Local Government Commission (Sacramento, California)

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The Local Government Commission is a private, non-profit organization in Sacramento, California. According to its website it: "provides inspiration, technical assistance, and networking to local elected officials and other dedicated community leaders who are working to create healthy, walkable, and resource-efficient communities."[1]

The LGC's Mission statement says:

"The Local Government Commission assists local governments in establishing and nurturing the key elements of livable communities: a healthier human and natural environment, a more sustainable economy, an actively engaged populace, and an equitable society."


In 1991, the LGC helped bring together the architects Peter Calthorpe, Michael Corbett, Andrés Duany, Elizabeth Moule, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Stefanos Polyzoides and Daniel Solomon to develop a set of community principles for land use planning. Called the Ahwahnee Principles [2] (after Yosemite National Park's Ahwanee Lodge), the LGC presented them to about 100 government officials that fall, at its first Yosemite Conference for Local Elected Officials. Calthorpe, Duany, Moule, Plater-Zyberk, Polyzoides, and Solomon later founded the Chicago-based Congress for the New Urbanism in 1993.

The LGC also promotes the Ahwahnee Principles for Economic Development: Smart Growth: Economic Development for the 21st Century; A Set of Principles for Building Prosperous and Livable Communities, and The Ahwahnee Water Principles for Resource Efficient Land Use.

The LGC held its 22nd annual Building Livable Communities Conference for Local Elected Officials from March 15–17, 2013, at Yosemite National Park. The topic was "New Strategies for a New Age".[3]