidance for potential state, federal, or private investment in funding regional priority climate adaptation projects in California.
(d) Build upon the work of the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program under the Office of Planning and Research.
(e) Reduce the risk of climate change impacts across the state, including, but not limited to, sea level rise, wildfire, drought, flooding, extreme heat, negative effects to agriculture, and invasive species spread.

SEC. 2.

 Section 71133 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

71133.
 For purposes of this section and Sections 71134 to 71137, inclusive, the following definitions apply:
(a) “Eligible entity” means a local, regional, or state organization, including, but not limited to, a city, county, special district, council of government, metropolitan planning organization, joint powers authority, climate collaborative, as defined in subdivision (b) of Section 71130, regional member of the Alliance of Regional Collaboratives for Climate Adaptation, nonprofit organization, community-based organization, tribal government, school district, and higher education institution.
(b) “Plan” means a regional climate adaptation action plan as described in Section 71135.
(c) “Regional climate network” means a group of eligible entities whose jurisdictions are located in the same region, and whose combined jurisdiction enhances their effectiveness in responding to climate risks.

SEC. 3.

 Section 71134 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

71134.
 On or before July 1, 2022, the Office of Planning and Research shall establish geographic boundaries for regional climate networks. In establishing the boundaries, the Office of Planning and Research shall do all of the following:
(a) Use regions identified in California’s Fourth Climate Change Assessment, or subsequent updates, as a basis for establishing the boundaries. The Office of Planning and Research may also consider the geographic boundaries of a metropolitan planning organization responsible for the development of a sustainable communities strategy pursuant to paragraph (2) of subdivision (b) of Section 65080 of the Government Code.
(b) Solicit public input before determining the final geographic boundaries.
(c) (1) Develop and publish on its internet website guidelines on both of the following subjects:
(A) How eligible entities may establish regional climate networks. The guidelines shall account for differences in regional needs and priorities, ensure applicability and relevance to all regions throughout California, including underresourced communities, and provide guidance to eligible entities for determining the structure of the regional climate networks in their regions.
(B) How governance boards may be established within regional climate networks, including how to ensure equity in representation of eligible entities.
(2) Publish on its internet website the draft guidelines for public review and comment at least 60 days before its adoption of the guidelines.
(3) Consult with other relevant state agencies in developing the guidelines pursuant to this subdivision.

SEC. 4.

 Section 71135 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

71135.
 (a) Eligible entities may establish and participate in a regional climate network. Eligible entities shall notify the Office of Planning and Research in writing before the establishment, expansion, or consolidation of a regional climate network. As part of this written notice, the proposed or established regional climate network shall inform the Office of Planning and Research of each eligible entity’s role within the network.
(b) A regional climate network may be expanded or consolidated at any time consistent with this section.
(c) The Office of Planning and Research shall provide technical assistance to regions seeking to establish a regional climate network, facilitate coordination between regions, and encourage regions to incorporate as many eligible entities into one network as feasible, taking into consideration each region’s unique vulnerabilities and land use challenges. The Office of Planning and Research shall also encourage the inclusion of eligible entities with land use planning authority into regional climate networks.
(d) A regional climate network may shall develop a regional climate adaptation action plan. plan and submit the plan to the Office of Planning and Research for review, comments, and approval.
(e) On or before January 1, 2023, the Office of Planning and Research shall develop and publish on its internet website guidelines that establish how a regional climate network may develop a regional climate adaptation action plan. The guidelines shall establish standards and required content for a regional climate adaptation action plan, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(1) A description of the climate vulnerabilities the plan seeks to address, and planning assumptions as they relate to the climate vulnerabilities identified in the plan.
(2) An identification of key challenges and barriers to building resilience to climate adaptation facing the region.
(3) A prioritization of projects or actions that are necessary to respond to the climate vulnerabilities facing the region.
(4) Clear identification of the adaptation goals the priority projects or actions are designed to achieve, and the anticipated benefits, including, when feasible, metrics to reflect these benefits. When prioritizing projects or actions in a plan, a regional climate network shall consider all of the following:
(A) How much of the region’s geography will be affected by the project or action.
(B) The expected nature and anticipated timing of the climate vulnerability that the project or action seeks to address and the ability of the project or action to minimize climate change impacts.
(C) Equity considerations, including the impacts the project or action has on economically disadvantaged communities, climate-vulnerable communities, as defined by the Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program’s advisory council established pursuant to Section 71358, and other communities at risk of being disproportionately impacted by climate change.
(D) The benefits of the project or action on public health, infrastructure, and natural resources.

(E)Multibenefits generated by the project or action.

