Sustainable Waterfronts Committee

Background

San Francisco Bay has seen a resurgence of its urban waterfront over the past three decades, where predominantly industrial or maritime uses now coexist with commercial, residential and recreational uses. The growth in economy, number of jobs, and housing demand, coupled with aging infrastructure has spurred an increasing number of plans for waterfront redevelopment. However, with the increasing uncertainty in the regulatory review process for projects along the waterfront, regardless of whether they are of a development, shoreline protection, or habitat restoration nature, it is becoming more and more difficult to efficiently procure approvals. There is an increasing need for consistency and certainty in terms of Land Use Policy, Compliance Policy, Environmental Review, Flood Management and FEMA issues, and Climate Change Planning.

In addition, policies related to long-term sustainability for the region – including climate change,
greenhouse gas emissions and vulnerability of our waterfront to flooding – are being discussed
at a regional level by several agencies and JPAs. As BPC is one of the premier baywide organizations with the knowledge base that can represent the Maritime, Transportation, Energy, and Housing Sectors, as well as the Environment, it is the logical choice for it to function as an advocate, a partner, and a significant contributor at these forums.

Our membership already represents these areas, and the relationships and goodwill that have
been created by BPC in San Francisco Bay will allow it to represent even broader interests than
in the past, working closely with interest groups and public agencies. BPC’s contributions to the
past success in the dredging arena (LTMS & DMMO), which had reached an impasse in the
90s, are a good example of what we can do to help meet this new regulatory challenge.

Vision

As San Francisco Bay embarks upon ambitious initiatives related to restoration of former salt
ponds and diked baylands to wetlands, large scale redevelopment of former Navy bases to
thriving communities, climate change adaptation, technology growth, and Bay-wide public
recreational amenities (Bay Trail) that will co-exist with residential, commercial and industrial
uses, BPC has an opportunity to help guide strategies that are based on good science,
innovative thinking, and public support. Many of these strategies can become models for other
regions around the world, just as SF Bay has managed to do in the past.

The Sustainable Waterfronts Committee will interact with the Legislative and Policy Committee
to craft positions related to regulatory policies, with the Dredging and Beneficial Reuse
Committee to advocate for feasible reuse projects that could serve as regional restoration sites
or mitigation banks, and with the Water Energy and Infrastructure Committee to identify projects
that could benefit from including a sustainability constituency.

Committee Resources

Committee Members
Dilip Trivedi (Moffatt & Nichol, Chair), Kathryn Bilder (Perkies Coie), Christian Marsh (Downey Brand), Norma Camacho (Santa Clara Valley Water District), Peter Wijsman (ARCADIS), Gary Oates (ESA), Susan Gallardo (Haley & Aldrich), Jamil Ibrahim (MWH), David Ivester (Briscoe Ivester & Bazel), Scott Birkey (Cox Castle & Nicholson), Jeff Rhoads (Argonaut Company), David Carlson (Parsons Corporation), Wendy Manley (Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP), Christopher Jensen (Hanson Bridgett LLP), Brad Benson (Port of San Francisco), Yoon Kim (Four Twenty Seven), Amnon Bar-Ilan (Ramboll Environ), Sara Duckler (Santa Clara Valley Water District), Robert Spencer (Urban Economics), Priya Finnemore (ESA), and Pat Mapelli (Cargill), Leslie Lazarotti (WRA, Inc.), Latha Chandrasekaran (AECOM)

2017 Meeting Schedule (subject to change)

  • Wednesday, February 1, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, May 3, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, August 23, 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Wednesday, November 1, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

If you are interested in participating in the Sustainable Waterfronts Committee or have other questions associated with this committee, please contact BPC Policy Associate Betty Kwan, or BPC Research Fellow, Maria Cristina Carrillo.