August 27, 2019
After four years of community participation, technical analysis, idea generation and refinements, the City of Oakland’s Planning and Building Department is eager to share the Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (Draft Plan) with the public. We encourage you to review the Draft Plan, which will be available beginning on August 30, 2019. The release of the Draft Plan will kick off a 45-day period of opportunities to learn about the Draft Plan and provide feedback, with public comment closing October 15. We invite your involvement in the upcoming public meetings:
Planning Commission (introduce Draft Plan) – Wednesday, September 4 at 6pm
Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission – Wednesday, September 11 at 4:30pm
Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission – Thursday, September 19 at 6pm
Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board – Monday, September 23 at 6pm
Library Commission – Monday, September 30 at 5:30pm
Planning Commission (continue Draft Plan and Review Draft EIR) – Wednesday, October 2 at 6pm
CED Committee – Tuesday, October 8 at 1:30pm
Mayor’s Commission on Persons with Disabilities – Monday, October 21 at 5:30pm
Staff will also present at several stakeholder group meetings, and community events; check the project website for meeting details.
Since 2015, City staff and community stakeholders have worked closely to create the Draft Plan, which will guide development and growth in the downtown area over the next 20 years. The Draft Plan proposes transformative ideas to connect the community’s goals to strategic actions involving land use, culture, community benefits, economic growth, and housing. Upon review and feedback from the community, City staff will revise and publish the Final Specific Plan by Summer 2020.
The Draft Plan and related Draft Environmental Impact Report will be available on the project website starting on August 30, 2019, at https://www.oaklandca.gov/topics/plan-publications.