Oakland General Plan Update Kicks Off with Series of Workshops Focused on Housing

Date Posted: February 16th, 2022 @ 12:48 PM
Last Updated: February 16th, 2022 @ 12:52 PM
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Oakland, CA – Last Thursday, more than 100 people attended the City of Oakland’s first public workshop for the General Plan Update. The virtual workshop focused on the Housing Element – an important component of the General Plan that outlines how the City will meet its housing goals for the next two decades. Participants shared their ideas on the major housing issues facing the city and opportunities to plan for new housing throughout Oakland.

To meet the state’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), Oakland must plan for 26,000 new housing units that are affordable to people from extremely low- to above moderate-income households. The City, in partnership with its technical consultant Dyett & Bhatia, has launched an interactive map that will allow Oakland residents to identify specific locations where they think the City should build more housing. The housing sites map will be open for public input until March 7.

The next Housing Element workshop will take place on Thursday, February 17, from 6pm-8pm and will focus on identifying Oakland’s housing needs and strategies for building more diverse housing.

The General Plan is the guiding document for the City and has not been updated in nearly 20 years. The General Plan Update is an extraordinary opportunity for all Oaklanders to work together to create a blueprint for an equitable and just city. Once approved in 2025, the Oakland 2045 General Plan will guide the development of our City for the following two decades.