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News and Updates

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. 

The Planning Commission Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee has been meeting since May 2019 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 Subcommittee has had a number of public meetings to discuss the Draft Plan and associated documents.  The intent of the next meeting is for the Subcommittee to hear final public comments prior to their extended “Working Meeting” on February 1, 2020 to review the input and discussion to-date and begin preparing a recommendation to the Planning Commission.  A final Subcommittee meeting is tentatively scheduled after the February 1ST meeting for the Subcommittee to confirm the recommendation that it will forward for the full Commission to consider.   


Adeline Corridor Specific Plan Subcommittee Meetings 

The public is welcome to attend the Planning Commission’s Subcommittee meetings on the Adeline Corridor Specific Plan 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) and future meeting dates are provided below. 

Date and Time 


Wed. Jan. 29, 2020

7pm to 10pm

Meeting #8: Additional Information on Proposed Zoning and Affordable Housing

Sat. Feb. 01, 2020

9am to 5pm

Meeting #9: “Working Meeting” to Discuss Recommendations to Planning Commission

Wed. March 18, 2020

Meeting #10: TBD  

All meetings will be held at the Henry Ramsey Jr. South Berkeley Senior Center at 2932 Ellis Street, Berkeley, CA.


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. – Feb. 2020


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

March 2020


  • Initiate Public Hearings with Planning Commission to prepare recommendations to City Council 

AdelineCorridor Specific Plan Workflow Schedule Graphic 

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: ashen@cityofberkeley.info | Phone: 510.981.7409 | Fax: 510.981.7420 Project website: www.cityofberkeley.info/adelinecorridor




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