The draft General Plan Housing Element outlines the strategies and
policies the City will implement over the next eight years in order to
meet Oakland’s housing needs. The Housing Element was last updated in
2015 and is now being updated with public input to reflect the recent
housing opportunities, challenges, and approaches that have emerged in
the Oakland community, as well as to comply with new state laws.
Note: This is a preliminary draft document
that has not been adopted by the City of Oakland or approved by any City
department. This draft has not gone through graphic design or
formatting. The purpose of this draft is to solicit public input prior
to transmission to the State Department of Housing and Community
The City encourages comments on the Draft Housing Element be submitted by email to email@example.com.
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 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 NOP is a brief notice sent by the lead
agency to notify the responsible agencies, trustee agencies, and
involved federal agencies that the lead agency plans to prepare an
Environmental Impact Review (EIR) with significant impacts for the
project. It is the first step in the EIR preparation process. CEQA Guidelines encourage public agencies to begin the EIR preparation process as early as possible in the planning process but late enough to provide meaningful information to the environmental assessment. (Guidelines 15004(b).) This helps to ensure that environmental considerations can influence early project decisions.
When the City determines that an EIR is required, it issues a Notice of Preparation. The purpose of the NOP is to invite input from the public and relevant agencies on the environmental topics to be addressed in the EIR. Starting scoping early helps to ensure key environmental issues are identified early in the process and taken into consideration as part of the GPU process. Later, when the draft EIR is released, members of the public will have an additional opportunity to provide feedback to the City.
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 should be sent via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
The Map Atlas is one of several reports documenting and analyzing background conditions, trends, and opportunities to lay the groundwork for community deliberations and policy-making.
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.