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Finance Committee
Meeting Date: 07/13/2021  
FROM: Bill Gallardo

Appropriation Request for General Plan Amendment/Zone Change
Staff recommends that the City Council appropriate $100,000 from the General Plan Maintenance Fund (Fund 120) for the purpose of conducting General Plan amendments/zone changes as it pertains to the adoption of the 6th Cycle General Plan Housing Element (2021-2029).
It is anticipated that the City of Brea will adopt and submit the 6th Cycle General Plan Housing Element (2021-2029) to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by the October 15, 2021 deadline. The adoption would result in a 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 within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods. 

These General Plan amendments/Zone changes would require an analysis under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). An Environmental consultant would be required to conduct these analyses. The City is undergoing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) and a consultant has not yet been selected. Once this process is complete, staff will return to the City Council with an agreement for approval.

It is anticipated that staff time will be used to initiate the process and conduct site analyses. The appropriation request will be used to cover both consultant time and staff time needed for these analyses.  
There is no fiscal impact to the General Fund. This appropriation request impacts the General Plan Maintenance Fund (Fund 120), which currently has a balance of $1.5 million. If approved, this item will be included in the next quarterly budget adjustment.
William Gallardo, City Manager
Prepared by: Jason Killebrew, City Planner
Concurrence: Tracy Steinkruger, Community Development Director

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