Downtown Committee Examines Role of City’s Historic Buildings

By Richard Brenneman
Tuesday October 09, 2007

The Downtown Area Plan Advisory Committee (DAPAC) holds its 43rd meeting next week, with the topic a perennial hot button issue: the role of historic buildings in tomorrow’s downtown cityscape. 

While the meeting is a joint session with the Landmarks Preservation Commission, the decision on the proposed chapter drafted by a DAPAC/LPC subcommittee will be up to the DAPAC members themselves. 

The public will be asked to weigh in three days later during a three-hour workshop that will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20, in the Berkeley High School Library. 

Following the workshop, four more are scheduled before the committee’s mandate expires Nov. 30: 

• Oct. 29, to discuss results of the workshop and to adopt chapters on environmental sustainabilty and the much more controversial proposals on land use. 

• Nov. 7, for adoption of the economic development and housing and community health/services chapters. 

• Nov. 12, for work on the committee’s final report and to consider and adopt any final revisions—if any—to the sustainabilty chapter. 

• Nov. 26 will be the committee’s 48th and final meeting, with members considering any last-minute changes to the final report.