Land Use Committee

August Land Use Committee Meeting Cancelled

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

August being the month for vacations and other absences, the August meeting of RCPC's land use committee is being cancelled.  This will also allow additional time for preparation, posting, and public review of the draft analysis of alternatives for the five alternative scenarios under consideration.  That discussion will happen at the committee's regular September 27th meeting (7:30 PM, at the Rockridge Branch Library, 2nd floor meeting room). 

July Land Use Committee meeting to continue study of Rockridge Housing.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tomorrow night's (July 26th) meeting of the Land Use Committee will continue the committee's discussion of housing in Rockridge.  Last month's meeting marked the unveiling of five alternative scenarios for Rockridge's housing future, ranging from a market-based upzoning the the entire area to more modest changes focused on incentivizing building new affordable units to leaving the current zoning as-is.  (see report on that meeting below)

Five Rockridge Housing Scenarios Unveiled

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

While there was not a quorum of members present, the June RCPC Land Use Committee meeting nevertheless served as an opportunity to unveil five alternative scenarios for meeting Rockridge's future housing needs.  The scenarios follow up on RCPC's April Town Hall meeting, which focused on the future of housing in Rockridge.  At that meeting three alternative futures had been presented and discussed - one for maximum growth, one with a focus on encouraging affordable housing, and one that would leave the area’s zoning more or less as it is now.

Land Use Committee Continues Study of Rockridge Housing

Monday, May 22, 2017

The May Land Use Committee meeting (Wed., May 24th, 7:30 PM at Rockridge Library) will continue the disussion of housing policy for Rockridge.  Following up on the April Town Hall, the committee will consider additional alternative scenarios, with their pluses and minuses.  The Committee will also work on identifying experts to provide help in analyzing alternatives, and look at possible incentives to promote construction of affordable units in Rockridge.

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.

Land Use Update: Nautilus Mixed-Use Project; Telegraph Avenue Between 51st Street and Claremont Avenue

Sunday, May 8, 2016

This 204 unit project includes 16 very-low-income units, a 28,000 sq.ft. grocery store and 6,000 sq.ft. of restaurant/retail space. It is now scheduled for a public hearing and potential approval at the Planning Commission's Wednesday, June 1, meeting at City Hall, starting at 6 p.m. (Note revised date - see below) The specific project will likely not be heard until 7 p.m. or later, but speaker cards are usually called in the order submitted.

Land Use Update: Rockridge Home space, Town Hall, Broadway/51st Construction Update

Saturday, April 9, 2016

5418 College Avenue (Former Site of Rockridge Home)
A sign of the times? (See this month's Town Hall program, "The Future of Retail on College Avenue.") Rockridge Home is closing its doors, perhaps a victim of the changing retail environment. The owners of the space are now looking for a new tenant. Could there be an expansion of the Namaste Yoga studio from its space next door? Perhaps another hair or nail salon? Perhaps a real estate or professional office?

Land Use Update: College Avenue Safeway Project (College and Claremont Avenues)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The now year-old retail building at the northeast corner of College and Claremont Avenues was sold to Southern California company Terramar Retail Centers. The company proposes to lease the large space at the southern tip of the building to Fremont Bank. The site's CN-1 zoning requires obtaining a Conditional Use Permit from the City. RCPC is gathering input on what Fremont Bank's plans would be, and the community's reaction. Plans will be presented at the next meeting of the Land Use Committee, Wednesday, February 17, 7:30 p.m. upstairs in the Rockridge Library.

Update on Secondary Units Proposal

Sunday, February 7, 2016

The proposed Oakland city ordinance for Secondary Units received its second public reading at the January 19 City Council meeting. An amendment proposed by Councilman Dan Kalb was included.

Owing to an administrative error, the complete proposed ordinance was not submitted to the Council, and it was unable to take action. The final adoption was rescheduled to February 2.

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