St John's Episcopal Church - Parking, Bridge, and New Sanctuary Expansion

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SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Oakland
Document Title
St John's Episcopal Church - Parking, Bridge, and New Sanctuary Expansion
Document Type
NOD - Notice of Determination
Present Land Use
R-30, One-family Residential Zone; Hillside Residential GP Designation

Document Description
Phase I of the project includes demolishing the house at 5928 Thornhill Road, abandoning a portion of the shared access road with the home at 5940 Thornhill Road, and constructing a new access bridge over Temescal Creek. Primary ingress and egress would be via a new lane leading from the new bridge to an auto circle, which would allow pick-up and drop-off activities as well as provide improved fire truck access to the sanctuary. Perpendicular parking spaces would be provided along the new lane, as well as a separate pedestrian path, which would run parallel to the new lane. Existing parking areas near the sanctuary would be retained, and the existing parking along the upper parking would be retained and resurfaced. The Alhambra Lane driveway would be retained to allow egress for people parking in this area. The project proposes 41 parking spaces. Phase I also includes the removal of 2,300 square feet of asphalt parking lot abutting the eastern side of the existing sanctuary building and abandonment and removal of paving at the current, steep Gouldin Road entry. This area would be landscaped under Phase 2. In total, the project proposes the removal of 65 trees, 56 of which fall under the City of Oakland tree preservation ordinance. All trees proposed for removal be replaced with native species. Phase 2: Construction of new 5,500 square-foot sanctuary Phase II would involve construction of a new sanctuary building between 5,000 and 5,500 square feet and one story tall at the location of the current Gouldin Road entrance to the church. Conceptual plans for the new sanctuary call for a 33-foot-high structure and a cupola with a bell. The new sanctuary would be constructed of wood, stucco and a composition roof material to match the style and materials of the existing sanctuary building. As part of this phase, the patio between the existing building and the new sanctuary would be renovated and expanded. Upon completion of the new sanctuary building, the existing building would be converted into a community hall, fellowship space.

Contact Information
Caesar Quitevis
City of Oakland, CEDA Planning & Zoning
Lead/Public Agency
250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone : (510) 238-6343


Cross Streets
Thornhill Drive and Gouldin Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
048F-7390-004-09, 001-01, 003-03, 013-00, 001-018
State Highways
Hwy 13
Thornhill Elementary (5858 Thornhill Dr.)
Temescal Creek

Notice of Determination

Approving Agency
City of Oakland Planning Commission
Approving Agency Role
Lead Agency
Approved On
Final Environmental Document Available at
Department of Planning, Building, and Neighborhood Preservation, Planning Division, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suites 2114 and 3315, Oakland, CA 94612


(1) The project will have a significant impact on the environment
(2a) An Environmental Impact Report was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2b) A Mitigated or a Negative Declaration was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(2c) An other document type was prepared for this project pursuant to the provisions of CEQA
(3) Mitigated measures were made a condition of the approval of the project
(4) A mitigation reporting or monitoring plan was adopted for this project
(5) A Statement of Overriding Considerations was adopted for this project
(6) Findings were made pursuant to the provisions of CEQA

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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