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.
The city is collecting community input on affordable housing, land use, building form and public space as part of the public process around plans to build housing at BART.
“I know this is scary for people,” said Councilmember Kate Harrison. “It’s a change. But it’s a change I feel we have to make.”
The commission says the percentage is not a requirement, but an aspiration. Community and BART talks are ongoing.
Berkeley’s efforts to help lead the charge to build hundreds of new apartments at the Ashby and North Berkeley BART stations have landed the city at the top of the transit agency’s list for short-term development plans.
The city of Berkeley is forging ahead with plans to rethink Civic Center Park and has asked the public to weigh in.
The city has asked the community to help reimagine how Civic Center works with the goal of transforming it from a largely empty space into Berkeley’s “main square.”