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Potrero Yard Modernization Project — December 2023 Update

Neighborhoods Affected

► Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and Entitlements News

EIR/CEQAOn Wednesday, December 13, 2023 the San Francisco Planning Department published supplemental environmental analyses on the Refined Project and the Paratransit Variant and a Response to Comments on the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The Draft EIR was previously published in summer 2021 and received public comment at that time. Since then, the SFMTA and the PNC developer team have refined the project design based on community and stakeholder input and submitted the Refined Project to SF Planning in June 2023. These refinements have undergone additional environmental review and have been considered by the SF Planning Department and summarized in their conclusion:

Conclusion/Summary of Impacts of the Refined Project Compared to the Draft EIR Project
For these reasons, the proposed refinements to the Draft EIR Project described and analyzed in the draft EIR for CEQA compliance do not present significant new information as defined by CEQA Guidelines section 15088.5. ...

— Responses To Comments On The Draft Environmental Impact Report, Volume 3page 8.155. (PDF 42MB)

The Draft EIR together with the Responses To Comments document constitute the final EIR for the Refined Project. You can find these documents on the SF Planning website bit.ly/SFPlanning_PotreroYard as "Responses to Comments (RTC)" and the various "RTC Attachment" links. (The Draft EIR [DEIR] and Appendices from 2021 are also located in that document repository.)

Entitlements: Thank you to Supervisor Hillary Ronen, who introduced legislation on December 5, 2023 to create a Special Use District (SUD) that would enable development of the Project. Thanks also to Supervisor Shamann Walton, who co-sponsored the legislation. The SUD amends the Planning Code and Zoning Map to facilitate the Project by allowing uses beyond SFMTA’s growing facility, maintenance and operational needs, including residential uses and non-residential uses for ground floor commercial space. 

► Upcoming Hearings

The Project will appear at the following hearings in the coming weeks:

SF Recreation and Parks Commission
December 21, 2023 *, 10:00 a.m.
San Francisco City Hall, Room 416
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
Seeking recommendation that shadow will not have adverse impact on Franklin Square. Public comments can be submitted in advance or during the hearing both in-person or virtually.
SF Planning Commission

January 11, 2024 *, 12:00 p.m.
San Francisco City Hall, Room 400
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102

Seeking approval of General Plan amendment, FEIR certification. Public comments can be submitted in advance or during the hearing in-person

*subject to change

► Last public tour of the year on December 20 

The ever-popular public tours of Potrero Yard will wrap up this season on Wednesday, December 20, with two tours that day (4 and 4:30 p.m.). It's a lovely way to enjoy the Winter Solstice (which is on Dec. 21)! Reserve a space now.

► Working Group schedule for 2024 

The next Potrero Yard Neighborhood Working Group meeting will take place on Tuesday, January 9 at 5:30 p.m. The Working Group shifted their 2024 meeting schedule to meet on the second Tuesday of the month. As always, these meetings are open to the public and you are invited to attend. 

Happy Holidays from the Potrero Yard Project Team!