The leadership of C.A.R.'s Land Use and Environmental Committee offers this
glossary of terms to help familiarize the committee with some of the
acronyms it frequently uses. While this is not an exhaustive list, it
reflects most of the laws, agencies, general terms and interest groups with
which the committee deals.
Laws, Agencies and General Terms
ARB-Air Resources Board, also called CARB-California Air Resources
Board-the state-level body that oversees air quality regulation.
AQMD-Air Quality Management District, the regional entities that regulate
BCDC-Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the regional entity that
oversees all activity along the coastline of the San Francisco Bay--the
only area of the coast where the CCC does not have jurisdiction.
BOF-Board of Forestry, the state-level body that regulates timber
harvesting and oversees certain aspects of fire protection implemented by
CAA-Clean Air Act, exists at both the state and federal levels.
CALFED-The state/federal process established to find a long-term solution
to the state's water supply problems and a "fix" for the San Joaquin/San
CCC-California Coastal Commission, the state-level body responsible for
overseeing land use decisions in the 1100-mile Coastal Zone of California.
CDF-California Department of Forestry, formerly known as the California
Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, responsible for fire protection
in the SRA.
CEQA-California Environmental Quality Act, the state's law providing for
public notification and environmental review of projects.
CESA-California Endangered Species Act, the state's law providing for the
protection of endangered, threatened and candidate species.
CIEDB-California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank, the state
level entity within the Trade and Commerce Agency, which provides low
interest loans to local governments for infrastructure development.
COG-Council of Governments, the regional entities responsible for assigning
housing numbers to jurisdictions based on information from the state
Department of Finance. Many of them also serve as regional transportation
CWA-Clean Water Act, exists at both the state and federal levels.
DFG-Department of Fish and Game, the state-level department responsible for
implementing CESA and regulating activities that have an impact on species.
Overseen by the Fish and Game Commission.
DWR-Department of Water Resources, the state entity responsible for flood
protection and water supply issues.
EIR-Environmental Impact Report, prepared under CEQA if the lead state or
local agency determines a project will have a significant impact on the
EIS-Environmental Impact Statement, prepared under NEPA if the lead federal
agency determines a project will have a significant impact on the
LAFCO-Local Agency Formation Commission, city-county regional entities
throughout the state with jurisdiction over new city incorporations,
annexations and detachments.
LCP-Local Coastal Plan, required of cities and counties in the Coastal Zone
of California, and must be approved by the CCC.
NAHC-Native American Heritage Commission, the state-level body that
identifies and catalogs places of special religious or social significance
to Native Americans, which also may bring an action to prevent severe and
irreparable damage to such Native American sites.
NEPA-National Environmental Policy Act, the federal law providing for
public notification and environmental review of federally related projects.
PUC-Public Utilities Commission, also referred to as the CPUC-California
Public Utilities Commission-the state body that oversees the rates and
operations of private, investor-owned energy utilities.
RWQCB-Regional Water Quality Control Board-there are nine of these, which
regulate water quality pursuant to direction from the SWRCB and state law.
SMA-Subdivision Map Act, the state law that governs small land divisions.
Lot line adjustments, parcel mergers and certificates of compliance are
often discussed in conjunction with the SMA.
SRA-State Responsibility Area--those areas of the state where the
state-level CDF is responsible for fire protection, primarily in rural
SWRCB-State Water Resources Control Board, the state-level entity that
oversees the regulation of water quality, including sewer and septic
UGB-Urban Growth Boundary, a growth control tool where a line is drawn on a
map to constrict development, also called ULL-Urban Limit Line.
AGC-Associated General Contractors, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on land use
and environmental issues, which represents the people and companies who
build bridges, roads, and other infrastructure.
CBIA-California Building Industry Association, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on
land use and environmental issues, which represents primarily residential
CBPA-California Business Properties Association, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s
on land use and environmental issues, which represents primarily commercial
and industrial builders and shopping center owners.
CCA-California Cattlemen's Association, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on land
use and environmental issues, which represents cattle ranchers throughout
CCCS-Coalition for the Conservation of Coho and Steelhead, a coalition of
state-level groups that was formed in 1997 to deal with the proliferation
of salmon and steelhead endangered species listings in Northern and Central
California. C.A.R. joined the coalition in 1998.
CCDEH – California Counsel of Environmental Health Directors, the author of
the alternate set of Onsite Wastewater Treatment System regulations that
will be considered by the State Water Board and an ally of C.A.R. on most
CELSOC-Consulting Engineers and Land Surveyors of California, a normal ally
of C.A.R.'s on land use and environmental issues, which represents the
people and companies who provide land use consultations and design
CFA-California Forestry Association, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on land use
and environmental issues, which represents timber companies throughout the
CFBF-California Farm Bureau Federation, an ally of C.A.R.'s on most
environmental issues, but not always on land use issues, representing
agricultural interests throughout the state.
Chamber-California Chamber of Commerce, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on land
use and environmental issues, which represents large and small businesses
of all types throughout the state.
CNRG-California Natural Resources Group, a coalition of state-level groups
that was formed in late-2000 to deal with the proliferation of critical
habitat designations proposed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFS).
C.A.R. joined the coalition in December 2000.
COF-California Oak Foundation, an oak tree preservation group.
CSAC-California State Association of Counties, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on
land use-related local control issues, made up of county supervisors and
FSC-The State Fire Safe Council, a public-private partnership of groups
dedicated to mobilizing all Californians to make their homes and
neighborhoods fire safe, and serving as a model for local fire safe
councils. C.A.R. has been a member since its inception in 1993.
League-League of California Cities, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on land
use-related local control issues, made up of city councils, mayors and city
NRDC-Natural Resources Defense Council, an environmental group.
PCL-Planning and Conservation League, an environmental group.
PLF-Pacific Legal Foundation, the national legal group that fights for
property rights in the courts.
RCRC-Regional Council of Rural Counties, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on land
use-related local control issues, made up of rural county supervisors and
RLC-Resource Landowners Coalition, a normal ally of C.A.R.'s on land use
and environmental issues, made up of large landowners throughout the state.
The Club-The Sierra Club, an environmental group.
TNC-The Nature Conservancy, a land preservation/environmental group.