Oakland Central Estuary Plan

Oakland, CA

City of Oakland

Lead Consultant

2008 - Present

Oakland's waterfront is a major city and regional resource, but for decades much of it has been largely inaccessible to the public. To expand access to this resource while improving the integration of changing land uses and multi-modal transportation planning along the waterfront, the City of Oakland retained CD+A to lead a multidisciplinary team of consultants in developing an Area Plan, General Plan and zoning amendments, design guidelines, and an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to govern future development in a 400-acre area between I-880 and the Oakland Estuary, which currently includes a mix of industrial, commercial and residential uses, often in close proximity.

The Area Plan provides specific strategies and standards to guide the initiation and evaluation of waterfront-related projects. The project incorporated a comprehensive public outreach strategy and work products include an existing conditions inventory; demographic, socio-economic and market conditions analyses; and land use and urban design alternatives informed by a series of eight public workshops.

The design guidelines focus on creating cohesion in an area celebrated for its eclectic nature. They provide recommendations to encourage a consistent character for the large community; create walkable and inviting streets in targeted areas; and minimize impacts caused by existing incompatible uses, while allowing for the continued informal evolution of the Central Estuary area.
Following a five-year planning process involving close collaboration with City staff and stakeholders, the Area Plan and policy amendments were unanimously adopted by the City Council in June 2013.