City of Pleasanton Climate Action Plan and General Plan Amendments


To address the California Attorney General’s lawsuit on their General Plan Update environmental impact report (EIR), and respond to a Superior Court Writ of Mandate on their Housing Element, the City of Pleasanton required a team with expertise to develop and adopt a Climate Action Plan (CAP) to accommodate jobs and housing growth while reducing community-wide greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

ESA collaborated with the City to develop a CAP, a General Plan Amendment, and CEQA documentation. ESA refined the City’s GHG inventory and 2020 emissions projection, developed and quantifed emissions reduction measures, prioritized measures for implementation, and designed a monitoring program. The CAP helps the City to prepare for the expected impacts of climate change, including higher temperatures, extreme weather events, and water supply uncertainty.

ESA’s team suggested a novel approach that modeled land use, housing and transportation scenarios to identify and illustrate synergistic combinations of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) reduction measures and housing strategies. The team also prepared a General Plan Amendment that incorporated land use/housing/transportation and other CAP goals and strategies into the General Plan concurrent with adoption of the CAP, avoiding the need for a separate amendment and environmental review process.

ESA’s comprehensive CEQA documentation simultaneously meets the requirements for a “qualified” CAP per the BAAQMD draft guidelines, addresses the Attorney General’s lawsuit on the General Plan Update EIR, and responds to the Superior Court Writ of Mandate in the Housing Element lawsuit, bringing the City of Pleasanton into compliance and well prepared to be a greener city.

Specialized Services

  • California AB 32, SB 32 and SB 375 compliance
  • Carbon management and mitigation
  • Community and ecosystem adaptation plans
  • Environmental impact reports
  • General plans, comprehensive plans, and community plans
  • Greenhouse gas inventories, mitigation, and emissions reduction
  • Inventories and reporting
  • Organics diversion
  • Real-time data collection systems
  • Recycling programs
  • Traffic and parking studies
  • Urban design guidelines
  • Water conservation and reuse
  • Zero waste strategies and programs

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