Community Visioning Process for the North Berkeley BART Station


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NOTICE: January 15, 2019, Worksession - North Berkeley BART Zoning and Future Development

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The City Council will be holding a Worksession on January 15, 2019, to review the proposals, ideas, and feedback from the October 13, 2018, Visioning Session, and to discuss next steps in the process.

WHAT: City Council Worksession

WHEN: Tuesday, January 15, 2019, 6PM (Note: the portion relating to North Berkeley BART will begin around 7pm)

WHERE: City Council Chambers at the BUSD Board Room (1231 Addison St.)


BACKGROUND:

On September 30, 2018 Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2923, a bill that prioritizes transit-oriented development on land owned by BART. The legislation grants BART authority to zone its property in Berkeley, which includes the North Berkeley parking lots. The intention is to use BART property to address the burgeoning housing crisis. Although BART has the authority to set zoning, it has assured the City of Berkeley that it will work closely with the city and residents to come up with a housing proposal for the North Berkeley parking lot that best reflects the desires of the community.

On March 15, Councilmember Linda Maio and I held an initial community meeting to hear from the community on future uses for this site, attended by more than 400 people. On October 13, we held a Visioning Open House where residents could comment on more than a dozen plans submitted by local urban planners, architects and others in the community. Below you will find a summary of the feedback along with sketches of all the designs presented at the visioning event.

We also received more than 150 comment cards at the October 13 Visioning Open House. If you submitted something and do not see it reflected here, please contact Brandi Campbell at bcampbell@cityofberkeley.info.

Afterwards, the City Council will review all the submitted materials in December and hold a workshop in January where all of the proposals and comments will be discussed. The City Council will then give direction to city staff on the parameters of a development and work to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with BART. Under AB 2923, Berkeley has until 2020 to zone this parcel, which is why we have embarked on this thorough process.

Thank you everyone for your input and for the hours of work sketching out plans for this property. Although there are many opinions, I am optimistic that we can arrive at a final design that reflects the desire of Berkeley residents.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 510-981-7100.

If you have additional comments, please submit them here.

 

FEEDBACK BASED ON WRITTEN IDEAS & COMMENTS RECEIVED PRIOR TO THE OCTOBER 13 VISIONING EVENT

Central among issues raised by residents was the potential loss of parking, which many said would be detrimental to the area and force more people to drive instead of using BART. Many others said that any future housing must preserve the unique character of the surrounding neighborhood, including not building taller than 3-4 stories high. The vast majority of the comments stressed that a significant number of new housing units must be below market/affordable. See the bar graph below for a breakdown of the ideas and comments received.

 
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IDEAS PRESENTED AT THE OCTOBER 13, 2018 VISIONING EVENT AT THE NORTH BERKELEY SENIOR CENTER

Click on each image to see the visioning proposal

Click on the yellow box below to see written visioning proposals, ideas and comments