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New Documents Available: Adeline Corridor Draft Plan and Draft EIR – Responses to Public Comments


The Draft Adeline Corridor Specific Plan (“Draft Plan”) and its Draft Environmental Impact Report (“DEIR”) were made available for public review on May 17, 2019.  The Draft Plan reflects input gathered at dozens of community meetings and workshops held since the planning process kicked off in 2015.  City staff is extremely appreciative of all the time and valuable feedback community members provided at each stage of the planning process.  

Staff will provide an overview of these documents at the upcoming December 12th, 2019 Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee Meeting and continue discussion at future meetings in early 2020. Additional subcommittee meeting dates are provided below. 

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 St.
  • Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.
  • Judge Henry Ramsey Jr. South Berkeley Senior Center, 2939 Ellis St.


Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee Meetings

The Planning Commission Subcommittee on the Adeline Corridor Specific Plan is tasked with developing a recommendation to the full Planning Commission about the Draft Plan, EIR and associated General Plan and zoning amendments. The public is welcome to attend and offer comment.  Agendas for past and upcoming meetings are posted on the Planning Commission webpage (scroll down to Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee and select link to desired meeting agendas). 

Meeting #7- Review and Discuss Adeline Corridor Draft Plan and Draft EIR - Responses to Public Comments 

Date: Thursday, Dec, 12, 2019

Meeting #8: Topic TBD 

Date: Wed. Jan. 29, 2019

Meeting #9: Topic TBD

Date: Wed. Feb. 19, 2019


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

Community member are encouraged to submit comments on the Adeline Corridor Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) before the comment period closes. Please send all written comments to the email listed below.  

Comment Guidelines:

Document How to Comment Comment Period Next Steps
Draft Plan 

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

Open Until 
Fall 2019

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.

Draft Environmental 
Impact Report

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;


 Adeline Corridor Plan Work Schedule: 

The Planning Commission Subcommittee on the Adeline Corridor Specific Plan will be meeting in the Summer and Fall of 2019 to discuss the Draft Plan and Draft EIR. Agendas for past and upcoming meetings will be posted on the Planning Commission webpage

May 17, 2019  
  • Draft Plan and DEIR available for public review 
May - July 
  • Public Comment Period (as required by the California Environmental Quality Act)
Jul. - Nov. 
  • Staff review of Draft Plan and DEIR feedback
  • Preparation of Final EIR. 
 Nov. - Dec. 
  • Proposed Draft Plan Revisions and Final EIR available  
Early 2020
  • Initiate public hearings with Planning Commission to prepare recommendations to City Council 

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


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. 


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Past meetings and events

Environmental Impact Report Process

July 2018 - Early 2019


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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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