Land Use Committee

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.

Safeway on College Project Controversy Comes to a Head

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

"A 62,000 sq.ft. self-contained shopping center with a 50,000 sq. ft. second-floor Safeway "Lifestyle" store and 12,000 sq. ft. of "small shop" street-level storefronts on College at Claremont." "Safeway's proposal to more than double the size of its store at College and Claremont avenues and convert it into a self-contained shopping center is headed for a showdown at the Planning Commission later this month."

RCPC and the Two Rockridge Safeway Projects -- An Editorial Opinion

Friday, October 14, 2011

Rockridge is unique, perhaps among all neighborhoods in America, in simultaneously having two proposals for expanded Safeway stores.  These projects are not happening in isolation, and their simultaneity is far from random.  Safeway has nationwide plans to expand stores to fit its “Lifestyle Store” model.  That model calls for minimum 50,000 sq. ft.

Design Review Committee gets an earful about College Avenue Safeway Project

Friday, October 14, 2011

The October 12th Design Review Committee hearing on the College Avenue Safeway Shopping Center (postponed from October 28th due the Jewish High Holidays) had more than its share of fireworks, as well as a lot of negative comments on Safeway's project.  After a short introduction by Oakland planner Peterson Vollman, Safeway's architect, Ken Lowney, presented the design of the shopping center, emphasizing how well it would fit into College Avenue.

Citywide Zoning Update

Saturday, December 4, 2010

January 2011

The Planning Commission approved citywide revisions to Oakland’s zoning at its December 15thmeeting and sent them forward for City Council consideration and approval.  For the most part, Rockridge’s zoning has been left unchanged.  However, Telegraph Avenue through Temescal and north to the Berkeley border is proposed for heights of up to sixty feet, despite how that will tower over the adjoining historic and small-scale residential areas. 

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