The Recreation Planning Unit provides planning support services to districts by leading a team of subject matter experts from the district and other divisions through the development of long-term planning documents such as General Plans, management plans and cornerstone documents.  The unit also houses the GIS enterprise program, which manages the Department’s GIS services and provides data and mapping products for planning and facilities management.  Some of the unit’s current projects include initiating the use of Cornerstone Documents, ongoing development of General Plans, and planning for the development of low-cost coastal accommodations in park units. 

The RPU also produces the Planning Milestones report, a compendium providing selected information on the classified units and major unclassified properties that are currently or have in the past been associated with the California State Park System, and the State Park System Statistical Report. The Statistical Report contains data that collectively describes and measures the California State Park System.