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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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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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The next meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Project Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) is Monday March 13, 2017. 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.

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The Balboa Reservoir Project is a major development right next to Sunnyside. Read more background here. Local residents  have participated during the development process through the Community Advisory Committee, which met again last Monday. Under discussion was the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan, formulated to address issues raised by the proposed development related to changes in congestion, traffic, parking, and transit use. Input by residents is part of developing that plan (see below for your opportunity to weigh in).

Click here for the TDM presentation slideshow (40 slides).

Present at the meeting were several SNA members and Sunnyside residents, including SNA president Stephen Martinpinto. The representatives from SF Planning listened to extensive comments from them. These included specific suggestions about addressing the Bart-to-CCSF  transit issue by putting in place a shuttle, such as is seen at other college campuses close to train/Bart stations. As well, concerns were raised regarding the impact on local residents by CCSF students seeking parking spaces that are currently provided by the parking lot on the Reservoir site. Read  written comments from BRCAC members here (PDF).

Oral comments included: SNA president Stephen Martinpinto stressed to the representatives of SF Planning that transit plans will have a big impact on the outcome of the development, and that bold plans like undergrounding the K line might be called for. He also suggested that CCSF encourage student attendance at satellite campuses to relieve congestion at the Ocean Campus. SNA vice-president Chris Coghlan expressed concerns about the total amount of contiguous park space called for by the Principles and Parameters [PDF] document, which was crafted by the BRCAC to guide developers; he called for a larger amount than the recommended 1.5 acres (as part of 4 acres total park space) designated by the guidelines in the parameters. Additional written comments about the TDM were also submitted by Sunnyside resident Alvin Ja in January (PDF).

If you are a Sunnyside resident who has comments or suggestions regarding the TDM presentation linked above, please contact:

  • Jeremy Shaw, SF Planning Dept.,, 415-575-9135


News about proposals

The initial phase of the process of finding a developer for the site started in November 2016 with the Requests for Qualifications (links below). The developers chosen from those submissions are to be announced on Friday Mar 10, 2017.

Their proposed ideas will then be available to be viewed and commented on by the public, including any and all interested Sunnyside residents.

Links and articles:



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From SF Planning: press release about the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) legislation. This will have an impact on the Balboa Reservoir Project, just to the south of Sunnyside. Read the press release below on SF Planning website Here is recent coverage in Wired

SFMTA: San Francisco Moves Forward With Groundbreaking Transportation Demand Management Legislation

Most progressive program in the country requires developers to provide on-site amenities that support sustainable modes of transportation

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved an ordinance yesterday amending the Planning Code to establish a Transportation Demand Management Program. The Transportation Demand Management Program, or TDM, is a citywide program developed by the San Francisco Planning Department, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and San Francisco County Transportation Authority, requiring developments to provide on-site amenities that support sustainable modes of transportation and reduce single-occupancy driving trips associated with new development

The ordinance, sponsored by Supervisors Malia Cohen, Jeff Sheehy, London Breed, Mark Farrell, and Ahsha Safai, applies to projects with 10 units or more of new residential development, 10,000 square feet or more of commercial development, and large (25,000 square feet) changes of use. Residential projects that are 100 percent affordable are exempt.          (more…)

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As part of the development of the Balboa Reservoir/City College of SF area, SF Planning released the Transportation Demand Management (TDM) plan. This document analyzes many aspects of transportation activity around the CCSF campus, and includes the portion of Sunnyside south of Monterey Blvd. [Link below.]


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