Land Use Update

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.

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

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 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.)

Old Chase Building Demolition Update

Monday, January 15, 2018

If you've driven past the corner of Broadway and Pleasant Valley in the last week, you may have noticed activity there.  Here's the latest update from TRC, Inc., the developers of "Shops at the Ridge," on the demolition of the old, asbestos-contaminated Chase Bank building at the corner.  Demolition had been stalled by the discovery that the cables holding up the roof deck were covered with asbestos.  The City has now issued a demolition permit to take the building down, and the plans have been approved by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Temescal Apartments, Nautilus, College Ave. Retail

Saturday, May 9, 2015

College Avenue Safeway Project, College/Claremont: RCPC and the other North Oakland/Berkeley community groups that reached a settlement with Safeway over the new College Avenue center are still negotiating with Safeway - and with Terramar, new owner of the retail buildings - over project issues. Most important: the malfunctioning parking deck space monitor. The street level display should show how many spaces are available, but reports incorrect numbers.

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Temescal Apartments, Nautilus, College Ave. Retail

Monday, April 13, 2015

College Avenue Safeway Project, College and Claremont Avenues: RCPC and the community groups that reached a settlement with Safeway over this project submitted a punch list of issues to Safeway and Terramar, the new owner of the retail building, in February. The groups met with Todd Paradis, Safeway's regional real estate manager, and its attorney in mid-March. The meeting was far from harmonious, but RCPC expects Safeway to comply with its settlement obligations and the city's use permit.

Land Use Update: Nautilus Residential, Temescal Apartments, Ramen Shop, College Ave. Safeway

Friday, October 3, 2014

Nautilus Residential Project - Telegraph Ave (East Side) Between 51st Street & Claremont Avenue: This large (over 200 residential units) residential/mixed use project would replace two approved but unbuilt projects, Civiq and Creekside. The land use committee, and some nearby neighbors, heard a presentation by the developer (plans available here).

Land Use Update: Safeway, Merrill Gardens, Civiq/Creekside, Future of College Ave

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Merrill Gardens at Rockridge:West Side of Broadway North of 51st Street: This project, which proposes market-rate senior housing over ground floor retail, received final Planning Commission approval on June 18. Neighbors of the project had concerns about project access by construction equipment and deliveries as well as removal of street trees. For the most part, these appear to have been addressed during negotiations with the developer and conditions of approval included in the use permit for the project.

Land Use Update: Cafe, Permit "Sunset", Personal Services

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cafe Proposal for 5269 Broadway (minor conditional use permit required)
The committee discussed a proposal for a cafe to be located at 5269 Broadway. It would be open during the day and cater to students at the California College of Art. Although an applicant representative did not attend the meeting, committee members present felt they had sufficient information about the proposal to make an informed recommendation to the board of directors. The recommendation is that RCPC not oppose the application.

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