(E) Whether the project or action creates multiple benefits.
(5) An assessment of the regional climate adaptation action plan’s ability to create regional benefits in response to climate vulnerabilities.
(6) A schedule for phasing implementation of projects and actions across a region.
(7) Required monitoring to assess the ongoing effectiveness of projects and actions and to determine appropriate course corrections that may be needed to minimize the impacts of climate change within a region.
(8) An assessment of the cost of, and the associated financing strategy for, implementing the plan’s priority projects and actions, including the costs of ongoing monitoring and any necessary postimplementation evaluations.
(9) The use of natural infrastructure to respond to climate vulnerabilities where feasible.
(10) A timeline for the regional climate network to revisit the plan to reassess and make necessary updates to the plan. The regional climate network shall be encouraged to update the plan at least once every five years.
(11) Use of the best available science as research, observations, and understanding of the impact and levels of emissions of greenhouse gases advance. of varying levels of greenhouse gas emissions.
(12) Planning information from existing and relevant local or regional planning documents, to the extent appropriate, including, but not limited to, all of the following:
(A) Climate adaptation action plans and vulnerability assessments.
(B) Climate action plans.
(C) Safety elements of general plans.
(D) Local hazard mitigation plans.
(E) Sustainable communities strategies.
(F) Certified local coastal programs that have been updated to address sea level rise.
(G) Groundwater sustainability plans.
(H) Urban water management plans.
(I) Integrated regional water management plans.
(J) Regional transportation plans.
(K) Long-range county transportation plans.
(L) Coastal management programs and plans.
(f) In developing the guidelines pursuant to this section, the Office of Planning and Research shall engage in a public process that encourages participation from all impacted communities, including, but not limited to, local governments and other proposed eligible entities, community-based organizations, nongovernmental organizations, private sector groups, and relevant state agencies.
(g) The Office of Planning and Research shall provide technical assistance to regional climate networks in developing plans, including guidance on how to submit the plan for review, comments, and approval.
(h) The Office of Planning and Research shall publish on its internet website the draft guidelines all of the following:
(1) Draft guidelines for public review and comment at least 60 days before its adoption of the guidelines, and shall publish on its internet website submitted plans developed pursuant to this section. guidelines.
(2) Final guidelines developed pursuant to this section.
(3) Any approved plans submitted by regional climate networks pursuant to this section.

SEC. 5.

 Section 71136 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

71136.
 (a) A regional climate network may engage in activities to address climate change that include, but are not limited to, any of the following:
(1) Supporting the development of and updates to regional climate adaptation plans, strategies, and programs, including performing qualitative and quantitative research, compiling and hosting relevant data and resources, developing tools, and providing technical assistance.
(2) Supporting the implementation of regional climate adaptation plans, mitigation strategies, and programs, including evaluating funding and financing mechanisms, monitoring and evaluating progress, and providing technical assistance.
(3) Facilitating the exchange of adaptation and mitigation best practices, policies, projects, and strategies among participating local agencies and stakeholders, and between regions.
(4) Conducting activities to support ongoing coordination and capacity building among participating local agencies and eligible entities, including convening working groups, organizing training opportunities, and creating mechanisms for collaboration.
(5) Conducting educational activities for local agencies, decisionmakers, key stakeholders, eligible entities, and the general public, to increase their understanding of climate change risks and adaptation solutions.
(6) Administering grants to local agencies and eligible entities.
(b) Regional climate networks shall have, and may exercise, all powers, expressed or implied, that are necessary to carry out the intent and purposes of this part, including, but not limited to, the power to do all of the following:
(1) Apply for and receive grants from federal and state agencies.
(2) Enter into and perform all necessary contracts.
(3) Enter into joint power agreements pursuant to the Joint Exercise of Powers Act (Chapter 5 (commencing with Section 6500) of Division 7 of Title 1 of the Government Code).
(4) Hire staff, define their qualifications and duties, and provide a schedule of compensation for the performance of their duties.
(c) A regional climate network may establish distinct governance procedures and policies that acknowledge regional conditions and accommodate regional needs to administer activities pursuant to this section. Governance procedures and policies shall include processes for eligible entities to participate and be consistent with guidelines described in subdivision (c) of Section 71134.
(d) A regional climate network shall comply with requirements of the Ralph M. Brown Act (Chapter 9 (commencing with Section 54950) of Part 1 of Division 2 of Title 5 of the Government Code).
(e) The Office of Planning and Research may request that established regional climate networks submit a biennial report to the Office of Planning and Research that includes, but need not be limited to, all of the following:
(1) The participating eligible entities of the regional climate network.
(2) An outline of all activities and the outcome of each activity.
(3) Actions taken by the regional climate network.
(4) An accounting of the administration of, and expenditures made by, the regional climate networks.

SEC. 6.

 Section 71137 is added to the Public Resources Code, to read:

71137.
 (a) As part of developing the guidelines pursuant to Sections 71134 and 71135, On or before January 1, 2023, the Office of Planning and Research shall make recommendations related to regional adaptation to relevant policy and budget committees of the Legislature on or before January 1, 2023, on both of the following: Legislature. The recommendations shall include both of the following:
(1) Developing Expanding state support for the work of regional climate networks, including all of the following:
(A) Exploring ways the state can best partner with regions eligible entities to provide technical assistance to regional climate networks.
(B) How to offer climate services to assist local and regional adaptation practitioners in identifying, developing, and translating the most appropriate and actionable science for adaptation efforts. Practitioners include, but are not limited to, staff at eligible entities, community-based organizations, and nonprofit organizations, who plan and implement, or are impacted by, adaptation projects or actions.
(2) Potential sources of financial assistance and options for distributing state funds to support the creation and implementation of regional climate adaptation action plans pursuant to Section 71135. As part of this recommendation, the Office of Planning and Research may consider providing higher levels of funding to plans with more robust network membership. membership with a greater number and diversity of eligible entities.
(b) (1) A report submitted pursuant to subdivision (a) shall be submitted in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code.
(2) Pursuant to Section 10231.5 of the Government Code, this section shall become inoperative on July 1, 2025, and, as of January 1, 2026, is repealed.