Land Use Committee

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.)

Land Use Update

Saturday, July 6, 2013

College Avenue Safeway Project, College & Claremont Avenues

Unconfirmed reports indicate that the current store will be closing early in July, possibly as soon as July 8. Demolition will begin shortly thereafter, once hazardous material removal is complete. Construction of the new store will likely begin early in the fall.

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.

Land Use Update

Friday, April 5, 2013

In this update: College Avenue Safeway Project: College & Claremont Avenues, and Rockridge Shopping Center: Rebuild and Expansion Project, Broadway & Pleasant Valley Avenue

College Avenue Safeway Project: College & Claremont Avenues

Land Use Update - College Preparatory School Expansion Proposal

Saturday, March 2, 2013

As noted in the February Rockridge News, the city gave administrative approval to a use permit modification to increase the school’s enrollment “cap” from 340 to 375 students.

Neighbors appealed that decision to the Planning Commission. At its February meeting, the RCPC board accepted the Land Use Committee’s recommendation and gave qualified support to the appeal. RCPC is sending the city a letter expressing its position on the appeal, which will be heard in March.

Settlement Protects Neighborhood in Important Ways

Saturday, January 5, 2013

It’s done! After a final five-hour session presided over by former District One Councilmember Jane Brunner, Safeway and its former adversaries, Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC), Friends and Neighbors of College Avenue (FANS) and Berkeleyans for Pedestrian Oriented Development (BPOD), signed a final settlement agreement on Safeway’s College Avenue Shopping Center project. The next evening, December 18, the City Council gave its blessings to and unanimously approved the modified project that the settlement agreement had created.

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