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There is a lot of information out there about the Baylands project, and we want to make sure you have all the facts. Please reach out to us with any additional questions and we’ll get back to you with an answer right away.
- When will construction start?
The Baylands plan is still going through the City of Brisbane approval process, which should conclude by 2017. It was submitted in 2006. If approved, site preparation and infrastructure improvements will begin in 2017-18 with construction of the first buildings in 2019-20. Full build-out will take 20-25 years.
The City of Brisbane also has an FAQ section relating to the Brisbane Baylands on the city’s website. The City FAQs focus on the planning and approval process.
- How will you address sea level rise?
Baylands includes mitigation measures for stormwater management throughout the site with additional measures in the areas along Visitacion Creek and between Bayshore Boulevard and Industrial Way, which are in the 100-year flood hazard area. Fill will also be added in low-lying areas based on current sea level rise predictions. Baylands is designed to ensure that finished floor elevations are a minimum of 1ft. above projected sea level one hundred years into the future. All stormwater management and fill will be done in strict accordance with federal and state regulations.
Click for more information on how the plan addresses sea level rise.
The County of San Mateo, in collaboration with Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Assemblyman Rich Gordon, the California State Conservancy, and a team of consultants is spearheading an effort to address sea level rise in San Mateo County. Click for more information on the county’s sea level rise efforts.
- How will the proposed High Speed Rail maintenance yard impact the Baylands project?
Our goal for Baylands is to regenerate the contaminated site – a former rail yard and landfill – into a vibrant, healthy community of businesses, restaurants, retail, residences, entertainment and open space for existing and future Brisbane residents. A heavy industrial use such as another rail maintenance yard is not compatible with that vision. At this time, the High Speed Rail Authority has not submitted a proposal.
Get more information on High Speed Rail.
- How will you address traffic caused by the development?
Baylands creates less traffic than traditional developments by placing high use areas – offices, residences, retail, restaurants and entertainment – in close proximity to transit stops. A robust transportation and parking management plan and an extensive pedestrian and bicycle network are key elements of the proposal. In fact, by placing new housing near new jobs Baylands creates fewer traffic challenges and regional trips than the Community-Sponsored plan.
- Walkable, pedestrian-friendly districts with sidewalks and off-street paths and trails
- A bicycle circulation system, including bike-sharing opportunities, that provides access throughout the development and connects to surrounding neighborhoods
- A public transit system including Samtrans, Muni, Caltrain and shuttles within ½ mile access
- A street network that can safely accommodate the increased traffic volumes resulting from new development
- The extension of Geneva Avenue from Bayshore Boulevard to US 101 with an overpass crossing the Caltrain tracks
In addition, Baylands allows for improvements to the Candlestick Point interchange, Sierra Point interchange, Tunnel Avenue and Lagoon Way as well as development of a street system within the project boundaries.
More detailed information on traffic issues:
- Will the site include industrial uses?
Baylands includes an industrial district, which also contains a replacement area for Sierra Point Lumber on Tunnel Avenue.
For more information on land uses with the project site:
- Is the Brisbane Lagoon part of the project?
Yes, the entire Lagoon district is designated as open space in the plan and is intended to preserve sensitive natural resources, provide new opportunities for recreation, contribute to the character and identity of Baylands and beautify the entry to downtown Brisbane. The area bounded by the realigned Lagoon Way on the north, Sierra Point Parkway on the east and the railroad tracks on the west would become a public park accommodating passive recreational activities such as kayaking and hiking while protecting and enhancing the Lagoon and tidal marsh habitat. A proposed Lagoon Nature Center located in the area would provide the City of Brisbane with a community meeting space. Improvements in other areas of the park include low-impact trails, landscaping, seating and overlooks.
More information on parks and open space:
- How will Baylands secure the needed water supply and how much will be needed?
New potable water would come from a water transfer agreement between the City of Brisbane and the Oakdale Irrigation District (OID). The agreement between the City and OID would guarantee the transfer of up to 2,400 acre‐feet per year (AFY), without restrictions, for a term of 50 years, with 400 acre-feet allocated to Sierra Point. However, it is unlikely that the 2,400 AFY will be required based on the plan’s strict water conservation measures:
- Water budgeting and auditing
- Public education
- Efficient appliances
- Multi-family unit sub-metering
- Water-efficient landscaping
- Water-efficient bathroom and kitchen fixtures
- Dual plumbing for recycled water
- Recycled water production from offsite sources
More information on water supply:
- How does the Recology project impact the proposal for the Brisbane Baylands?
