What are we learning from public input and how are we using it?

After two months, the first online open house for the project ended on October 18th, 2020. As you navigate this site over the next few months, you'll be able to find some of the results of these engagements and see how your comments and ideas are helping to shape the plan. You can already find some of them further down on this page. So far, your input has been used in the following ways:

  • Project Staff: Staff from five different departments and divisions reviewed all comments and began to think about opportunities for the planning process to incorporate and respond to the issues and opportunities raised.
  • Steering Committee: At their October, November, and December meetings, the Steering Committee worked with staff to draft some initial content for the plan. This includes the plan's draft vision statement and goals for each topic area. They will be added to this site in the next 1-2 months. Read summaries of Steering Committee meetings here.
  • Action Teams: These groups of interested residents and stakeholders reviewed the input as well as background research and presentations from experts as they began the work of digging the issues and opportunities the plan will need to address. Staff will work with these Action Teams to conduct more research and develop the plan's projects, programs, policies, and partnerships. Join an Action Team and get involved!

In addition to summaries on this and the other project pages (Community, Development, Mobility, and Infrastructure), all of the feedback is being archived here in exactly the form it was collected.

Looking for more background on this project?

For information about what a neighborhood plan is, how input will be collected and used, and how important topics like COVID-19 are being considered, visit the “About the Plan” page. To read about the plan’s approach to equity, visit the “Equity” sub-page (coming soon!).

2020 Online Open House Summary

What's Your Vision?

From August through October of 2020, we asked you to think about what Oakland will be like in 10 years if everything in an ideal neighborhood plan is completed. We asked you to come up with positive statements about the future Oakland you want to see become a reality. An example might be: “Oakland receives national recognition as one of the most sustainable, livable, and equitable neighborhoods in the country.”

Staff reviewed all 76 responses and identified common themes. You can find those below grouped into the four topics of the planning process. Simply click on the title with the plus sign next to it to expand that topic and see the common themes.

  • Balancing needs (residents, employees, students, and visitors)
  • Better connections to adjacent areas (Hill, PTC, Hazelwood, Schenley Park, etc.)
  • Contributions from institutions
  • Cultural destination
  • Displacement
  • Equity
  • Gentrification
  • Improved sense of community
  • Livability / quality of life
  • Local food options (grocery store, community garden, private gardens, food halls, etc.)
  • Maintain character / history
  • Other public goods (restrooms, etc.)
  • Public art
  • Safety
  • Support families
  • Accessibility (buildings, infrastructure)
  • Affordable housing (rental, ownership)
  • Commercial vibrancy
  • Cultural destination
  • Global innovation hub
  • Healthy and well maintained buildings
  • Local businesses
  • Local food options (grocery store, community garden, private gardens, food halls, etc.)
  • Reimagine the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Sports venues (stadium, skating rink, etc.)
  • Accessibility (buildings, infrastructure)
  • Better connections to adjacent areas (Hill, PTC, Hazelwood, Schenley Park, etc.)
  • Parking strategy
  • Reimagine mobility
  • Reimagine the Boulevard of the Allies
  • Greening / green corridors
  • Open spaces (added, improved)
  • Other public goods (restrooms, etc.)
  • Pollution (air, trash, water, etc.)
  • Sustainability / climate change

Most popular vision statements submitted by open house visitors

Below you can find the full text from the most popular vision statements (those with the most "likes", that were read the most, and got the most responses). You can click on the blue button below the quotes that says "View the Archived 2020 Online Open House" to read all statements as they were posted by the public.

Increased Mobility, Connectivity, and Walkability

Make it feel more like a campus

Stop the Gentrification!

More Trees!

Public restrooms

Expand the Bates Street entrance to Oakland