The City of Berkeley will be launching its community outreach for the San Pablo Avenue Corridor Priority Development Area (PDA) Specific Plan in the spring of 2023.
PDAs allocate state and regional grants to municipalities for specific area planning. The San Pablo PDA planning process is included in Berkeley’s 2023-2031 Housing Element Update under Program 27, which commits the city to “increase allowed densities and/or development capacity; and study design standards, public improvements, and mechanisms to incentivize affordable housing.” The City Council also voted to amend this section pursuant to State requirements for Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, “with the goal of achieving consistency among all transit and commercial corridors, especially between formerly red-lined areas and higher-resource areas of Solano Avenue, North Shattuck Avenue, and College Avenue.”
PDA planning work is distinct from the Alameda County Transportation Commission’s planning process for the San Pablo Avenue Corridor Project, and while the county agency is still soliciting public input, the project has already finalized its first phase and involves collaboration with multiple local jurisdictions.
More info coming soon!