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Letter to City Council Reveals Errors in City's Staff Report on Mixed Neighborhood Overlay Development

On April 2, 2024, Citizens for a Better Eureka sent the attached letter to Eureka City Council alerting them of two errors in the staff report that appeared on the upcoming City Council meeting agenda. The following are excerpts from that letter. The full letter containing details of each point can be downloaded below.

The staff report contains the following two inaccuracies:

  1. Interplay between the proposed overlay zoning and the Housing for All Downtown Vitality Initiative - the staff reports claims that the proposed overlay zone could be applied to sites such as the Jacobs Site "regardless of the results of the upcoming initiative." This is not a correct statement of the law as it relates to the Jacobs site.

  2. The proposed overlay zone's purported exemption from CEQA - The staff report asserts that the proposed overlay zone, while a “project” for purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), would nonetheless be exempt from CEQA review because the overlay zone “has no possibility to significantly affect the environment”. This is statement is problematic.

CBE also contends that the estimated cost of $40,000 to retain a land use consultant to proceed is a waste of public funds.

You can view the full letter below.

24-04-02 Ltr to City re Overlay
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