Fill for Habitat Bay Plan Amendment

Fill For Habitat Amendment Fact Sheet

On July 20, 2017, BCDC unanimously initiated a process to amend the San Francisco Bay Plan to address the need to place an increasing amount of Bay Fill for projects to restore and enhance natural habitat. This amendment process is now underway.

A complementary amendment process to consider adding a map policy to the Bay Plan Maps regarding the completion of the Middle Harbor Enhancement Project was initiated on June 6, 2019 (Bay Plan Amendment No. 3-19). The initial public hearing for BPA 3-19 will be held on September 5, 2019 .The staff report recommending initiation of the amendment can be found here:

Upcoming Meetings, Public Hearings, and Opportunities for Comment

On June 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM, BCDC held a public hearing on the preliminary recommendation for Bay Plan Amendment No. 1-17 to address Bay Fill in Habitat Projects, Associated Natural Resource and Dredging Policies, Protection of Shorelines, and Major Conclusions and Policies. The public comment period will remain open until July 8, 2019.

On September 5, 2019, BCDC will hold a public hearing on Bay Plan Amendment No. 3-19 on whether to add a map policy to Bay Plan Map 4 regarding completion of the Middle Harbor Enhancement Project at the Port of Oakland.

The Bay Fill Policies Working Group typically meets on the third Thursday of each month. Please see the Bay Fill Policies Working Group Meeting schedule for more information.

Written comments may be submitted by facsimile transmission (FAX), addressed to the below contact person. Written comments may also be sent electronically (via e-mail) using the following e-mail address:

Megan Hall
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 10600
San Francisco, CA 94102-7019 
Phone: 415-352-3626
Fax: 415.352.3606
E-mail: megan.hall@bcdc.ca.gov

Background Information

Previous Process Documents

Policies for a Rising Bay

Developed from March 2015 to June 2016 to evaluate the Commission’s laws and policies in light of novel threats to the Bay presented by sea level rise and to determine whether changes are needed to help the region’s advancement of appropriate resilience and adaptation actions. The Commission staff organized a steering committee composed of over 30 stakeholders representing public, private, and non-governmental organizations to ensure a broad and collaborative review of the Commission’s laws, policies, and regulations. Working together with steering committee members and other interested parties, the Commission staff analyzed BCDC’s existing laws and policies through one-on-one interviews, case studies, and a series of meetings and discussions. This process resulted in the identification of four overarching policy issues, where BCDC’s policies were found to be inadequate regarding risks associated with rising sea level:

  1. Fill for Resilience and Adaptation - Habitat Restoration and Protection
  2. Fill for Resilience and Adaptation - Innovative Shoreline Solutions
  3. Environmental Justice and Social Equity
  4. Adaptive Management

See the report for the full policy analysis and list of policy options suggested.

Public Workshops on Rising Sea Level

Beginning on January 21, 2016, BCDC conducted a series of commission workshops on lessons learned from the San Francisco Bay Plan’s Climate Change amendments, BCDC’s role in regional planning, and making recommendations as the Bay Area adapts to rising sea level. These workshops identified potential changes to the Commission’s laws, policies, regulations and practices, and culminated in the Commission’s unanimous initiation of two Bay Plan amendments addressing Bay Fill for habitat projects and addressing social equity and environmental justice.

Bay Fill Policies Working Group

In late 2014, the Commission created the Bay Fill Policies Working Group to examine potential policy issues and make recommendations to the full Commission regarding BCDC’s Bay Fill laws and policies and whether they need to be amended due to the need to adapt to rising sea level. After receiving input from a variety of stakeholders, the Working Group developed a plan for addressing multiple issues and policies that relate to Bay Fill that included a general discussion of the McAteer-Petris Act, the San Francisco Bay Plan and its policies, and focused meetings, separated into two overarching topics - habitat and resource-based policies, and those addressing the built environment. The Working Group completed its initial review of the habitat and resource-based policies, which are summarized in this report from May 13, 2016 .