General Plan Amendment

WHAT IS A GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (GPA)?
A GPA is an action by the City Council which changes the General Plan Designation for a site or area.

WHAT DOES IT COST?
The initial application fee for a GPA request is a $12,000 deposit to be used for cost of staff review time and materials (no maximum), billed on a monthly basis. This charge covers staff review of the request, preparation of a staff report and presentation of the application to the Planning Commission and City Council.

WHO APPROVES A GPA APPLICATION?
The Planning Commission may recommend approval, denial, or modification of an application, or may hold over an application to a future meeting for further study and/or additional information. The City Council will consider the Planning Commission's recommendation and will make a final decision.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS?

  1. Make an appointment to see a Planner to determine whether you need to file a GPA application and if so, what issues, policies or standards will be considered in evaluating your request. Your application may require other entitlements in addition to the GPA.
  2. Submit filled out application, filing fee, and required materials to the Planning Division.
  3. The Planning Division will review your proposal to ensure the information is adequate and will refer the proposal and plans to affected departments, agencies, private or business organizations, or homeowner associations for their comments.
  4. The Planning Division will prepare a report analyzing your request and a public hearing will be scheduled before the Planning Commission.
  5. Upon a recommendation of approval by the Planning Commission, or upon appeal of a recommendation of denial, the City Council will hold a public hearing and consider their recommendation.

HOW LONG DOES THE PROCESS TAKE?
The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing 10 to 12 weeks after an application is deemed complete and environmental documents have been prepared. The City Council will hold a public hearing approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the Planning Commission makes its recommendation.

WHAT IS INVOLVED IN A PUBLIC HEARING?
Twenty days before the hearing, the applicant and all persons who own or reside at property within 300 feet of the boundaries of the project will be notified of the place, time and date of the hearing. The Planning Commission will consider the Planning Division staff report and evaluate testimony from the applicant and his or her representatives and the public. After the public hearing portion of the meeting is concluded, the Planning Commission may recommend approval of the request, deny it, hold the matter over for additional information.

MAY A DECISION BE APPEALED?
An applicant or anyone else who is dissatisfied with the recommendation of the Planning Commission may appeal the Commission's recommendation to the City Council. To appeal, a written statement explaining one's objection(s) must be filed within ten days after the Commission's decision. A public hearing will then be set to consider the appeal. Appeals are generally heard within 4 to 6 weeks, and the decision of the Council is final.

WHEN ARE HEARINGS HELD?
The Planning Commission holds public hearings twice monthly on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 777 B Street, Hayward. The City Council meets on Tuesdays of each month at 7 p.m.

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