Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (Downtown Plan)

The City of Oakland is preparing a specific plan for downtown Oakland to ensure continued growth and revitalization to benefit both downtown residents and the larger community. The plan will provide sound policy guidance on development, linking land use, transportation, economic development, housing, public spaces, cultural arts, and social equity.


Downtown Oakland Preliminary Draft Plan
Jan 16, 2019

City releases Preliminary Draft Plan for downtown

The Preliminary Draft Plan describes transformative ideas and recommendations that connect the community’s goals to potential strategic actions. It will be reviewed by the community and revised to create the Draft Specific Plan by summer 2019.

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Oct 01, 2020

October 1, 2020 Community Advisory Group Meeting

Please join staff from Oakland’s Planning and Building and Housing and Community Development Departments to discuss updates to the DOSP’s housing strategy. The link to the Zoom meeting is here. Meeting ID: 934 1962 1333 Password: 204946

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About the Plan

Downtown Oakland Specific Plan boundary map.

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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