The San Francisco Bay Area Seaport Plan, 2020 Update

On January 17, 2019, BCDC initiated a process to update the San Francisco Bay Area Seaport Plan. The current cargo projections in the Seaport Plan sunset in 2020, therefore an update process is timely, needed, and now underway.

Public Hearings and Meeting Materials

The Seaport Planning Advisory Committee

The Seaport Planning Advisory Committee, or SPAC, provides technical expertise to BCDC on port planning.

Two Amendments Being Considered

Background of the Seaport Plan

The current Seaport Plan (PDF)dates from April 1996, with subsequent individual amendments through 2012.  It was prepared by the Seaport Planning Advisory Committee and the staffs of BCDC and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

BCDC reserves shoreline areas for water-related uses, including seaports, in Priority Use Areas.  The Seaport Plan applies BCDC policies specifically to Port Priority Use Areas.  These priority use designations are intended to balance projected cargo volume with known and predicted terminal handling capacity.  By reserving adequate shoreline areas for cargo handling, BCDC reduces the need for large-scale filling of the Bay for maritime uses.  This promotes a thriving Bay Area port economy while ensuring habitat protection.

The Seaport Planning Advisory Committee, or SPAC, provides technical expertise to BCDC on port planning. Members are appointed by MTC/ABAG, the five Bay Area Ports, Caltrans, the Maritime Administration, Save San Francisco Bay Association, and BCDC.

Seaport Plan Goals

  • Ensure the continuation of the San Francisco Bay port system as a major world port and contributor to the economic vitality of the San Francisco Bay region;
  • Maintain or improve the environmental quality of San Francisco Bay and its environs;
  • Provide for the efficient use of finite physical and fiscal resources consumed in developing and operating marine terminals through 2020;
  • Provide for integrated and improved surface transportation facilities between San Francisco Bay ports and terminals and other regional transportation systems; and
  • Reserve sufficient shoreline areas to accommodate future growth in maritime cargo, thereby minimizing the need for new Bay fill for port development.