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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.

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.

RCPC September Town Hall - Rockridge Transportation Issues

Monday, October 1, 2018

A sizeable crowd gathered at the Rockridge Library meeting room on September 20th to hear speakers address numerous Rockridge transportation issues.  While there was no official representative of Oakland's Department of Transportation ("OakDOT") present, a variety of speakers, including RCPC's transportation committee chair, Alden Conner, provided information on topics ranging from the reconfiguration of the Rockridge BART's Ford Gobike bikeshare station to mini-roundabouts on Shafter Ave.

RCPC Annual Meeting and April Town Hall - Rockridge Transportation Projects

Saturday, May 5, 2018

On April 19th, 2018, RCPC held its annual meeting and April Town Hall at the Rockridge Branch Library.  A total of twenty-nine Rockridge residents signed in for the election, above the minimum quorum requirement of twenty-five.  An additional eight Rockridge residents voted on Saturday at a polling place in front of the library.  At the meeting, the five candidates for the Board of Directors: Ashley Cruz, M.C.

Latest (4/18/18) Update on SB 827

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

With opposition to their bill appearing both wide and strong, Senators Scott Wiener (D-S.F.) and Nancy Skinner (D-Oakland/Berkeley) backpedaled significantly on their bill to mandate upzoning near transit stations and along transit corridors.  However, it was apparently not enough.  SB 827's first committee hearing, before the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee, happened April 17th.  While the results of that hearing were not yet available on the Legislature's website, News

March RCPC Town Hall - BART bikeshare Station and More

Sunday, April 1, 2018

There wasn’t quite the full house that had greeted the January Town Hall, but the March Town Hall audience, coming to hear a follow-up report on the Rockridge BART Station Ford GoBike bikeshare station, as well as new enforcement plans for Rockridge’s many Residential Permit Parking areas, was still plentiful, and they got lots of information from the meeting.

Update on Senators Wiener's and Skinner's new housing upzone bill

Thursday, March 22, 2018

The February Rockridge News featured an article on Senators Scott Wiener's (D-San Francisco) and Nancy Skinner's (D-Oakland-Berkeley) bill, which would mandate residential upzoning near transit stations and major transit line stops statewide.  Faced with significant opposition to their bill, they have added a series of amendments.  (The attached file shows the bill's amended language as of March 1, 2018.)

Update on Rockridge BART bikeshare station location

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Following up on a commitment made at the January RCPC Town Hall meeting, representatives of BART, the City, and Motivate (the bikeshare provider) are beginning the process of re-evaluating possible sites for a bikeshare station for the Ford GoBike bikeshare program.  The program is cosponsored by the City, Motivate, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and bikeshare stations are being located in many cities throughout the Bay Area.  The Rockridge BART station location is a key location within Rockridge, with space for up to 35 bikes.

New bill by Senators Wiener & Skinner would transform Rockridge (and the East Bay

Friday, January 26, 2018

Following up on their success last year in passing SB 35 (see Land Use Committee Update article for January 2018), State Senators Scott Wiener (San Francisco) and Nancy Skinner (Oakland/Berkeley) have introduced a new bill, SB 827, intended to address California's housing crisis.  The bill would create a "transit-rich housing bonus" that would apply to areas near transit stations or "high quality transit corridors" (bus service at least every 15 minutes during peak travel hours).  In those areas, local zoning height limits would be replaced by height limits

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