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Central Estuary Plan - Background
In 1999, the City of Oakland and the Port of Oakland published the Estuary Policy Plan (EPP), a collaborative vision of the Estuary area as a vibrant, diverse destination that would redefine Oakland as a waterfront city. This planning effort was a result of community interest in the future of the waterfront. The League of Women Voters and other community organizations began publicly discussing the future of the Estuary in the early 1990s, calling for the rebirth of Oakland as a port city. The resulting planning efforts placed a strong emphasis on community benefit, focusing on increased open space and shoreline access balanced with development that would promote economic and community growth. The plan encompassed the 5 ½ miles of urban waterfront from Adeline Street to 66th Avenue, including all lands on the water side of I-880 within Port and City jurisdiction.
The Central Estuary Area Plan (CEAP) focuses on approximately 425 acres of Oakland’s central waterfront. The planning area extends from 19th Avenue to 54th Avenue and from I-880 to the estuary. The CEAP is a companion document to the City’s 1999 EPP. It will serve as a 20-year planning document that modifies or clarifies land uses and associated densities within the City’s Central Estuary Area. The CEAP identifies steps to be undertaken to implement the recommendations in the EPP. The CEAP requires changes to the Oakland General Plan (text and map changes) and Zoning Code, the development of new design guidelines to reconcile conflicting land use priorities, and the implementation of transportation improvements to address infrastructure deficiencies.