The city has released a draft of its Housing Element, which is likely to face close scrutiny from all sides of the housing debate.
The projects could bring more than 5,400 new residents to the city and result in 465 new jobs, according to staff.
The City Council is set to vote on the controversial zoning change, which one commissioner called a “fireball,” later this spring.
Under the current proposal, there will be 85 parking spots at Ashby BART and 200 spots at North Berkeley BART, including in a satellite lot.
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The city is making a key update to its housing plans. Here’s how the process works and how you can get involved.
What’s happening now is important because it will define the parameters for large new apartment buildings that are slated to replace what are now parking lots at the North Berkeley and Ashby BART stations.
BART is seeking input on its plan to help Berkeley residents get to the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations once housing is built on the parking lots.
The meeting drew about 100 people who raised concerns about equity and affordability.
It is the single largest investment in affordable housing Berkeley has made, the mayor said Tuesday night.
The unanimous vote kickstarts a 2-year-long process which would see about 9,000 more housing units at various income levels built over the next several years.
Council unanimously approved a resolution that will work toward banning single-family zoning.