January 16, 2014 Commission Meeting Summary

BCDC Commissioners, Alternates, and Staff:

21 members attended today's BCDC meeting, which was held at the Ferry Building in San Francisco.

The Commission voted unanimously to enter into a contract with the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to evaluate the vulnerability and risk to sea level rise of Priority Development Areas (PDA) identified in Plan Bay Area, and to request details from ABAG regarding the implementation of its findings. For details contact Wendy Goodfriend (415/352-3646; wendyg@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing on, and voted 13 aye, two opposed, and four abstaining, to approve a Consistency Determination that enables the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) to acquire a portion of Alameda Point and develop an outpatient clinic, columbarium, and a Least Tern management office, and to provide a large public shoreline area with parking located west of the columbarium, and other public purpose amenities; BCDC staff will follow up with DVA to assist in the project's consideration by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from which a permit is required. For details contact Jaime Michaels (415/352-3613; jmichaels@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission held a public hearing on, and voted 19-0 to reject, an appeal of a time extension to Marsh Development Permit No. MD-82-12 that authorizes the continued operation of the Tonnesen Pet Cemetery within the secondary management area of the Suisun Marsh. For details contact Ming Yeung (415/352-3616; mingy@bcdc.ca.gov).

The Commission received a briefing from Sarah Richmond of BCDC staff on its Innovative Wetland Adaptation Techniques in Lower Corte Madera Creek Watershed project, which examines the resilience of Bay tidal marshes and intertidal mudflats to rising sea level.

The next regularly scheduled Commission meeting will be held on February 6, 2014 at the Ferry Building in San Francisco. The tentative agenda includes:

  • Consideration of a contract for a Sea Grant Fellow to work on sediment management issues;
  • A briefing on the Commission's Design Review Board and Engineering Criteria Board;
  • A briefing on AB1273, legislation signed in 2013 by Governor Brown, regarding public trust issues surrounding Piers 30-32 in San Francisco; and,
  • A presentation on the proposal by the Golden State Warriors to develop Piers 30-32 in San Francisco.

Also, please find attached a copy of the Governor's proposed budget for BCDC for FY15.

Please contact Larry Goldzband (415/352-3653; lgoldzband@bcdc.ca.gov) with any questions or concerns.