BCDC Briefs BPC Members on Permitting Changes with EJ Bay Plan Amendment

On March 17, the BPC Sustainable Waterfronts Committee hosted a virtual convening with the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) to discuss pending updates to the permitting process as a result of the recently adopted Environmental Justice & Social Equity Bay Plan Amendment. Adopted last fall, the amendment is designed to incorporate social equity principles into the planning, design, and permitting of shoreline projects. This will result in changes to the BCDC permitting application process as applicants may be subject to new community engagement and project impact assessment requirements. As many of the details of the new policy are still being solidified, BPC is committed to working with our members and BCDC to clarify specific applications requirements to avoid confusion in the permitting process and ensure that critical shoreline projects can continue to move forward quickly in the face of climate change.