Type, Section or Code
Public Resources Code section 21080(a), CEQA Guidelines section 15378(b)(2), and CEQA Guidelines section 15061(b)(3).
Reasons for Exemption
The Urgency Ordinance implements an Essential Housing Program, whereby the Director of Development Services is authorized to ministerially determine, based on objective standards, if a project is an Essential Housing Project. Specifically, the Urgency Ordinance contains provisions that implement solutions to the City’s housing crisis by: (a) soliciting qualifying applications; (b) accepting applications that meet specified criteria designed to boost housing production and improve housing affordability in the City; (c) processing accepted applications in accordance with the terms and conditions of the Urgency Ordinance; (d) approving or denying such applications in accordance with objective criteria; and (e) using this overall framework to implement the City’s program on an urgency basis consistent with the Council’s findings and intent. The Ordinance does not entitle, authorize, or otherwise permit a development project. All projects certified as Essential Housing Projects must adhere to the City’s standard development review and environmental assessment process.