City of Hercules 6th Cycle Housing Element


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Hercules
Document Title
City of Hercules 6th Cycle Housing Element
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Identified parcels are vacant and underutilized residential and mixed-use residential land use designations.
Document Description
The project involves a comprehensive update of the City of Hercules General Plan Housing Element for the 6th housing cycle (2023-2031). The updated Housing Element will establish programs, policies and actions to further the goal of meeting existing and projected housing needs of all income levels and will identify how the City plans to accommodate its Regional Housing Needs Allocation of at least 995 units through the year 2031. The proposed Housing Element Update has the potential to result in development of up to 1,069 additional dwelling units which encompasses properties within the City’s external boundaries. This project is City-wide.

Contact Information

Timothy Rood
Agency Name
City of Hercules
Job Title
Community Development Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Contra Costa
Cross Streets
Highway 80 and Highway 4
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Other Location Info
The City of Hercules 2023-2031 Housing Element applies to all proposed and existing residential and mixed-use zoning districts, as well as to General Plan land use designations that allow residential or mixed-use development within the municipal boundaries of the City of Hercules. Hercules is located within the West County portion of Contra Costa County, which includes the urbanized shoreline of San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. The City is separated from the remainder of Contra Costa County by the Briones Hills and open space lands. The incorporated City of Pinole is located south of Hercules and the unincorporated community of Rodeo is located north of Hercules. Major roads and highways that traverse Hercules include portions of Interstate 80 (I-80), State Route 4 [also known as John Muir Parkway (SR 4)], and San Pablo Avenue. In addition to San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, the other regionally significant natural feature in Hercules is Refugio Creek, which flows from the eastern edge of the City, through the central portion of Hercules, and into San Pablo Bay north of Hercules Point. Most of the City’s land area is located east of the I-80 corridor, which runs in a north-south direction through the community. Hercules is predominantly a residential community, with traditional single-family detached dwellings located both east and west of the I-80 corridor. Commercial and retail areas are generally located along Sycamore and Willow Avenues near the eastbound I-80 off-ramp. Industrial and R&D/office uses are concentrated in the northwest portion of Hercules, with light industrial uses dispersed to the east of I-80 along SR 4 and Willow Avenue.

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, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), 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 Transportation, District 4 (DOT), 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), 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, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Residential (Housing Element)(Units 995, Acres 24)
Local Actions
General Plan Update
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Fiscal Impacts, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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