City of Oakland General Plan Update - Phase 1

Oakland's 2045 General Plan Update process is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for all Oaklanders to work together to create a visionary blueprint for the future of our City.


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Phase 1 of the Oakland General Plan Update process has now concluded. Phase 1 included the adoption of the following items:

This comprehensive policy package includes our strategies to meet Oakland’s housing needs and demands for more affordable homes, , reduce pollution and advance environmental justice in our most impacted communities, and to prepare us to address the impacts of climate change and natural disasters.

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Community Outreach

Community outreach for Phase 1 has now concluded. To view past meetings and events, as well as related materials, presentations, and summaries visit: Oakland General Plan Update - Phase 1 Community Engagement.

Key Project Components

Project Timeline

  • April 2021 - August 2021

    Issue Request for Proposals (RFP) and Select Community Consultant Team and Technical Consultant Team to Assist City Staff

  • October 5, 2021

    City Council Consideration of Recommended Consultant Team Approach, Selected Teams, and Appropriation of Grant Funds.

  • November 2021

    Project Kickoff

    Phase I

    • Industrial Land Use Policy
    • (New) Environmental Justice Element
    • Housing Element Update
    • Safety Element Update
    • Racial Equity Impact Analysis
    • Zoning Code and Map Update
    • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Process
    • Implementation Matrix and Monitoring Program
    • Review and Adoption
  • January 31, 2023

    Housing Element adoption by City Council

  • February 17, 2023

    Housing Element Certification by the State of California

  • March 2023 - October 2023

    Release and adoption of Environmental Justice and Safety Elements, EIR, and Housing Element Zoning Amendments

  • January 2024 - July 2025

    Phase II

    • Land Use and Transportation Element (LUTE) Update
    • Open Space, Conservation and Recreation (OSCAR) Element Update
    • Noise Element Update
    • (New) Infrastructure and Facilities Element
    • Zoning Code and Map Update
    • Racial Equity Impact Analysis
    • Implementation Matrix and Monitoring Program
    • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Process
    • Review and Adoption

Project Team

The General Plan Update team includes City staff, and our consultant team consisting of Dyett & Bhatia and the Deeply Rooted Collaborative.

City staff leading the project include:

  • Lakshmi Rajagopalan - Planner IV, Project Manager for Phase 1
  • Audrey Lieberworth - Planner III, Housing Element Lead
  • Daniel Findley - Planner III, Safety Element Lead
  • Khalilha Haynes - Planner III, Lead - Industrial Lands Vision, Environmental Justice Element, Co-Lead Phase 1 Code Amendments
  • Stephanie Skelton - Public Service Representative, Project Support
  • Laura Kaminski - Strategic Planning Manager
  • Michael Branson - Deputy City Attorney
  • Aaron Lehmer - Technical Communications Specialist

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