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News and Updates 

The Adeline Corridor Specific Plan, General Plan and zoning amendments, and environmental review documents will be considered for adoption by the City Council at a Special Meeting on Tuesday, December 8, 2020.  The agenda and meeting materials can be found on the City Council webpage.

Plan and environmental review documents 

Related planning initiatives...

  • Affordable Housing Preference Policy -  Take the community input survey (open through January 22, 2020) & share with your community! The "housing preference policy" is identified in the Adeline Plan as a top priority.  It is intended to address displacement and would establish a set of criteria that gives those with pre-existing ties to Berkeley priority when applying for new affordable housing units.  Please take the survey & share it with family, friends, and neighbors!  (See Press Release for more info)
  • Ashby and North Berkeley BART Station Planning - The Community Advisory Group (CAG) will be having its fourth meeting on Monday, December 14, 2020.  A second community meeting is planned for January 2021.  For more information about this planning process to develop zoning standards that conform to Assembly Bill 2923 and other site development parameters, visit the project webpage: www.cityofberkeley.info/bartplanning

Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee Meetings  

The Planning Commission Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee met from May 2019 to August of 2020 to facilitate the full Commission’s deliberation on a recommendation on the Draft Adeline Corridor Specific Plan, associated General Plan and zoning amendments, and the EIR (documents available here). The Planning Commission will forward its recommendation to City Council, the body that is responsible, to adopt the Final Plan, General Plan and Zoning Ordinance amendments, and certify the EIR. 

The public is welcome to attend the Planning Commission’s Subcommittee meetings on the Adeline Corridor Specific Plan and offer comment. Agendas for past meetings are posted on the Planning Commission webpage (scroll down to Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee and select link to desired meeting agendas).


Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Work Schedule: 

May 17, 2019


  • Draft Plan and DEIR available for public review 


May – July 2019


  • Public Comment Period (as required by the California Environmental Quality Act)

Jul. - Nov. 2019


  • Staff review of Draft Plan and DEIR feedback
  • Preparation of Final EIR

Nov. - Dec. 2019


  • Proposed General Plan and Zoning Ordinance Amendments  and Final EIR available

Jan. – Aug. 2020


  • Potential Revisions to Draft Plan available
  • Adeline Corridor Subcommittee Recommendation to full Planning Commission

Sep. 2020


  • Initiate Public Hearings with Planning Commission to prepare recommendations to City Council 
Dec. 2020
  • Initiate Public Hearing for City Council to consider adoption of the Adeline Corridor Specific Plan, General Plan and zoning amendments, and environmental review documents

 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. 


Plan Documents

*Printed copies of the documents are available for reference 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  

Related Past Plans


Past Meetings and Events

Event Type  Time Period Materials

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




Community member are encouraged to submit comments on the Adeline Corridor Draft Plan and related documents. Please send all written comments to the email or mailing address listed below.    

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




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