California Senate Bill 1000 requires General Plans address environmental justice by including goals, policies, and actions that:

- Reduce the unique or compounded health risks in disadvantaged communities by reducing pollution exposure and promoting public improvements, public services, community amenities, food access, safe and sanitary homes, and physical activity.
- Promote civil engagement in the public decision-making process.
-Prioritize improvements and programs that address the needs of disadvantaged communities.

SB 1000 only applies if there are disadvantaged communities (DAC) in the jurisdiction. A DAC is defined as low-income areas that are disproportionately affected by environmental pollution and other hazards that can lead to negative health effects, exposure, or environmental degradation. Although Hollister does not have DACs that meet the State definition, given the significant farmworker community, specific attention should be given to assess and address the needs of underserved communities in the city.

Under SB 1000, the General Plan Update process must address specific topics in the new/updated goals, policies, and actions, including:

- Promoting projects that would improve access to affordable and nutritious food in disadvantaged or underserved communities.
- Creating safer and more comfortable streetscapes for pedestrians and bicyclists to increase physical activity.
- Reducing exposure to pollution and air quality.
- Promoting public participation in planning processes.
- Prioritizing improvements and programs that address the needs of disadvantaged or underserved communities.
- Ensuring equal access to public facilities.

Through the 2020 visioning workshops and GPAC meetings, the community has cited key issues in Hollister concerning their natural environment, safe and walkable neighborhoods promoting physical activity, access to healthy food, and reducing long commutes. The Draft General Plan Vision introduces equity as one of Hollister’s four key values, stating that the City will ensure that everyone is treated fairly, there is equal access to City services and infrastructure, and the effects of future decisions are shared by the entire community.

For organizational purposes, the environmental justice policy options are in the Land Use and Community Design section, though some of the policy options would be for other elements.

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* 1. Should the City include an Environmental Justice Element or environmental justice policies in the General Plan? (Choose one.)

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* 2. Which of the following policies and actions regarding environmental justice should be included in the General Plan? (Choose as many as desired.)