The Downtown Oakland Association fosters an environment where businesses thrive, art flourishes, and residents and visitors alike can enjoy all that downtown Oakland has to offer.
The Downtown Oakland Association is a Community Benefit District (CBD),
which is revitalizing a 19-block area in the heart of Oakland, California by providing special benefit services such as district maintenance, safety and security management, and community and cultural enrichment.
The District was formed following a vote of property owners in 2009 to support a voluntary property tax to fund these additional services over the next 10 years.
The City of Oakland is preparing a specific plan for Downtown Oakland to ensure continued growth and revitalization to benefit both Downtown residents and the larger community. The plan will provide sound policy guidance on development, linking land use, transportation, economic development, housing, public spaces, cultural arts, and social equity.
The City wants to engage all Oakland communities, particularly those located in downtown neighborhoods, in broad participation in the planning process. To that end, Planning staff will meet with community groups, neighborhood groups and individuals to continue soliciting public comment as well as input and feedback on the preliminary draft ideas. There are also digital opportunities to follow the process and provide input into the Plan.