Identified parcels are vacant and underutilized residential and mixed-use residential land use designations.
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.
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.
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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
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