WEBAIC Newsletter

January 24, 2011


   WEBAIC Positions to Achieve
Responsible, Sustainable, & Equitable Development


1.) WEBAIC Compromise Cap Proposal on Protected Wholesale Trade & Warehouse space: 

     Allow 100,000 sq ft of protected Wholesale Trade/Warehouse space for R&D, NOT All SPACE

2.) No Housing or Retail in M, MM, & MULI Manufacturing Zones on Master Use Permit (MUP) sites.


3.) No Office Parks in the Manufacturing (M) Zone on Master Use Permit sites.


4.) Yes to 6 Master Use Permits in 10 Years – No to unlimited expansion of Master Use Permit sites.


5.) Maintain Existing Height & Density Standards.


6.) No Full Parking Waivers for MUPs.

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1.) WEBAIC Compromise Cap Proposal on Protected Wholesale Trade & Warehouse space:  Allow 100,000 sq 

    ft of protected Wholesale Trade/Warehouse space for R&D, NOT All SPACE:  Existing unprotected space plus the large Master Use Permit properties that WEBAIC has agreed to give up  industrial protections on provide more than ample opportunity for R&D location.  The Planning Commission’s proposal to open up ALL protected Wholesale Trade and Warehouse space is unnecessary and destructive of vital companies and jobs.  In the spirit of additional compromise WEBAIC has proposed allowing 100,000 sq ft of protected Wholesale Trade and Warehouse space (ideally to come from existing vacant space) to be opened to R&D, but not the one million plus space that the Commission is proposing.  Please support this WEBAIC compromise.

2.) No Housing or Retail in M, MM, & MULI Manufacturing Zones on Master Use Permit (MUP) sites: The West Berkeley Plan and the West Berkeley Project Draft Environmental Impact Report absolutely prohibit housing in the less than 4% of Berkeley’s land base found in the M, MM, and MULI zones that is devoted to production and distribution.   Common sense and experience tell us that new residents should not be located up against places that work all night, make noise, and have intense truck traffic.  Support this common sense position and oppose the Planning Commission’s proposal that would destroy good jobs and vital economic activity.


3.) No Office Parks in the Manufacturing (M) Zone on Master Use Permit sites:  The West Berkeley Plan and the West Berkeley Project Draft Environmental Impact Report prohibit offices in the Manufacturing (M) zone because it is the one zone unequivocally devoted to industrial use.  Support this common sense and proven policy by opposing staff’s proposal to permit office parks in the M Zone.


4.) Yes to 6 Master Use Permits in 10 Years – No to unlimited expansion of Master Use Permit sites:

      A.  No application of MUP permits to “single blocks under one ownership”.
      B.  Only sites that meet the “four acres under one ownership” threshold as of date of passing 
            Master Use Permit regulations by Council should be eligible for an MUP permit.

Once MUP permit is applied for only aggregated property under one ownership at that date
can be subject to the MUP permit.

WEBAIC has agreed to allow a much larger amount of land to be targeted for Master Use Permits than was discussed in the West Berkeley Plan.  This amount of land will support millions of square feet of development, enough for projected demand for the next 20 years.  The above WEBAIC provisions assure this more than reasonable amount of space for development will not expand in an unlimited manner and upset the finely balanced mix of uses and jobs in West Berkeley.


5.) Maintain Existing Height & Density Standards:  No justification has been given for the large expansion of allowable heights and densities in staff proposals, while West Berkeley is presently built out to only 1/3 of what is now allowable.  Proposed heights & densities of 75 feet and FAR 3 are unnecessary and destructive of the workability and livability of West Berkeley.   If greater heights are required for demonstrated production needs, a special, targeted zoning provision can permit this, as seen in Bayer's Development Agreement.


6.) No Full Parking Waivers for MUPs: Parking is presently challenging in West Berkeley, making the proposal to allow full parking waivers for millions of square feet of development on MUP sites totally illogical.  WEBAIC supports efforts to reduce auto use, therefore any waivers given should be tied to required and verifiable use of non-auto commuting means.


7.) No MUR property in Master Use Permit sites:  The MUP permit should NOT apply to property in the MUR Zone.  The only result of which would be development totally out of scale with the existing MUR environment and installation of uses likely to significantly conflict with the largely residential character of this zone.