Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) AT EL CERRITO PLAZA BART
UPCOMING MEETINGS AND OUTREACH
Joint Planning Commission and Design Review Board Meeting: January 17, 2024
On January 17, 2024, the Planning Commission and the Design Review Board will hold a joint study session on the Master Plan for the El Cerrito Plaza Station TOD project. The meeting will occur at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 10890 San Pablo Avenue. This study session is an opportunity for the Design Review Board, the Planning Commission, and the public to provide advisory feedback on the Master Plan for the project. The primary focus of this study session is the master plan site plan and the general layout of proposed buildings and open spaces, as well as an overview of circulation and bicycle-pedestrian improvements, parking and amenities. In the future, more detailed plans for each proposed building and open space area will be brought to the Design Review Board (DRB) for advisory review. Pursuant to AB 2923, this project shall be reviewed through a ministerial process whereby City staff review the submittal to ensure it is complete and complies with all applicable adopted objective development standards.
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LINKS TO PAST MEETINGS AND MATERIALS
El Cerrito Plaza BART Station
In 2019, BART kicked off a series of community engagement and City Council meetings to discuss TOD at El Cerrito Plaza Station. The preliminary community input received was used to develop TOD Goals & Objectives as the guiding vision for El Cerrito Plaza Station. In January 2020 the BART Board of Directors authorized staff to proceed with the next phase of this project which included a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify a development team that was released in July 2020. On November 19, 2020 the BART Board selected the development team - Holliday Development, Related California and Satellite Affordable Housing Associates (SAHA) - to advance development at El Cerrito Plaza BART and entered into a Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA). This project will integrate community benefits and amenities for El Cerrito including affordable housing, public open space and art, and multimodal transportation infrastructure improvements. During the predevelopment process, the development team and City will study the feasibility of including a new library at the site (City Council Resolution 2016-68 and Resolution 2019-66). BART also received State and Federal grant funding to study/identify parking and transportation strategies to enhance station access in addition to the parking studies undertaken by the City. With both a developer on board and grant funding to continue to work on parking and circulation, City staff and BART will host numerous community engagement and input opportunities. The City also has a dedicated page - www.el-cerrito.org/parkingstudies - where you can learn more about parking studies undertaken at El Cerrito Plaza station.
BART owns four parcels consisting of 8.3 acres and the site is zoned for 6-8 stories. The preliminary Development concept includes 743 units across 6 buildings on 6.48 acres and will be delivered in six phases. Currently, the proposed levels of affordability are: 53% market-rate and 47% below market rate consisting of 31% affordable (30% - 60% of area median income) and 16% low income (up to 80% area median income). An opportunity for a new community library at the El Cerrito Plaza Station Transit-Oriented Development is also being explored as part of this process and more details will be made available at www.el-cerrito.org/Library.
Assembly Bill 2923 San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) 2018
On September 30, 2018, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2923 to allow for development streamlining and TOD standards for BART located property within ½ mile of stations in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties. This legislation is intended to create new housing opportunities near transit in order to support California’s housing and climate crisis. BART’s systemwide goal is to produce 20,000 homes with 35% earmarked as affordable on its properties by 2040.
A brochure describing AB 2923 and how it affects BART’s TOD Program may be downloaded here.
You can also view BART’s Transit-Oriented Development Work Plan here.
For additional information, please visit https://www.bart.gov/about/business/tod/ab2923
San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan
QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS
View Answers to Frequently Asked Questions! The City developed responses to a list of Frequently Asked Questions in February 2024 linked here.
Additional information is also available on BART’s website at www.bart.gov/about/business/tod/el-cerrito-plaza.
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