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.
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 Chair: Dilip Trivedi, Moffatt & Nichol
2019 Meeting Schedule (subject to change)
- Wednesday, January 16, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Wednesday, March 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Tuesday, May 21, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Wednesday, July 17, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Wednesday, September 11, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Wednesday, November 13, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
- Online Resource Library
- NEW! BPC White Paper: Shoreline Restoration/Resiliency Projects in San Francisco Bay: An Opportunity for Improving Regulatory Efficiency.
- BCDC Fill for Habitat Bay Plan Amendment
If you are interested in participating in the Sustainable Waterfronts Committee or have other questions associated with this committee, please contact Roman Berenshteyn.