Welcome to the Southside Plan Page
The Southside Plan, along with the associated Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR), General Plan amendments, and Zoning Ordinance additions and amendments, was adopted by the City Council at the public hearing held September 27, 2011. Thank you for your interest and participation in the Southside Plan.
Links to the approved documents and effective dates (if applicable) are listed below:
- Southside Plan (effective September 27, 2011, Resolution No. 65,473-N.S.), which includes:
- Table of Contents
- Introduction and Plan Goals
- Southside Planning Process
- Related Planning Studies
- Land Use and Housing Element
- Transportation Element
- Economic Development Element
- Community Character Element
- Public Safety Element
- Appendix A: Southside Opportunity Sites
- Appendix B: Circulation Alternatives Considered in the DEIR
- Appendix C: Designated or Listed Historic Resources as of April 2009
- Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) (Resolution No. 65,471-N.S.)
- General Plan Amendments (effective September 27, 2011, Resolution No. 65,473-N.S.)
- Zoning Ordinance Amendments (effective November 12, 2011), which includes:
- Southside Design Guidelines (approved by the Planning Commission on April 6, 2011, effective September 27, 2011)
Background Documents and Information
The Draft Southside Plan was first published in January 2000. Jointly sponsored and prepared by the City of Berkeley and the University of California at Berkeley, the Draft Southside Plan contained specific policies regarding land use, housing, traffic and circulation, economic development, public safety, urban design, and historic preservation.
After publication of the January 2000 Draft Plan, the Draft Plan was reviewed and refined through a series of community (working group) meetings and discussions at the Planning Commission. The Southside Plan Planning Commission Subcommittee held further public meetings to review elements of the Draft Southside Plan.
The December 2001 draft of the Southside Plan (the Subcommittee Draft) was reviewed and changes were incorporated by the Planning Commission during 2002. In the spring and summer of 2003, the Planning Commission considered additional changes and amended the draft plan. The current version of the plan is now available for public review.
In 2008, the Planning Commission directed staff to review the 2003 version and, as necessary, update outdated or inconsistent policies and zoning recommendations, review text for consistency with policies, and add updates to the text. This resulted in the 2009 Draft Plan, which is shown in a track-changes format. As a result of this process, staff identified proposed changes that would require explicit Planning Commission approval. These issues were discussed at four Planning Commission Subcommittee meetings in the summer of 2009 and the fall of 2010; final direction on these issues was given at the December 8, 2010, Planning Commission meeting. The direction from this meeting resulted in the final document which was considered by the Planning Commission on April 6, 2011.
The environmental review of the Draft Plan began in 2004, with the release of the Notice of Preparation, and the DEIR was completed in 2008. It had a 90-day review period, from April 1, 2008, through June 30, 2008.
On April 6, 2011, the Planning Commission held a public hearing to review the Plan and related documents. At that meeting, the Planning Commission voted to forward the Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and Map amendments, General Plan amendments, and the FEIR to the Council with a recommendation for approval. The Planning Commission also approved the Southside Design Guidelines, which will go into effect if the Southside Plan is adopted. The City Council held a workshop on June 14, 2011, to discuss the Southside Plan FEIR, and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, General Plan, and General Plan Map. The Plan and associated documents were approved by Council at the public hearing held September 27, 2011. Minor revisions were made to the Southside Plan at that time.