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Coliseum Area Specific Plan
The Coliseum Area Specific Plan ("Coliseum City") seeks to transform the underutilized land around the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum and Arena into a world-class sports, entertainment and science & technology district that boasts a dynamic and active urban setting with retail, entertainment, arts, culture, live and work uses. The area is located in the center of the Bay Area and has many highly sought development assets, including freeway connectivity, immediate BART access at the Coliseum Station, the Oakland International Airport, waterfront views and development opportunities.
The transformation of this area into a thriving, sustainable, healthy and equitable urban showcase for the region is dependent upon a strong vision for the area, linked to a comprehensive public-private development approach to redevelopment.
COLISEUM AREA SPECIFIC PLAN AND EIR FORWARDED TO CITY COUNCIL FOR PUBLIC HEARING TUESDAY, MARCH 31, 2015
On March 24, 2015, after a public hearing, the Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee of the Oakland City Council moved unanimously to recommend that the City Council adopt the Specific Plan, certify the EIR, and adopt the related actions of new zoning and general plan map and text changes. The Committee also recommended an alternate zoning configuration, which removes a proposed zone that would have conditionally permitted residential uses at the Waterfront, at the City's Corporation Yard on Edgewater Drive. Both maps will be considered by the full Council at the hearing on March 31st -- the map proposed by the Planning Commission, and the alternate CED map.
COLISEUM AREA SPECIFIC PLAN AND EIR RECOMMENDED BY OAKLAND CITY PLANNING COMMISSION
On March 11, 2015, after a public hearing continued from March 4th, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend that the City Council adopt the Specific Plan, certify the EIR, and adopt the related actions of new zoning and general plan map and text changes. The Commission accepted new Specific Plan text and proposed zoning changes suggested by staff, and added new text to a few Specific Plan policies, and further recommended that the Edgewater Seasonal Wetland be re-zoned by the Council as Open Space. The City Council will now take up consideration of the Plan and EIR, and related actions, starting with the Community and Economic Development Committee meeting of March 24, starting at 1:30 p.m. See below.
THE COLISEUM AREA SPECIFIC PLAN FINAL EIR IS RELEASED.
Click here to read the Final Environmental Impact Report and response to comments (17 mb), released February 20, 2015.
THE COLISEUM AREA SPECIFIC PLAN FINAL DRAFT IS RELEASED.
Click here to read the Final Draft of the Coliseum Area Specific Plan (27MB), released January 30, 2015.
PUBLIC HEARINGS ANTICIPATED/CONFIRMED TO BE HELD ON THE FINAL DRAFT SPECIFIC PLAN, THE EIR AND PROPOSED ZONING (PUBLIC IS INVITED TO SPEAK AT ALL MEETINGS):
March 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Full City Council public hearing. City Council chambers, Oakland City Hall (One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza). Public hearing to consider first reading of the proposed zoning; adoption of the Specific Plan; adoption of the General Plan Amendments; certification of the EIR. These actions require a resolution by Council, which can be acted on in a single public reading. Confirmed hearing date.
April 21, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Full City Council public hearing. City Council chambers, Oakland City Hall (One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza). Public hearing to consider second and final reading of the proposed zoning codes, and new zoning maps. Anticipated meeting date.
To receive announcements of all hearings are sent through the Coliseum Plan email list (click the "updates" button above, to sign up).
The City released the Final Draft Specific Plan on January 30, 2015 and released the Final Environmental Impact Report on February 20, 2015.
See below for all previous meetings and materials.
A design team led by JRDV Urban International has, under contract with the City, prepared a Master Plan which envisions near-term redevelopment at the Coliseum site and long-term development plans for the surrounding area. The Master Plan represents the City’s preferred ‘vision’ for redevelopment and economic revitalization of the area, but is only one potential future scenario.
Realization of this Master Plan vision is dependent upon additional investigation into the feasibility of both public and private financing options – the current Master Plan does not represent any commitments of either private or public finances – for various components of the Master Plan, and an assessment of the potential environmental effects associated with this vision, together with identification of mitigation strategies capable of reducing or avoiding any such effects. To assess these environmental effects, the City of Oakland will produce a Draft Environmental Impact Report.
