October 23, 2019 Enforcement Committee Meeting Summary

Three members of the Enforcement Committee attended the October 23, 2019 BCDC Enforcement Committee meeting, which was held at the Bay Area Metro Center, located at 375 Beale Street in San Francisco.

At the meeting, the Committee received three briefings. The first briefing was on the permitting process and the types of conditions typically included in permits. The second briefing was on permit compliance challenges and improvements. The third briefing focused on statutory or regulatory tools available to other agencies to further compliance.

The briefing on permitting was provided by permit staff, and they briefly reviewed the permitting process and then focused on a specific permit issued for a recent project, and the elements of the permit and standard conditions and special conditions included in that permit.

Next, the enforcement staff reviewed some of the challenges with tracking compliance with permit conditions and some improvements that staff is considering. They emphasized that the focus of the briefing was on improvements that could be pursued prior to obtaining the additional resources that would be needed to have a more effective compliance program.

During the briefing on other agency tools, staff noted that several of the terms currently included in BCDC’s permits assist in ensuring that permittees comply with their permits, although BCDC lacks both the technological and staff resources to maximize the effectiveness of these permit conditions. The conditions that were discussed included reporting and monitoring requirements, as well as a condition requiring submission of a Notice of Completion prior to occupancy of the authorized project.

For details on each briefing, contact Karen Donovan.

The next Enforcement Committee meeting will be held from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM on November 14, 2019, at the Bay Area Metro Center, 375 Beale Street, San Francisco. At that meeting, the Enforcement Committee will receive a briefing on agency policies on projects that violators voluntarily offer to undertake in lieu of paying a portion of the civil penalties that have accrued for a violation. The Committee will also receive a short update on the enforcement cases that have been opened or resolved since the last briefing.

For additional details on the location or timing of any upcoming Enforcement Committee meeting, contact Jaidev Kalra .