THE GOAL OF THE DOWNTOWN OAKLAND SPECIFIC PLAN IS TO DEVELOP A COMMUNITY-BASED VISION AND STRATEGY FOR IMPLEMENTATION
The City of Oakland Planning Department, along with the Department of Race and Equity, Dover Kohl Planning Firm, Strategic Economics, Toole, and Community Based Organizations (including Institute for Sustainable Economic Educational and Environmental Design, Center for Social Inclusion, Policy Link, Asian Health Services, Oakulture, Popuphood, Khepera Consulting, and Mesu Strategies) are leading an effort to engage local residents and stakeholders in meaningful conversations about the future of Downtown Oakland.
What is the Downtown Oakland
Specific Plan Equity Work?
The equity work will be a community-led effort to center equity in the Downtown Oakland Specific Planning Process – and ensure that the most disconnected community-members have a voice in the planning and development process. Historically, we’ve heard that planning processes have been disconnected from the needs of everyday people. This work aims to improve community engagement by showing that the power of local community leaders can help create a stronger Oakland for everyone by “Keeping the Town in Downtown.”
WHY IS THE DOWNTOWN
SPECIFIC PLAN IMPORTANT?
Once completed, this plan will serve as an official guide for downtown’s evolution and development for at least the next 20 years, and will create a model for future neighborhood specific plans in Oakland, as well as inform similar planning processes throughout the state and nation.
WHY SHOULD YOU get invovled?
The City heard you and has committed to trying out an equity-oriented planning process.
THIS IS NEW.
THIS IS DIFFERENT.
And it is an important opportunity for YOU to be involved in creating a new model of how city processes can be:
EQUITABLE BY DESIGN
This is also an opportunity to join an amazing community of people who love Oakland.
- Collect and organize community ideas and concerns in order to influence City agencies’ planning and rezoning processes for DOSP.
- Create a human capital and an equity impact assessment tool that focuses on the betterment of Downtown Oakland residents and communities.
- Develop approaches to preserving existing affordable housing (including public housing) and potentially generating new, permanently affordable housing for vulnerable populations.
- Develop new tools for supporting, preserving, and restoring Downtown's cultural identity, economy, and built environment.
- Develop implementable recommendations that reflect authentic and meaningful community input.