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Southside Plan Critiques Sought By City Planners

By Richard Brenneman
Friday November 12, 2004

Berkeley residents will have their chance to weigh in on the proposed Southside Plan Monday night when the city Planning Department holds a scoping session in the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. 

The proposed plan is intended to guide growth in the area immediately south of the UC Berkeley Campus through 2020. 

Before the plan can be implemented, the city must first prepare an environmental impact report outlining the plan’s probable effects on land use and city policy; population, employment and housing; transportation, circulation and parking; air quality; noise; public services and recreation; utilities and infrastructure; cultural resources; and conclusions based on an assessment as spelled out in the California Environmental Quality Act. 

The report must also include possible alternatives to the strategies contained in the planning document. 

The boundaries of the planning district are roughly Bancroft Way on the north and Dwight Way on the south between Fulton and Prospect streets, though Telegraph Avenue is included between Bancroft Way and Parker Street. 

Comments must reach the city by Dec. 6 to considered in the EIR. 

Copies of the plan and the initial study are available online at: