The following are major Planning & Development projects and reports managed by the Planning & Development Division. The Planning & Development Division focuses on creating or advising waterfront improvement projects which promote maritime industry and commerce, historic preservation, expands waterfront open space and environmental benefits, and generate revenue necessary to achieve such public benefits.
The Port's Waterfront Land Use Plan identified several Waterfront Mixed Use Opportunity Areas where commercial development is encouraged as a part of mixed use developments that also include maritime, open space and public access uses. Such projects are undertaken as public-private partnerships, in which the Port enters into a development agreement and long-term lease with a private developer who is typically selected through a request for proposals process.
The Planning & Development Division is responsible for the administration of these public-private partnership development projects ("public-private projects") from establishing the development concept for these projects through the completion of the development by the private developer partner.
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Benefits of Public-Private Projects
Financial benefits realized by the Port through public-private projects include: infrastructure repairs and improvements, public access and maritime capital improvements, payment of guaranteed and participation rents to the Port, and relief from facility operating and maintenance expenses. In addition to direct financial benefits to the Port, public-private projects produce the following tangible and intangible public benefits:
Save Historic Resources
Most of the Port's facilities constitute significant historic resources, which are deteriorating. Public-private projects enable the Port to save these precious historic resources, rehabilitating them consistent with the Secretary of the Interior's Standards for Rehabilitation.
Add to City Revenues
Public-private projects generate tax revenue to the City, including possessory interest, sales and parking taxes.
Achieve Waterfront Plan Goals
Public-private projects enable the Port to achieve the goals of the Waterfront Plan including its fundamental goal of reconnecting the City with its Waterfront. The resulting revitalization of the waterfront through public-private projects enhances the appeal and enjoyment of San Francisco as a place to live, work and visit.