2023-2031 Housing Element & Safety Element Updates

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Benicia
Document Title
2023-2031 Housing Element & Safety Element Updates
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Document Description
The Housing Element identifies 73 potential housing opportunity sites made up of 117 acres. It is possible that one or more of these locations are on a toxic site list pursuant to Section 65962.5 of the Government Code, but the question is not addressed in the Draft EIR. The matter is more appropriately considered if and when future development applications for specific sites are submitted. The Housing Element contains a program that requires rezoning of land to allow the construction of housing to meet the regional housing needs allocation (RHNA). To meet the RHNA, the city will adopt a Housing Opportunity Sites Zoning Overlay (HOZ). The HOZ will allow the city to focus the rezoning to align with the Housing Element while keeping the underlying land use rights and entitlements intact. The overlay is applied to sites under the City’s control (where development of another type of use is not anticipated) or on sites that are residentially zoned as shown in the Housing Element. The Overlay District applies to any parcel in the Housing Opportunity Sites Inventory in a Single Family Residential (RS), Medium Density Residential (RM), High Density Residential (RH), Public and Semipublic (PS), Community Commercial (CC) or Office Commercial (OC) District, or in a zone of the Downtown Mixed Use Master Plan. The HOZ would allow a residential multifamily density of up to 30 dwelling units per acre for all residential land use categories, Community Commercial, Business and Professional Offices, Public and Quasi Public. Under the HOZ, any parcel legally existing as of January 1, 2023, four multifamily dwelling units are permitted on the parcel regardless of the parcel size, provided that the project complies with all other applicable standards. A maximum height of 35 feet / 3 stories is allowed under the Overlay and Town Core Zoned parcels have a maximum permitted height of 40 feet under the Overlay. Furthermore, any housing proposed in this overlay district is required to comply with the City’s Objective Planning and Design Standards for Mixed-Use Residential and Multifamily Development pursuant to section 17.70.430 of the Benicia Municipal Code.

Contact Information

Jason Hade
Agency Name
City of Benicia Planning Division
Job Title
Planning Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco Bay Area
Total Acres
State Highways
I-780, I-680
Carquinez Strait

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 4, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)
Development Types
Other (Housing)
Local Actions
General Plan Element, Rezone
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Energy, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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