The San Francisco Board of Supervisors is set to decide on an appeal to plans for the massive redevelopment of Treasure Island on Tuesday, as opponents are expected to come out in droves against increased traffic created by a new population in the middle of San Francisco Bay.
The 20-year development of 8,000 new homes on the former U.S. Navy base is expected to increase the number of people on the island by about 16,000. Despite efforts by planners to increase bus and ferry access and possibly charge a $5 fee for driving off the island on weekdays, the Sierra Club joined a consortium of groups and former Supervisor Aaron Peskin in opposing the project’s environmental impact report last month.
Peskin spoke during the public comment period at the Planning Commission’s April 21 4-3 approval of the plan and said developers won’t deliver on promises of making the island a self-sustained ecotopia. Peskin pointed at the increased housing targets from 6,000 to 8,000 and the reduction of affordable housing units from 2,400 to 2,000 as the first of many changes to come.
The appeal says the environmental report fails to set out a solid plan for two decades of construction and that the project has changed since the document was completed. Supervisors Jane Kim and Ross Mirkarimi called for changes in state law last month that would restore the 400 affordable housing units, which were lost when the project was forced out of The City’s Redevelopment Agency budget into an infrastructure financing district model because of Gov. Jerry Brown’s desire to eliminate redevelopment agencies statewide.
Other opponents have brought up the danger of being on the island during an earthquake or tsunami because it is made of liquefaction-prone fill dredged from the bay, but project officials say they’ve already addressed that with plans to compact soil and set structures back from the shoreline.
Supervisors were set to hear the Treasure Island matter May 17, but it was delayed until Tuesday because of the appeal.
In a separate action, an appeal to the final environmental impact report for the North Beach Public Library is also before supervisors Tuesday. That plan was unanimously approved by the Planning Commission on the same day as the Treasure Island hearing.