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Environment - Climate change, pollution, drought, and environmental disparities are issues that affect us all, both locally and globally. [more...]

Community Visioning Process for the North Berkeley BART Station Area -
On September 30, 2018 Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2923, a bill that prioritizes transit-oriented development on land owned by BART. The legislation directs the transportation agency to adopt new zoning standards for each BART station as a way of addressing the burgeoning housing crisis. Although BART has the authority to set zoning, it has assured the City of Berkeley that it will work closely with the city and residents to come up with a project that best reflects the desires of the community.

This March 15, Councilmember Linda Maio and I held an initial community meeting to hear resident input on future uses of this site, attended by more than 400 people. Following the meeting, more than 100 residents submitted written input on what should happen with this piece of property. On October 13, we held a visioning event where residents could comment on more than a dozen plans submitted by local urban planners, architects and others in the community. Click here to see all of the design renderings submitted by residents along with community feedback.

The City Council will review all public feedback and hold a workshop in January. It will then give direction to city staff on the parameters of a development and work to develop a Memorandum of Understanding with BART. Thank you everyone for your input and for the hours of work sketching out plans for this property. Although there are many opinions, I am optimistic that we can arrive at a final design that reflects the desire of Berkeley residents.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our office at 510-981-7100.



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Vision 2050 - The City of Berkeley is deeply committed to sustainability and addressing climate change. As our infrastructure ages, we need a plan to make sure our streets, sidewalks, sewer systems and buildings are resilient enough to handle a growing population and climate change, including sea-level rise, more flooding and wildfires.

We must also make sure that this new integrated infrastructure system is environmentally and financially sustainable, and that it utilizes the latest technology so that our city can be prepared in the decades to come.

To achieve this, Mayor Arreguin has launched Vision 2050, a citizen-led effort to develop a framework for a 30-year sustainable infrastructure plan. After an 18-month planning period, this task force made up of four working groups – Quality of Life, Environment, Technology and Finance Management – will provide a report to city staff on existing conditions, best practices, community feedback and recommendations for moving forward. The information in this report will be used to guide the plan development and implementation of climate-smart, technologically-advanced, integrated and efficient infrastructure.

A truly resilient Berkeley will not possible without the advancement of racial equity, as outlined in the city’s award-winning Resiliency Strategy. An equitable community engagement process is critical to reaching the goal of making our city more livable, healthy and safe for all of our residents. Through Vision 2050, we are hoping to foster a larger discussion about the kind of city we hope to have in the future, and the steps we can take together today to get there.

In July 2018, the City Council unanimously voted to put Advisory Measure R for the development of Vision 2050 on the ballot in November. This advisory measure, similar to how Advisory Measure G led to the development of the Berkeley Climate Action Plan, would be a first step for the city to integrate the development of Vision 2050 into staff work plans, and build upon Task Force recommendations.

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A Model Green City  -  

  Berkeley is regularly named among the greenest and most sustainable cities in the United States.

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