Revised September 7, 2017 Commission Meeting

1:00 p.m.
Bay Area Metro Center
375 Beale Street
Board Room, First Floor
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 778-6700

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Tentative Agenda
  1. Call to Order

  2. Roll Call

  3. Public Comment Period (Each speaker is limited to three minutes) A maximum of 15 minutes is available for the public to address the Commission on any matter on which the Commission either has not held a public hearing or is not scheduled for a public hearing later in the meeting. Speakers will be heard in the order of sign-up, and each speaker is generally limited to a maximum of three minutes. It is strongly recommended that public comments be submitted in writing so they can be distributed to all Commission members for review. The Commission may provide more time to each speaker and can extend the public comment period beyond the normal 15-minute maximum if the Commission believes that it is necessary to allow a reasonable opportunity to hear from all members of the public who want to testify. No Commission action can be taken on any matter raised during the public comment period other than to schedule the matter for a future agenda or refer the matter to the staff for investigation, unless the matter is scheduled for action by the Commission later in the meeting.
    (Steve Goldbeck) [415/352-3611; steve.goldbeck@bcdc.ca.gov]

  4. Approval of Minutes of July 20, 2017 Meeting
    (Sharon Louie) [415/352-3638; sharon.louie@bcdc.ca.gov]

  5. Report of the Chair

  6. Report of the Executive Director

  7. Commission Consideration of Administrative Matters
    (Jaime Michaels) [415/352-3613; ethan.lavine@bcdc.ca.gov]
  8. Commission Consideration of a Contract with Contra Costa County to Obtain County Staff Support and Expertise in the Development of a Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for the Eastern Portion of Contra Costa County
    The Commission will consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a contract with Contra Costa County to provide the county with funding for county staff to provide support and expertise to the Commission’s Adapting to Rising Tides Program team while the ART team leads an adaptation planning project in eastern Contra Costa County. (Adam Fullerton) [415/352-3629; adam.fullerton@bcdc.ca.gov]

  9. Commission Consideration of a Contract with AECOM to Provide Hydrodynamic Analysis and Mapping to Support the Development of a Vulnerability Assessment and Adaptation Plan for the Eastern Portion of Contra Costa County
    The Commission will consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a contract for services with AECOM to provide technical support to BCDC in the development of mapping and analysis for the eastern portion of Contra Costa County using the Adapting to Rising Tides regional maps methodology. This work will complete the ART maps for the region and provide sea level rise maps that are critical to support the adaptation planning process that BCDC’s ART team will lead in eastern Contra Costa County. (Adam Fullerton) [415/352-3629; adam.fullerton@bcdc.ca.gov]
  10. Commission Consideration of Strategic Plan Update Work Plan Contract
    The Commission will consider authorizing the Executive Director to enter into a contract to hire Kearns & West, a consulting organization that will assist the Commission and its staff develop a work plan to accompany the Commission’s recent 2017-2020 Strategic Plan Update. (Larry Goldzband) [415/352-3653; larry.goldzband@bcdc.ca.gov]

  11. Public Hearing and Possible Vote on an Application by Hercules Development Partners, LP for the Hercules Bayfront Creekside Apartments project, in the City of Hercules, Contra Costa County; BCDC Permit Application No. 2017.002.00
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and possibly vote on an application for a major permit to develop ten townhouses, five residential buildings with 162 apartments and ground-floor commercial/retail space, and approximately 19,400 square feet of public access and amenities on at a 2.2-acre site bound by John Muir Parkway, Bayfront Boulevard, and Refugio Creek, in the City of Hercules, Contra Costa County. (Ethan Lavine) [415/352-3618; ethan.lavine@bcdc.ca.gov]
    Exhibits // Staff Recommendation // Exhibits // Presentation

  12. Public Hearing and Possible Vote on an Application by California Department of Fish and Wildlife and Solano County for Tidal Restoration of Hill Slough Wildlife Area Managed Wetlands located along Grizzly Island Road, in the Primary Management Area of the Suisun Marsh, Solano County; BCDC Permit Application No. 2017.003.00md
    The proposed restoration project would include restoring 850 acres of managed wetlands to 640 acres of tidal wetlands including transitional habitat and high marsh and 192 acres of non-tidal wetland complex. The project would require both excavation of on-site soils during lowering and breaching of levees and placement of same soils along levees, construction of access and protective berms for existing utilities, new public access trails and as side slopes of Grizzly Island Road. Improvements proposed for the one-mile section of Grizzly Island Road where it bisects the site include raising the road to 10 feet NAVD 88 and adding two Class II bicycle lanes. Proposed public access includes 1.76 miles of new levee trails and .31 miles of new connecting trails and one mile of Class II bicycle lanes. These activities would occur entirely within the Commission’s managed wetlands jurisdiction. (Pascale Soumoy) [415/352-3669; pascale.soumoy@bcdc.ca.gov]
    Exhibits // Staff Recommendation // Exhibits // Additions and Changes to Staff Summary and Recommendation // Letter from the Public //Presentation

  13. Public Hearing and Possible Vote on an Application by the Port of San Francisco for Construction of Crane Cove Park at Pier 70, in the City and County of San Francisco; BCDC Permit Application No. 2016.006.00
    THE VOTE FOR THIS ITEM HAS BEEN POSTPONED UNTIL OCTOBER
    The Commission will hold a public hearing and possibly vote on an application by the Port of San Francisco to construct a 2.5 acre portion of an eight-acre public park at a former industrial site owned by the Port of San Francisco. In the Commission’s Bay jurisdiction, the proposed project would involve the removal of 4,500 cubic yards (cy) of solid fill at an 8,500-square-foot area and the placement of approximately 4,455 cy of fill at an approximately 31,015-square-foot area, resulting in a net increase of 22,515 square feet of Bay fill and no increase of Bay volume (cubic yards). The project would include a new 18-foot-wide Bay Trail segment, a public access beach, an open public lawn, and public plazas. Industrial facilities would be repurposed for public access. The Port requests additional authorization for two outdoor dining areas and special events (i.e., free public events, ticketed public events, and private events) during specific days and times throughout the calendar year. (Erik Buehmann) [415/352-3645; erik.buehmann@bcdc.ca.gov]
    Exhibits // Presentation

  14. Adjournment

Speaker Sign-Up and Time Limits If you would like to comment on an item scheduled for a public hearing or speak during the public comment period, please fill out a "Request to Speak" form and give it to a staff member. Each speaker is limited to a maximum of three minutes during the public comment period, and the Chair may set time limits for each speaker at the beginning of a public hearing. You are encouraged to submit written comments of any length and detailed information to the staff. This material will be distributed to the Commission members. Applicants are responsible for presenting their projects at the public hearing.

Questions and Staff Reports If you have any questions concerning an item on the agenda or would like to receive a staff report related to the item, please contact the staff member whose name and direct phone number are indicated in parenthesis at the end of the agenda item.

Campaign Contributions State law requires Commissioners to disqualify themselves from voting on any matter if they have received a campaign contribution from an interested party. If you intend to speak on any hearing item, please indicate on the "Request to Speak" form or in your testimony if you have made campaign contributions in excess of $250 to any Commissioner within the last year, and if so, to which Commissioner(s) you have contributed. Other legal requirements govern contributions by applicants and other interested parties and establish criteria for Commissioner conflicts of interest. Please consult with the staff counsel if you have any questions about the rules that pertain to campaign contributions or conflicts of interest.

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