COVID-19 Updates: See cityofberkeley.info/covid19 for news, information, and status of City services.

Everyone is required to stay home, except for essential needs. When out, protect yourself and those around you by wearing a face covering, staying 6 feet away from others, and washing your hands often. Learn more at cityofberkeley.info/covid19. City offices are closed to the public. Some services are available remotely.

The City of Berkeley Health Officer has ordered all residents to shelter at home, leaving only to receive or provide essential services, starting 12:01 am on Tuesday, March 17. See details of the Order, frequently asked questions, and recommendations from Berkeley Public Health at https://www.cityofberkeley.info/coronavirus.

The City of Berkeley web site is undergoing scheduled maintenance starting on Friday night, September 13 and ending on Saturday afternoon, September 14. During this time, most web pages should be available, but some resources may become unavailable for short periods of time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 5/9/19, at 7:00pm? Please visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UAnZ8kU8EWllREyOY7rwQ/. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same time.

Looking for a live stream of the Zoning Adjustments Board (ZAB) meeting on 2/28/19, from 6:00 to 11:00 PM? Please visit http://www.cityofberkeley.info/Clerk/Commissions/Zoning_Adjustment_Board_Meeting_-_Video_Stream.aspx. The normal viewing methods will not work this time due to a concurrent City Council Special Meeting at the same date and time.

PG&E is reporting a widespread outage affecting thousands of customers in Berkeley and many City buildings, including the Finance Customer Service Center and the Permit Service Center. Call respective City services for further details, or check the PG&E outage page. Power is expected to return by 12:45pm. Traffic lights that are not working should be treated as a four-way stop sign.

Translation Disclaimer

Department of Planning & Development
Department of Planning & Development

Welcome to the Southside Plan Page

'new' icon The Southside Plan, along with the associated Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), General Plan amendments, and Zoning Ordinance additions and amendments, was adopted by the City Council at the public hearing held September 27, 2011.  Thank you for your interest and participation in the Southside Plan.

Links to the approved documents and effective dates (if applicable) are listed below:

     


Background Documents and Information

The Draft Southside Plan was first published in January 2000.  Jointly sponsored and prepared by the City of Berkeley and the University of California at Berkeley, the Draft Southside Plan contained specific policies regarding land use, housing, traffic and circulation, economic development, public safety, urban design, and historic preservation.

After publication of the January 2000 Draft Plan, the Draft Plan was reviewed and refined through a series of community (working group) meetings and discussions at the Planning Commission.  The Southside Plan Planning Commission Subcommittee held further public meetings to review elements of the Draft Southside Plan.

The December 2001 draft of the Southside Plan (the Subcommittee Draft) was reviewed and changes were incorporated by the Planning Commission during 2002.  In the spring and summer of 2003, the Planning Commission considered additional changes and amended the draft plan.  The current version of the plan is now available for public review.

In 2008, the Planning Commission directed staff to review the 2003 version and, as necessary, update outdated or inconsistent policies and zoning recommendations, review text for consistency with policies, and add updates to the text.  This resulted in the 2009 Draft Plan, which is shown in a track-changes format.  As a result of this process, staff identified proposed changes that would require explicit Planning Commission approval.  These issues were discussed at four Planning Commission Subcommittee meetings in the summer of 2009 and the fall of 2010; final direction on these issues was given at the December 8, 2010, Planning Commission meeting.  The direction from this meeting resulted in the final document which was considered by the Planning Commission on April 6, 2011. 

The environmental review of the Draft Plan began in 2004, with the release of the Notice of Preparation, and the DEIR was completed in 2008.  It had a 90-day review period, from April 1, 2008, through June 30, 2008.

On April 6, 2011, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to review the Plan and related documents.  At that meeting, the Planning Commission voted to forward the Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and Map amendments, General Plan amendments, and the FEIR to the Council with a recommendation for approval.  The Planning Commission also approved the Southside Design Guidelines, which will go into effect if the Southside Plan is adopted.  The City Council held a workshop on June 14, 2011, to discuss the Southside Plan FEIR, and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, General Plan, and General Plan Map.  The Plan and associated documents were approved by Council at the public hearing held September 27, 2011.  Minor revisions were made to the Southside Plan at that time.

Home | Web Policy | Text-Only Site Map | Contact Us
Department of Planning & Development, 1947 Center Street, 3rd Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
Questions or comments? Email: planning@cityofberkeley.info Phone: (510) 981-7400
(510) 981-CITY/2489 or 311 from any landline in Berkeley
TTY: (510) 981-6903
###