Downtown Plan, West Berkeley Plus Condos Top Planning Slate

By Richard Brenneman
Monday October 20, 2008 - 06:51:00 PM

Berkeley planning commissioners will tackle the downtown plan again Wednesday as they rush to meet the deadline for getting their own version to the City Council. 

In addition to finishing the draft environmental sustainability chapter, commissioners will also consider the plan’s access chapter as well as proposed streetscape designs if the city decides to reduce lanes to handle the proposed Bus Rapid Transit system. 

Commissioners must finish with their proposed revisions to the draft prepared over the course of two years by the Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee. The council must adopt a new plan before the end of May or face the loss of some UC Berkeley funding for the planning effort. 

Commissioners are also set to hear updates on the progress towards proposed zoning changes in West Berkeley and to hold a hearing on converting 12 apartments in a three-building complex at the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Parker Street into condos. 

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave.