Friday, March 2, 2018

San Francisco Seeks Settlement with State

By Karen Robes Meeks

The city of San Francisco and the California State Lands Commission have reached a tentative settlement deal that would see the state drop its lawsuit over Proposition B and not challenge the measure’s application to projects that voters already approved at Pier 70 and Mission Rock, according to the Port of San Francisco.

City Attorney Dennis Herrera recently announced the proposed settlement with the state, which challenged the validity of the 2014 measure that gave residents approval over height increases for new development on port-managed waterfront property.

As part of the settlement, the city will ensure that future decisions include written findings that approved developments are consistent with public trust and benefit the people of California. Additionally, future ballot measures affecting port property will include a city informational notice indicating the measures involve public trust lands.

Furthermore, the state and the port will work together to obtain funds to make the seawall earthquake safe and help place affordable housing on trust lands.

“This agreement protects the will of San Francisco voters,” Herrera said. “It ends this lawsuit while ensuring that voters continue to have their voices heard when it comes to the use, access and enjoyment of San Francisco’s waterfront. The waterfront is part of who we are as a city. We will continue to be good stewards of that legacy as we shape our future. Together, we will ensure that San Francisco’s waterfront remains vibrant and welcoming to residents and visitors alike.”