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Use City online forum designed for civility

Berkeley, California (Thursday, March 15, 2018) - Use the City of Berkeley's online forum to help Council decide whether to modify development standards for rear-yard, second dwelling units in R-1A zoning districts.

The modifications would change the Zoning Ordinance to:Berkeley Consides - R1

  1. Restrict rear Main Buildings to two stories, with a maximum average height of 22 feet (where the zoning currently allows Main Buildings up to 28 feet by right and up to 35 feet with a Use Permit);
  2. Increase the side yard setback for a rear Main Building to 6 feet, where the current requirement is 4 feet;
  3. Limit reductions in the rear yard setback to between 20 and 12 feet from the rear property line, where currently a reduction can be granted to as little as zero feet;
  4. Create a minimum separation between Main Buildings on a property matching that of the R-2 District (there currently is no such provision in the R-1A District); and
  5. Apply all changes consistently throughout the R-1A District, i.e. in both the West Berkeley and the Westbrae portions of the R-1A District.

View and give input on this Berkeley Considers topic, which was selected by the Council Agenda Committee. Learn more by reading Item 25 on the March 27, 2018 agenda.

Registered users on Berkeley Considers - found at www.cityofberkeley.info/considers - can post their comments online with or without their name. Anyone can view registered comments. The goal of the forum is to broaden civic discourse in a constructive and civil manner.

On Berkeley Considers, each person on Council-focused topics will be allowed one comment, a feature enforced through registration and through the platform operator's analysis of 25 different fraud detection data points, such as IP addresses, browser identity and similarity between email addresses.

The forum will also be moderated so that comments comply with our guidelines for civility, which prohibits elements such as hate speech, personal attacks or obscene materials.

In the process, the intention is to create a more informed community and provide Council with a broader array of voices.

The platform is operated by Peak Democracy, which has used its software and services to broaden civic discourse around the country and Canada.

When registering, you will be asked for your name and home address. This confidential information is used only by Peak Democracy to identify statements from residents in and near Berkeley - so that users know which statements are from local residents. They will keep your information confidential, they do not accept advertising, and they will not share contact information, as noted in the company's Privacy Policy.

Of course, community members can, at any time, mail the full council through one email address: council@cityofberkeley.info.

Online forums are not social science, nor scientific polling. But, as with public comment, it is intended to provide the Council with additional data to help in its decision making process.

Look at the question before you. Consider what others are saying. Let the City Council know what you would like them to consider for Berkeley.


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