Recology has submitted a project proposal for modernization and expansion of their existing facilities that are currently located in both San Francisco and Brisbane. Their proposal increases the size of their facility in Brisbane and includes a portion of the Brisbane Baylands site owned by Universal Paragon Corporation (UPC). The expansion allows Recology to consolidate their San Francisco operations and enables the City of San Francisco to meet its Zero Waste 2020 mandate.
The Recology proposal for the site is being processed by the City of Brisbane separately from UPC’s proposal, and includes a separate environmental review process.
Recology’s proposal to expand the heavy industrial uses on the site is incompatible with the overarching goal of creating a thriving, sustainable work-life community that benefits the city, region and planet.
More information on the Recology project (City’s website):
More information on Brisbane’s history:
Brisbane, the First 25 Years
- How many jobs will Baylands create?
Throughout the course of the 20- to 25-year build-out, Baylands will create between 20,000 to 30,000 jobs, including short-term and long-term construction jobs and thousands of permanent jobs.
UPC is committed to providing standard area wages during construction and is collaborating with the San Mateo County Central Labor Council on this issue. We are strongly committed to the values of sustainability, which includes providing opportunities for local jobs, living wages and top quality construction.
More information on area standard wages:
United States Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics for San Francisco – San Mateo – Redwood City, CA Metropolitan Division
- How will the site be cleaned up?
Once the City of Brisbane approves the land uses for the site, we will abide by state and federal regulations for environmental remediation based on those uses. The total cost of cleanup per our plan (the “Developer-Sponsored Plan”) is estimated to be $200 million.
More information on environmental remediation:
Draft EIR, Chapter 4G Hazards and Hazardous Materials
- Why do we need housing on the site?
The region is in a housing crisis and every jurisdiction, including Brisbane, has an obligation to help meet the region’s housing needs. The Bay Area continues to add more jobs but is not adding enough housing to support all of these new workers. Baylands is ideally located to add both jobs and housing due to the proximity to BART, MUNI, Samtrans and Caltrain, as well as to San Francisco, BioTech Alley and SFO.
Every 1 million square feet of office space built creates approximately 5,000 jobs and a need for approximately 1,800 new housing units.* Brisbane has an obligation to the region to provide at least some of the housing needed by these future workers. Adding to this imbalance by creating new jobs but no new housing is not acceptable as a regional solution. It is also not acceptable to expect other cities to carry the housing burden.
In fact, Bay Area employers will no longer locate to new office space without new housing nearby for their workers. Facebook and Google, for example, are building housing near their offices and Facebook is even increasing salaries for workers who live within 10 miles from work by $10,000 to $15,000 per year (San Francisco Business Times, December 25, 2015).
*rule of thumb developed using an average of 200 square feet per worker and the current average household size of 2.75 people per household (2010 Census).
More information on the Bay Area’s future housing needs:
Plan Bay Area
- How will the plan meet Brisbane’s sustainability goals?
Baylands calls for aggressive performance indicators for sustainability based on the One Planet Living model. One of the many ways we aim to meet these goals is by including renewable energy generation for on-site uses. By doing so, Baylands has the opportunity to be a national model for sustainability. Please see the Sustainability Framework approved by Brisbane City Council in 2015.
More information on renewable energy generation and sustainability:
- How will infrastructure improvements be paid for?
Typically, public facilities costs are divided among multiple levels of government depending on the benefits generated, and among various private property owners by the nexus between improvements provided and the demand for such improvements from new private developments. In addition, improvements that benefit multiple local jurisdictions may require cost-sharing across districts, cities and/or counties.
As the largest private property owner within the Planning Area, we expect to shoulder a substantial portion of improvement costs toward infrastructure in and around the Planning Area. Additional contributors will be other developers and government entities. Cost-sharing mechanisms, such as the one anticipated to result from the Bi-County Transportation Study, will need to be negotiated by and contracted between applicable developers and government entities.
More information on infrastructure improvements:
Brisbane Baylands Specific Plan Chapter 9