City Government, Community

Have your say on the future of downtown Hayward

February 12, 2019

Green arch with gold lettering that says "Hayward Downtown" over a field of poppies

Hayward is gathering final feedback on a new Draft Downtown Specific Plan to guide future growth, transportation improvements and other enhancements in the City’s 320-acre downtown area.

The Specific Plan will amend the Hayward General Plan and zoning law to establish a new framework to facilitate new housing and retail development; foster linkages to other neighborhoods and destinations across the City; and enhance the overall character and accessibility of Downtown Hayward.  Maximum potential buildout under the draft Plan would be up to 3,427 new residential units and 1.9 million square feet of new non-residential development.

A related Draft Downtown Specific Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is intended to provide a comprehensive assessment of the effects that development and future growth as provided for in the Specific Plan may have on the natural and man-made environment, including air-quality, traffic and cultural resources.

Both the draft Plan and draft EIR will be presented and discussed at a work session during a public meeting of the Hayward Planning Commission on Feb. 14.   More information on the draft Plan and EIR can be found on the Downtown Specific Plan Project page of the City of Hayward website.

A 45-day public comment period on the adequacy of the draft EIR ends on Feb. 20.  Additional questions and comments on the draft EIR and draft Specific Plan should be directed to project planner Damon Golubics by telephone at (510) 583-4210, by email at or by mail to Damon Golubics, Senior Planner, Development Services Department, 777 B Street, Hayward, CA, 94541.