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Notice of Availability of Head-Royce Final EIR

Date Posted: February 23rd, 2023 @ 12:05 PM
Last Updated: February 23rd, 2023 @ 4:27 PM

Head-Royce Final Environmental Impact Report

NOTE: This supplemental message is in addition to and is separate from the legal requirements for noticing the availability of CEQA documents.

The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Head-Royce School Planned Unit Development project is now available for review online at:

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT: Head-Royce School proposes to integrate the existing Campus with the former Lincoln site (the proposed South Campus) to create a unified, 22-acre K-12 school (the Project). The Project proposes to connect these two campuses via an underground tunnel below Lincoln Avenue and/or with at-grade pedestrian crossings across Lincoln Avenue. There are 12 existing buildings on the former Lincoln site. Generally, these existing buildings are in fair condition on the exterior, but in poorer conditions in the interior. The Project proposes to remove eight of the twelve existing buildings on the former Lincoln site, to rehabilitate three existing buildings identified as historic resources for use as school facilities, and to use one existing building for school-related purposes. The Project also includes a proposal to construct a new Performance Arts Center for student curriculum related to theater, music, dance and culture. Two other new, smaller buildings are proposed, including a 1,000 square-foot maintenance structure and a 1,500 square-foot link to the proposed pedestrian tunnel, housing an elevator. The Project also proposes a one-way circulation loop driveway on the proposed South Campus to provide off-street drop-off and pick-up space, thereby eliminating pick-up and drop-off activities (other than for buses) from Lincoln Avenue and reducing turn-around traffic in adjacent neighborhoods. The Project also proposes to increase permitted student enrollment by 344 students over the currently allowed enrollment of 906 students, to a maximum student population of 1,250 students.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW: Preparation of the FEIR has been overseen by the City’s Environmental Review Officer, and the conclusions and recommendations of the document represent the independent conclusions and recommendations of the City. Copies of the FEIR are available for distribution to interested parties at no charge at the Planning & Building Department, Planning Bureau, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 3315, Oakland, CA 94612, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The FEIR is also available for direct viewing online at: https://www.oaklandca.gov/documents/head-royce-school-pud-project-final-eir


The Oakland Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board will hold a public hearing to hear public testimony and consider a recommendation to the Planning Commission regarding the project’s effects on historic and cultural resources. This hearing will occur on Monday, March 6, 2023, and is tentatively scheduled for 6:00 PM in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

The Oakland Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to hear public testimony and consider certification of the EIR and approval of the Head Royce School Planned Unit Development (PUD) Project. This hearing will occur on Wednesday, April 19, 2023, and is tentatively scheduled for 3:00 PM in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.

You may access information for the Planning Commission meeting one week prior to the meeting at the following website: https://www.oaklandca.gov/boards-commissions/planning-commission

Interested parties may speak on the item at the public hearings described above. Any written correspondence should be submitted electronically via e-mail to Rebecca Lind at RLind@oaklandca.gov. Correspondence may also be directed in writing to: Rebecca Lind, Planner IV, City of Oakland Bureau of Planning, 250 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Suite 2214, Oakland, CA 94612. Please reference Case File Number PLN18532-ER01 in all correspondence.