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News from the Neighborhoods
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May 8: BNC Monthly Meeting 10am-noon
Our city has been in the national spotlight these last 2 weeks around land use issues with the February 23rd passage by City Council of a “Resolution to End Exclusionary Zoning.”
Shirley Dean has (on her own behalf) filed 2 complaints with the Open Government Commission around the process by which this resolution was brought forward. The first alleges a Brown Act violation, that five members of the City Council participated in closed door discussions about proposed zoning changes. The second complaint centered on the process that led to the passage of this resolution.
Furthermore, we have found an article published on March 2nd on a Planning and Development trade website where our Interim Planning Director announced the intent of the Planning Department to pursue “a set of zoning amendments that will enable us to boost production.” If this is the end goal of the Planning Department, then what is the purpose of the “robust public process” promised by City Council? We are sending a letter to the City Manager questioning why the Planning Department is allowed to signal to developers what will happen before the process is even underway.
What BNC Is All About
The Berkeley Neighborhoods Council (BNC) is a coalition of neighborhood groups of residents from all parts of Berkeley who have come together over such issues as development, traffic, crime, parks and open space, disaster preparedness, and the environment.
2021 Participating Organizations:
Bateman Neighborhood Association
Berkeley Tenants Union
Claremont-Elmwood Neighborhood Association
Clean Air Berkeley
Cedar Street Neighborhood Association
East Bay For Everyone
Friends of Adeline
Harper Street Neighbors
LeConte Neighborhood Association
McGee-Spaulding Neighbors in Action
Neighbors of 2902 Adeline
North Berkeley Neighborhood Alliance
Panoramic Hills Association
Save Berkeley Neighborhoods