Thursday, July 16, 2009

Berkeley Adopts Dense Downtown Plan

By Robert Gammon
Thu, Jul 16, 2009 at 3:39 PM

The Berkeley City Council adopted a new plan that could significantly increase density in downtown. According to the Berkeley Daily Planet, the council voted 7-2 for the plan, with Councilmembers Kriss Worthington and Jesse Arreguin voting against. The council majority rejected a recommendation by Worthington that the city increase its affordable housing requirement from 20 percent to 25 percent of new units built in downtown and chose not to implement strict green building standards. Developers had opposed those ideas, saying they would halt the construction of downtown housing projects. The council majority also turned down a request by Arreguin to greatly restrict downtown building heights. According to the Planet, the council ultimately agreed to a compromise plan that allows two buildings at 180 feet, four at 120 feet, and two at 100 feet.

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