The State of California has agreed to drop its legal challenge of San Francisco’s Proposition B, the voter-approved “No Wall on the Waterfront” measure which maintains existing height limits for waterfront property under the control of the Port of San Francisco unless a specific up-zoning is approved by the public on a project-by-project basis, as has already occurred for the redevelopment of Pier 70 and the Giants’ massive Mission Rock site as pictured (and rendered) above.
As part of its settlement with the State, the City has agreed that the approval of future developments upon Port land will be conditioned upon written documentation of the project’s consistency with the public trust and overall benefit to the people of California.
At the same time, the State Lands Commission has agreed not to challenge the validity of Proposition B as it has been applied to the aforementioned Pier 70 and Mission Rock projects, to partner with the Port to seek state funding for the projected $1.6 billion needed to upgrade San Francisco’s seawall, and to facilitate the placement of affordable housing on trust lands where housing is permitted.
“This agreement protects the will of San Francisco voters,” City Attorney Dennis 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.”