The City of Oakland is excited to announce a relaunched and expanded process for developing a specific plan for downtown Oakland. The City began the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan process in fall of 2015 to create a vision and guiding policy to shape the downtown. The City then paused the process to hire a consulting team of local specialists in both social equity policy and community engagement to address the community’s concerns about racial disparities and displacement.
The next phase is a series of working group meetings on four topic areas based on issues the community identified during the first phase of the specific plan process:
- Housing, Affordability, Jobs, Training & Economic Opportunity Working Group
- Arts & Culture Working Group
- Streets, Connectivity & Built Environment Working Group
- Sustainability, Health, Safety, Recreation & Open Space Working Group
- Monday, July 31: Housing, Affordability, Jobs, Training & Economic Opportunity
- Tuesday, August 1: Arts & Culture
- Wednesday, August 2: Streets, Connectivity & Built Environment
- Thursday, August 3: Sustainability, Health, Safety, Recreation & Open Space
If these more intensive working groups are not for you, there will be other opportunities to participate in the planning process. There will be a series of neighborhood design meetings in October and public workshops in late 2017/early 2018 to help develop the draft plan. Stay tuned for more information!