WEBAIC Positions to Achieve
Sustainable, & Equitable Development
WEBAIC Compromise Cap Proposal on Protected Wholesale Trade &
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
4.) Yes to 6 Master Use
Permits in 10 Years – No to unlimited expansion of Master Use Permit
5.) Maintain Existing Height & Density Standards.
6.) No Full Parking Waivers for MUPs.
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
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
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.
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
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
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.