Notice of Revision of Scope

March 13, 2019

Revision of Scope of Proposed San Francisco Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-17
Concerning Amendment of Various Sections of the Bay Plan to Address Bay
Fill in Habitat Projects, Associated Natural Resource and Dredging Policies,
Protection of Shorelines, and Major Conclusions and Policies

On July 20, 2017, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission voted to initiate an amendment to the San Francisco Bay Plan. The proposed amendment will address the ramifications of climate change by updating several sections of the Bay Plan with new findings and policies.

Notice is hereby given that the sections of the Bay Plan to be considered in the Fill for Habitat Bay Plan Amendment include the Major Conclusions and Policies section, in addition to those sections previously identified in the initial descriptive notice: Fish, Other Aquatic Organisms and Wildlife; Tidal Marshes and Tidal Flats; Subtidal Areas; Dredging; and Shoreline Protection. The initial descriptive notice adopted by the Commission set May 3, 2018 as the date for the public hearing on the proposed amendment and the revised descriptive notice adopted by the Commission set November 15, 2018 as the date for the public hearing on the proposed amendment.

The latest revised descriptive notice adopted by the Commission has set the date for the Public Hearing on this matter for June 20, 2019. A Public Workshop will be held on March 21, 2019 to discuss staff findings and the proposed amendment prior to the Commission’s public hearing. No later than May 20, 2019, the staff will prepare and mail a staff report and preliminary recommendation on the proposed amendment. Interested persons may request the staff report and present written comments. Oral comments may be presented at the Commission meeting or thereafter as directed by the Commission.

This Notice is prepared in conformance with Section 66652 of the California Government Code, Sections 11001 and 11004 of Title 14, Division 5 of the California Code of Regulations, and Section 312 of the federal Coastal Zone Management Act of 1980. If, after the public hearing, the Commission adopts an amendment to the San Francisco Bay Plan described in this notice and subsequent staff report, such amendment will be processed as a routine program change of the Commission’s federally approved coastal management program for San Francisco Bay. Any federal agency interested, therefore, should provide comment to the Commission by June 20, 2019 or thereafter as directed by the Commission.

Whether the Bay Plan should be amended as described above, and in what manner, will be the subject of the public hearing and Commission deliberations.
Further information concerning the proposed amendment can be obtained by contacting Megan Hall, Coastal Scientist/Project Manager, at the Commission’s office located at 455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 10600, San Francisco, California 94102, by telephone at (415) 352-3626, or by email at megan.hall@bcdc.ca.gov.