With these caveats, the Master Plan’s vision provides a suitable basis upon which the City will now begin preparation of a Specific Plan.
The Coliseum Area Specific Plan will guide the future development of the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum site, and in the area across I-880 (Oakland Airport Edgewater Business Park). The Plan is intended as a comprehensive plan to transform what is currently one of the largest under-developed, inner-urban, transit-served redevelopment opportunities in California. Implementation of the Plan is seen as a critical opportunity to revitalize some of Oakland’s most important physical assets, and transform these assets into a center for long-term economic growth. The Plan will provide both a short-term development plan for the accommodation of up to three new venues for the City’s professional sports teams, and a longer term, 25-year planning document providing a roadmap for land use policy, regulatory requirements and public and private investment that coordinates future development in the Coliseum Area.
The Plan covers approximately 800 acres, bounded by 66th Avenue to the north, San Leandro Street on the east, Hegenberger Road on the south, and San Leandro Bay and the Oakland International Airport to the west.
As noted above, the Plan Area has many highly sought development assets, particularly its regional transit infrastructure. Leveraging these core assets to their maximizing potential is critical to Oakland’s ability to create a viable, long-term center for economic development.
The draft Specific Plan is designed to leverage these existing assets in the Coliseum Area into a comprehensively planned mixed-use district that will retain the existing sports franchises and attract sustainable new jobs and economic development, and new housing.
- Retain Oakland's sports teams, and maximize the economic benefit of the sports teams and their facilities for Oakland and Alameda County.
- Create a regionally significant jobs and employment area that can expand Oakland’s ability to attract new businesses and support existing businesses, given the area's available land and its prime transit-oriented and airport-adjacent location. Participate in the Bay Area’s dynamic ‘innovation economy’ and attract new businesses and job opportunities to the surrounding East Oakland area.
- Improve the area's existing investments in transit and transportation infrastructure; create a transit-oriented development (TOD) of new housing and commercial uses which advances regional and state growth policies; increase Oakland’s ability to leverage its central position in the Bay Area, and capture a bigger share of regional housing growth, job growth and economic investment.
- Create a vibrant urban mixed-use district in the Coliseum Area, attracting a significant community of new residential and commercial uses. The Coliseum Area will feature active streets and public spaces that provide an enhanced pedestrian experience, site security and innovative urban place-making.
- Create enhanced open space, Bay access, and natural habitat opportunities that will restore natural habitat, and create public educational and Bay accessibility opportunities for residents of Oakland and the Bay Area.
- Build upon, and promote Oakland's recognized leadership and policies in protecting the urban environment, through the use of building techniques which require fewer natural resources, and create a place which is committed to sustainability.
As subsequent work on the draft Specific Plan progresses, it is anticipated that the planning and design concepts of the Master Plan will become more detailed and refined, and certain elements of the Master Plan may change.
Additionally, per City Council direction established at the beginning of this planning process, the Specific Plan and its associated EIR will carefully consider other possible scenarios for the area under which the City is able to retain only one or two sports franchises, or possibly none. With or without professional sports venues, the Coliseum site and its surroundings remain significant redevelopment opportunities, and options for revitalizing this area and capitalizing on its important physical assets are to be considered, independent of the retention of each or any of the City’s sports franchises.
A summary of the proposed Specific Plan build-out includes up to three new sports venues totaling nearly 1.7 million square feet of building space or 131,000 seats; just over 14 million square feet of Science & Technology, office, light industrial, logistics and retail space; and 6,370 residential units. This represents an increase of approximately 8.3 million square feet of new building space within the Plan area. The proposed Specific Plan build-out also includes up to approximately 15,000 parking spaces on the Coliseum site. There are proposed to be nearly 39 acres of new, publically-accessible open space, creek and wetland improvements, and restored open space on the Bay waterfront. Click here to read the project summary.
The Specific Plan will provide separate development concepts for each of the Specific Plan Sub-Areas (see map below). Each of these development concepts require further, more detailed planning and analysis, as well as investigation into financing strategies necessary for implementation. None of these Specific Plan concepts currently represent a definitive end-state, or an obligation on the part of either the City or the sports franchises, but are instead a statement of the area’s potential.
