PLANNING TERMS

Have you always struggled to understand Planners? Have you always wanted to be a part of the Planning world, yet felt intimidated by all the acronyms, abbreviations, and other industry jargon? Well, fret no more! The following is a list of Planning terms decoded. Now you can feel right at home during the next Planning conference, meeting, or simply trying to impress your significant other.

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AB Assembly Bill
ABC Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control of the State of California
AC Acre(s)
ACOE Army Corps of Engineers
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act
ADT Average Daily Traffic (Average Daily Trips)
AICP American Institute of Certified Planners
ALUC Airport Land Use Commission
ALUCP Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan
ANSI American National Standards Institute
APA American Planning Association
AQI Air Quality Index
AQMD Air Quality Management District
ARB Architectural Review Board
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BANANA Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything
BID Business Improvement District
BMP Best Management Practice
BOS Board of Supervisors
BPC Business and Professions Code of the State of California
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CAC California Administrative Code
CAD Computer Aided Design
CAP Climate Action Plan
CARB California Air Resources Board
CAVE Citizens Against Virtually Everything
CBC California Building Code
CBD Central Business District
CC City Council / Civil Code of the State of California
CC&Rs Covenants, Conditions, & Restrictions
CCR California Code of Regulations
CDBG Community Development Block Grant
CDC Center for Disease Control
CEC California Electrical Code
CEQA California Environmental Quality Act
CF Cubic Feet (Foot)
CFC California Fire Code
CFD Community Facilities District
CHBC California Historic Building Code
CIP Capital Improvements Program
CLG Certified Local Government
CMC California Mechanical Code
CNU Congress for the New Urbanism
CO/CofO Certificate of Occupancy
COA Conditions of Approval
COG Council of Governments
CPC California Plumbing Code
CPF California Planning Foundation
CRAP Concerned Residents Against Planners
CSAC California State Association of Counties
CUP Conditional Use Permit
CVC California Vehicle Code
CY Cubic Yard(s)
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DAB Development Advisory Board
DIF Development Impact Fees
DMV Department of Motor Vehicles of the State of California
DOE Department Of Energy
DOT Department Of Transportation
DPH / DOPH Department Of Public Health
DPR Development Plan Review
DRB Development Review Board
DU/AC Dwelling Units Per Acre
DUDE Developer Under Delusions of Entitlement
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EC Education Code of the State of California
EDD Employment Development Department
EIR Environmental Impact Report
EPA Environmental Protection Agency
ESRI Environmental Systems Research Institute
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FAA Federal Aviation Administration
FAR Floor Area Ratio
FCC Federal Communications Commission
FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency
FHA Federal Housing Administration
FHWA Federal Highway Administration
FRUIT Fear of Revitalization, Urban Infill, & Towers
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GBA Gross Buildable Area
GC Government Code of the State of California
GFA Gross Floor Area
GIS Geographic Information Systems
GLA Gross Leaseable Area
GOOMBY Get Out Of My Back Yard
GP(A) General Plan (Amendment)
GPS Global Positioning System
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HMP Hazard Mitigation Plan
HOV High Occupancy Vehicle
HSC Health & Safety Code of the State of California
HUD Housing and Urban Development
HVAC Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning
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ISTEA Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act
ITE Institute of Transportation Engineers
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LAFCO Local Area Formation Commission
LEA Local Enforcement Agency
LOS Level Of Service
LULU(S) Locally Unacceptable Land Use(s)
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MND Mitigated Negative Declaration
MOU Memorandum of Understanding
MPO Metropolitan Planning Organization
MSA Metropolitan Statistical Area
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NAHB National Association of Home Builders
NAICS North American Industrial Classification System
NAMBI Not Against My Business or Industry
NAP Not A Part
ND Negative Declaration
NEPA National Environmental Policy Act
NETMA Nobody Ever Tells Me Anything
NFIP National Flood Insurance Program
NHPA National Historic Preservation Act
NHS National Highway System
NIMBY Not In My Back Yard
NIMEY Not In My Election Year
NIMFYE Not In My Front Yard Either
NPDES National Pollution Discharge Elimination System
NTSB National Transportation Safety Board
NUDE Neighborhoods Under Delusions of Entitlement
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OPR Office of Planning & Research of the State of California
OSHA Occupational Safety & Health Administration
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PC Planning Commission / Penal Code of the State of California
PCN Public Convenience & Necessity
PRC Public Resources Code of the State of California
PRD Planned Residential Developmnet
PUC Public Utilities Commission / Public Utilities Code of the State of California
PUD Planned Unit Development
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RDA Redevelopment Agency
RFP Request for Proposal
RFQ Request for Qualifications
RLUIPA Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act
ROW Right of Way
RWQCB Regional Water Quality Control Board
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SB Senate Bill
SF / SQ-FT Square Feet (Foot)
SHC Streets and Highways Code of the State of California
SLAP Strategic Lawsuits Against Planners
SMA Subdivision Map Act
SOV Single Occupancy Vehicle
SP(A) Specific Plan (Amendment)
SRO Single Room Occupancy
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TAC Technical Advisory Committee
TAZ Traffic Analysis Zone
TDM Transportation Demand Management
TDR Transfer of Development Rights
TIA Traffic Impact Analysis
TIF Tax Increment Financing
TIGER Topologically Integrated Geographic Encoding & Referencing
TIP Transportation Improvement Program
TOD Transit Oriented Development
TOT Transient Occupancy Tax
TSM Transportation Systems Management
TUP Temporary Use Permit
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UBC Uniform Building Code
UGB Urban Growth Boundary
ULI Urban Land Institute
USDA United States Department of Agriculture
USFS United States Forest Service
USFWS United States Fish and Wildlife Service
USGS United States Geological Survey
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VMT Vehicle Miles Traveled
VOC Volatile Organic Compound
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WCF Wireless Communication Facility
WQMP Water Qualtiy Management Plan
WRCB Water Resources Control Board
WW?D What Would (Insert Planning Director’s First Name Initial Letter) Do
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ZA Zoning Administrator