Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (DOSP)

The final draft of the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (DOSP) is now available for public review. This comprehensive plan is the first of its kind for Downtown Oakland. It will guide downtown development to meet Oakland’s projected housing and employment needs over the next 20 years, while preserving and enhancing the dynamic culture that Oaklanders treasure.

The DOSP has undergone extensive public feedback and is now ready for consideration and approval by the Oakland City Council. The Final Draft Zoning Amendments and Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) will be posted on this project website in April. These will help implement the DOSP and will accompany the Final Draft DOSP to City Council for adoption and certification.

The following in-person public hearings are scheduled for the DOSP:

  • The Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board (LPAB) will hold a public hearing to review the Final Draft DOSP and Zoning Amendments on Monday, May 6th at 6:00 p.m. at Oakland City Hall
  • The Oakland Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to present the Final Draft Plan on Wednesday, May 15th at 3:00 p.m. at Oakland City Hall.
  • The Oakland Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to present the Final Draft Zoning Amendments and Final EIR/Response to Comments on Wednesday, June 5th at 3:00 p.m. at Oakland City Hall

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This is the sixth specific plan undertaken in Oakland in recent years, and the first ever for downtown. Creating a specific plan for this remaining area will help weave together the existing specific plans in the surrounding areas (shown in the map at right).

All specific plans involve significant participation from the public and other governmental agencies. Emerging themes include:

  • Housing and affordability
  • Economic opportunity
  • Social and racial equity
  • Culture keeping
  • Preservation and an inclusive public realm
  • Connectivity & mobility


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