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City Preparing Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for General Plan Update & Publishes Two Key Baseline Reports

Date Posted: March 30th, 2022 @ 10:08 AM
Last Updated: April 22nd, 2022 @ 11:17 AM
View of Broadway Ave and Downtown Oakland City Center from top of an escalator leading down to a BART subway station

Notice of Preparation of Draft Environmental Impact Report for Oakland 2045 General Plan
Comments on Scope Due by May 2, 2022

The City is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Phase I of the Oakland 2045 General Plan Update (“Project”). The purpose of the EIR is to provide information about the potential impacts that the Project may have on the environment, identify feasible mitigation measures to minimize any significant impacts, and to analyze potential alternatives that may have reduced impacts. 

A Notice of Preparation (NOP) of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)was published on Wednesday, March 30, 2022. The public comment period on the scope of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) ends on Monday, May 2, 2022. Comments on the scope of the DEIR may also be sent via email to generalplan@oaklandca.gov.

The City will conduct a public scoping session at the 4/20/22 Planning Commission meeting to solicit comments from the Planning Commission and the public on the types of information and analysis that should be considered in the DEIR. The City anticipates that a DEIR for public review and comment will be available by October 2022.

Map Atlas

The Map Atlas provides baseline spatial data on existing conditions and mappable resources, trends, and critical concerns that will frame choices for the long-term physical development of Oakland. The Atlas includes information about land uses, natural and community resources, urban form, and transportation infrastructure. The findings of this document will be used as a basis for:

  • Facilitating community input on planning issues, priorities, and vision for the future;
  • Understanding opportunities and identifying constraints;
  • Evaluating policy issues and options for housing sites (as part of Phase 1) and alternative land use and transportation concepts (as part of Phase 2);
  • Formulating policies and implementation actions for the General Plan Update; and
  • Conducting mapping and baseline assessment needed for the environmental setting portion of environmental impacts reports (currently anticipated for each of the two phases) for the General Plan Update.
Affordable housing units built from 2015-2020, screenshot from Map Atlas
Affordable housing units built from 2015-2020, screenshot from Map Atlas


Environmental and Racial Equity Baseline

The Environmental Justice and Racial Equity Baseline identifies and delineates disparities by race and by geography which may be present in the social, economic, and environmental factors that can be influenced directly or indirectly by the General Plan. The findings of this document will be used to:

  • Establish a baseline of existing conditions pertaining to environmental justice and racial equity to inform conversations between City staff and members of the public, particularly those in communities most impacted by racial inequities that make them vulnerable to climate change and other environmental effects;
  • Serve as the baseline for the Environmental Justice Element of the General Plan; and
  • Enable the City to coordinate interdepartmental efforts to effectively address environmental justice and racial equity.
Changes in Oakland's racial makeup over time, screenshot from the Environmental Justice and Racial Equity Baseline report
Changes in Oakland's racial makeup over time, screenshot from the Environmental Justice and Racial Equity Baseline report

Media Contact

Portrait of Planner IV, Lakshmi Rajagopalan

Lakshmi Rajagopalan
Planner IV
Planning & Building
lrajagopalan@oaklandca.gov
510-238-6751