Environmental Justice and Social Equity Bay Plan Amendment

Environmental Justice and Social Equity Amendment Fact Sheet

On July 20, 2017, BCDC unanimously initiated a process to amend the San Francisco Bay Plan to address environmental justice and social equity issues. This amendment process is now underway. A Staff Report with Preliminary Recommendations was released on May 31, 2019. It will be supported by a staff background report, Toward Equitable Shorelines: Environmental Justice and Social Equity at the San Francisco Bay, to be posted by Friday, June 7, 2019.

Public Hearings, Public Workshops and Meeting Materials

On July 18, 2019 at 1:00 PM at the Metro Center, located at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco, BCDC will hold a public hearing on the preliminary recommendation for Bay Plan Amendment No. 2-17 to address Environmental Justice and Social Equity. Submit written comments on or before by July 12, 2019.

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:

Clesi Bennett
San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
455 Golden Gate Avenue, Suite 10600
San Francisco, CA 94102-7019
Phone: 415-352-3613
Fax: 415.352.3606
E-mail: clesi.bennett@bcdc.ca.gov

Environmental Justice Working Group Meeting

Commission Meetings

Commission Workshop on Bay Plan Amendment No. 2-17 Addressing Environmental Justice and Social Equity

Background Information

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.