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 2021-2022: Development Feasibility Studies, Draft Objective Standards
- Spring 2022: Draft Zoning and General Plan Land Use Amendments
- Summer 2022: Public Review Draft
- Fall 2022: Finalize Zoning and General Plan Land Use Amendments
- Winter 2021-2022: Local Adoption
ZORP Subcommittees Meeting #2
February 16, 2022 2 DocumentsDocumentDocument
Public Workshop #2
December 7, 2022 1 DocumentsDocument