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The Brisbane Baylands encompasses approximately 660 acres, generally bordered on the west by Bayshore Boulevard, north by the City and County of San Francisco, east by the U.S. Hwy 101 causeway, and south by Brisbane Lagoon.  It is comprised of a former municipal landfill and former rail yard, and presents both exciting opportunities and formidable challenges for the City.  The site's history left a legacy of contamination requiring millions of dollars and years of remediation, which is still ongoing.  Yet the remediated site holds the promise of enhanced environmental quality, opportunities for use and enjoyment by Brisbane residents via trails and enhanced open spaces, and new sustainable development contributing to the City's economic health, social diversity, and environment.

The City is committed to a planning process which engages the community and maximizes opportunities for open dialogue and input along with public review and comment.   You may direct general comments or questions regarding the Baylands to Baylands@brisbaneca.org.   Also, for general information on past and future activities, agenda reports and presentations, see the Sequence of Events.  Some of the most commonly asked questions may be viewed at FAQs.

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On July 19, 2018 the City Council certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (view Resolution here and Attachment 1 and Attachment 2), approved a General Plan amendment (Case GP-1-18) for the Baylands to allow for a range of 1,800-2,200 residential units and 6.5 million square feet of additional commercial development plus 500,000 square feet of hotel space (view Resolution here), and directed that Case GP-1-18 be placed on the November 2018 ballot for voter consideration, which may be viewed here.
The approved General Plan Amendment also includes a number of new policies to govern future development of the site. These policies address: ensuring site safety for residential development; securing an adequate water supply; requiring that future development be revenue positive for the City; incorporating sustainability principles; protecting/enhancing the Roundhouse and key habitat areas; and addressing flood protection and sea level rise. 
For more information regarding the City Council's decision, please visit Baylands Project UpdateJoin the email list for updates and visit the Baylands Council Proceedings webpage to review their past meetings.
Recent press about the Brisbane Baylands project can be viewed here.
Additional Information
Planning Commission Review
The Planning Commission's proceedings and recommendations regarding the Baylands can be viewed here.
City-Initiated Baylands Survey
In 2015, the City undertook a mail-in survey sent to all registered voters in Brisbane to gauge community opinions and attitudes on a number of issues pertaining to the Baylands. The Baylands survey results may be reviewed here and a summary presentation made to the City Council may be viewed here.  
Fiscal Analysis of Potential Future Development for the Baylands
The City hired an independent consultant (Keyser Marston Associates) to evaluate the fiscal/economic issues associated with potential future development of the Baylands. Specifically they analyzed the potential fiscal impacts of some development scenarios on the City of Brisbane’s General Fund, and looked at broader economic feasibility considerations pertaining to future development.  Please visit the Fiscal and Economic Information page to review the reports and view the presentation.
The Baylands Draft EIR and the Final EIR are available for review online and at City Hall and the Brisbane Library.
EIR Process
The Environmental Impact Report Process page includes information and links to EIR-related activities prior to publication of the draft EIR.
Baylands Sustainability Framework
On November 5th, 2015, the City Council accepted the Final Baylands Sustainability Framework which can be found here.
Specific Plan and Infrastructure Plan
In February 2011, Universal Paragon Corporation (UPC) released their submitted draft Baylands Specific Plan.

Public Space Master Plan 
In developing a community-based alternative for the Baylands, it became clear that the public space component would be vital to the success of the plan. In 2009, a Public Space Master Plan was developed and integrated into the Community Alternative.
 Baylands Speaker Series
In preparation for the development of alternatives to the project, the City engaged several speakers to focus on the relevant topics to this process, which may be viewed at the Baylands Speaker Series.
To learn more about contamination and remediation issues in the Baylands, please view the Remediation page.
Other Information
  • Renewable Energy Study
  • [inline:ucbdesignconcepts.pdf=UC Berkeley Landscape Architecture Presentation], "A Sketchbook of Ideas"  (Spring 2005)

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