Public Notices

Public Notice: Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report – Wildland Vegetative Fuel Management Plan

Project Description: UC Berkeley proposes to implement its Wildland Vegetative Fuel Management Plan (Plan) to treat vegetation that could become fire fuel within the Hill Campus. The proposed Plan includes three vegetation treatment types within the Hill Campus: 1) evacuation support treatments, 2) fire hazard reduction treatments, and 3) fuel break treatments. The Hill Campus or Plan Area is 800 acres and located in the hills adjoining and east of the UC Berkeley Campus Park and California Memorial Stadium. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory manages approximately 200 acres adjacent to the Hill Campus, which are located outside of the Plan Area.

Environmental Review: UC Berkeley has prepared an Initial Study to identify the appropriate document under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Initial Study, which is included with the Notice of Preparation in the link below, contains a full description of the proposed project including location, objectives, and preliminary identification of potential environmental effects associated with the implementation of the Plan. As documented in the Initial Study, UC Berkeley has determined that it will prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Plan.

Public Comment: UC Berkeley has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to provide Responsible Agencies, Trustee Agencies and other Interested Parties with a description of the proposed project and to identify potential environmental impacts pursuant to State CEQA requirements. UC Berkeley invites comments on the scope and content of the environmental analysis, including the significant environmental issues, the proposed range of alternatives, and mitigation measures that should be included in the EIR. In accordance with the time limits mandated by State law, the NOP will be circulated for a 30-day review period, which will extend from November 20, 2019, to December 20, 2019. Responses to this NOP must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019. Please send your written or electronic responses to: Raphael Breines, Senior Planner, Physical & Environmental Planning, University of California, Berkeley, 300 A&E Building, Berkeley, CA 94720-1382 or email: planning@berkeley.edu.

Scoping Meeting: A public scoping meeting will be held on Monday, December 2, 2019, at Julia Morgan Hall located in the Hill Campus at the UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Drive, Berkeley, CA 94720, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The scoping meeting will include a brief presentation of the proposed project followed by public comment on the scope and content of the EIR analysis.

Download (PDF): Notice of Preparation and Initial Study

Download (PDF): Public Scoping Meeting Presentation (Facilities Services)

Inquiries: (510) 643-4793 or planning@berkeley.edu

Public Notice: Availability of Final Supplemental EIR

UC Berkeley has completed a Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (Final SEIR) tiered from its 2020 Long Range Development Plan Environmental Impact Report for the Upper Hearst Development for the Goldman School of Public Policy.

Project Description: Located at the northeast edge of campus, the project would demolish the existing Upper Hearst Parking Structure and adjacent Ridge Surface Parking Lot and build an academic building for the Goldman School of Public Policy and a separate residential building on top of a parking structure. The academic building would be the third building associated with the Goldman School of Public Policy and include approximately 37,000 gross square feet (“GSF”) and would be four-stories over one subterranean level. The residential component would be roughly 145,000 GSF and provide 150 residential units in a mixture of studios, and one- and two-bedroom apartments. The residential building would be five-stories of residential atop a three-story mostly subterranean parking structure that would provide approximately 170 parking spaces. The project includes a Minor Amendment (#4) to UC Berkeley's 2020 Long Range Development Plan to accommodate the proposed housing land use on the project site.

Environmental Review: A Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (Draft SEIR) was prepared for the project and released for a 49-day public review period. All oral and written comments that were received during the public review period have been compiled and responded to in the Final SEIR. The Draft SEIR, along with responses to comments, text revisions, and mitigation monitoring and reporting program, comprise the Final SEIR for the project. A copy of the Final SEIR/Response to Comments document is available for viewing during regular business hours on the UC Berkeley campus, Architects & Engineers (A&E) Building, Berkeley, CA 94720. The Final SEIR is also available online on the UC Berkeley Capital Strategies website.

The Regents of the University of California will consider certification of the Final SEIR and approval of project design on May 15, 2019.

