Balboa Reservoir

Planning is underway to develop the Balboa Reservoir site with mixed-income housing, open space and community amenities. This site is owned by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) and located immediately west of City College's Ocean Campus, east of the Westwood Park neighborhood, and south of Archbishop Riordan High School.

The draft supplemental environmental impact report (EIR) for the Balboa Reservoir Project has been published and can be viewed here.

After a 2-year outreach, visioning, and selection process, a developer team was chosen to partner with the City on the development of the Balboa Reservoir site. To learn more about the selection process, visit the SFPUC and the selected development team, led by BRIDGE Housing and AvalonBay, along with Mission Housing, Habitat for Humanity, and Pacific Union Development Company.

See Frequently Asked Questions on the Balboa Reservoir under the Supporting Info tab.

You may also read more about the project proposal at the developer partners' website, http://balboareservoir.com

Project History

In late 2014, the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the Planning Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission initiated a study of the SFPUC-owned Balboa Reservoir site, located off of Ocean and Phelan Avenues in Balboa Park. It is among the first sites   slated for San Francisco's Public Land for Housing Program, which utilizes City-owned land to address the City's most pressing housing issues. Download the initial study's existing planning conditions report here and existing transportation conditions report here.

The Balboa Park Station Area Plan, adopted in 2009, supports developing the Balboa Reservoir site for housing (Objective 4.4) and includes policies designed to increase affordable housing for a variety of incomes; create open space; knit together isolated areas of the neighborhood; integrate diverse land uses with the area's commercial and transit corridors; design streets for walking, biking and public transit; and otherwise strengthen the Balboa Park area. Now, through a public process, San Francisco is working to utilize the 17-acre SFPUC property to achieve many of these objectives. 

Project Review and Outreach

The Development team is currently refining a draft master plan, or "base plan", for the Balboa Reservoir site. The base plan will be used to begin the City's technical analysis of the potential impacts of developing the site. To see the currently proposed site plan, visit the April 9th presentation to the CAC.

During the environmental review process, the City and the development team will continue with community design workshops and tours, providing the opportunity to discuss open space, streetscape, and architectural designs in more detail. Considerations like the types, designs, and activities of the Reservoir's parks will not affect the environmental analysis and will continue to be refined to ensure the project serves existing neighborhoods well.

See CAC info and Community Workshop Schedule under the CAC Meetings tab

2009 Balboa Park Station Area Plan adopted
Nov 2014 Balboa Reservoir site identified for the Public Land for Housing Program
>April 2015 Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (CAC) established 
Aug 2015 – Sep 2016 Development parameters established over the course of 16 CAC meetings
2017 Development team selected: AvalonBay Communities and BRIDGE Housing with Mission Housing, Pacific Union Development Company, and Habitat for Humanity of Greater San Francisco. To learn about the selection process, visit http://sfwater.org/balboa/community
2018-2020 Refinement of draft master plan, environmental review, and project approvals

Click on image to enlarge.Balboa Reservoir Project Timeline

Other Agency Projects

The Balboa Reservoir project is coordinated with several concurrent planning and construction projects in the Balboa Park Station Area, including City College of San Francisco's Facilities Master Plan process. City of San Francisco projects include:

The purpose of the CAC is to provide a community voice and function as a central clearinghouse for community input. The CAC serves in an advisory role, providing feedback to City staff reporting to the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors, and City departments.

Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (CAC) members are appointed by the Mayor and the District 7 Supervisor. CAC member biographies can be found here. The CAC is composed of the following community representatives:

  • Sunnyside Neighborhood Association Designated Representative: Amy O'Hair [email]
  • Westwood Park Neighborhood Association Designated Representative: Michael Ahrens [email]
  • OMI Resident: Maurice Rivers
  • City College Employee or Trustee: Brigitte Davila [email]
  • Member of Balboa Park Station Area Plan CAC: Robert Muehlbauer [email]
  • Ocean Avenue Business Owner: Howard Chung [email]
  • SFPUC CAC Member: Mark Tang [email]
  • At-Large Seat #1: Christine Godinez, Lick Wilmerding HS [email]
  • At-Large Seat #2: Jon Winston, Sunnyside Resident [email]

Contact

To submit questions or comments to City staff or members of the CAC, please contact:

Leigh Lutenski
Office of Economic and Workforce Development, City and County of San Francisco
City Hall, Room 448, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4653
Direct: 415-554-6679
Fax: 415-554-4565
BRCAC@sfgov.org

MEETING DATE MEETING INFORMATION MINUTES MATERIALS
2019,September 30
6 - 8 p.m.
CAC Meeting
Agenda - coming soon
 
   
2019, June 13
1 p.m.
Planning Commission Hearing
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, San Francisco
Event Details
2019, June 10
6 - 8 p.m.
CAC Meeting
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco, CA 94112
Unapproved Meeting Minutes

Agenda Items (audio)

2019, March 11
6 - 8 p.m.
CAC Meeting
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes Agenda Items (audio)
2018, December 5
6 - 8 p.m.
Holiday Celebration
Location: Ingleside Presbyterian Church
1345 Ocean Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
 
2018, October 30
6 - 8 p.m.
EIR Public Scoping Meeting
Meeting Agenda
Location: Lick Wilmerding High School Cafeteria (Ann Maisel Café)
755 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
EIR Public Scoping Meeting Minutes (32MB)
2018, October 15
6 - 8 p.m.
CAC Meeting: EIR Process and Design Updates
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2018, September 15
12 - 4 p.m.
Developer Hosted: Balboa Reservoir Community Park Day
Park Day Flyer
Balboa Reservoir, Lower Lot
N/A  
2018, July 9
6 - 8 p.m.
CAC Meeting: On- and Off-Site Transportation
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2018, June 23
10AM - 1PM
Developer Hosted: Open Space Possibilities Open House
Open House Flyer
Ingleside Library's Community Room, located at 1298 Ocean Avenue
N/A
2018, June 23:
1-4PM
Developer Hosted: Tour of San Francisco Affordable Housing
Registration Required: Event Page
Meet at Balboa Reservoir Upper Parking Lot behind CCSF Multi-Use Building

 

N/A  
2018, May 17
6-7:30PM
Developer Hosted: Walking Tour of Ocean Avenue
Meet at Unity Plaza (Outside of 1100 Ocean Avenue)
N/A
2018, April 20:
2PM-6PM
and
2018, April 21:
10AM-2PM
Developer Hosted: Community Open House
Open House Flyer
Location: 1100 Ocean Avenue
Community Room (In Front of Unity Plaza)
N/A
2018, April 9 CAC Meeting: Master Plan Updates
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2018, February 12 CAC Meeting: Preview of Fiscal Feasibility Legislative Process
Meeting Agenda
Location: City Hall (Polk St. Entrance), South Light Court
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102
Approved Meeting Minutes Preview: Supporting Documents for Fiscal Feasibility Legislation
2018, January 22 CAC Meeting: Housing and Neighborhood Character
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2017, December 11 Topic: Access, Circulation and Parking Discussion
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2017, November 13 Topic: Annual Election of Chair and Vice Chair; Discussion with Development Team on Community Engagement, Master Plan Overview and Public Open Space
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes

2017, October 2

Topic: Annual Election of Chair and Vice Chair; Introduction of Development Team and Next Steps
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112

Approved Meeting Minutes
2017, June 15 -
6PM - Video
7PM - Discussion
Topic: Video of developer presentation from June 10; discussion and feedback on proposals 
Meeting Agenda
Location: Lick-Wilmerding High School Cafeteria,
755 Ocean Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112 Note: Enter Lick-Wilmerding from GENEVA AVENUE Map
Approved Meeting Minutes
2017, June 10 - 10AM
Community Meeting

