Oakland 2045 General Plan | Draft Zoning Code Amendments

These draft zoning code text amendments are intended to implement actions in the 2023-2031 Housing Element's Housing Action Plan, further fair housing, advance environmental justice, remove constraints to staff ability to process entitlements for housing development, and streamline the approval process.

The draft zoning amendments were available for public review from March 6 - May 9, 2023.

Public Comment Letters on Phase 1 Zoning Amendments

Planning Code Text Amendments for Phase 1 of General Plan Update

Proposed text amendments to the Planning Code include (See interactive online map):

  1. Missing Middle Housing Type Code Amendments – to redefine zoning designations and change development standards in zoning districts that have historically served as single-family neighborhoods to allow for missing middle housing development;
  2. New Overlay Zones
    1. Affordable Housing Overlay (AHO) Zone – to create ministerial approvals and other incentives for qualifying 100% affordable housing developments;
    2. Housing Sites Overlay Zone – to create a “by right” or ministerial approval process for qualifying housing development located on sites identified in the Housing Element housing sites inventory;
  3. Industrial Land Zoning Amendments – to reduce pollution impacts on sensitive receptors, such as residential areas, schools, hospitals, etc.;
  4. Other Planning Code Amendments – to facilitate the production of special housing types, define key terms, and remove constraints on staff ability to process entitlements for housing development citywide and streamline the approval process.

Download Draft Planning Code Text Amendments and Map Changes

The draft text amendments to the Planning Code are included below in Exhibits 1-6. The draft map changes are included below in

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