BPC Members Discuss Bay Adapt and Draft Climate Change Policy Guidance

The BPC Sustainable Waterfronts Committee convened this month for an in-depth review and discussion of two important climate change processes being led by the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission: Bay Adapt, the regional shoreline adaptation planning process, and the recently released Draft Bay Plan Climate Change Policy Guidance, which is designed to offer permitting guidance on how to adapt shoreline projects for sea level rise and other climate impacts. The committee heard from BCDC Planning Director Jessica Fain and BCDC Adapting to Rising Tides Program Manager Dana Brechwald about the Bay Adapt consensus driven strategy for how the Bay Area should adapt to sea level rise, and BPC members provided crucial feedback on the progress to date. BPC has been heavily involved in the process from the start, as CEO John Coleman serves on the Leadership Advisory Group to guide the development of the strategy. The committee also discussed the new Climate Change Policy Guidance and offered suggestions from a permit applicants’ perspective about how the BCDC application process could be more transparent and efficient. To engage in BPC‘s Sustainable Waterfronts work, contact Policy Director Emily Loper.