Public Meetings Start in May to Review Zoning Amendments for Downtown Plan

At the end of April, the City of Oakland will release the draft zoning amendments that help implement the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan. Several public meetings will be hosted in May and June to discuss the proposed changes.

Rendering of changes in Frank Ogawa Plaza showing improved streetscape

DOSP Zoning Amendments To Be Released Next Week

The City of Oakland will hold a series of virtual public meetings in May and June 2022 to solicit feedback on the soon-to-be-released draft zoning amendments for the Draft Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (DOSP). The DOSP, which has been developed in multiple publicly reviewed iterations over the past several years, will be brought to City Council for adoption later this year. This Plan provides policy guidance on development – linking together land use, transportation, economic development, housing, public spaces, cultural belonging, and social equity in Downtown Oakland. The DOSP’s Zoning Amendments include changes to both the Zoning Map and Planning Code, which are the first step toward implementing the Plan’s goals and policies.

The bulk of the draft amendments will be released in April 2022 for public review. The details of the Zoning Incentive Program, including the base and incentive intensities and the accompanying economic analysis, will be released in subsequent months. Please join our email list to be informed when they are published. The City will hold three informational meetings on key aspects of the amendments, followed by a DOSP Community Advisory Group (CAG) meeting and a Planning Commission Zoning Update Committee (ZUC) hearing. Community members are invited to save the following dates to attend these virtual meetings.

Upcoming Meetings

Public Meeting #1: Land Use Activities
Wednesday, May 11, 6pm-7:30pm

  • What activities (such as housing, shops, industry and office uses) are allowed or prioritized in which parts of Downtown Oakland?
  • Where will the new zoning changes encourage new housing and dense development?
  • How do we encourage arts and cultural uses, or fill empty retail spaces?

Public Meeting #2: Special Districts
Monday, May 16, 6pm-7:30pm

  • How will new development be safe from sea level rise?
  • How will it contribute to walkable streetscapes at a new Green Loop?
  • How will the Plan support arts and cultural districts like the Black Arts Movement and Business District (BAMBD)?

Public Meeting #3: Development Standards + Zoning Incentive Program | TBD

  • What will development look and feel like? How tall and dense will it be?
  • How will developers be able to earn additional development capacity as an incentive to provide community amenities? What additional benefits, and how much, will the community receive in return?
  • How will the regulations allow transferring development rights (TDR) to protect historic buildings?

Community Advisory Group (CAG) Discussion | TBD
The DOSP’s ongoing CAG will discuss the draft amendments and provide feedback to staff.

Zoning Advisory Committee (ZUC) Hearing
Wednesday July 13th, 2022 3:00pm-6:00pm

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The Planning Commission’s ZUC will review the draft amendments, hear about community input provided at the informational and CAG meetings, and take public comment, and provide staff with direction on revisions.

New times will be announced for the upcoming meetings when they have been scheduled.

Providing Feedback on the DOSP Zoning Amendments

In addition to the amendments themselves, the City will provide the public with summaries of key changes and a series of videos intended to explain: 1) the DOSP; 2) the purpose of zoning; and 3) how the zoning changes are intended to meet the DOSP’s goals. Community members will be able to provide feedback on the drafts by commenting directly on the amendments themselves, filling out a survey, emailing City staff, and/or sharing their thoughts at a meeting.

Following this public review period, the City will revise the amendments and return the revisions to the ZUC later in the summer. Then staff will bring both the Final Draft Zoning Amendments and the Final Draft DOSP, which was revised in response to the public comments received in late 2019 as well as to address COVID-19 recovery, to City Council in late 2022 for adoption hearings.

Stay Involved!

Please sign up at the project website ( to receive updates when the zoning amendments are released. The updates will let you know how to review, comment, and participate in community discussions about the amendments.

You can also sign up for mailing list updates:

In the meantime, you can review existing Plan publications, including the Public Review Draft DOSP and Public Review Environmental Impact Report (EIR) on the project website.


Joanna Winter
Planner IV


Posted: April 22nd, 2022 1:14 PM

Last Updated: June 30th, 2022 11:44 AM

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