On January 24, 2022, the City Council of the City of Mountain View adopted amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, El Camino Real Precise Plan, and Grant-Phyllis Precise Plan; General Plan Map and Zoning Map amendments to 57/67 and 87 East Evelyn Avenue and 1110 Terra Bella Avenue/1012 Linda Vista Avenue; General Plan Text amendments; and certification of the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Housing Element Update Project.
The proposed Project includes actions by the City of Mountain View to update the City’s Housing Element in conformance with State law and make necessary adjustments to other elements of the City’s General Plan, zoning, and precise plans to maintain consistency within and between these documents. State law requires the City to update its current housing element by January 31, 2023. The Project analyzed in the EIR would include adoption of a General Plan amendment to add or modify goals, objectives, policies, and implementation programs related to housing in the Housing Element of the City’s General Plan. The Housing Element itself would contain: an updated housing needs assessment; updated goals, policies, and programs that address the maintenance, preservation, improvement, and development of housing and that affirmatively further fair housing; and a housing inventory that meets the City’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation and provides a buffer of additional housing development capacity. The Project would also include modifications to provisions in the City’s General Plan Land Use Map, zoning ordinance, zoning map, and adopted Precise Plans, as needed, to reflect the housing sites inventory. Based on the City’s RHNA allocation, the HEU plans for an additional 11,135 dwelling units plus a sizeable “buffer.” The EIR evaluates the potential for approximately 18,000 multi-family housing units (including approximately 96 accessory dwelling units) during the HEU planning period (2023-2031) as a maximum scenario for purposes of the CEQA evaluation, understanding that the buffer size and the final sites selected for inclusion in the Housing Element will be determined by the City Council upon adoption of the HEU. Of this, approximately 16,530 units are already allowed under the City’s adopted General Plan, zoning, and Precise Plans and the remaining 1,250 units would be created through rezonings and General Plan amendments. In addition, the EIR also analyzes a possible increase in housing production from rezonings and General Plan Amendments of approximately 2,850 units beyond 2031.