Ocean Beach is one of the gems of the San Francisco landscape, but faces significant challenges. For the past two years, SPUR has led an extensive interagency and public process to develop the Ocean Beach Master Plan, a comprehensive vision to address sea level rise, protect infrastructure, restore coastal ecosystems and improve public access.
The Ocean Beach Master Plan and Implementation Studies are made possible by the State Coastal Conservancy, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and the National Park Service.
A more sustainable future on San Francisco’s coast
SPUR's comprehensive plan offers hope for a better future
Erosion, rising seas and diverse stakeholders present complex challenges
We had a very successful public workshop for the Ocean Beach Master Plan on Saturday morning, June 4th. Special thanks to the 60 dedicated neighbors, advocates, and stakeholders who came out in the pouring rain to review our work and provide their input! Thanks also to the SF Rec and Park Department for providing the venue.
In case you were unable to attend and still want to provide comment, please find the feedback sheet from the workshop attached. You may either print it and mail it to us here at SPUR (654 Mission Street), or you can simply write your comments in an email to email@example.com.
Two animated videos from the workshop are below. The first explains the coastal dynamics at Ocean Beach. The second shows how waste water and storm water move through the treatment facilities located at Ocean Beach.
Thanks again for your interest and participation!
- The Ocean Beach Master Plan Team
Coastal Dynamics at Ocean Beach
West San Francisco Water Treatment Facilities
Please join us at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center on Saturday, June 4th for the Ocean Beach Master Plan Public Workshop #2.
The project team has been hard at work analyzing the impacts of different courses of action at Ocean Beach. You will have a chance to review several "test scenarios" and compare their outcomes in categories like ecology, infrastructure, and public access over a 100-year period. You can then work with us to assemble an approach that best serves the future of Ocean Beach.
This session will include both presentation and interactive participation. If possible, please arrive at the beginning and stay for the whole session
WHEN: Saturday, June 4th, 10am-1pm
(includes presentation and interactive work: please attend the whole session if possible)
WHERE: Golden Gate Park Senior Center, 6101 Fulton St. (@37th Ave)
TRANSIT: Muni 5-Fulton to 37th Ave.
(limited parking available)
San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)
California State Coastal Conservancy
US National Park Service
San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
San Francisco Dept of Public Works
This is an ADA accessible facility. Assistive listening devices, sign language, or translation services are available on request.
At our open house and workshop on January 15th, we presented a series of presentation boards as well as a range of different ways to provide feedback, from questionnaires to collages. After transcribing all of the public comments, the project team created an overview of public input, posted below along with a detailed record of all comments. In the coming months, the project team will take these preliminary results and translate them into alternative scenarios.
Thanks again to everyone who attended the open house and contributed feedback. The next Ocean Beach Master Plan public workshop is scheduled for May 2011.
At our open house and workshop on January 15th, we presented a series of presentation boards and invited your feedback. Below you can download the original boards, and high-resolution images of the boards annotated with your comments.
Image + character
Uses + activities + program
Access + connectivity
Coastal dynamics / climate change
Management + stewardship
In case you missed our January 15th workshop, or want a closer look at the content, here are the materials that were presented for public feedback. It's a large file (~25M) showing all the boards. We will be posting the individual boards shortly.
The project team is working hard to transcribe all the feedback and ideas we received check back soon to review it and add your thoughts!
Saturday, Jan 15th, 2011
9am-2pm (open house -- you may come for any portion)
The Great Hall, SF Zoo Education Center, 1 Zoo Road (at Sloat Blvd) (Map)
SPUR (San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association), along with the National Park Service, California State Coastal Conservancy, and SF Public Utilities Commission, is leading a new long-range planning effort for Ocean Beach.
Please join us and contribute your ideas and feedback!
The workshop will be held as an "Open House." You are welcome to attend at any time between 9am and 2pm, and stay for as long as you wish. The design team will be available to provide project background information and collect your input and ideas for the future of Ocean Beach throughout the day.
