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FYI all official BART-related info is at City of Berkeley BART Planning page and BART's North Berkeley TOD page

What’s Next for Hopkins?

The “reconsideration” of bike lanes on certain stretches of Hopkins was rejected in October (coverage here). The next step for that section is a perfunctory vote on the contractor who will do the work.

December 12, 2022 at 5:30pm: Community Meeting about bike and ped safety improvements for the section of Hopkins between Gilman and San Pablo, find out more and RSVP below.

Take a survey about how you feel about housing at North Berkeley BART: https://eerlab.berkeley.edu/housingstudy

North Berkeley BART Objective Design Standards (ODS)

Learn more about upcoming ODS-related events on our page here

BUSD housing at Berkeley Adult School

Learn more about 1701 San Pablo

Berkeley Unified Schools District (BUSD) is building housing for its workers at the Berkeley Adult School. Learn more about this neighborhood addition and stay tuned for more announcements of upcoming events.

A New Parking Garage on Milvia?

Berkeley Unified Schools District (BUSD) is also thinking about building a parking garage downtown. Learn why that's a bad idea and stay tuned for more actions to take.

Tips for giving public comment or writing letters

  • Start out with your name and your location relative to the area in question, e.g. "2 blocks from," "a 5 minute walk away," "across the street from."

  • If it helps, write down what you want to say ahead of time. You absolutely do not need to be a good public speaker to make an impact with your public comment.

  • Keep it short. You’re not going to have a lot of time; all speakers get a strict time limit, sometimes as little as 1 minute. Stick to 1 or 2 talking points. (If you can, practice your comments beforehand and time yourself to make sure you get to say everything that you want)

  • Call out someone else by name that you agree with. i.e. “Janet really hit the nail on the head when she said…” or “I agree with Alex that...” or "Let me piggyback on what Amir said and..."

  • Telling a personal story means a lot and it's something only you can add to the conversation.

Development at North Berkeley BART is not a done deal. We need to speak up not only to make sure it houses lots of people, but we need to speak up to make sure it happens at all!

There's a small but loud group who are scared of change. They think more neighbors in their neighborhood is a bad thing and want to be able to continue to park their cars wherever they want. These securely housed people are highly motivated to maintain the status quo and have the luxury to go to every meeting. We need to show up too.

Vocabulary

TOD = Transit-Oriented Development

MOU = Memorandum of Understanding

RHNA = Regional Housing Needs Allocation

NOFA = Notice of Funding Availability

CM = Councilmember

DEIR = Draft Environmental Impact Review

EIR = Environmental Impact Review

ODS = Objective Design Standards