Three Element Update - Environmental Justice | Housing | Safety & Resilience Elements of the General Plan

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Welcome to the Vallejo General Plan Update Page

(3EU) Community Engagement Page

The City of Vallejo is updating the Housing, Safety, and Environmental Justice Elements of the General Plan to improve housing, safety, health, and equity in Vallejo. This is the main webpage for all three of these important tasks.


Environmental Justice

“Environmental justice” is the concept that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy neighborhood, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, education, or other factors. The environmental justice component of this General Plan will gather data and community input on issues of equity, health, and environmental racism. Examples might include exposure to air and water pollution, access to parks and recreation, and access to healthy and affordable food. It will identify specific groups who are most impacted by these issues so that the City can develop policies to help improve conditions around them. Click HERE to read more about the Environmental Justice Element.


YOUR VOICE MATTERS

Do you have any opinions you would like to share regarding issues such as availability of healthy food, clean air and water, safe housing and good play spaces?

Please take this short survey: Vallejo Environmental Justice and Community Health Questionnaire.

We want to hear from you about the needs of the community and your ideas for how to make Vallejo safer, healthier, and more equitable.


Housing

The Housing Element will analyze Vallejo’s specific housing needs, identify sites suitable for housing, assesses fair housing conditions, and provide goals, policies, and programs to respond to identified issues to encourage development of additional adequate housing to meet the needs of all income levels in the community. Community input will be a key component of the Housing Element. Click HERE to read more about the Housing Element.


Safety and Resilience

The Safety Element will include updated information about natural hazards like earthquakes, fires, floods, and droughts, as well as evacuation and emergency preparedness and response. It must also identify how these and other hazards in Vallejo are exacerbated by climate change, and what populations, locations, and community features are particularly vulnerable to climate hazards and changing climate conditions. The Safety Element will provide strategies to reduce the risks of death, injuries, property damage, and economic and social dislocation and to increase the community’s resilience. Click HERE to read more about the Safety and Resilience Element here.


Welcome to the Vallejo General Plan Update Page

(3EU) Community Engagement Page

The City of Vallejo is updating the Housing, Safety, and Environmental Justice Elements of the General Plan to improve housing, safety, health, and equity in Vallejo. This is the main webpage for all three of these important tasks.


Environmental Justice

“Environmental justice” is the concept that everyone deserves to live in a safe and healthy neighborhood, regardless of income, race, ethnicity, education, or other factors. The environmental justice component of this General Plan will gather data and community input on issues of equity, health, and environmental racism. Examples might include exposure to air and water pollution, access to parks and recreation, and access to healthy and affordable food. It will identify specific groups who are most impacted by these issues so that the City can develop policies to help improve conditions around them. Click HERE to read more about the Environmental Justice Element.


YOUR VOICE MATTERS

Do you have any opinions you would like to share regarding issues such as availability of healthy food, clean air and water, safe housing and good play spaces?

Please take this short survey: Vallejo Environmental Justice and Community Health Questionnaire.

We want to hear from you about the needs of the community and your ideas for how to make Vallejo safer, healthier, and more equitable.


Housing

The Housing Element will analyze Vallejo’s specific housing needs, identify sites suitable for housing, assesses fair housing conditions, and provide goals, policies, and programs to respond to identified issues to encourage development of additional adequate housing to meet the needs of all income levels in the community. Community input will be a key component of the Housing Element. Click HERE to read more about the Housing Element.


Safety and Resilience

The Safety Element will include updated information about natural hazards like earthquakes, fires, floods, and droughts, as well as evacuation and emergency preparedness and response. It must also identify how these and other hazards in Vallejo are exacerbated by climate change, and what populations, locations, and community features are particularly vulnerable to climate hazards and changing climate conditions. The Safety Element will provide strategies to reduce the risks of death, injuries, property damage, and economic and social dislocation and to increase the community’s resilience. Click HERE to read more about the Safety and Resilience Element here.


  • Safety Element

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    Safety Element

    California Government Code Section 65302(g) (GC 65302) requires all local jurisdictions to update their Safety Element upon each revision of the Housing Element or Local Hazard Mitigation Plan. Vallejo’s Safety Element Update will occur concurrently with the Housing Element Update, which must be adopted by early 2023. The State of California specifies types of information that must be updated, notably, climate change resiliency and adaptation mitigation. Other topics relating to natural hazards, which are already addressed in the Safety Element but may be updated as necessary to reflect new information, include: fire risk, seismic risk, flood risk, site contamination, and the City’s ability to respond to natural and manmade disasters.

  • Housing Element

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    Housing Element

    In California, each city and county must adopt a Housing Element to plan for the housing needs of the community at all economic levels, including low-income and households with special needs. At its core, a Housing Element is an opportunity for the community to establish goals, policies, and programs to address local housing needs. The Housing Element is one of seven required elements of the City’s General Plan, which serves as the blueprint for how the city will grow and address changing needs for development.

    Every eight years, the City is required to update its Housing Element and have it certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The City adopted the last update of the Housing Element in 2014. The current update to the Housing Element will guide housing development in Benicia in the 2023-2031 planning period. The community will have an opportunity to participate in the planning process, which is expected to run through the end of 2022.

    The foundation of the Housing Element is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), which is a State-mandated requirement that establishes each jurisdiction’s “fair share” of the total projected regional housing need. The State of California requires that each city provide adequate sites to meet its RHNA. Benicia’s expected share of the RHNA is 2900 housing units. The City is not required to build or finance new housing, but it must plan for it.

  • Environmental Justice Element

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    Environmental Justice Element


    “Environmental justice” is defined in California law as the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. California law further states that environmental justice includes, but is not limited to, the following:

    • The availability of a healthy environment for all people.
    • The deterrence, reduction, and elimination of pollution burdens for populations and communities experiencing the adverse effects of that pollution, so that the effects of the pollution are not disproportionately borne by those populations and communities.
    • Governmental entities engaging and providing technical assistance to populations and communities most impacted by pollution to promote their meaningful participation in all phases of the environmental and land-use decision-making process.
    • At a minimum, the meaningful consideration of recommendations from populations and communities most impacted by pollution into environmental and land-use decisions.
    • Environmental justice goals, policies, and objectives must do the following:
    • Reduce the unique or compounded health risks in disadvantaged communities by reducing pollution exposure and promoting public improvements; public services; community amenities; and access to food, safe and sanitary homes, and physical activity.
    • Promote civil engagement in the public decision-making process.
    • Prioritize improvements and programs that address the needs of disadvantaged communities.
  • News & Updates

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    Get the latest news and information on the Vallejo General Plan Update here!

Page last updated: 10 Aug 2022, 10:11 AM