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Lake Merritt Station Area Plan
A Specific Plan for the Area Around the Lake Merritt BART Station
News & Announcements
The Draft Lake Merritt Station Area Plan and Design Guidelines are now available (see the Reports section below). The Zoning Update Committee of the Planning Commission will meet on May 15, 2013 at 4 p.m to discuss proposed General Plan and Zoning Code amendments. See additional details for past and upcoming meetings in the Workshops and Meetings section below.
The City of Oakland, BART and the Peralta Community College District, through a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, have come together to prepare a Station Area Plan for the area around the Lake Merritt BART Station. The Plan will consider land use, buildings, design, circulation, BART improvements, streetscape improvements, parks and public spaces. It will identify actions the City and the other public agencies should take to improve the area, and it will establish regulations for development projects on private property. The project also involves the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the Station Area Plan.
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The planning area is a one-half mile radius around the Lake Merritt BART Station, which encompasses Chinatown, Laney College, civic buildings of Alameda County and Oakland and the channel connecting Lake Merritt to the estuary. Many diverse residents, businesses and students make up the community of this area, and Chinatown functions as a citywide center for the Asian community. The Station Area Plan must address the needs of the community, as well as the needs of BART related to ridership, and the needs of the College District related to education and maximizing the use of their land.
Some of the key objectives of the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan, which will continue to be developed and refined throughout the planning process, include:
- Increase use of non-automobile modes of transportation, including walking, bicycling, bus, BART, carpooling, ridesharing and other options; and reduce auto use.
- Increase the housing supply, especially affordable housing for low-income residents. Specifically increase the amount of housing around the BART station.
- Increase jobs and improve access to jobs along the transit corridor.
- Provide services and retail options in the station area.
- Identify additional recreation and open space opportunities
Finally, the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan must provide an impetus for real development projects and specific public improvements. The plan should generate interest, enthusiasm and consensus about new development in the area and establish priorities for public improvement projects.
The Lake Merritt Station Area Plan is being developed over approximately a three-year period between 2010 and 2013, in collaboration with the City of Oakland, BART, the Peralta Community College District and other community stakeholders. Stakeholders continue to be involved at all stages of the process, from the initial visioning and exploration of plan concepts to the refinement of a Station Area Plan. The Landmarks Advisory Board, the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission, and the Oakland Planning Commission will review the Draft Station Area Plan, as well as the boards of the Peralta Community College District and BART. The Oakland City Council is the body responsible for final review and approval of the Plan, as well as the accompanying Environmental Impact Report. See details on specific upcoming meetings in the section below.
Public Hearings - Draft Plan, Zoning Concepts, Design Guidelines (Zoning Update Committee, Design Review Committee, Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission)
January to April 2013
Public Hearings and Release of Public Review Draft EIR (Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board, Planning Commission)
April to summer 2013
Final EIR and Final Plan (Planning Commission, City Council)
Fall to December 2013
Workshops & Meetings
The Station Area Plan will only be successful if it reflects the goals and values of the community. While elected officials will adopt the final Station Area Plan, Council members and City staff are committed to soliciting the input of residents throughout the development of the document. So, we need to hear your voice. What do you like about the Lake Merritt Station Area? What needs improvement? How can the City better meet the needs of residents, businesses, schools, and visitors?
There are several ways to participate in the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan process:
- Sign up for the Lake Merritt Plan e-mail distribution list. To be notified of all public hearings and workshops, please e-mail your contact information to the Lake Merritt BART Station Area Plan Project e-mail.
- Check back for Web updates. Notices, agendas, minutes and documents will be posted regularly on this page.
- Join us at the public meetings. Information about the dates/times/locations of these meetings is provided below.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013 at 4 p.m.
|Zoning Update Committee - Planning Commission||Review draft zoning regulations and General Plan amendments. Agenda and Staff Report (with Attachments)|
|Design Review Committee - Planning Commission||Review draft Design Guidelines. Agenda, Staff Report, Attachment A - Draft Design Guidelines, Attachment B - CBD Development Standards, Attachment C - Stakeholder Comments|
|Joint Planning Commission and Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board: Review Draft Plan||Agenda, Staff Report, Attachment A - Draft Plan, Attachment B - Comments, Attachment C - Prior Landmarks Board minutes (January 2012), Attachment D - Prior Planning Commission Staff Report (February 2012)|
|12/15/12||Community Open House: Review Draft Plan|
Flyer, Powerpoint Presentation (English, Chinese, Vietnamese), Presentation Boards (English, Chinese, Vietnamese), Public Review Draft - Lake Merritt Station Area Plan and Design Guidelines (see Reports section below), Summary of Comments Report
Review of Draft Preferred Plan
Agenda Report posted on the City Council Agenda Page.
|Community and Economic Development Committee of the City Council: Review of Draft Preferred Plan|
Agenda Report posted on the City Council Agenda Page.
