Waterfront Land Use Plan
The Waterfront Plan sets forth land use and development policies adopted by the San Francisco Port Commission for all properties within the Port's jurisdiction.
The product of a lengthy public planning process, the Waterfront Plan provides the foundation for Port efforts to integrate public and private investment to improve the waterfront for broad public use and enjoyment. It includes a comprehensive public access and open space plan along the waterfront, integrated with the Port's varied maritime industries, and opportunities for new public-private partnership projects. The Waterfront Plan includes a Waterfront Design & Access Element which provides direction on how projects should be designed to respect and enhance the waterfront's historic character, create architectural delights, and attract people to enjoy a wide range of activities.
Taking Waterfront Plan policies from concept to reality is an intricate process. Each project is a unique choreography, integrating and balancing land use, design, financial, regulatory and community concerns. Over the past 10 years, San Francisco has seen a transformation along the waterfront. There have been many different projects and proposals, large and small. The Port looks back on these experiences in a Ten-Year Review of the Waterfront Plan.
To enable waterfront revitalization, the Port works closely with the San Francisco Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors, the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), and the California State Lands Commission to align the various land use plans and policies held by each entity. Port projects must comply not only with the Waterfront Plan, as well as respond to the objectives of these regulatory agencies. This is important in order to minimize confusion between agencies and streamline the entitlement process for individual projects.