Rocketship Elementary School Planning Services

Raney assisted City staff with application review, preparation of Letters of Completeness/Incompleteness, agency coordination, and tribal consultation pursuant to AB 52, as well as prepared the staff reports and presented the project at the Planning Commission and City Council hearings.

General Details

The Rocketship Elementary School project consisted of the demolition of an existing, vacant office building to construct a new 30,367-square-foot (s.f.) elementary school on 1.7 acres. The proposed project would serve as a Pre-K through 5th grade elementary charter school, as part of the Rocketship Education Public Charter school network. The proposed project would serve up to 600 students with 34 full-time staff. The proposed project required a Rezone, Variance, and Use Permit. Raney, under contract with the City, prepared an Initial Study and provided contract planning services, including application review, preparation of Letters of Completeness/Incompleteness, agency coordination, and tribal consultation pursuant to AB 52.

In addition, Raney prepared the staff reports for the Planning Commission and City Council hearings, as well as presented at both the Planning Commission and City Council hearings for the project. The Rocketship Elementary School project was unique due to the proposed project location. The project site was located in a high crime neighborhood with regular calls for service within close proximity to the proposed school. Raney needed to coordinate extensively with the City of Antioch Police Department to ensure future students would be safe on-site, as well as, arriving and departing to the school. Following the projects approval at the November 14, 2017 City Council Meeting, the City of Antioch requested Raney provide Building Permit plan check services to confirm the project’s consistency with the approved Conditions of Approval.