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Next Steps for the Urban Design Guidelines



Thank you to everyone who joined us on April 12, 2017 for a conversation on the updated Draft of the Proposed Urban Design Guidelines.

We’ve held almost 20 conversations with the community thus far about the Proposed Urban Design Guidelines, and the feedback and comments we received have been compiled and included in the next Draft.

If you would like to comment on the current Draft (released on March 16, 2017), they must be delivered by May 30, 2017.     (more…)

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The next meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Project Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) is tonight Monday March 13, 2017, 6:15pm. The topic is: Outreach and public review of developer. More about the meeting here.  All concerned community members are welcome at these meetings.

This important new development, right next to Sunnyside, will have a big impact on the neighborhood. More about the Balboa Reservoir Project here.  Community participation has been a part of the project from early on — and you can be involved and help determine the direction of that development.

Area impacted by Balboa Reservoir Project. Image: (Feb13 2017)

Area impacted by Balboa Reservoir Project. Image: (Feb13 2017)


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Balboa Reservoir Project in the news this week, after three developers were chosen to present plans:

For more about the project, click the tab at the top ‘Balboa Reservoir Project.’

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From SF Planning Dept:  

Greetings Members of the Balboa community,

We are writing to provide you with a few brief updates on the Balboa Reservoir.


The next Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting date has been advanced to Monday, March 13, 2017 at the normal time and location: 6:15pm at City College MUB Room 140. We will focus on expanding community outreach to ensure broad and inclusive attendance at a future meeting for prospective developers (see above) to present their visions for the Balboa Reservoir. The meeting’s agenda is posted online at h We encourage your input on the question of broad, inclusive community engagement. In preparation for Monday, please consider the following questions:

  • Which groups or communities should we make sure to engage?
  • How can we ensure that they are informed and able to participate?


An evaluation panel made up of City staff from SFPUC, OEWD, the Planning Department, SFMTA, and MOHCD, as well as representatives of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee and City College of San Francisco, have concluded the Balboa Reservoir RFQ process. We were delighted to receive nine responses from a diverse and thoughtful group of potential partners. The following three RFQ respondent teams (listed alphabetically) received the three highest scores and are invited to submit development proposals: (more…)

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Meet your neighbors in person — hear about issues that impact life in Sunnyside — ask questions about things you care about — become a member of your neighborhood association — come to the quarterly meeting of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association on Monday Feb 6th.

Time and place: Monday Feb 6th, 7-8:30pm, at St Finn Barr Auditorium (415 Edna Street).

Topics and speakers on the agenda are: Pedestrian Safety improvements for Sunnyside; Capt McFadden from Ingleside Police Station; update on the important Balboa Reservoir Project housing development; NERT (Neighborhood Emergency Response Team); a representative from Bay Area Bike Share, which is coming to Sunnyside;  and the airplane noise issue.


We welcome all residents of Sunnyside to attend, and membership is open to all residents.

If you are not a member, you can join that evening. If you need to pay your dues, you can also do that. Or join or renew online (see below or click ‘Membership’ tab at the top).        (more…)

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Two recent articles on the subject of housing and families in SF. (Read a related recent piece in NY Times here.)

In SF Chronicle: “Keeping kids in San Francisco makes the city better for everyone”

In SF Examiner, Op-Ed: “A city for all includes families”




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The New York Times just published a longish article about children and San Francisco, which includes quotes from District 7 Supervisor, Norman Yee.

Read it here: Beyond Chron’s reply:

“Everybody talks about children being our future,” said Norman Yee, a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors. “If you have no children around, what’s our future?”

[….] Mr. Yee, the supervisor, is urging his colleagues to hold hearings next month on the issue of children.

“For me it’s part of the fabric of what a city should have,” he said. “It makes us all care more.”


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