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The Brisbane Baylands encompasses approximately 660 acres, generally bordered on the west by Bayshore Boulevard, north by the City and County of San Francisco, east by the U.S. Hwy 101 causeway, and south by Brisbane Lagoon. It is comprised of a former municipal landfill and former rail yard, and presents both exciting opportunities and formidable challenges for the City. The site's history left a legacy of contamination requiring millions of dollars and years of remediation, which is still ongoing. Yet the remediated site holds the promise of enhanced environmental quality, opportunities for use and enjoyment by Brisbane residents via trails and enhanced open spaces, and new sustainable development contributing to the City's economic health, social diversity, and environment.
The City is committed to a planning process which engages the community and maximizes opportunities for open dialogue and input along with public review and comment. You may direct general comments or questions regarding the Baylands to Baylands@ci.brisbane.ca.us. Also, for general information on past and future activities, agenda reports and presentations, see the Sequence of Events. Some of the most commonly asked questions may be viewed at FAQs.
The City Council will commence its review of the Baylands project and related EIR on Thursday, September 29, 2016 (Council's 9/16/16 Notice of Public Hearing). The first meeting will be a workshop providing an overview of the Council’s review process, the project components, EIR, and Planning Commission recommendation. Please visit the Baylands Council Proceedings webpage to review their schedule.
On August 25, 2016 the Brisbane Planning Commission completed its deliberations and by a vote of 5-0 recommended to the City Council that the Brisbane General Plan be amended for the Baylands to allow for a 1- 2 million square foot net increase in building area and a utility-scale renewable energy generation facility. Permitted land uses would include Light Industrial, Research and Development, Office, Retail, Commercial Recreation and Open Space. No housing is recommended. The Planning Commission further recommended certification of the Final EIR as it pertains to their General Plan recommendation. The Planning Commission's Resolution may be viewed here.
Please visit the Baylands Hearing schedule to view the past workshops, hearings and deliberation meetings.
City-Initiated Baylands Survey
The Baylands survey results are now available for review. The City Council received a presentation from the City’s survey consultants regarding these results on October 27th. This was a mail-in survey sent to all registered voters in Brisbane to gauge community opinions and attitudes on a number of issues pertaining to the Baylands. The survey was sent out on August 25th, 2015 with a response deadline of September 12th, 2015. The survey results are an important factor in the City’s decision-making process for the Baylands.
Fiscal/Economic Analysis of Potential Future Development for the Baylands
The City hired an independent consultant (Keyser Marston Associates) to evaluate some of the fiscal/economic issues associated with potential future development of the Baylands. Specifically they analyzed the potential fiscal impacts of some development scenarios on the City of Brisbane’s General Fund, and looked at broader economic feasibility considerations pertaining to future development. Please visit the Fiscal and Economic Information page to review the reports. Keyser Marston made a presentation to the Planning Commission, which may be viewed from the Thursday, April 14th meeting.
The Baylands Draft EIR and the Final EIR are available for review online and at City Hall and the Brisbane Library.
The Environmental Impact Report Process page includes information and links to EIR-related activities prior to publication of the draft EIR.
Baylands Sustainability Framework
On November 5th, 2015, the City Council accepted the Final Baylands Sustainability Framework which can be found here.
Specific Plan and Infrastructure Plan
In February 2011, Universal Paragon Corporation (UPC) released their submitted draft Baylands Specific Plan.
Public Space Master Plan
Public Space Master Plan
In developing a community-based alternative for the Baylands, it became clear that the public space component would be vital to the success of the plan. In 2009, a Public Space Master Plan was developed and integrated into the Community Alternative.
In preparation for the development of alternatives to the project, the City engaged several speakers to focus on the relevant topics to this process, which may be viewed at the Baylands Speaker Series.
To learn more about contamination and remediation issues in the Baylands, please view the Remediation page.
- Renewable Energy Study
- UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture Presentation, "A Sketchbook of Ideas" (Spring 2005)
Please visit this webpage for updates. Also, to be included in future email updates, please submit your email address on the email submission page.