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. See the Plan Publications section to review the Final Draft DOSP, DOSP Handbook (a summary version of the DOSP, available in Spanish and Chinese), Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) and other past publications. The associated zoning amendments and environmental review documents can be reviewed at the links below:

The following in-person public hearings are scheduled for the DOSP (visit the Meetings section for more information):

  • 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 Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board (LPAB) continue its public hearing to review the Final Draft DOSP and Zoning Amendments on Monday, June 3rd at 6:00 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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May 02, 2024

Downtown Oakland Specific Plan Final Draft, Related Policies Released!

The City of Oakland published the final draft version of the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan (DOSP) for public review in March.  The final draft version of the new zoning and land use rules that will help implement the DOSP are now available for public review as well. These new rules update the City's Zoning Map, Planning Code, and General Plan to help advance DOSP’s goals. The Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), which includes a response to public comments is also available now. 

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Mar 22, 2024

City of Oakland Prepares for Adoption of the Downtown Oakland Specific Plan

First ever specific plan for Downtown Oakland aims to increase housing and jobs near transit, expand funding for public services, revitalize local businesses and enhance public safety, modernize and broaden the role of downtown, prepare for climate change and sea level rise, and reconnect West Oakland with downtown

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About the Plan

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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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