City of Oakland Set to Release More Zoning Details and Host Meetings Regarding the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan

On April 22, 2022, the City of Oakland posted an update to its website about soon-to-be-released proposed zoning amendments and upcoming virtual meetings regarding the much-anticipated Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (DOSP). The post provides that the City expects to release the draft zoning amendments for the DOSP before the end of April (except the details of the Zoning Incentive Program, which will be released in mid-May), and then will host at least five virtual informational/committee meetings between May 11th and June 8th to discuss the draft amendments. The meetings are organized by theme and are currently titled as follows: May 11th – Land Use Activities; May 16th – Special Districts; May 25th – Development Standards & Zoning Incentive Program; June 2nd – Community Advisory Group (CAG) Discussion; and June 8th – Zoning Advisory Committee (ZUC) Hearing. The first four meetings will begin at 6 pm and the June 8th meeting is set to start at 3 pm. More information can be found at this link. Community members are encouraged to provide feedback about the draft DOSP and zoning amendments by participating at the meetings, emailing City staff, or filling out a survey that the City will prepare. The City expects that, following these meetings, the DOSP will be brought before the City Council for adoption later this year. 

For more information, please feel free to reach out to the Land Use Team at Wendel Rosen LLP. We will continue to monitor Oakland’s development of the DOSP and provide further updates as they become available.