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Oakland 2045 General Plan | Environmental Justice Element

Help develop Oakland's first Environmental Justice Element

City Releases Environmental Justic Element Public Review Draft!

The City of Oakland is extremely pleased to announce the release of the Draft Environmental Justice (EJ) Element for public review and feedback! This is the first time the City has created an Environmental Justice Element and we are excited about the draft strategies and policies to reduce pollution burdens on Oakland's most vulnerable communities. The Draft EJ Elements is accompanied by a Racial Equity Impact Analysis (REIA) that analyzes the Element to support the development of equitable policies that are concrete, data-driven, outcome-oriented, and problem-solving.

The Daft EJ Element will be available for 90-day comment period that begins on March 24, 2023 and ends on June 22, 2023. There are several ways to comment and share feedback on the Draft EJ Element during this time:

1. Email feedback to generalplan@oaklandca.gov.

2. Comment directly on the draft via our interactive Konveio page.

3. Participate in community events posted on our website.

Oakland's First Environmental Justice Element

Many of Oakland’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) and low-income communities are disproportionately burdened by pollution and environmental stressors due to legacies of racialized zoning and policy-making.

In order to properly address this undue burden, the City is creating its first Environmental Justice (EJ) Element for the Oakland 2045 General Plan Update.

The Environmental Justice Element will serve as the keystone of the City’s environmental justice goals. This element will distinctly emphasize the importance of environmental justice in the General Plan.

In recognition of the connections between environmental justice topics and multiple elements of the General Plan, the City of Oakland will also integrate environmental justice into the policies, goals, and actions of all other elements.

Draft Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities Map

Defining EJ Communities

Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities (sometimes referred to as “disadvantaged communities” by the State) are the specific beneficiaries of focused funding and targeted environmental justice efforts. They are eligible for special considerations and investments, and should also be recognized and uplifted in order to equitably allocate resources.

As part of the EJ Element, Oakland must identify EJ Communities that are low-income areas and are disproportionately impacted by pollution, socioeconomic vulnerability, and adverse health impacts. The City developed a screening analysis to identify EJ Communities that consists of a composite set of indicators (quantitative metrics of EJ issues). Each indicator is scored and then combined to identify the topmost cumulatively burdened communities. The map illustrates the geographic location of these communities and will be used to prioritize the needs of EJ Communities and to achieve environmental justice.

Check out our Primer on the Ongoing Update of the Draft Environmental Justice (EJ) Communities Map to learn more about the process of developing the Draft EJ Communities Map.

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Environmental Justice Element Timeline

  • March 2023 - Public Review Draft Released

    90-day public review period begins

  • April-June 2023 - Community Engagement

    Focused public engagement on Environmental Justice Element through in-person events, Town Halls, and pop-ups, as well as through public meetings including study sessions by Planning Commission and City Council committees

  • July-August 2023 - Incorporate Public Feedback

    Incorporate public feedback on the Environmental Justice Element

  • September 2023 - Adoption Hearings

    Public hearings on the adoption of the Environmental Justice Element

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