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.
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 Materials and Resources.
Public Meetings and Tours
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 this 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.
Balboa Park Station Area Plan adopted
Balboa Reservoir site identified for the Public Land for Housing Program
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|
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]
- CAC meeting schedule
- Administrative Code defining the CAC
- Rules and Bylaws
- Development "Principles and Parameters" Document for the RFQ/RFP
- RFQ and RFP Process Overview
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.
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:
- Ocean Avenue Safety Project
- Balboa Park BART Station Modernization Plan
- City College of San Francisco Facilities Master Plan
- Balboa Park Station Area and Plaza Improvements
- Curtis E. Green Light Rail Yard improvements
- Unity Plaza
- Ocean and Geneva Avenue
- Balboa Park Station Area CAC – the CAC for implementing the Balboa Park Station Area Plan
- Map of projects in the area
- Frequently Asked Questions on the Balboa Reservoir in English | Español | 中文 | Tagalog
- SFPUC's Balboa Reservoir Community Portal
- Balboa Reservoir Property Map
- Plan Subareas in 2009 Balboa Park Station Area Plan
- Existing Conditions: Infrastructure and Environment
- Existing Conditions: Transportation
- San Francisco Affordable Housing Pipeline
- Who Lives in Affordable Housing
- Balboa Reservoir Development Team website
To submit questions or comments to City staff or members of the CAC, please contact:
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