Scoping Session for the Environmental Impact Report
|3/13/12||Community and Economic Development Committee of the City Council: Review of Draft Preferred Plan|
Agenda Report and Supplemental Report available on the City Council Agenda Page.
|3/12/12||Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board: Scoping Session for the Environmental Impact Report|
Joint workshop with Community Stakeholder Group
Staff Report, Attachment A - Map of Station Area, Attachment B-Written Comments, Attachment C-CSG notes, Attachment D-PRAC minutes, Attachment E-BPAC minutes, Attachment F-LPAB minutes,Attachment G-PC minutes
|1/18/12||Planning Commission Review of Draft Preferred Plan|
|1/9/12||Landmarks and Preservation Advisory Board (LPAB) - Review of Draft Preferred Plan||Staff Report is posted on the Commissions and Boards Page|
|12/15/11||Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) - Review of Draft Preferred Plan||Agenda|
|12/14/11||Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee (PRAC)- Review of Draft Preferred Plan||Agenda|
|Open House - Emerging Plan Concepts||Open House Station Display Boards (23MB), Feedback Form - ENGLISH (500kb), Feedback Form - CHINESE (500kb), Feedback Form - Vietnamese (500kb). Emerging Plan Open House Summary Report, Open House Summary Report Appendix A|
Neighborhood Tea – Families
|3/17/11||Neighborhood Tea – Laney College Community|
West Subarea Workshop
West Subarea: Agenda, Basemap with Opportunity Sites East Subarea: Agenda, Basemap with Opportunity Sites Materials for Both Subareas: Subarea Workshop Flyer (English, Chinese, Vietnamese), Vision and Goals, Existing Places Map, Aerial Map of Planning Area, Development Opportunity Map in Planning Area, Small Group Discussion Guide in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Photo Examples of Improvements (English, Chinese, Vietnamese), Feedback Form in English, Chinese, Vietnamese, Presentation Script in English, Chinese, Vietnamese
East Subarea Workshop
|Neighborhood Tea - Merchants||Meeting Summary, Meeting Flyer (English, Chinese, Vietnamese)|
|4/14/10||Workshop - goals and key issues|| Summary of Workshop, Presentation (English) , Presentation (Chinese) |
Hard copies of these reports are also available at Oakland Asian Cultural Center (388 9th Street, 2nd floor), the Lincoln Recreation Center (250 10th Street) and the City of Oakland Planning Department (250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315).
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a Station Area Plan?
The Lake Merritt Station Area Plan will include policies and programs about future development within an area generally within one half mile of the Lake Merritt BART Station. The Plan will address land use, buildings, housing, design, circulation, BART and AC Transit improvements, streetscape improvements, parks and public spaces. It will identify actions the City and the other public agencies should take to improve the area and increase transit ridership, and it will establish regulations for development projects on private property. It is a long-term document consisting of written text and diagrams that expresses how a community should develop, and is a key tool for influencing the quality of life. The plan is a basis for development project review and other decision-making by policymakers such as the Planning Commission and the City Council.
2. Why is a Station Area Plan being completed for the Lake Merritt BART Station?
The City of Oakland, BART, Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Peralta Community College District have come together to prepare a Station Area Plan for the area around the Lake Merritt BART Station in order to improve the quality of life in the Station Area, meet ridership goals, and pursue Transit Oriented Development (TOD) as part of a regional strategy for growth.
3. What is an Environmental Impact Report?
An environmental impact report is a detailed analysis of the environmental effects of a plan or development project. The EIR identifies alternatives to the proposed project and presents ways to reduce or avoid environmental damage. The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), establishes the requirements for the EIR’s contents and public review process. Community members can provide input throughout the EIR process. There will be opportunities for the public to submit comments both in response to the Notice of Preparation (NOP) regarding the scope of issues the EIR should evaluate, and later, during the public comment period on the Draft EIR itself. In addition, there will be noticed public meetings to consider the EIR and the Station Area Plan, during which community members and agency decision makers will be able to comment.
4. How can I get involved?
We are soliciting citizen participation in all phases of the Lake Merritt Station Area Plan development. Please visit the Workshops and Meetings section for details on upcoming events or contact us directly with your thoughts.
Many public agencies and non-profit groups have prepared studies, reports, and/or websites about issues and projects in the Lake Merritt Station Area. Below are links to those sources of information.