Stuart Flashman

California College of Art Redevelopment pre-application documents available on-line

Thursday, August 29, 2019

The attached documents were obtained from the City of Oakland at an obscure City website location.  Directions for accessing that location are also provided.

Agenda items for Wednesday August 28th Land Use Committee Meeting

Monday, August 26, 2019

Agenda items for this Wednesday's Land Use Committee Meeting (7:30 PM - upstairs meeting room at Rockridge branch library)

1.  Update on California College of Arts Oakland campus redevelopment project - scoping for environmental review process (copy of RCPC's submitted scoping letter is attached)

2.  Update on possible uses of the $400,000 College Ave Safeway settlement funds (copy of post-opening "cut-through" traffic study is attached)

3.  Update on Rockridge Housing Study

Deadline Approaching to Propose Community Enhancements Funded by College Avenue Safeway Project.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

As reported in last month’s Rockridge News, the settlement reached by community groups [including RCPC] with Safeway resulted in $400,000 to be made available for “community enhancements” within five years of the store’s opening.  The five year deadline is approaching in January, so the choice is, “use it, or lose it.”

Update on Rockridge Housing Study (June 2019)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Rockridge Housing Study, begun last spring, seeks to provide information that the community can use to guide decisions about how Rockridge might best help address the City’s housing needs.  Five alternative scenarios have been developed.  As noted in last month’s report, Darin Smith, a Rockridge resident and a principal of Economic & Planning Systems, Inc., has volunteered some of his time and the use of modeling software his firm developed to help the Committee analyze each scenario’s effects on housing – both amount and affordability – and t

June 20th Joint RCPC/NCPC Town Hall Meeting Report

Thursday, July 4, 2019

On Thursday, June 20th, the Rockridge Community Planning Council and the Greater Rockridge Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council held their annual joint town hall meeting.  It was an opportunity for the two organizations to join together on a topic of mutual interest.  This year, that topic was disaster preparedness.

Agenda for June 26th Land Use Committee Meeting

Monday, June 24, 2019

The June 26th meeting of the Land Use Committee will have two items on its agenda:

1.  Discussion of preliminary feasibility analysis for scenarios in the Rockridge Housing Study. The Committee will hear about and discuss a proposed preliminary feasibility analysis for the study.  The analysis will consider:  1) single typical residential lot in lower Rockridge, 2)  combining four typical single-family lots in lower Rockridge to build a multifamily project, 3) building on a sample two-acre underutilized lot (currently in commercial use).

U.C. Students Design Affordable Housing at the Rockridge BART station

Thursday, June 6, 2019

This year, a U.C. Berkeley graduate course included student projects studying possible housing projects at two BART station sites:  Glen Park Station in San Francisco and the Rockridge BART Station.  The projects were all based on recent state legislation that allowed BART to “upzone” land it owned to promote transit-oriented housing, with an emphasis on affordable housing.

Update on status of SB 50 (Wiener/Skinner)

Monday, May 20, 2019

In a somewhat surprising move, the Senate Finance Committee placed SB 50, authored by Senators Wiener and Skinner, in the "suspense" file.  That action is reserved for bills that could have significant fiscal impacts and need  further study or modification.  In the case of SB 50, the committee report for the bill had flagged significant costs for analyzing and then preparing maps of the "job rich" areas across the state that would be subject to automatic u

April 2019 Land Use Committee Update

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Following up on the previous week’s Town Hall featuring Senator Skinner’s Communications Director, Bob Gammon, explaining the bill, the committee discussed various aspects of the bill and how it might affect Oakland and Rockridge.  Committee members raised numerous concerns about the bill.  Perhaps the biggest concern is that the bill, like its predecessor SB 827, attempts a “one-size-fits-all” approach to addressing California’s shortage of affordable housing.  Indeed, Mr.

April 2019 Town Hall Meeting - More on SB 50

Sunday, May 12, 2019

The April 18th Town Hall was primarily devoted to a high-interest program: explaining California Senate Bill 50 – a bill to promote housing near train and ferry stops, along major bus routes, and in major job centers – and how it might affect Rockridge.  The program, expertly moderated by Ms.

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