Stuart Flashman

College Avenue set for repaving very soon

Thursday, August 27, 2020

For years, Oakland has been promising to repave College Avenue - and to incorporate design changes identified as part of the City's settlement with Caltrans over the Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore Project.  That promise appears about to bear fruit.  According to Council Member Dan Kalb, the City's transportation department, OakDOT, is planning to begin resurfacing College Avenue within the next few weeks.  

City to purchase CCA student dorm for affordable housing

Saturday, August 22, 2020

On Thursday, August 20, 2020, the City of Oakland announced it had reached tentative agreement with the California College of Arts to purchase the Clifton Hall dormitory on the school's Oakland campus.  The dormitory, built in 2005 and the recipient of an architectural award that year, was put up for sale in connection with CCA's moving its campus to San Francisco.

Land Use Committee recommends moving forward with housing study

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

It’s been over two years since RCPC initiated a study of housing in Rockridge. The purpose was, and remains, to figure out how best to accommodate more housing in Rockridge without destroying the charm that has attracted residents to it for over 100 years.

Land Use Committee to revisit housing study schedule

Monday, July 20, 2020

This Wednesday's (on-line) monthly land use committee meeting will discuss the current status of the Rockridge Housing Study and consider recommendations to the Board of Directors on a future pathway for that study.  The study, which began over two years ago, intends to provide the community with information about how Rockridge might best address the need for more housing in our community, and in the City of Oakland.  The discussion will focus on the current status of the study and how the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic may be disrupting assumptions that underlie the study&#

Redeveloping The CCA Campus: An Interview with Site Developer Marc Babsin of Emerald Fund

Saturday, July 4, 2020

This project has been in process for a while. Last month you announced major changes. Why?

We first presented the project to Rockridge Community Planning Council nearly three years ago, in September 2017. In 2018, after many more community meetings and discussions, we submitted an application to the City. At that point, the project involved 589 homes, including a 19-story tower, a 1.5 acre public park, and several arts uses.

Developers Present Revised Plans for CCA Campus — Tower Not Included

Saturday, June 6, 2020

The constraints created by the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t prevent the Rockridge Community Planning Council’s Board of Directors and Land Use Committee from holding a highly unusual joint virtual meeting on the evening of May 7. At the meeting, they heard about the revised proposals for the redevelopment of the California College of Art’s (CCA) Oakland campus. The plans were presented by Emerald Fund and Equity Community Builders, the two developers chosen by CCA.

Short Land Use Committee meeting tonight (Feb. 26th)

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Agenda items for tonight's meeting:

1.  Update on Rockridge Housing Study - what's needed for April Town Hall presentation

2.  College Ave. Safeway community benefit funds letter to City

3.  Shops at the Ridge Phase II letter to City and TRC, Inc.

4.  UBA proposed alternative for Calif. College of Arts campus redevelopment.


No decisions or recommendations to the Board to be made.

Housing "densification" bill SB 50 (Wiener/Skinner/Wicks) revived.

Monday, January 27, 2020

Last year, SB 50 drew national news media attention for its attempt to address the state's affordable housng shortage. The bill would result in major changes to zoning in Rockridge.  It has now been revived by its authors, which include principal author Sen. Scott Wiener of San Francisco and East Bay co-authors Senator Nancy Skinner and Assembly Member Buffy Wicks, both of whom represent Rockridge.

RCPC Land Use Committee Agenda for November 20, 2019

Monday, November 18, 2019

The Land Use Committee will hold a SHORT meeting on Wednesday, November 20th (note change of date) at 7:30 PM at the Rockridge Branch Library.  The agenda will be further discussion of the California College of Art Oakland Campus Redevelopment Project and the Rockridge Housing Study - next steps.

Agenda for October 23rd Land Use Committee Meeting

Monday, October 21, 2019

The Land Use Committee will meet this Wednesday, October 23rd, at 7:30 PM in the upstairs meeting room at the Rockridge branch library.

The main agenda item will be a recap/discussion of last Wednesday's Planning Commission scoping session for the California College of Arts campus redevelopment project, including summary of topics addressed and a critique of various comments presented.

The seond agenda item will be a brief preview of next weeks meeting of RCPC representatives with the City to discuss the Rockridge Housing Study.

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