Land Use Committee

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

January RCPC Town Hall draws a large crowd

Thursday, January 25, 2018

An overflow crowd filled the Rockridge Library's meeting room on the evening of January 24th to hear about a variety of topics, mostly related to transportation.  The topic included the removal and replacement of trees around the Rockridge BART station that had been identified as hazards, placing min-roundabouts along Shafter Avenue in conjunction with its repaving this Spring, the location of Ford Go-bike bikeshare stations around Rockridge, including in front of the Firestorm tile mural at the Rockridge BART station, and an update on a condominium project put forward by Signature

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

December Land Use Committee Meeting

Monday, December 18, 2017

There will be a short Land Use Committee meeting this month.  As of now, there are two items on the agenda.

Chase Bank Demolition - latest update

Monday, December 18, 2017


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. 

Land Use Update: Redfield Cider Bar and Bottle Shop, 4-Story Mixed-Use Building on College Ave

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Redfield Cider Bar and Bottle Shop (5815/5817 College Avenue) Mike Reis, one of the principals of the enterprise, presented the plans for this proposed bar/bottle shop, which would be located at the former site of See Jane Run. The use would require a minor use permit from the City and a Type 42 license (beer, wine & cider on-site/off-site consumption) from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. No application has yet been submitted to the City.

Video of October 2017 Town Hall available

Sunday, October 22, 2017

A video of the October RCPC Town Hall, featuring Darin Ranelletti of the City of Oakland explaining the current status of the Shops at the Ridge Project phase II and the problem of asbestos contamination of the old Chase Bank building, and, a presentation by representatives of the California College of Art and their chosen developer of preliminary plans for redevelopment/re-use of CCA's Oakland campus. The video can be found at:

RCPC Land Use Committee to Preview Calif. College of Arts Plans, discuss impacts of housing scenarios

Friday, September 22, 2017

The RCPC Land Use Committee will hold its regular September meeting at the Rockridge branch library upstairs meeting room on Wednesday, September 27th, starting at 7:30 PM.  At this point, there are two items on the agenda:

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). 

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