Toolbox Tuesday

Build Your Skill Set and Strengthen Your Community 


Complementary Professional Development

In alignment with SCAG’s strategic goals to produce innovative solutions that improve the quality of life for Southern Californians and be the foremost data information hub, Toolbox Tuesday aims to provide a range of planning knowledge and technical skills for local planners including training on various tools and resources on emerging planning topics such as equity, environmental justice, traffic safety, housing, transportation, sustainability, spatial analytics, programming language, and data literacy.  

Toolbox Tuesday offers professional, complementary, and virtual training to local government staff and other stakeholders within our six-county region through the monthly webinar. As a bonus, most trainings provided through Toolbox Tuesday are eligible for AICP Certification Maintenance credits. 

Trending and Timely Topics

Toolbox Tuesday provides a quick, one-half-hour-long focus on a single subject. The sessions are planned at a level that a variety of people—including elected officials, local planners, community organizers, students, and community members—can gain practical skills and knowledge on timely planning issues. Offering this training virtually and free of cost provides all local jurisdictions access to high-quality training and technical assistance. By bringing together planners from diverse areas in the region, the sessions allow jurisdictions to share and learn from each other about the successes and nuances on various planning topics. 

For additional information regarding technical assistance and feedback about Toolbox Tuesday, please contact the Local Information Services Team (LIST) at


Upcoming Toolbox Tuesday Training

Toolbox Tuesday Housing Series Part 2: Tools & Resources To Increase Housing Access and Exploring Development Trends

Housing Series Part Two

Tuesday, November 14, 1 – 2:30 p.m.

Register here to join Part Two of the Toolbox Tuesday Housing Series. Part Two will focus on tools jurisdictions can use to identify suitable sites in their communities for housing development and provide information on updated California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) legislation. 

SCAG’s Regional Data Platform (RDP) Housing Element Parcel (HELPR) tool allows jurisdictions to input several variables best suited for housing development; most data powering HELPR is collected from local jurisdictions through the Local Data Exchange (LDX) process. With these specific parcels identified, the jurisdictions can use the California Office of Planning and Research’s Site Check tool to determine how the housing development may qualify for streamlining under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). In addition to the tools mentioned above, SCAG has been collaborating with a consultant team to prepare guidance materials for available development streamlining options. These materials, combined with information about recent CEQA legislation, will assist jurisdictions in identifying opportunities to accelerate housing production.

Please reach out to the Local Information Services Team (LIST) at for further assistance.

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As part of SCAG Local Information Services Program, Toolbox Tuesdays provide training on a range of practical skills and knowledge for local planning practitioners including training in the use of technology and education for practical approaches to timely issues. All classes and webinars are COMPLIMENTARY for staff of SCAG-member local governments and other SCAG partners in Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura Counties. Private sector planners, non-profit staff, academics and students are welcome to attend.