April 14, 2023
|Ashley Werner, Daniel Carpenter-Gold, Gabriel Greif
This report by Leadership Counsel and UCLA’s Environmental Law Clinic reveals the major role that land use policy continues to play in perpetuating the poor environmental conditions and health disparities that face low-income communities and communities of color. Released during Earth Month, the "Concentrated Overburden" report offers 13 key recommendations for state lawmakers to end “the structural racism embedded in California’s patterns of inequitable land use policies.” Despite growing recognition that the burden of pollution in California falls heaviest on Black, Brown, and low-income communities, jurisdictions continue to disproportionately place polluting land uses in and around disadvantaged communities. That’s because in California, state law delegates to cities and counties the primary responsibility for setting land use policy through general plans and local zoning.
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