EL CERRITO -- The city has scheduled a public meeting Thursday to discuss the environmental impact report for its San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan.

If adopted, the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan and the Complete Streets Plan would provide a guide for future intensified development while making circulation changes that emphasize pedestrians, bicycles and buses as a priority over automobiles.

The project area is in both El Cerrito and Richmond. El Cerrito would be the lead jurisdiction by agreement of the two cities.

The specific plan encourages residential development with ground-floor commercial space and calls for new commercial developments to be a minimum of two stories. Heights of six to eight stories would be allowed near the Plaza and Del Norte BART stations. Off-street parking requirements would be minimal, to encourage walking, bicycling and public transit.

A block along San Pablo Avenue next to the Del Norte BART station, in El Cerrito, Calif.  (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)
A block along San Pablo Avenue next to the Del Norte BART station, in El Cerrito, Calif. (Kristopher Skinner/Staff)

More than 1,700 new residential units along San Pablo Avenue would be added between now and 2040, according to the plan.

The streets plan would make changes to San Pablo Avenue circulation, with bicycle lanes or shared lanes, crosswalks every 400 feet, sidewalk enhancements and corner "bulbouts" so buses would no longer have to pull out of and back into traffic.

The meeting runs from 5 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 10 in the Hillside Room at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Ave., El Cerrito.

Information regarding preparation of the environmental impact report can be found at http://www.el-cerrito.org/Calendar.aspx?EID=1664



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