Policy: Climate Change, No. 7

"Until a regional sea level rise adaptation strategy can be completed, the Commission should evaluate each project proposed in vulnerable areas on a case-by-case basis to determine the project’s public benefits, resilience to flooding, and capacity to adapt to climate
change impacts. The following specific types of projects have regional benefits, advance regional goals, and should be encouraged, if their regional benefits and their advancement of regional goals outweigh the risk from flooding: remediation of existing environmental degradation or contamination, particularly on a closed military base; a transportation facility, public utility or other critical infrastructure that is necessary for existing development or to serve planned development; a project that will concentrate employment or housing near
existing or committed transit service (whether by public or private funds or as part of a project), particularly within those Priority Development Areas that are established by the Association of Bay Area Governments and endorsed by the Commission, and that includes a
financial strategy for flood protection that will minimize the burdens on the public and a sea level rise adaptation strategy that will adequately provide for the resilience and sustainability of the project over its designed lifespan; and a natural resource restoration or environmental enhancement project.

The following specific types of projects should be encouraged if they do not negatively impact the Bay and do not increase risks to public safety: repairs of an existing facility; a small project; a use that is interim in nature and either can be easily removed or relocated to higher ground or can be amortized within a period before removal or relocation of the proposed use would be necessary; and a public park."

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