March 5, 2009 Commission Meeting Summary

Eighteen members attended the meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission received a briefing on a proposal to enhance habitat on about half of a 1,433-acre salt pond property along the shoreline of Redwood City and build a mixed-use community on the other half of the property. Some members of the Commission expressed broad concerns about allowing any development on the property while others raised specific questions which they would like addressed in any future briefings on the proposal. For details, contact Brad McCrea (415/352-3615 bradm@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on how the public trust doctrine relates to strategies for addressing climate change and sea level rise. For details, contact Tim Eichenberg (415/352-3655 time@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing on the progress being made in implementing BCDC’s strategic plan and approved a few changes in the deadlines for completing some of the objectives in the plan. The next all-day strategy planning workshop will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2009. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission concurred that the staff could continue to proceed with the development of proposed Bay Plan findings and policies that address climate change and sea level rise everywhere in BCDC’s jurisdiction rather than make specific revisions to the Bay Plan sections on salt ponds and managed wetlands as requested by Save the Bay. For details, contact Joe LaClair (415/352-3656 joel@bcdc.ca.gov).

Members of the Commission were reminded that they must submit their annual Statement of Economic Interests (Form 700) to Commission’s office by April 1, 2009. For details, contact John Bowers (415/352-3610 johnb@bcdc.ca.gov).

Jeanne Jones and Damon Growl are new staff interns who will be working in BCDC’s GIS unit through May, 2009. For details, contact Tim Doherty (415/352-3667 timd@bcdc.ca.gov).

A team from the federal Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in Washington, D.C. will hold a public meeting at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 9, 2009 in BCDC’s office as part of a required evaluation of the progress BCDC and the Coastal Conservancy are making in carrying out the federally-approved California coastal management program. Anyone who is interested is invited to attend the meeting. For details, contact Caitlin Sweeney (415/352-3643 caitlins@bcdc.ca.gov).

Will Travis, BCDC’s executive director, has been appointed to the board of directors of the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR). For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).

The next Commission meeting will be held on April 2, 2009 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. For details, contact Will Travis (415/352-3653 travis@bcdc.ca.gov).