Land Use Committee

Deadline Approaching to Propose Community Enhancements Funded by College Avenue Safeway Project.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

As reported in last month’s Rockridge News, the settlement reached by community groups [including RCPC] with Safeway resulted in $400,000 to be made available for “community enhancements” within five years of the store’s opening.  The five year deadline is approaching in January, so the choice is, “use it, or lose it.”

Update on Rockridge Housing Study (June 2019)

Thursday, July 4, 2019

The Rockridge Housing Study, begun last spring, seeks to provide information that the community can use to guide decisions about how Rockridge might best help address the City’s housing needs.  Five alternative scenarios have been developed.  As noted in last month’s report, Darin Smith, a Rockridge resident and a principal of Economic & Planning Systems, Inc., has volunteered some of his time and the use of modeling software his firm developed to help the Committee analyze each scenario’s effects on housing – both amount and affordability – and t

Agenda for June 26th Land Use Committee Meeting

Monday, June 24, 2019

The June 26th meeting of the Land Use Committee will have two items on its agenda:

1.  Discussion of preliminary feasibility analysis for scenarios in the Rockridge Housing Study. The Committee will hear about and discuss a proposed preliminary feasibility analysis for the study.  The analysis will consider:  1) single typical residential lot in lower Rockridge, 2)  combining four typical single-family lots in lower Rockridge to build a multifamily project, 3) building on a sample two-acre underutilized lot (currently in commercial use).

U.C. Students Design Affordable Housing at the Rockridge BART station

Thursday, June 6, 2019

This year, a U.C. Berkeley graduate course included student projects studying possible housing projects at two BART station sites:  Glen Park Station in San Francisco and the Rockridge BART Station.  The projects were all based on recent state legislation that allowed BART to “upzone” land it owned to promote transit-oriented housing, with an emphasis on affordable housing.

Update on status of SB 50 (Wiener/Skinner)

Monday, May 20, 2019

In a somewhat surprising move, the Senate Finance Committee placed SB 50, authored by Senators Wiener and Skinner, in the "suspense" file.  That action is reserved for bills that could have significant fiscal impacts and need  further study or modification.  In the case of SB 50, the committee report for the bill had flagged significant costs for analyzing and then preparing maps of the "job rich" areas across the state that would be subject to automatic u

April 2019 Land Use Committee Update

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Following up on the previous week’s Town Hall featuring Senator Skinner’s Communications Director, Bob Gammon, explaining the bill, the committee discussed various aspects of the bill and how it might affect Oakland and Rockridge.  Committee members raised numerous concerns about the bill.  Perhaps the biggest concern is that the bill, like its predecessor SB 827, attempts a “one-size-fits-all” approach to addressing California’s shortage of affordable housing.  Indeed, Mr.

April 2019 Town Hall Meeting - More on SB 50

Friday, May 3, 2019

The April 18th Town Hall was primarily devoted to a high-interest program: explaining California Senate Bill 50 – a bill to promote housing near train and ferry stops, along major bus routes, and in major job centers – and how it might affect Rockridge.  The program, expertly moderated by Ms.

Agenda for April Land Use Committee Meeting

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Here is the agenda for the land use committee meeting set for Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:30 PM in the upstairs meeting room of the Rockridge Branch Library (5366 College Ave, corner of Manila Ave.) 1. Possible short update on Rockridge Housing Study 2. Discussion of SB 50 and possible recommendations to Board of Directors.

Tentative Agenda set for March Land Use Committee meeting.

Saturday, March 23, 2019

The meeting's agenda will tentatively include presentation and discussion of revised plans for a four-story [density bonus] mixed-use project at 5346 College Ave  (next to McNally's Irish Pub - current building is a one-story bungalow converted to commercial use).  May also include a short update on Rockridge Housing Study and proposed April Town Hall land use topic.


Monday, January 14, 2019
1. Redevelopment of the California College of the Arts (CCA) Oakland campus. 
Public presentation + discussion of plans.
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