Coastal Plan Alignment Compass
Created: 3/26/2019 - Updated: 2/27/2020
The Compass, initially released as a print resource at the 2018 California Adaptation Forum, through a partnership between NOAA, USGS, the California Coastal Commission, CalOES, OPR, the Ocean Protection Council, the State Coastal Conservancy, and FEMA.
The Compass supports California’s coastal communities as they develop and coordinate multiple local plans, including Local Hazard Mitigation Plans, General Plans, Local Coastal Programs, and Climate Adaptation Plans. The Compass provides an overview of the required elements and best practices for each plan, discusses concrete strategies to leverage vulnerability assessments to help make them usable and applicable to all plans, and identifies crosswalk opportunities and tricky spots to avoid. It also illustrates tools and state guidance documents that support the incorporation of hazards into planning.
Scale of Project
State / Provincial
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Sea level rise
Type of Tool
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support