Balboa Reservoir housing project clears Planning Commission

Last Thursday, The SF Planning Commission approved the Balboa Reservoir Project, the housing development planned for the 17-acre site between Ocean Ave, City College, Riordan High School and Westwood Park currently used for CCSF parking.

The rest of the approval process includes: a hearing at the board of the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, then the SF Public Utilities Commission, and finally the Board of Supervisors, likely in late summer. The first housing will be begun in 2022, with the project finish anticipated in 2028.

From the SF Examiner [source: ]

Planning Commission greenlights 1,100 unit Balboa Reservoir project

Development near CCSF expected to include 50 percent below-market rate units

IDA MOJADAD May. 28, 2020 6:45 p.m.

The Balboa Reservoir project, expected to bring 1,100 units to a City-owned parking lot near City College of San Francisco, received key approvals Thursday.

The San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously approved the mixed-use project’s environmental review and agreement with a private developer, and recommended that the Board of Supervisors rezone the 17.6-acre area. Continue reading “Balboa Reservoir housing project clears Planning Commission”

No petition required now: Traffic Calming for your block

New! Take advantage of Covid-19-related changes to the SFMTA traffic calming program to get speed humps on your block without the usual petition and signature requirements.


UPDATE FOR APPLICANTS: Applications for the Fiscal Year 2020/2021 Traffic Calming Program are due by June 30, 2020.

Due to the COVID-19 emergency, the SFMTA is waiving the petition/signature requirement for the remainder of this application period. Please submit your completed Traffic Calming Request Form by the deadline and remember a petition is not required for applications submitted from May 4, 2020 through June 30, 2020. All applications for the FY2020/2021 Traffic Calming Program Cycle, including those submitted without a petition as provided above, will follow the same standard evaluation process.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO AND LINKS TO THE APPLICATIONS IN ENGLISH, SPANISH, AND CHINESE.  Continue reading “No petition required now: Traffic Calming for your block”

Apr 27: Balboa Reservoir community meeting

The next meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee [BRCAC] will take place online on Monday April 27th (6-8 PM). The The meeting agenda is here. Meeting will include a review of the draft design guidelines and the future of the BRCAC, with the central topic being transportation. More about the BRCAC here.

Here are the instructions to join the Virtual CAC meeting:

  • Individuals who wish to watch this meeting can join from the Teams app or a web browser at: or click  Live captioning is available on the stream.
  • If Internet access is not available, you can listen to the meeting by dialing the toll free number: (866) 434-5269 and enter access code 8863144.
  • Comments or opportunities to speak during the public comment period are only available via phone by dialing the toll free number: (866) 434-5269 and enter access code 8863144. (There is no need to hang up and call again if you are already on the line and want to provide public comment on the next agenda item, you will be prompted with the same instructions over the phone).

The following is step-by-step instructions for commenting:

  1. DIAL the Toll-Free Number listed for the meeting (listing of meetings below).
  2. Enter the Access Code then press ‘#’.
  3. Press # again to join the meeting as a participant.
  4. When you hear that ‘you are connected to the meeting as a participant’: ▪ Stop and LISTEN ▪ Wait for Public Comment to be announced (by Item # or for General Public Comment)
  5. When the Clerk calls Public Comment, dial ‘1’ then ‘0’ to be added to the speaker line.
  6. When the system message says you will be notified when the speaker is ready for your question and to withdraw your question, press ‘1’ then ‘0’.’ – WAIT for your turn to speak.
  7. When the system message says ‘your line is unmuted, please ask your question after the tone [BEEP] ‘- THIS IS YOUR OPPORTUNITY TO PROVIDE YOUR PUBLIC COMMENT after THE BEEP. (This is not a question-and-answer period, this is your time to provide a statement.)
  8. You will have the standard 2 minutes to provide your comments.
  9. Once your 2 minutes have ended, you will be moved out of the speaker line and back listening as a participant in the meeting (unless you disconnect).
  10. Participants who wish to speak on other items on the Agenda or for other comment periods may stay on the meeting line and listen for the Clerk’s next prompt.

Best Practices for Providing Public Comment at a Remote Meeting:

Thank you all for your continued engagement.

Balboa Reservoir meeting events in April

Planned meetings regarding the Balboa Reservoir housing project will go forward this month, but using virtual meeting methods.

Analysis and Opinion: Balboa Reservoir Development

The following is analysis and opinion by Jennifer Heggie, the current chair of SNA’s Balboa Reservoir Committee, and does not necessarily reflect the official position of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association.


By Jennifer Heggie, Chair, SNA Balboa Reservoir Committee

The Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report identifies a number of areas in which the proposed development will create a significant adverse impact to the surroundings even after possible mitigation is implemented. These relate to Air Quality, Noise, and Transportation and Circulation. Neighborhood comments suggest that even with these identified harmful results, some of the tests used to draft the DSEIR were inadequate.

Transportation and Circulation 

There are three areas of significant impact to transportation and circulation due to the construction and/or operations of the Balboa Reservoir that would  result in Significant and Unavoidable adverse impacts with no feasible Mitigation or Significant and Unavoidable adverse impacts with Mitigation.  Continue reading “Analysis and Opinion: Balboa Reservoir Development”