Download (PDF): Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report

Download (PDF): Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report

Inquiries: (510) 643-4793 or planning@berkeley.edu

Public Notice: Availability of Draft Supplemental EIR (Updated)

UC Berkeley has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) tiered from its 2020 Long Range Development Plan's EIR. The Draft Supplemental EIR addresses the environmental impacts associated with the proposed development of two buildings on University-owned property on the northwest corner of Hearst Avenue and La Loma Avenue. This proposed project comprises a 37,000 square-foot academic building and a separate residential building of up to 150 units on top of a mostly subterranean parking structure. The Draft Supplemental EIR also analyzes any changes in environmental impacts as a result of enrollment greater than projected in the 2020 Long Range Development Plan's EIR, which has led to a new baseline for the overall campus population.

UC Berkeley has prepared a Notice of Availability to inform interested agencies and the public of the availability of the Draft Supplemental EIR, as well as the start and end dates of a review period during which comments on the Draft Supplemental EIR can be submitted. The review period is 45-days beginning February 20, 2019, and ending April 8, 2019.

A public hearing, during which public comments will be received, will be held at UC Berkeley on March 12, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at Alumni House.

Updated March 14, 2019: The Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be circulated beyond the 45-day review and comment period by agencies and the public.  The comment period began on February 20, 2019 and was scheduled to end on April 8, 2019. The comment period has been extended and will now end on April 12, 2019.  Written responses to the Draft SEIR must be received by 5:00 PM on Friday, April 12, 2019.

Updated March 5, 2019: UC Berkeley will host a second public hearing for the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR), during which public comments will be received. The additional public hearing will be held on March 21, 2019, at 6:30 p.m., at University Hall, room 150, 2199 Addison Street, Berkeley.

Download (PDF): Notice of Extended Public Comment Period

Download (PDF): Notice of Availability

Download (PDF): Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Inquiries: (510) 643-4793 or planning@berkeley.edu


Public Notice: Clark Kerr Campus Beach Volleyball Facility

In accordance with established University of California procedures, UC Berkeley Chancellor Christ considered and approved the Clark Kerr Campus Beach Volleyball Facility project on Friday, January 4, 2019. In accordance the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the University of California guidelines for CEQA implementation, the campus found that the project meets the criteria for and is categorically exempt from CEQA pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15303 (Class 3) New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures. The campus finds that the proposed project satisfies the criteria set forth under CEQA Guidelines Section 15303 and that none of the exceptions to the exemptions as specified in CEQA Guideline 15300.2 apply to the project. This notice is to advise the public of the design and CEQA approval action for the project.

Download (PDF): Notice of Exemption (NOE)

Inquiries: (510) 643-4793 or planning@berkeley.edu


Public Notice: Bakar BioEnginuity Hub

Following approval by the UC Regents, UC Berkeley has filed for, and been granted by the State of California, a Notice of Exemption (NOE) for the Bakar BioEnginuity Hub project at Woo Hon Fall Hall. A NOE may be filed, but is not required, after a public agency decides that a project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and grants approval of the project.

Download (PDF): Notice of Exemption (NOE)

Inquiries: (510) 643-4793 or planning@berkeley.edu


Public Notice: Preparation of a Supplemental EIR

UC Berkeley proposes expanding the existing Goldman School of Public Policy and improving the availability of near-campus housing by developing a 37,000 gross square foot academic building and a separate residential building on top of the Upper Hearst Parking Structure located on a portion of University-owned property on the northeastern region of Campus Park.

UC Berkeley has determined that it will prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) tiered from its 2020 Long Range Development Plan (2020 LRDP) Environmental Impact Report to evaluate the potential environmental effects of the project. The SEIR will also analyze the environmental impacts of an increase in campus population beyond levels analyzed in the 2020 LRDP.

UC Berkeley has prepared a Notice of Preparation (NOP) to provide Responsible Agencies, Trustee Agencies and other Interested Parties with a description of the proposed project and to identify potential environmental impacts pursuant to State CEQA requirements. UC Berkeley invites comments on the scope and content of the SEIR. Due to the time limits mandated by State law, the NOP will be circulated for a 30-day review period, which will extend from August 16, 2018, to September 14, 2018. Responses to this NOP must be received by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14, 2018.

Download (PDF): Notice of Preparation

Inquiries: (510) 643-4793 or planning@berkeley.edu