Developers and real estate brokers working in Hayward and property owners looking to invest in or sell property should use the General Plan to gain an understanding of challenges and opportunities related to land use and economic development within the city. Ultimately, the City’s other regulatory documents and processes, such as specific plans, area plans, form-based codes, the Zoning Ordinance, and design guidelines are required to be consistent with the General Plan.
The General Plan includes a new land use diagram that made small changes to the land use designations in a few key areas. For most properties in Hayward, their land use designation did not change. If your property’s land use designation changed, the underlying zoning district may also change to maintain consistency with the General Plan. You can view the most up-to-date zoning map here. The General Plan also includes an implementation program that says the City will prepare a comprehensive update to the Hayward Zoning Ordinance to be consistent with the goals, policies, and programs of the new General Plan. Changes to the Zoning Ordinance may change what an individual can do to their property.
The General Plan, other City plans, and the Zoning Ordinance all differ in the level of detail they include. The General Plan has a long-term outlook. It identifies the types of development that will be allowed, the spatial relationships among land uses, and the general pattern of future development. Other City plans and the City’s Zoning Ordinance implement General Plan policies through more detailed development regulations, such as specific use types and building standards or infrastructure improvements and financing. State law requires that all City plans and zoning be consistent with diagrams and policies in the General Plan. Development must not only meet the specific requirements of adopted City plans and the Zoning Ordinance, but also be found to be consistent with the broader policies set forth in the General Plan.
The Housing Element contains policies and implementation programs that describe the incentives the City provides for building lower-income housing. The City’s Density Bonus Ordinance allows developers to build at higher densities if the project includes a certain amount of affordable housing. The City will also encourage affordable housing on large sites by giving priority to processing subdivision maps that include affordable housing, expedite the review for the subdivision of larger sites into buildable lots, modify development requirements on a case-by-case basis, and provide financial assistance when available.
Most of the residential neighborhoods in Hayward will not see significant new growth; those neighborhoods will be preserved and enhanced. New growth will be directed to areas that will decrease dependency on the automobile and allow more people to walk, bike, or take transit. This strategy is a regional priority. The Bay Area’s Regional Transportation Plan and Sustainable Communities Strategy directs housing and employment growth toward Priority Development Areas located throughout the region. Hayward has five Priority Development Areas:
- The Downtown City Center
- The Cannery Transit Neighborhood
- The Mission Boulevard Mixed-Use Corridor
- The South Hayward BART Mixed-Use Corridor
- The South Hayward BART Urban Neighborhood
Each of these areas has an adopted specific plan that details the type and location of allowed development.
The City of Hayward is required by State law to prepare an Urban Water Management Plan (UWMP) every five years. The City Council adopted the most recent UWMP in 2011. The primary purpose of the UWMP is to support long‐term water resource planning and determine the availability of water supplies to meet current and future demand. The City purchases its water from its wholesale water supplier, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). According to the most recent UWMP, the SFPUC has enough water to supply its wholesale customers in typical years, but may need to rely on rationing or finding supplemental supply in dry years.