Moraga Canyon Specific Plan study session on March 1

City of Piedmont staff report

Moraga Canyon study area

From a City of Piedmont press release on Feb. 27:

The City Council will hold a study session on the Moraga Canyon Specific Plan on Friday, March 1:

City Council Study Session: Moraga Canyon Specific Plan
Friday, March 1st, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
801 Magnolia Avenue

This meeting will build on the discussion at a previous study session held in January 2024, when the Council received information on site conditions, community engagement, a series of conceptual development plans, and fiscal and feasibility studies.

The project team will provide additional information about transportation, economic feasibility, infrastructure costs, and affordable housing based on questions posed by Councilmembers in January.

Presentation slides for this and the January study session are available on
• March 1, 2024 study session presentation
• January 22, 2024 study session presentation

The study session is an opportunity for discussion only – no formal action will be taken. The Council is expected to provide direction to staff on development priorities for the Moraga Canyon Specific Plan at a regularly scheduled meeting later this spring.

Community members are encouraged to attend and provide comment at the March 1 study session in person at 801 Magnolia Avenue. Each participant will have the opportunity to speak once after the presentation and before the City Council discussion.

Moraga Canyon Specific Plan is a cornerstone of Piedmont’s Housing Element
The Moraga Canyon Specific Plan is one of over 70 programs called for in Piedmont’s 6th Cycle Housing Element – an ambitious plan for how the City can accommodate 587 new homes by 2031.

The original scope of the Moraga Canyon Specific Plan set a bold agenda, identifying 12 distinct goals for the specific plan effort – ranging from safety improvements to recreational facility upgrades to a new, modernized Corporation Yard – all while incorporating 132 units of new housing, 60 of which would be reserved for households
earning lower incomes.

After months of work to understand existing conditions, site constraints, and community priorities for City-owned land in Moraga Canyon, the project team created four potential development scenarios showing how these goals might be accomplished. Each scenario includes different tradeoffs related to priorities and amenities. The final concept plan selected by the City Council will most likely be a hybrid of the four options, combining features from multiple scenarios into a concept that best advances the City’s highest priority goals for this area.

Learn more about Piedmont’s Housing Element and the Moraga Canyon Specific Plan at Sign up for the Moraga Canyon project email list to stay informed about future engagement opportunities. With questions, email

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