Objective Standards for Residential Development
Help Berkeley define clear and consistent rules and processes for housing development.
The City of Berkeley is creating a set of “objective standards” for residential projects with two or more units—clear and consistent rules and processes that will be used to review and approve new housing in Berkeley. Help inform these objective standards by attending public meetings and participating in our upcoming outreach efforts.
State law requires that cities follow a streamlined process to approve certain eligible proposed housing projects. Berkeley’s residential objective standards will enable a more streamlined review process and more clear, predictable development criteria for housing stakeholders, while being sensitive to the specific context of the city.
Examples of standards that the City will define include how tall buildings can be, how far set back they must be from the street, and how many units are allowed per acre. These standards are closely related to Berkeley’s ability to meet the target housing goals set in the Housing Element. Projects that do not qualify for streamlined review or opt for a subjective review process will have flexibility from the objective standards.
- Fall 2021: Background Material Review, Development Trends Analysis
- Winter 2021- Summer 2022: Middle Housing Development Feasibility Studies
- Fall 2022 - Spring 2023: Middle Housing Draft Zoning and General Plan Land Use Amendments
- Spring 2023: Local Adoption
RELATED CITY COUNCIL REPORTS
- Affordable Housing for Artists Referral - 01/25/2022
Promote artist housing, including the use of ground floor retail space, as part of the Housing Element Update.
- Resolution: Housing as A Human Right - 11/9/2021
Adopt a Resolution recognizing housing as a human right; refer to the City's Manager's Office several measures to begin developing social housing in the City of Berkeley.
- Affordable Housing Overlay - 11/9/2021
Consider an Affordable Housing Overlay as part of the Housing Element Update to allow increased height and density for 100% affordable projects.
- Initiation of Participatory Planning for Berkeley's Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) - 03/25/2021
Initiate participatory planning for Berkeley's RHNA and Housing Element Update.
- Missing Middle Initiative - 04/23/2019
Analyze and report back on possible Zoning Ordinance changes to foster alternative housing types under a "Missing Middle Initiative."
- More Student Housing Now - 11/27/2018
Move forward with parts of "More Student Housing Now" Resolution and implementation of SB 1227.
- Increase Student Housing - 05/01/2018
Convert commercial space into residential use within all districts in the Southside located west of College Avenue.
- Adopt More Student Housing Now Resolution - 01/23/2018
"More Student Housing Now" Resolution
- Facilitate Student Housing - Increased Height/FAR in Specific Districts - 10/13/2017
Facilitate student housing by increasing the height and Floor Area Ration (FAR) in the portions of the R-SMU, R-S and R-3 District which are located within the Southside area west of College Avenue.
- Develop a Pilot Density Bonus Program - 05/30/2017
Develop a pilot Density Bonus program for the C-T District to generate in-lieu fees that could be used to build housing for homeless and extremely low-income residents.
- Creation of a Citywide Use Permit Process - 04/04/2017
Create a citywide Use Permit process to allow non-commercial use on the ground floor in appropriate locations, where commercial might otherwise be required. Consider a pilot project in the C-T District.
- Increased Development Potential in the C-T District - 07/12/2016 - Allowed increased development potential in the Telegraph Commercial (C-T) District between Dwight Way and Bancroft Way and refer to the City Manager
development of community benefit requirements with a focus on labor practices and affordable housing.
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