Planning & Zoning Department

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.)

Agenda for January 24th Land Use Committee Meeting

Sunday, January 21, 2018

The Land Use Committee's January 24th meeting will be held, beginning at 7:30 PM, at the upstairs meeting room of the Rockridge Branch Library on College Ave. at Manila St.  The agenda will focus on the ongoing Rockridge Housing Study and include the following:

Old Chase Building Demolition Update

Monday, January 15, 2018

If you've driven past the corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley in the last week, you may have noticed activity there.  Here's the latest update from TRC, Inc., the developers of "Shops at the Ridge," on the demolition of the old, asbestos-contaminated Chase Bank building at the corner.  Demolition had been stalled by the discovery that the cables holding up the roof deck were covered with asbestos.  The City has now issued a demolition permit to take the building down, and the plans have been approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which

Chase Bank Demolition - latest update

Monday, December 18, 2017

REVISED INFORMATION AS OF DECEMBER 15.

The City of Oakland's employee strike delayed issuance of the demolition permit.  However, we've now been informed that TRC plans to restart demolition around December 20th. Their plan is still to have demolition completed by the end of February 2018. 

Revised Proposal for CN-1 Use Permit Abandonment

Monday, August 31, 2015

Here is the text of the proposed amendment to CN-1 zoning:

17.33.070  Other zoning provisions

Subsection G. is added to Section 17.33.070 to read as follows:

G.         In the CN-1 Zone, in addition to the use permit procedures set forth in Chapter 17.134, the following special provisions shall apply to use permits granted under note L2 to table 17.33.01.  These provisions shall take precedence over any conflicting provision of Chapter 17.134:

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.

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.

Land Use Report: College Ave. Safeway, Rockridge Center Rebuild, Off-Street Parking Requirements

Saturday, June 8, 2013

College Avenue Safeway Project, College and Claremont Avenues: This project, modified extensively by a settlement agreement between Safeway and community groups in Rockridge and Elmwood, is moving toward closing and demolition of the current store this summer. (If you see people in white "hazmat" suits on the site, they're exploring to ensure that hazardous or toxic materials such as asbestos or PCBs are identified for safe disposal.) Construction of the new store and shopping building should begin late this year, and is expected to take approximately a year.

Special Land Use Committee meeting - CN-1 Zoning revisions study group

Event Time: 
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Special joint meeting of RCPC Land Use Committee with representatives of community groups in other CN-1 areas of Oakland.  Meeting Place is the Park Blvd. Presbyterian Church, 4101 Park Boulevard. 

Agenda will be follow-up to the May meeting to discuss potential changes to improve the operation of CN-1 zoning.  Primary topic - how to provide for extinguishing a use permit when a use has been terminated or replaced by a different use.

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