Industrial Land

Select the Industrial Zones layer to explore the location of industrial land in the region. In the East Bay, much of the land is located along the waterfront. The East Bay is home to most of the region’s heavy industrial zones (in purple), much occupied by the refineries, former military bases, and the Port of Oakland.  For more, see Technical Memo #1.

Conflict Layer

The Conflict layer highlights all of the land where the local General Plan designates industrially zoned land for residential, commercial, or other use. This land is likely to be converted in the near future and is an opportunity for developers seeking land for new housing and retail. For more information, see Technical Memo #2.

Industrial Zones Outline

By adding the Industrial Zones Outline to the Conflict layer, it is possible to identify which industrially zoned parcels are likely to change use. In the nine-county Bay Area, 17% of industrial land is slated for conversion. For more information, see Technical Memo #2.

Priority Development Areas

Adding the Priority Development Areas (in green) to the Industrial Zones layer shows the areas that cities have designated to receive most future residential and commercial development. As rents go up in these neighborhoods, many industrial businesses will be displaced. Overall 12% of the Bay Area’s industrial land will be redeveloped in this way. For more information, see Technical Memo #2.

Not all new development is in conflict with industrial land. This map overlays the Industrial Zones Outline on the Potential Density layer, which shows the sites that cities have identified for future housing development.

Business clusters

Businesses on industrial land have longstanding relationships with local customers and suppliers. As this map of a West Berkeley business network suggests, industrial districts support business clusters, which then help businesses stay competitive. For more information, see Technical Memo #5.

Our own survey of industrial businesses found that cities are connected by supplier networks concentrated in industrial areas. For more information, see Technical Memo #5.

Industrial Jobs

The 2013 Employment layer shows the location of jobs that depend on industrially zoned land – about 630,000 jobs total in the nine-county region. Most of this production, distribution, and repair employment is concentrated along major rail and freight corridors. For more information, see Technical Memo #1.

The Worker Home location shows where the workers in industrial jobs live. The biggest concentrations are in the East Bay. For more information, see Technical Memo #3.