Have your say: Slow Streets in Sunnyside

[UPDATE Dec 19, 2020: Survey closed. See the results of the survey here.]

SFMTA’s Slow Streets program aims to make more socially distanced, covid-safe outdoor space available in neighborhoods, and has been implemented in many other areas of the city. The program has yet to come to a street in Sunnyside, Ingleside, or any other south-central district. For the next phase of the program, Sunnyside’s Hearst Avenue was chosen. Hearst is already the bicycle route through the neighborhood, which coordinates with the Slow Streets program aim of encouraging non-car use of the street.

Right now, SFMTA is taking your feedback about Hearst Ave. as a choice for the program. To learn more about what this would mean for the neighborhood and to give your feedback via a short survey, visit this page: https://www.sfmta.com/projects/slow-streets-outer-mission

Slow Streets on Lake Street. Photo: SFMTA
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Balboa Reservoir Project Approved by SF Board of Supervisors

This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave the final approval for the Balboa Reservoir Project, the housing development planned for the Upper Balboa Reservoir located south of Sunnyside next to City College. The project will have 1100 units of housing, including 550 units of affordable housing, about 100 market-rate houses, 150 units for educators, a central two-acre park, childcare facilities, a community room for public use, and other features. View slides from the Design Standard and Guidelines (PDF) at the end of this post.

The western portion of the Balboa Reservoir, slated for development, which has been used as CCSF parking for decades. Photo courtesy SF Housing Action Coalition.
The western portion of the Balboa Reservoir, slated for development, which has been used as CCSF parking for six decades. Photo courtesy SF Housing Action Coalition.

The approval marks the end of a five-year-long process that encompassed regular community engagement. SNA and Sunnyside residents regularly participated in meetings of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee.  The committee was initiated in 2015 by President Norman Yee, supervisor for District 7 where the site is located.

Read an archive of posts about the Balboa Reservoir Project on this website here. Links to news articles found below.

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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: https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/planning-commission-greenlights-1100-unit-balboa-reservoir-project/ ]

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: https://tinyurl.com/brcac0427 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.