With no specific policies, procedures or standards currently in place, on Thursday San Francisco’s Planning Commission will vote on whether or not to initiate discussion for a planning code ordinance specifically related to bird-strikes and building design.
The proposed Ordinance would amend the Planning Code to achieve the following: a) reduce building‐related hazards for San Francisco’s resident and migrant bird species; b) establish consistent building standards for creating bird‐safe buildings; and c) provide certain exemptions from these requirements.
Concern over potential bird-strikes has recently arisen during review of a few notable buildings such as The Exploratorium, Treasure Island, and 555 Washington—with varied impacts on the project, including costly changes to the building design late in the process and ultimate rejection of a project in part due to public concern raised about bird-strikes.
Legislation, if adopted, could help not only reduce potential bird-strikes but also establish consistent standards on the issue so that developers and architects are not surprised by last minute requests to address the issue of bird‐strikes during the design review and approval processes.
Okay, so perhaps it’s not just for the birds.