The Sub-Area Map
Click here to view the map above as a downloadable PDF.
The Proposed Land Use Map
Click here to view the proposed Land Use map.
The City Council's Community and Economic Development (CED) Committee unanimously forwarded the Specific Plan, EIR and related actions to the full Council, for a public hearing on March 31, 2015. An alternative zoning map was also proposed for consideration by the Council.
The City Planning Commission held public hearings on the Plan and EIR and related actions in February and March, 2015; on March 11th, the Commission recommended approval by the City Council. The City Council starts public hearings on March 24th. See below for dates and times of public hearings.
The City released the Final Environmental Impact Report on February 20, 2015. The Final EIR may be reviewed at "Plans and Documents" section, below.
The City released the final draft Coliseum Area Specific Plan on January 30, 2015, to be considered by the public and the Oakland Planning Commission at public hearings on February 4 and 18th. Public hearings will be held before advisory committees in February and March. The Oakland City Council is expected to consider the Plan, the proposed zoning, and the EIR in March and April. See the public hearings schedule for confirmed dates and times.
The Notice of Availability (NOA) was released for the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Coliseum Area Specific Plan on Friday, August 22, 2014. Review/Comment period: August 22, 2014 through October 17, 2014 (the comment period was extended from October 6th). The Draft EIR and the Draft EIR Notice of Availability/ Release may be reviewed at "Plans and Documents" section below, or the City’s Current Environmental Review Documents webpage.
Public workshops about the Plan were held in April, May, September, October, December of 2014, and January and February of 2015.
The City issued the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report on April 19, 2013, starting the public review process.
PUBLIC HEARINGS ANTICIPATED / CONFIRMED TO BE HELD ON THE FINAL DRAFT SPECIFIC PLAN, THE EIR AND RELATED ACTIONS (PUBLIC IS INVITED TO SPEAK AT ALL MEETINGS):
March 31, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Full City Council public hearing. City Council chambers, Oakland City Hall (One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza). Public hearing to consider first reading of the proposed zoning; adoption of the Specific Plan; adoption of the General Plan Amendments; certification of the EIR. These actions require a resolution by Council, which can be acted on in a single public reading. Click here to be redirected to the City Clerk's website, to read the supplemental report, attachments, including an alternative zoning map, revised resolution and other materials.
April 21, 2015, 6:30 p.m. Full City Council public hearing. City Council chambers, Oakland City Hall (One Frank H. Ogawa Plaza). Public hearing to consider second and final reading of the proposed zoning codes, and new zoning maps. Anticipated meeting date. Report and attachments will be posted to this website when publically available.
Announcements of all hearings are sent through the Coliseum Plan email list (click the "updates" button above, to sign up).
Past Public Hearings and Meetings:
|Coliseum City Public Hearings, Meetings and Workshops|
|Date and Time||Type of Meeting/Topic||Location||Materials|
|March 24, 2015||City Council Community and Economic Development Committee||City Council Chambers||Click here to be redirected to the City Clerk's website, to read the report, attachments, resolution and ordinance.|
|March 18, 2015||Alameda County Airport Land Use Commission||224 W. Winton Avenue Hayward, CA||Adopted Resolution will be posted when available.|
|March 11, 2015||Oakland City Planning Commission||City Council Chambers, Hearing Room 1|
|March 4, 2015||Oakland City Planning Commission||City Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall|
|February 23, 2015||Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board||City Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall||The LPAB conducted a public hearing to provide cultural-resource related comments on the Final Draft Coliseum Area Specific Plan, proposed zoning and general plan amendments. To read the staff report, click here.|
|February 9, 2015||Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board||Hearing Room 1, Oakland City Hall||The LPAB will conduct a public hearing to provide cultural-resource related comments on the Final Draft Coliseum Area Specific Plan, proposed zoning and general plan amendments. No action will be taken at this meeting. Click here for the staff report. Click here for the attachments (24 mb).|
