Future of Rockridge: Conversation

Update on Senators Wiener's and Skinner's new housing upzone bill

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The February Rockridge News featured an article on Senators Scott Wiener's (D-San Francisco) and Nancy Skinner's (D-Oakland-Berkeley) bill, which would mandate residential upzoning near transit stations and major transit line stops statewide.  Faced with significant opposition to their bill, they have added a series of amendments.  (The attached file shows the bill's amended language as of March 1, 2018.)

New bill by Senators Wiener & Skinner would transform Rockridge (and the East Bay

Friday, January 26, 2018

Following up on their success last year in passing SB 35 (see Land Use Committee Update article for January 2018), State Senators Scott Wiener (San Francisco) and Nancy Skinner (Oakland/Berkeley) have introduced a new bill, SB 827, intended to address California's housing crisis.  The bill would create a "transit-rich housing bonus" that would apply to areas near transit stations or "high quality transit corridors" (bus service at least every 15 minutes during peak travel hours).  In those areas, local zoning height limits would be replaced by height limits

Town Hall Meeting Lays out Options for Rockridge's Housing

Friday, April 21, 2017

A capacity crowd of more than fifty filled the Rockridge Library's meeting room to hear about and discuss the future of Rockridge's housing, as the RCPC Land Use Committee presented an interim report on preparing a Rockridge Housing Policy for the RCPC Board of Directors.   The Town Hall presentation was part of RCPC's annual membership meeting, where RCPC's members (everyone over the age of 18 living within RCPC's boundaries) also voted on the election of five members to the Board of Directors.

RCPC to Consider Housing Policy Recommendations for Rockridge

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Unless you're Rip Van Winkel, if you live in Rockridge you are probably aware that Oakland is facing a serious housing crisis.  The supply of housing has not kept up with the fast-increasing demand.  As a result, home prices and rents have been rapidly escalating, and it's becoming harder and harder for anyone except the very well-to-do to find Oakland housing they can affort.

Kick-off slated for study of CN-1 zoning

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

A study of CN-1 zoning (the zoning for the College Ave commercial area, as well as other thriving Oakland neighborhood commercial areas) will kick off next Wednesday evening, May 27th, with a meeting at the Rockridge Branch Library.  RCPC's land use committee will be hosting the first meeting in conjunction with the monthly land use committee meeting.

Rockridge Vision Survey: Comparing Rockridge Today to "Ideal' Urban Setting

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Knowing what Rockridge residents value most about our corner of Oakland, and what they see as priorities for the future can help the neighborhood meet the challenges of change.

Oakland Changing: Planning Director Gives Perspective to the Present

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Once upon a time, before the automobile and the bus became dominant in urban transportation, most American cities had robust streetcar systems that were dependable, comfortable to ride, and took people where they wanted to go.

Often founded by development and business interests, the early streetcar routes spawned new housing and commercial districts. Operating at speeds that did not overly threaten pedestrians or disrupt the sociability of folks on the sidewalks, streetcars were more a part of the environment than an imposition.

Rockridge Talking: Wish Lists & Ideas Shared at June Town Hall Meeting

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Oakland City Planning Director Rachel Flynn drew a huge crowd at the June RCPC Town Hall, where she provided a richly informative overview of Oakland's approach to urban planning, how Rockridge fits into that vision, and what kinds of things we can do to further enhance our neighborhood. RCPC board member Virginia Hamilton then led the 70-plus attendees in an exchange of ideas including expressions of local concerns as well as a wide range of possible solutions.

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