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Working Group (Spring 2016)

In March 2016, the City published the report “Oakland at Home: Recommendations for Implementing A Roadmap Toward Equity From the Oakland Housing Cabinet,” which, along with the Mayor’s Housing Action Plan, included specific recommendations from a working group tasked with identifying policies and actions to give priority consideration to the development of affordable housing on City land, as well as depositing some portion of proceeds from the sale of City land into the Affordable Housing Trust Fund (“AHTF”). On May 31, 2016, the CED Committee received recommendation from the working group.

Click here to read “Oakland at Home: Recommendations for Implementing A Roadmap Toward Equity From the Oakland Housing Cabinet.”

Click here to read the report with recommendations from the working group (see attachment).

Community Engagement (Winter 2016 - Spring 2018)

The CED Committee directed staff to prepare an Ordinance to amend the Municipal Code sections on disposition of City land to include a process for soliciting proposals for affordable housing development, to include a provision that all residential projects include at least 15 percent of units as affordable, and to direct 30 percent of net sale proceeds to the AHTF. At the urging of community organizations, the City delayed action on the Ordinance and committed to further community engagement and a more deliberative process to consider potential amendments to the public lands policy.

Since December 2016, City staff have met regularly with members of the Oakland Citywide Anti-Displacement Network (“CWN”), a consortium of 10 organizations, in a deliberative process intended to craft recommendations for an amended public lands policy.

Policy Proposals (June 2018 - Present)

On June 26, 2018, City Council's Community & Economic Development Committee (CED) heard a report on three proposed policy alternatives for developing City-owned land: one from staff, one from two Councilmembers, and one from the CWN. All the proposals seek to use City land to accelerate the production of much-needed affordable housing, and would add more transparency and community engagement in evaluating proposed development. However, their differences represent key policy tradeoffs that could affect project outcomes, costs and revenues.

Click here to read reports relating to the different policy proposals (see attachments).

Click here to read the assumptions used to model the different policy proposals.

Click here to access the data backup for the related reports.

Click on the infographic below for a simplified summary of projected results from 3 proposals that have been presented to City Council.

Click here to see an infographic prepared by staff comparing the three proposals.


The Community & Economic Development Committee forwarded the agenda item to full City Council and it is expected to be heard on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.