|February 4, 2015, 6:00 p.m.||Oakland Planning Commission||City Council Chambers, Oakland City Hall||The Planning Commission will conduct a public meeting to consider recommending to the City Council adoption of the Final Draft Coliseum Area Specific Plan, and the proposed new Planning Code (text and maps) and General Plan amendments. Click here for the staff report and attachments.|
|January 21, 2015||Zoning Update Committee of the Oakland Planning Commission||Hearing Room 1, City Hall|
|January 8, 2015, 6-8 p.m.||Community Workshop||81st Avenue Library (1021 81st Avenue)|
Presentation (29 mbs)
|December 18, 2014, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.||Community workshop||81st Avenue Library (1021 81st Avenue)|
|October 9, 2014, 6:30-8:30 p.m.||Community workshop||81st Avenue Library (1021 81st Avenue)|
|October 1, 2014, 6:00 p.m.||Oakland City Planning Commission||Hearing Room 1, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza|
|September 27, 2014||Council District 7 Leadership Breakfast||Presentation|
|September 25, 2014, at 3:00 p.m.||Port of Oakland Board of Commissioners||530 Water Street, Oakland (Jack London Square)|
|September 24, 2014, starting at 8:30 a.m.||Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Authority (JPA)||Oracle Arena Plaza Club, at 7000 Coliseum Way|
|September 18, 2014, 5:30 p.m.||Bicyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Commission (BPAC)||Hearing Room 4, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza|
|September 17, 2014, 2:00 p.m.||Alameda County Airport Land Use Commission||County offices at 224 West Winton Avenue, Hayward, CA||Meeting Agenda|
|September 10, 2014, 4:30 p.m.||Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission||Lakeside Park Garden Center, 666 Bellevue Avenue, Oakland (in Lake Merritt Park)||Staff Report|
|September 8, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.||Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board||Hearing Room 1, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza|
|June 25, 2014, at 6:00 p.m.||Community workshop||81st Avenue Library (1021 81st Avenue)|
|April 26, 2014||Community workshop|
|April 24, 2014||Community workshop|
|May 13, 2013||Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board -- EIR Scoping Session|
|May 1, 2013||Oakland City Planning Commission - EIR Scoping Session||Hearing Room 1, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza|
Plans, Documents & Media
Coliseum Area Specific Plan
Final Draft for Public Review, released January 30, 2015. Click here to download the plan (27MB).
Public Review Draft, Released August 22, 2014. Click here to download the plan. (100mb)
Proposed Coliseum Area Zoning text changes
Click here to see the proposed Oakland Planning Code amendments (zoning changes). All text in underline is proposed.
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) documents and notices
Click here to read the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) and response to comments, released on February 20, 2015.
Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) released August 22, 2014 and Notice of Availability (NOA) for the Draft Environmental Impact Report released August 18, 2014.
City Council actions (resolutions and ordinances)
Council Resolution Authorizing Exclusive Negotiating Agreement - March 6, 2012
City of Oakland Releases key Coliseum City reports - August, 22, 2014
City of Oakland Remains Bullish about Coliseum City – May 22, 2012
In the News
April 24, 2014, KCBS radio
Oakland 'Coliseum City' Receives More Funding: $1 Million Approved For Study
January 28, 2013, Huffington Post
Oakland city leaders announce Coliseum makeover
March 7, 2012, KGO-TV
Oakland rolls our renovation plans aimed at keeping sports teams
March 7, 2012, KCBS
Oakland’s plan to keep its sports teams
March 7, 2012, NBC Bay Area
Council approves plan to keep A's, Raiders and Warriors in Oakland
March 7, 2012, Oakland Tribune
Oakland nears move to revitalize Coliseum area
March 7, 2012, San Francisco Chronicle
Frequently Asked Questions
FAQs will be added in the near future. Please check back.
Devan Reiff, AICP
City of Oakland
Department of Planning and Building - Strategic Planning Division
250 Frank Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315
Oakland, CA, 94612
Phone: (510) 238-3550
Strategic Planning hotline: (510) 238-7299
Fax: (510) 238-6538
Project website: www.oaklandnet.com/coliseumcity