Berkeley Downtown Area Plan

3 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Berkeley, City of (City of Berkeley)
Document Title
Berkeley Downtown Area Plan
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Land Uses: mix of Commercial, Residential, Cultural, Industrial and Open Space Heneral Plan: Downtown, High Density Residential, Medium Density Residential, Institutional Zoning: C-1: C-SA: R-4: R-2A: portion of area also guided by Downtown Plan (adopted 1990)

Document Description
The Downtown Area Plan (DAP) has been developed to establish a vision, policy framework and implementing actions (including design guidelines and revised zoning standards) for areas within and abutting Berkeley's long-time town center. The DAP will replace the current Berkeley Downtown Plan (adopted in 1990), and will be applied to a larger area than was considered in the current Downtown Plan.. The DAP is intended to guide development in the Downtown Area through 2030 - a- twenty-year period. It is expected that related amendments to the existing Berkeley General Plan will be made, in order to ensure that the DAP is consistent with the General Plan. Implementation of the DAP would enable the City of Berkeley to accommodate significant additional development. The EIR assumes up to 3,100 additional dwelling units, and nearly 1,000,000 square feet of non-residential space (largely comprised of University uses but also a smaller amount of new additional commercial, cultural and/or other institutional uses). Dedicated bus lanes for the implementation of Bus Rapid Transit have also been assumes, consistent with AC Transit agency's East Bay Bus Rapid Transit Draft EIR assumptions for the Downtown Area. For future streetscape improvements, are limited travel lane eliminations have also been analyzed as has the elimination of a two-block long bicycle lane (on Center Street).

Contact Information
Matthew Taecker
City of Berkeley
2118 Milvia Street
Berkeley, CA 94704

Phone : (510) 981-7487


37°52'10"N 122°16'21"W
Cross Streets
Hearst, Oxford/ Fulton, Dwight, Martin Luther King Jr
Total Acres
State Highways
SR-13, Sr-123, I80
Berkeley USD
San Francisco Bay

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Residential (3100 Units) Recreational (small parks and plazas) Other (up to 1,000,000 sf comm'l/cultural/instit'l (2000 employ.))
Local Action
General Plan Update Other Action Other Action: Area Plan
Project Issues
Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Noise Cumulative Effects Other Other Issues: Climate Change
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Transportation Projects California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 3 Department of Housing and Community Development Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Native American Heritage Commission Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 2 Resources Agency San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission Caltrans, District 4 California Public Utilities Commission
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