Council Public Hearing on West
Will Be Held Jan 25th
January 25th, 7pm, Council Chambers - 2134 Martin
Luther King Jr. Way (between Center & Allston)
• Please Attend •
The Future of West Berkeley’s
(and the City’s)
Sustainable, Productive, & Equitable Economy and Culture
To Be Decided
City Council’s January 18th
Agenda meeting was attended by the
Chair and staff of WEBAIC. This committee voted to hold the City
Council Public Hearing on the West Berkeley Project’s proposed Plan
amendments and Zoning changes on January 25th. As noted in
newsletters, WEBAIC believes this short notice (one week true notice
from today) is inadequate and disrespectful of the time and effort
hundreds of citizens have put into the West Berkeley Project process,
particularly in light of the disconcerting fact that the City never
noticed all West Berkeley businesses and residences that large-scale,
widespread changes to their area might be instituted as part of this
The positive results of the Agenda Committee meeting were
decisions that 1.) The Public Hearing will be held open for a second
hearing meeting on either February 8th or 15th and 2.), those who speak
at the first hearing will not be denied the opportunity to speak at the
second. It is best to attend both hearings but please plan to
at least one. It is possible a third meeting in March, not officially a
Public Hearing, will see the Council vote.
After three years of strongly advocating for a sustainable,
local serving, and equitable economy and culture,
West Berkeley’s industrial, artisan, arts, and residential communities
have arrived at the final series of meetings where the ultimate
decisions will be made. While certain issues have been negotiated
agreed upon to most parties’ satisfaction during this process, there
remain a number of issues critical to the long-term viability of West
Berkeley industry and arts yet to be resolved.
Water the Tree: Your presence at the upcoming hearings
can make the difference for your community,
your environment, your business, your job, your home, and those of your
neighbors. We’re fortunate to live where our efforts to shape our
future, though sometimes appearing futile when measured against
powerful forces, can bear fruit - but we have to water that tree with
our presence and our voice to taste it. That it may bear fruit
years to come, please join us in watering the vibrant,
community-nourishing tree that is West Berkeley on January 25th.
The Most Critical Positions to Maintain West Berkeley’s
Equitable, Succesful Balance of Uses
1.) Support the WEBAIC Compromise Cap Proposal on Wholesale
As part of the West Berkeley Project WEBAIC has agreed with the City to
entitle six Master Use Permits for large sites (total 30+ acres) over
the next 10 years, with essentially all 2.5 - 3.8 million square feet
of potential development being allowed for R&D. Additionally,
present zoning allows approximately another 3 million sq ft of existing
space to be utilized for R&D.
The above figures reveal that the Planning Commission’s zoning proposal
to open up the industrial protections on ALL WHOLESALE TRADE &
WAREHOUSE SPACE in the MULI and MM Zones to R&D is unnecessary and
destructive of good jobs and vital economic activity. The
approximately 50 West Berkeley Wholesale Trade & Warehouse
companies and their 1100+ jobs are a key component of West Berkeley's
successful mixed-use economy, providing valuable goods and services,
revenue, and good jobs to our citizens without a college education.
2.) No Housing in the M, MM, & MULI Manufacturing Zones.
3.) No Stand Alone Offices in the Manufacturing (M) Zone.
4.) Yes to 6 Master Use Permits in 10 Years – No to unlimited
expansion of the Master Use Permit sites.
5.) Maintain Existing Height & Density Standards.