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.


The Office of Planning and Research (OPR), created by statute in 1970, is part of the Office of the Governor. OPR serves the Governor and his Cabinet as staff for long-range planning and research, and constitutes the comprehensive state planning agency. (Government Code §65040). In addition, the Government and Public Resources Codes set forth multiple functions for OPR, including:


Scale of Project
State / Provincial
Sector Addressed
Disaster Risk Management
Land Use Planning
Target Climate Changes and Impacts
Sea level rise
Type of Tool
Adaptation Planning / Decision Support
Habitat/Biome Type