Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

BACKGROUND



Assembly Bill 2923 San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District: Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)
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. To learn more, please visit BART’s website at: https://www.bart.gov/about/business/tod/el-cerrito-plaza.

BART Board of Directors to Discuss AB 2923 Technical Guide and Draft AB 2923 Development Principles at July 23 Board Meeting

The BART Board of Directors will discuss AB 2923 (Chiu/Grayson, 2018) at its regular meeting on July 23, 2020. The agenda and materials for this item are available on the BART.gov website. BART staff will present information on the Technical Guide for on A Technical Guide to Zoning for AB 2923 Conformance, which is available for public comment until August 7. The Board will also receive an update on upcoming materials, and provide feedback on the Draft AB 2923 Development Principles, which the Board will consider for action late in the summer. All materials for AB 2923 will be posted on the project website: https://www.bart.gov/about/business/tod/ab2923.

San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan
The San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan (Plan), adopted by the City Council in 2014, fosters new housing opportunities in Priority Development Areas connected to transit and commercial uses. The Plan encourages high-density, mixed-use multi-family housing projects that will include affordable and market rate housing units as well as new commercial/retail space. Projects in the Plan area that are centered around the two BART stations (Transit oriented Higher-Intensity Mixed Use district) are permitted to build up-to 65’ by right and other areas up-to 55’ by right with reduced parking requirements. There are some exceptions that could allow up-to 85’ or 65’ if project qualifies under the State Density Bonus Program. For information about Specific Plan projects, visit our major projects page at www.el-cerrito.org/MajorProjects.

The City is currently working to update components of the Plan. To learn more about this effort and how you can participate, please visit www.el-cerrito.org/SPASP.

Given that the City’s San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, Climate Action Plan and Economic Development Plan aligns with BART’s TOD goals, BART is currently working the City to develop a Request for Qualifications for a development partner, expected to be released in Spring  2020, for TOD at El Cerrito Plaza Station.

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 includes a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to identify a development team. The RFQ is slated to be released in July 2020. The selected developer will enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA) with BART. With a selected development team, City staff will continue to partner with BART throughout this process. The project will integrate community benefits and amenities for El Cerrito include affordable housing, public open space and art, transportation infrastructure improvements. The RFQ asks potential developers to study including a new library at the site. BART has received State and Federal grant funding to study and identify parking strategies to enhance station access. 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.

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

Request for Qualifications for Development of the El Cerrito Plaza Station Now Available - July 21, 2020

BART announced the availability of approximately 8 acres of property at the El Cerrito Plaza BART station for transit-oriented development. BART intends to ground lease the sites for a mixed-use, mixed-income development. The Request for Qualifications for interested developers or development teams is available on the project website here. Submittals from interested teams are due September 9, 2020 at 4:00pm. If you are a developer who may be interested in responding to this RFQ, please email ECPlaza@bart.gov to coordinate your involvement in the Small Business Networking Session.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH
BART Board of Directors Meeting
What: El Cerrito Plaza TOD Development
Date: January 9, 2020
Time: 9:00 a.m.
Location: 2040 Webster Street, Oakland
Click here to view the meeting materials.



City Council Presentation
What: BART: El Cerrito Plaza TOD Development
Date: November 19, 2019
Time: 7PM
Location: City Council Chambers
Click here to view the City Council meeting materials.

Community Open House #2
BART and City staff will be on hand to answer questions related to the development process and talk about issues related to housing, parking, transportation, and access.
Date: October 3, 2019
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 PM (come by anytime during these hours)
Location: Hana Gardens Senior Center, 10870 San Pablo Avenue, El Cerrito
Click here to view the event flyer.


Community Open House #1
What: BART Open House about El Cerrito Plaza TOD
Date: August 14, 2019
Time: 5 – 7PM
Location: El Cerrito Plaza Station
Click here to view the event flyer and click here to access the meeting materials.

July 27 and July 29, 2019 – San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan Workshops
BART staff participated in two workshops hosted by the City to discuss their Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) goals at El Cerrito Plaza station. You can review this information here.

City Council Presentation
What: BART Plaza Access and TOD Development – Request for Proposal Update
Date: February 5, 2019
Time: 7PM
Location: City Council Chambers
Click here to access the City Council meeting presentation.


QUESTIONS AND COMMENTS


To receive information about this effort, please subscribe to our Community Development E-Newsletter at: www.el-cerrito.org/CommDev. For questions or comments, please contact the Community Development Department at community@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.