Reasons for Exemption
Re-adoption of the Housing Element is exempt pursuant to the "common sense exemption" (Section 15061(b)(3) of the CEQA Guidelines). Given the Housing Element's nature and scope, it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the Housing Element could have a significant effect on the environment because it does not approve any development project or other physical change to the environment. Rather, the Housing Element is a document that sets forth the City's policies to plan for the City's regional housing needs allocation. Additionally, the housing Element does not grant any development entitlements or authorize development beyond what is allowed under the City’s current General Plan and Zoning Code. Approval of any subsequent zoning amendments or housing development projects in accordance with the policies set forth in the Housing Element will comply with CEQA. Based on these factors, it can be seen with certainty that the programs and policies set forth in the Housing Element would not have a significant effect on the environment. Accordingly, the Housing Element is exempt from CEQA pursuant to the common sense exemption.