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  Agenda Item   17.    
City Council Meeting
Meeting Date: 11/16/2021  
FROM: Bill Gallardo

Subject:
Professional Services Agreement with Michael Baker International to conduct California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) review and prepare an environmental assessment for General Plan Amendments and Zone Changes for three development sites as identified in the 6th Cycle of the (2021-2029) Housing Element.
RECOMMENDATION
1. Approve Professional Services Agreement with Michael Baker International to conduct California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) consulting services in the amount not-to-exceed $65,795.00; and,
 
2. Authorize the City Manager to execute the Professional Services Agreement with Michael Baker International. 
BACKGROUND/DISCUSSION
On July 13, 2021, the Finance Committee recommended that the City Council appropriate funds for the General Plan Amendments/Zone Changes from the General Plan Maintenance Fund (Fund 120). Subsequently, on July 20, 2021, the City Council approved the appropriation request.
 
On August 19, 2021, City staff posted a solicitation notification of the City’s Purchasing webpage and sent a solicitation notification email to pre-qualified firms who might be interested in submitting a proposal (Attachment A). A total of three (3) proposals were submitted for the scope of services outlined in the request for proposals. Upon evaluation of the proposals, staff selected Michael Baker International. 
 
On September 21, 2021, the City Council of the City of Brea adopted General Plan Amendment No. 2021-01 for the update of the 6th Cycle General Plan House Element (2021-2029). The adoption of General Plan Amendment No. 2021-01 resulted in the requirement for the City to initiate General Plan Amendments/Zone Changes to accommodate the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) as it relates to the opportunity sites identified in the Housing Element. The RHNA is mandated by State Housing Law and quantifies the need for housing with each jurisdiction during specified planning periods. The General Plan Amendments/Zone Changes would require an environmental analysis under CEQA. 
 
At this time, staff is seeking Council approval of a Professional Services Agreement (Attachment B) with Michael Baker International to conduct CEQA consulting services in the amount not-to-exceed $65,795.00 and authorize the City Manager to execute the Professional Services Agreement. 
COMMISSION/COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATION
The Finance Committee reviewed staff’s recommendation at their October 26, 2021 meeting and recommended to proceed to Council for approval.
FISCAL IMPACT/SUMMARY
Council is requested to approve a Professional Services Agreement with Michael Baker International to conduct CEQA review and prepare an environmental assessment for General Plan Amendments and Zone Changes in the amount not-to-exceed $65,795.00 and authorize the City Manager to execute the Professional Services Agreement. 
 
This Professional Services Agreement would be funded by General Plan Maintenance Fund (Fund 120), thus creates no impact on the General Fund. 
RESPECTFULLY SUBMITTED:
William Gallardo, City Manager
Prepared by: Jose Barriga, Associate Planner
Concurrence: Jason Killebrew, City Planner
 
Attachments
A. Request for Proposal Solicitation
B. Draft Professional Services Agreement

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