Planning Commission

Planning Commission Unanimously Approves Safeway's Rockridge Shopping Center Project

Saturday, October 5, 2013

After a two-hour public hearing on September 25, the Oakland Planning Commission unanimously approved Safeway's plans for rebuilding the Rockridge Shopping Center, located at the corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley Avenue.

College Ave Project: Safeway, 1 ; Neighborhood, Zip

Thursday, September 6, 2012

At the end of a four-hour long hearing dominated by neighborhood residents opposed to the project, the Oakland Planning Commission unanimously approved Safeway's College Avenue Safeway Shopping Center Project at a public meeting July 26. RCPC's attorney, Michael Graf, joined by Rockridge and neighboring Berkeley residents, objected to the project's traffic, parking, air quality, toxics, and visual impacts, and cited its inconsistency with the zoning and general plan designations for the site.

RCPC and the Two Rockridge Safeway Projects -- An Editorial Opinion

Friday, October 14, 2011

Rockridge is unique, perhaps among all neighborhoods in America, in simultaneously having two proposals for expanded Safeway stores.  These projects are not happening in isolation, and their simultaneity is far from random.  Safeway has nationwide plans to expand stores to fit its “Lifestyle Store” model.  That model calls for minimum 50,000 sq. ft.

Design Review Committee gets an earful about College Avenue Safeway Project

Friday, October 14, 2011

The October 12th Design Review Committee hearing on the College Avenue Safeway Shopping Center (postponed from October 28th due the Jewish High Holidays) had more than its share of fireworks, as well as a lot of negative comments on Safeway's project.  After a short introduction by Oakland planner Peterson Vollman, Safeway's architect, Ken Lowney, presented the design of the shopping center, emphasizing how well it would fit into College Avenue.

Citywide Zoning Update

Saturday, December 4, 2010

January 2011

The Planning Commission approved citywide revisions to Oakland’s zoning at its December 15thmeeting and sent them forward for City Council consideration and approval.  For the most part, Rockridge’s zoning has been left unchanged.  However, Telegraph Avenue through Temescal and north to the Berkeley border is proposed for heights of up to sixty feet, despite how that will tower over the adjoining historic and small-scale residential areas. 

Rockridge Center Safeway Project Archive

Monday, November 1, 2010

Nov. 6, 2010: Land Use Committee Discusses the Center

The Land Use Committee discussed design aspects of this very large project at its October meeting. The committee expressed concerns about the large amount of surface parking being proposed, the location of the Safeway at the rear of the center and far removed from transit stops, the ineffective use of the project’s frontage on the adjoining quarry pond, and the relative inactivity of the design’s Broadway and Pleasant Valley street frontage.

Planning Commission Design Review Committee Public Hearing

Event Time: 
Wednesday, January 26, 2011 - 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: 
Oakland City Hall 1 Frank Ogawa Plaza Hearing Room #1

The Oakland Planning Commission's Design Review Committee expects to hold a public hearing on Safeway's plans for redeveloping the Rockridge Shopping Center (corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley Ave.) at its January 26th meeting.

Zoning Update Committee Public Hearing

Event Time: 
Wednesday, October 13, 2010 - 4:00pm
Location: 
Hearing Room 1, City Hall

The public is invited to discuss the City’s proposed changes to the zoning text and maps in Oakland’s commercial and residential areas at a meeting set for October 13 by city planning staff.On the agenda are changes to the text and zoning maps made since the previous four public meetings, and to address any outstanding issues, before the Planning Commission begins its public hearings on the Citywide Zoning Update in November.

Citywide Zoning Update

After a series of public meetings where zoning plans were presented, city staff now believes the city’s proposed zoning revisions are ready to begin the formal approval process. The first step will be a review by the Planning Commission’s Zoning Update Committee. The first hearing, which will cover North Oakland (including Rockridge) and the Oakland Hills, is scheduled for July 14 at 4 p.m. at Oakland City Hall, Hearing Room 1 (1st floor). Two items that Rockridge residents may wish to comment on are:

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