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May 2023

The General Plan outlines a new path for California’s fastest growing big city – one that is sustainable, equitable, and just. The plan accommodates 70,000 new homes and 80,000 new jobs, all in infill settings, with growth linked to transit and to promote complete neighborhoods. As part of the General Plan effort, Sacramento became the first major California  city to commit to eliminating single-family zoning. The General Plan eliminates maximum residential density, and replaces this with minimum density and maximum floor area ratio without any density limits to foster a greater variety of housing in all neighborhoods. The plan also includes a new Environmental Justice Element that incorporates creative strategies to build resilience to urban heat and climate change, address air pollution in disadvantaged communities, and promote wider access to healthy food. A Climate Action and Adaptation Plan that sets the City on a path for carbon neutrality by 2045 was also prepared.


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April 2023

The new Carson General Plan sets a path toward a more sustainable future that balances the City’s strong industrial sector with community-oriented development. Environmental justice and public health is a central priority in this vision. Nearly all census tracts in the city are designated as disadvantaged communities by the State, and the city is part of an AB-617 community, recognized as one of the most impacted and socioeconomically vulnerable communities in the state from an air pollution perspective.

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Carson’s Community Health and Environmental Justice Element recognizes these broader issues and identifies additional local priorities, such as lack of access to healthy food and affordable housing options in higher income/higher resource areas, to address existing disparities. D&B conducted thorough GIS analysis to map each of these issues and craft locally specific policies, informed by stakeholder and community feedback. As a result, the Community Health and Environmental Justice Element includes a set of policies that complement other elements of the General Plan.

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December 2022

In what the press described as “… one of the most ambitious and large-scale redevelopments in Sonoma County history”, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors in a marathon nine-hour meeting, adopted a Specific Plan for the shuttered 150-building, 900-acre site – California’s first campus for the developmentally disabled, and until recently Sonoma Valley’s largest employer. The plan will help transform the site, located in one of the most picturesque settings in the Bay Area, into a vibrant, walkable, mixed-use community of several thousand residents, jumpstart economic rejuvenation with nearly 1,000 jobs, and serve as a model of sustainable development. The State of California for the first-time ever partnered with a local community to drive the vision of a State-owned property, through a special legislation passed by the State. Dyett & Bhatia led the Plan and the EIR in an engaging process that routinely saw meeting attendance in the hundreds.

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October 2022

We made it through 4.5 years of pandemic, wildfires, and other challenges with a glorious, community-driven General Plan for this iconic Bay Area community -- the first comprehensive plan update in almost 25 years. All growth for the next 20 years will be contained within the current Rural Urban Limit, with revitalized corridors, strengthened downtown, Napa River open space enhancements, and a focus on sustainability! 


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A new benchmark for environmental justice and equity analysis for long-range planning! As part of the City of Oakland's comprehensive 2045 General Plan update,  D&B has prepared an Environmental Justice and Racial Equity Baseline report that identifies and delineates disparities by race and by geography which may be present in the social, economic, and environmental factors that can be influenced directly or indirectly by the General Plan. The findings of this document will serve as the baseline for the Environmental Justice Element of the General Plan, and will enable the City to coordinate interdepartmental efforts to effectively address environmental justice and racial equity.

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A new resource created for the city’s General Plan process is a treasure trove of information on Oakland’s neighborhoods and resources. – The Oaklandside

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Centered along the San Diego River, Mission Valley is the city’s retail destination, and home to a large number of hotels and offices, as well as residential uses. Development is highly auto-centric and disconnected from the trolley system that extends along the valley. Dyett & Bhatia led the consulting team that prepared an updated Community Plan that was adopted by the City Council in September 2019. D&B also led EIR preparation

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