Land Use Committee

Land Use Update: Cafe, Permit "Sunset", Personal Services

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cafe Proposal for 5269 Broadway (minor conditional use permit required)
The committee discussed a proposal for a cafe to be located at 5269 Broadway. It would be open during the day and cater to students at the California College of Art. Although an applicant representative did not attend the meeting, committee members present felt they had sufficient information about the proposal to make an informed recommendation to the board of directors. The recommendation is that RCPC not oppose the application.

Is Our Neighborhood Character at Risk?

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

When RCPC worked for the downzoning of Rockridge in the early 1970s, one of the goals of the organization was a vibrant commercial district along College Avenue.

Members of the group wanted ground floor retail space to be retail only, with office and other non-retail uses located on the floors above the retail spaces. They planned a pedestrian-friendly retail environment.

College Avenue today largely reflects that goal, and is a Bay Area success story attracting customers from throughout the region.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Permit "Sunset"

Saturday, March 8, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project: College & Claremont Avenues
Construction continues on this large and important project. Construction updates will be reported regularly in The Rockridge News, beginning this month. RCPC and the three other community groups will meet monthly with Safeway to discuss construction progress and any construction activity issues. If you live near the store and see or hear anything you think Safeway needs to know about (and perhaps do something about), please contact RCPC at 869-4200 or info@rockridge.org.

Is Safeway for Sale?

Land Use Update: Safeway, Permit "Sunset"

Saturday, March 8, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project: College & Claremont Avenues
Construction continues on this large and important project. Construction updates will be reported regularly in The Rockridge News, beginning this month. RCPC and the three other community groups will meet monthly with Safeway to discuss construction progress and any construction activity issues. If you live near the store and see or hear anything you think Safeway needs to know about (and perhaps do something about), please contact RCPC at 869-4200 or info@rockridge.org.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Rockridge Apartments

Saturday, January 11, 2014

College Avenue Safeway Project, College and Claremont Avenues: Negotiations between Safeway and the three community groups - Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue (FANS), and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian Oriented Development (BPOD) - have continued over Safeway's College Avenue Shopping Center after Safeway made major changes to the project as approved by the city in 2012 and then submitted a building permit application to the city based on the revised drawings in violation of its settlement agreement with the three groups.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Bica, Bourbon & Beef

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

College Avenue Safeway: College & Claremont Avenues: At a two-and-a-half hour negotiating session on November 1, Safeway representatives (led by Corporate Vice President for Real Estate Steve Berndt), and the three community groups - Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue (FANS), and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian Oriented Development (BPOD) - hashed out a compromise agreement over Safeway's increasing the height of its new College Avenue store.

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.

Land Use Update

Saturday, October 12, 2013

College Avenue Safeway Project at College Claremont

As reported in last month's Rockridge News, Safeway violated its settlement agreement with RCPC and two other community groups by submitting its building permit application to the city without first meeting with the groups to discuss major design changes from the plan approved by the city. The city agreed to stop processing the application until Safeway complied with the agreement, and Safeway has now met with the groups and reviewed its intended changes.

Rockridge Area Safeway Projects Still Problematic

Thursday, September 12, 2013

>> Update: The Rockridge Shopping Center Final EIR has been issued and a certification public hearing set for Sept. 25. Revised project drawings and FEIR available here.

>>College Avenue Store Replacement: In Its Haste to Start Construction, Safeway Violates Agreement

Final EIR for Rockridge Shopping Center Rebuild to be Issued Soon

Land Use Update

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In support of revisions to the city's off-street parking requirements for new construction as part of citywide rezoning, the city conducted a study of off-street parking for multifamily residential buildings. The study looked at the behavior of 294 Oakland households in 11 residential buildings in the Fruitvale, Jack London Square, and Telegraph Avenue areas. (The buildings include 815 units, but only about a third of the households responded.)

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