This workshop will give the public a chance to weigh in on a host of issues, including:
- Improvements to Public Access and Amenities
- Protection of Ecological, Aesthetic, and Historical Resources
- Coastal Management in light of erosion, sea-level rise, and climate change
- Infrastructure Planning
- Interagency Management
We are working with many stakeholders, including residents, beach users, activists, elected officials, and the many relevant public agencies. The project team will be present to record your comments and ideas, answer questions, and discuss the project.
Ocean Beach is one of the gems of the San Francisco landscape, drawing more than 2 million visitors each year. It is an important piece of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, a wild landscape, an urban sea strand, a grand public open space.
Ocean Beach is also home to major elements of San Francisco’s wastewater and stormwater infrastructure.
The recent erosion events South of Sloat Boulevard and ongoing community efforts have created unprecedented momentum for a sustainable long-range plan. Drawing on the work of the Ocean Beach Vision Council and others, the plan will address the impact of rising seas, the physical and ecological processes shaping the beach, and improved integration with its natural, recreational, and urban contexts.
SPUR has been conducting interviews with local community members, advocates, and public agencies. We will be convening a series of public workshops and other programming to get input from local stakeholders.
San Francisco plans expensive ‘managed retreat’ from rising seas Grist, 02/04/13
Ocean Beach Master Plan Envisions Big Changes SF Public Press, 02/04/13
San Francisco a Test Case for Coping with Rising Seas KQED, 02/01/13
New plan crafted to limit Ocean Beach erosion SF Chronicle, 11/02/12
Ocean Beach sand management project wraps up ABC Local News, 09/20/12
Sand Mangement Project to partly close Great Highway OB Bulletin, 08/19/12
Great Highway lane work delayed SF Chronicle, 08/09/12
Mayor Lee Celebrates SPUR Ocean Beach Master Plan SF Mayor’s Office, 07/26/12
Turning the Tide at Ocean Beach KQED News, 07/26/12
Shifting sand to be transported elsewhere in San Francisco SF Examiner, 07/23/12
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Ocean Beach master plan maps $300M project SF Business Journal, 06/22/12
Stay or go? Communities are eyeing a retreat from sea NBC News, 06/02/12
San Francisco's Coast and the Rising Sea KQED, 04/10/12
San Francisco's Battle With Mother Nature Planetizen, 03/28/12
Coastal Erosion in SF Prompts Planning and Debate KQED, 03/26/12
Both Coasts Watch Closely as SF Faces Erosion The New York Times, 03/24/12
Makeover could mean changes on Great Highway SF Examiner, 11/12/11
OBMP Envisions Big Changes for Great Highway KQED, 11/07/11
Erosion expected to strip economic value of Ocean Beach OB Bulletin, 09/13/11
Erosion problems threaten the future of Ocean Beach ABC Local News, 09/05/11
State panel rejects city's repairs to Ocean Beach SF Chronicle, 07/15/11
Violent Pacific storms of 2010 worst on record SF Chronicle, 07/14/11
Public urged to help decide fixes for Ocean Beach erosion Sunset Beacon, 02/01/11
Forces of Nature are Working to Destroy Ocean Beach The Bay Citizen, 01/25/11
On the Brink of an Ocean Beach Master Plan OB Bulletin, 09/21/10
Is It Worth It to Save Oceanfront Development? The New York Times, 09/13/10
Experts Call for Long-Term Fix for Beach Erosion Sunset Beacon, 11/01/10
Ocean Beach due for an overhaul SF Examiner, 07/08/08
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FEMA California Coastal Analysis and Mapping Project (CCAMP) FEMA
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Western Shoreline Plan (Local Coastal Program) SF Planning
Ocean Beach Task Force Summary (2005) Ocean Beach Task Force
South Ocean Beach - Shore Management Discussion Bob Battalio, PE