Planning & Zoning Department

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.

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

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.

Tentative Agenda set for March Land Use Committee meeting.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The meeting's agenda will tentatively include presentation and discussion of revised plans for a four-story [density bonus] mixed-use project at 5346 College Ave  (next to McNally's Irish Pub - current building is a one-story bungalow converted to commercial use).  May also include a short update on Rockridge Housing Study and proposed April Town Hall land use topic.

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.

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