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UPDATE: Comment Deadline for Draft Environmental Impact Review (DEIR) Extended to Friday, July 19th  

Community members are invited to provide written comments on the Adeline Corridor DEIR by 5:00 on Friday, July 19th, 2019. Please send all written comments to the email or mailing address listed below.

adelinecorridor@cityofberkeley.info OR

Attn: Alisa Shen/Adeline Corridor | Planning Department

1947 Center Street, 2nd floor, Berkeley, CA 94704


Upcoming: Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee Meetings

The Planning Commission Subcommittee on the Adeline Corridor Specific Plan will meet on an on-going basis to discuss specific chapters of the plan. The public is encouraged to attend and offer comment.  Agendas will be posted here.


Chapters 3: Land-Use I

Date: Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 

Place: 2939 Ellis Street, South Berkeley Senior Center


Chapters 6 & 7: Transportation and Public Space

Date: Thursday, August 8, 2019

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Place: 2939 Ellis Street, South Berkeley Senior Center


Chapter 5: Economic Opportunity & Workforce Development

Date: Monday, August 19, 2019

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Place: HR Multi-Purpose Basement, 1947 Center Street


Chapters 3: Land-Use II

Date: Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Time: 7:00pm – 10:00pm 

Place: 2939 Ellis Street, South Berkeley Senior Center 



The Adeline Corridor Draft Plan articulates a vision and specific goals and actions for the area along Adeline Street and a portion of South Shattuck Avenue – an area that has a rich history of cultural and economic diversity and political activism, and that also is facing acute challenges, such as displacement and rapid increases in the cost of housing. The Draft Plan reflects input gathered at dozens of community meetings and workshops held since the planning process kicked off in 2015. The release of the Draft Plan is accompanied by the associated DEIR. See project timeline below for more meeting info. Documents and presentations from these meetings are linked under "Past meetings and events".


A. Accessing Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)

  • Download  Draft Plan  (PDF Files)
  • Download Draft EIR  (PDF files: DEIR and DEIR Appendices)
  • Printed copies of the documents for reference are available at these locations: 
    • Planning Department, 1947 Center Street, 2nd floor
    • Tarea Hall Pittman South Branch Library, 1901 Russell Street 
    • South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis Street 
    • Central (Downtown) Library, 2090 Kittredge Street 

B. What, When and How to Comment on the Draft Plan and DEIR

1. Comment Guidelines:

Comments on the Draft Plan may be focused on any aspect of the Draft Plan

Plan-related comments will be summarized and presented to the Planning Commission to consider as part of its role to develop a recommendation regarding Plan adoption and EIR certification in the Fall of 2019, which then be will be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration and action.

Comments on the Draft EIR should focus on the adequacy of the analysis in the EIR or to other aspects pertinent to the potential effects of the Draft Plan on the environment, pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)

CEQA-related comments will be addressed in the Response to Comments/Final EIR, anticipated to be available in the Fall of 2019;



2.      Deadline:

Comments on the Draft Plan and DEIR are due by Friday, July 5, 2019 at 5:00 pm.

3.      Ways to Comment: 

a. Written comments on either/both of these documents may be sent by mail or email to: 

b. In-person at upcoming public meetings focused on the Draft Plan and/or Draft EIR

  • Wednesday, May 29: Community Meeting to Present the Draft Plan, 6:30pm - 8:30pm, South Berkeley Senior Center at 2939 Ellis St (see link to meeting flier above)
  • Wednesday, June 5: Planning Commission: Draft Plan and Public Hearing on the Draft EIR, 7:00pm - 10:00pm, South Berkeley Senior Center at 2939 Ellis St. (Go to Planning Commission website for meeting agendas)

c. Other Related Public Meetings to Learn More About the Draft Plan (see below)


 The schedule below outlines the final work to complete the Adeline Corridor Plan:

May 17, 2019
  • Public Review Draft Plan and DEIR available
 May - Jun.
  • 45-day Public Comment Period (as required by the California Environmental Quality Act) 
  • Presentations to Boards and Commissions
    • Transportation Commission (May 16, 2019)
    • Zoning Adjustments Board (May 23, 2019; 7pm; BUSD Board Room, 1231 Addison Street)
    • Community Meeting to share Draft Plan and DEIR (May 29, 2019)
    • Planning Commission (PC): Draft Plan and Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (June 5, 2019)
    • Public Works Commission (June 6, 2019; 6pm - special start time; 1326 Allston Way, Willow Room)
    • Landmarks Preservation Commission (June 6, 2019; 7pm; 1947 Center St.)
    • Housing Advisory Commission (June 6, 2019; 7pm - Note 8:30pm start time of this item; South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St.)
    • Parks & Waterfront Commission (June 12, 2019; 7pm; Frances Albrier Community Center, 2800 Park St.)
  •  Planning Commission Adeline Corridor Subcommittee Meetings
    • Tuesday, June 18, 2019, 7pm - 10pm.  Meeting focus: Land Use, Housing and Economic Opportunity Proposals (Ch. 3, 4 and 5 of the Draft Plan)
    • Note: Subcommittee meetings for July and August have not yet been scheduled. See Planning Commission website for Subcommittee meeting info.
Jul. - Aug.
  •  Review of Draft Plan and DEIR feedback, Preparation of Final Environmental Impact Report
  • Potential Draft Plan Revisions and Final Draft and Final Environmental Impact Report available
  •  Initiate public hearings with Planning Commission to prepare recommendation to City Council (early 2020)

More information about previous events and community engagement is available below in the "Past Meetings and Events" section below.   


Project Overview

In 2015, The City of Berkeley began a community planning process to develop a long-range plan ("specific plan") for the Adeline Corridor (the area along Adeline Street between the Oakland border and Shattuck Avenue, and along south Shattuck Avenue between Adeline Street and Dwight Way. A long-range plan provides a blueprint for the future. It articulates community priorities and sets forth goals, policies and implementation actions.  The plan will serve as a guide for City and other public agency decision-makers, community members and other stakeholders over the next 20 years. The planning effort is funded by a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to promote opportunities to plan for transit-oriented development around BART stations and other high-frequency transit and safe access for all users, including pedestrians, bicyclists, motorists and transit riders of all ages and abilities. 

Through a series of community events, stakeholder meetings, and working sessions over the past two years, the community has identified five cross-cutting priorities for the future of the Adeline Corridor:

  • Land use and community character
  • Housing affordability
  • Economic opportunity
  • Transportation
  • Public space

The eventual plan will primarily direct changes in land uses and development (such as zoning changes), and right-of-way improvements.  But it will also address related issues such as housing affordability and economic development. The plan's policies and standards will only apply within the plan area boundary, which includes the street itself, as well as parcels on either side of the street. Although the plan's geographical scope is limited, it will also consider the relationship to the larger South Berkeley neighborhood. Many topics that the plan will address - such as housing affordability, equity, transportation, or jobs and economic development - are also influenced by a range of citywide, regional, and even national factors and trends. Because of this, it will be important to identify which potential planning strategies can be realistically implemented through the Adeline Corridor Specific Plan, and which will depend on a larger citywide or regional strategy. 


Plan documents


Related past plans


Past meetings and events

Environmental Impact Report Process

July 2018 - Early 2019


Boards and Commissions




Community Workshops and Events

Jan. 2015 - May 2019



Community Learning Sessions

May 2015 - Apr. 2016




Alisa Shen, Principal Planner | 1947 Center Street, 2nd Fl., Berkeley CA 94704  Email: ashen@cityofberkeley.info | Phone: 510.981.7409 | Fax: 510.981.7420 Project website: www.cityofberkeley.info/adelinecorridor 

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