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. 

RCPC hopes to convince the City Council, and specifically District One Council Member and Council President Jane Brunner, to modify these height limits to protect Rockridge residents.  Watch for notices of the City Council meetings when this important change will be considered. 

December 2010

The Planning Commission continues its review of the proposed citywide zoning revisions with a public hearing on commercial area zoning changes scheduled December 15, 7 p.m., at City Hall, Hearing Room 1.

While the current rezoning proposal for the most part respects Rockridge’s successful commercial zoning, RCPC continues to push for “fine tuning” to eliminate some problematic aspects.

RCPC is particularly concerned about the way conditional use permits for ground floor non-retail uses have nibbled away at College Avenue’s retail base.

If you can attend the public hearing, your support for strengthening College Avenue’s retail zoning would be most welcome and important for the commission to note.