 
PRESENTATION of developer proposals; discussion and feedback on proposals
Location: Archbishop Riordan High School, Cafeteria
175 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
2017, March 13
 
Topics: Preparation for upcoming presentation of developer proposals
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2017, February 13
 
Topics: Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management Planning 
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2016, December 12
 
Topic: Annual Report to BOS
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2016, November 14

Updated Note: The October 24 meeting was been cancelled due to a conflicting community meeting.
Topics: Annual Chair & Vice-Chair Elections and Process Review and Next Steps
Meeting Agenda
Location: Archbishop Riordan High School, Theatre
175 Phelan Ave, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2016, September 12
6:15 p.m.
Topic: Compiled Development Principles and Parameters; Next Steps in RFQ Process
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2016, August 8
6:15 p.m.
Topics: Compiled Development Principles and Parameters
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2016, July 11
6:15 p.m.
Topics: 1) Balboa Reservoir RFP parameters regarding Sustainability, Additional Public Benefits and other topics TBD
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes Updated Parameters to be Discussed:

Other Documents

2016, June 13
6:15 p.m.
Topics: Balboa Reservoir RFP parameters regarding Transportation, Public Realm, Housing, Sustainability and Additional Public Benefits
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes Parameters reached by consensus: Updated Parameters to be Discussed:
2016, May 23
6:15 p.m.
Note: Meeting is in addition to regularly scheduled meetings. Meeting topic is continued from 4/13 agenda
Topic: Balboa Reservoir Transportation parameters, CCSF Parameters
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes Parameters reached by consensus: Updated parameters to be discussed:

Other documents:

2016, May 9
6:15 p.m.
Topics: Relationship to City College; other topics time permitting
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2016, April 13 (Wednesday)
6:15 p.m.
Note meeting rescheduled from usual meeting date
Topics: 1) Balboa Area Transportation Demand and 2) Balboa Reservoir Transportation parameters
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes Updated Parameters to be Discussed:
2016, March 14
6:15 p.m.
Topics: Further Discussion of Housing and Urban Design parameters
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes Parameters reached by consensus: Updated Parameters to be Discussed:
2016, February 8
6:15 p.m.
Topics: Revisions to CCSF, Sustainability, Additional Public Benefits parameters and Further Discussion of Housing, Urban Design and Public Realm parameters
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes Updated Parameters to be Discussed:

Responses to Public Comment regarding:

2016, January 11
6:15 p.m.
Topics: Additional Public Benefits and Revisions to Previous Draft Parameters
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes Updated Parameters to be Discussed (same links from previous dates): Presentations 1/11/16 Public Comment Documents and Emails 1/11
Audio Recording
2015, December 14
6:15 p.m.
Topics: CCSF, Sustainability, Additional Public Benefits
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2015, November 30
6:15 p.m.
(rescheduled from
November 9,2015 Meeting)
Topic: Transportation
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2015, November 5
6:45 p.m.
Special Meeting on Urban Design/Neighborhood Character
Meeting Agenda
Location: City College of San Francisco
Multi-Use Building, Room 140
55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2015, October 19:
6:30 p.m.
(new date due to Columbus Day holiday on October 12, 2015) 
Topic: Open Space & Public Realm
Meeting Agenda
Location: Lick-Wilmerding High School Cafeteria, 755 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting  Minutes
2015, September 14
6:30 p.m.
Meeting Agenda
Location: Lick-Wilmerding High School Cafeteria, 755 Ocean Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94112
Approved Meeting Minutes
2015, August 26 Meeting Agenda Approved Meeting Minutes

CAC Contact

To submit questions or comments to City staff or members of the CAC, please contact:

Leigh Lutenski
Office of Economic and Workforce Development, City and County of San Francisco
City Hall, Room 448, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102-4653
Direct: 415-554-6679
Fax: 415-554-4565
BRCAC@sfgov.org

Planning Department

For questions or comments about the project, please contact:

Seung Yen Hong
Planner/Urban Designer
seungyen.hong@sfgov.org
415.575.9026