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Yesterday the SF County Transportation Authority met at City Hall. The Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework was on the agenda for approval. [Read entire TDM here (PDF).]

The commission approved the TDM in this form, although it is a nonbinding document. However, it was encouraging to see that various of the supervisors responded favorably to concerns raised by members of the public who were present at the meeting. That included SNA President Stephen Martinpinto and Chair of SNA’s Balboa Reservoir Committee, Rita Evans. Rita reports the following (emphasis website editor’s):

“SFCTA comprises the Board of Supervisors acting as Commissioners so we were directing our comments to the supervisors. While they did vote to approve the framework, there were a number of very interesting comments during the discussion period.

“A shuttle, and a developer-funded shuttle in particular, was mentioned by several commissioners. The word ‘shuttle’ may have barely made it into the draft TDM, but it sure was on people’s radar at today’s SFCTA meeting. Jeremy Shaw [of SF Planning Dept] did some waffling when asked whether the developer supports or would fund a shuttle and was called out by Supervisor Cohen, who asked him if that was a ‘yes’ or ‘no’. Jeremy said he could not speak for the developer.

“Supervisor Cohen characterized Avalon Bay as ‘a difficult company to work with.’ She said AB will create a lot of problems for the city. She specifically cited labor contracts, hiring union workers, and paying prevailing wages. Cohen also said it is essential that the developers and the development ‘be mindful and respectful of current residents.’ Cohen proposed a continuing resolution which would have tabled action until next month but was persuaded to withdraw it.

“Supervisor Breed asked a number of questions about public input, public meetings and how comments have been incorporated. She asked about the level of involvement and engagement with City College and wanted to know specifically about any meetings held between Planning Dept and CCSF.

“Supervisor Yee spoke at length, before and after public comments, and summarized the memo he has added to the TDM Framework (it will be included in the final version). He urged the authority to approve the document after acknowledging its many flaws and limitations and noting that decisions would be based on planning reports and other documents yet to come.

“Yee also said that if the Residential Parking Permit program is part of the developer’s final package of measures to address parking demand, then he’s going to ask that the developer pay the costs, not existing residents.”

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The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework for the Balboa Area has been released in its final form, with an introductory letter from Supervisor Norman Yee. (PDF of TDM and letter here.) The TDM will guide planning for transportation in the Balboa Station/Balboa Reservoir area, setting priorities for managing the increase in traffic and transit use resulting from future changes (such as the Balboa Reservoir Project housing development). From the executive summary:

“The Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework process was designed to initiate collaboration between the City, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and surrounding neighborhoods in the effort to encourage sustainable transportation choices in the area. … [The] four overarching goals for the Balboa Area:
• Reduce vehicle-miles traveled (VMT)
• Reduce auto trips
• Reduce traffic congestion
• Reduce transportation costs to preserve housing affordability”

An excerpt from Supervisor Yee’s introductory letter:

“After several rounds of community input and revisions, the development of the TDM Framework included discussions that led to a greater understanding of community concerns related to traffic, safety, transit, and data collection. … Ultimately, the TDM Framework sparked an ongoing, productive conversation and path forward for the many ways we can encourage sustainable travel and maintain access for all in the Balboa Area. This is a continuing work in progress and an ongoing conversation and collaboration with the students, employees, and residents in the neighborhood.”

The agenda for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority meeting on Tuesday Jan 9 (10am, Room 250, City Hall) indicates they will be adopting the framework then. The meeting is open to the public.

Public comment can also be submitted to: Clerk of the Board Alberto Quintanilla clerk@sfcta.org .

More info on meeting here

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Things are moving faster now that the developer team, AvalonBay/BRIDGE, has been chosen for the housing project for this huge site south of Sunnyside. Community involvement will continue to be a big part of the direction that various aspects of the project take. All interested residents are welcome at the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) meetings. Read more about the project at top tab.

When: Monday Dec 11, 2017, 6-8pm.

Where: SF City College Ocean Campus, Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 50 Phelan Ave, San Francisco CA.

What:  The bulk of the meeting will be discussion of the traffic access, circulation, and parking issue, recently identified as primary concerns for local residents.

Read the full agenda here: http://default.sfplanning.org/plans-and-programs/planning-for-the-city/public-sites/balboareservoir/balboareservoir_CAC_Agenda_121117.pdf

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From AvalonBay/BRIDGE proposal presentation in June 2017, for Balboa Reservoir site. See links for full proposal here: https://sunnysideassociation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/balboa-reservoir-developer-chosen/

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From Ocean Ave Association: Holiday Air Market is happening this weekend! From 12-4 p.m. on Sunday, December 10, local artists will be selling their hand-made items. At Unity Plaza.

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On Dec 2, members of the developer team for the Balboa Reservoir Project led a walking tour around the site. Here is an account. You can participate in the community input process: Next community meeting is Dec 11.

‘Developer Leads Neighbors On Balboa Reservoir Site Tour’ https://hoodline.com/2017/12/developers-lead-neighbors-on-balboa-reservoir-site-tour

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Photo: Will Carruthers/Hoodline

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Members of the development team will be conducting a walking tour of the Balboa Reservoir site, open to interested members of the surrounding communities.

WHAT: A walking tour and discussion with interested community members of the Balboa Reservoir led by representatives from the Avalon Bay/BRIDGE housing development and architecture team. We will explore potential locations of the proposed large park open space, new pedestrian connections to the surrounding neighborhood, and the proposed new housing, along with a possible childcare center, dog play area, and other community amenities.

WHEN: Saturday December 2, from 10am-12pm

WHERE: Meet at Philz Coffee at Unity Plaza, 1110 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco

 

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Now that the selection of the developer for the Balboa Reservoir site has been made, the prospect of the new housing project to the south may be more real for residents here.

Community involvement through the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) will be an ongoing process, as the developer is called to mitigate the impacts–parking, traffic and public amenities–on Sunnyside and other adjacent neighborhoods. All residents are welcome at the meetings of the BRCAC. The next meeting is Monday October 2nd, 2017.

Meeting details: http://sf-planning.org/balboa-reservoir-cac-meeting-schedule

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Slide from Avalon group developer team. See links for full proposal here: https://sunnysideassociation.wordpress.com/2017/08/23/balboa-reservoir-developer-chosen/ 

 



         

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