TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
COUNCIL CHAMBERS, OLD CITY HALL
2134 Martin Luther King Jr Way
The Zoning Overlay Ordinance on Berkeley’s existing Historic Civic Center District, including our historic Post Office, has gained national attention. On Tuesday night, September 9, 2014, the City Council will hear public comment, discuss and consider the Ordinance, and then take a vote. If the Zoning Overlay Ordinance is approved by Council it will become law after a second reading. That second reading would likely be a consent calendar item. The Zoning Overlay will save the Post Office, Old City Hall, and our historic Civic Center from commercial development.
On Wednesday, August 27th, Berkeley's Planning Commissioners voted unanimously in approval of the Zoning Overlay.
The Planning Commissioners were responding to a request from the Mayor and Council that cited "strong community support" for the overlay. Our city officials know there's "strong community support" because time and again Berkeley citizens have showed up when it counted. The Council meeting on Tuesday night is an important one.
Show the City Council That We Care.
Bring a Friend. Let's Fill the Room!
Berkeley’s Historic Civic Center District is our Public Commons. Appropriate zoning will protect the heart of Berkeley now and for years to come.
Read about the Planning Commission meeting on August 27th, 2014.
The Zoning Overlay is Item 60 on the Council agenda.
"Condos at the downtown post office?
Burgers at the Veteran's Building Mall?
A five-star hotel at Old City Hall?
"Not likely if the City Council agrees with Wednesday night's unanimous Planning Commission recommendation to adopt a law that would preserve nine historic sites in civic center and guarantee that they serve the public."
-Contra Costa Times, on the 8/27/14 Planning Commission Meeting
UPDATE: Zoning Overlay Passes Council as a Consent Item
Thanks to all in the community for your energy and commitment.
The current tax credit system to promote historic preservation is perversely causing our nation's significant historic civic buildings to pass from public ownership into private hands. In Berkeley we're turning the tide.
Thanks to Mayor Tom Bates and all the members of the Berkeley City Council for their hard work and leadership on this issue.