The proposed project is the update to the Richmond Housing Element, which will cover an eight-year period between 2023 and 2031 (6th Cycle planning period). The City's Housing Element is a state-required element and is one of 15 elements that comprise the City's General Plan. The 5th Cycle Housing Element includes housing-related goals, policies, and programs to address the City's existing and future housing needs. It also identifies changes in the City's demographics, economics, and housing supply; analyzes housing constraints and resources; creates a plan that identifies sites for potential housing, and updates existing and/or develops new housing goals, objectives, policies, and programs as appropriate.
The City, acting as Lead Agency, certified an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (SCH#2008022018) as part of General Plan Update in 2012. The City has prepared an Addendum to the 2012 ElR, which describes the 5th Cycle Housing Element and
compares its impacts to those identified in the 2012 General Plan ElR. The analysis
demonstrates that the proposed project does not require the preparation of a subsequent or supplemental EIR per the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) statutes (Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq.) and the CEQA Guidelines (California Code of Regulations 15000 et seq.). More specifically, the 5th Cycle Housing Element would not result in a substantial increase in the severity of previously identified significant effects, since the 5th Cycle Housing Element would not change any of the existing General Plan land use designations, and new development during the 5th Cycle-would be subject to the same standards and review procedures currently in place.
The Addendum to the 2012 EIR was adopted by the Richmond City-Council on January 24, 2023, together: with the proposed project.