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Ferry Landing Project
Posted Date: 11/17/2015 12:15 PM

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Most Recent Information (updated 11/17/15)

FERRY LANDING PROJECT

The Ferry Landing Workshop was held on November 14. View the Powerpoint Presentation from the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District. Here are the facilitator's notes from the workshop:

General

  • A vote for or against moving forward with the new ferry landing had these results: 9 yes move forward, 3 no don’t move forward, 2 did not vote.
  • Next steps: 
o City council will meet on Tuesday in a closed session to discuss this topic (as well as other topics)
o City council will work with the Bridge District to come up with a process for moving forward
o Make the information from the workshop available to the general public. It will be important to show the original drawings and the latest version of the design. Be as visual as possible.
o Begin work on the land side design. Form a committee and invite residents to participate in the design process.
o Continue work on the bike issues, alternative road into Fort Baker, and opening a concession at Fort Baker to transport bikes back to San Francisco.

Feedback from residents regarding the ferry landing design:

I LIKE...

 o The newer, lower profile gangway o Width for quality flow of passengers with bikes or without bikes 
 o The renderings much better than we had before
 o The reduced mass of the main gangway
 o Community engagement
 o Lower hand rails
 o The longer ramp  o The new rail support system
 o District’s willingness to change  o Potential to work together as a community regarding the belvederes
 o The lower silhouette  o The design changes that have been made
 o The lower profile  o The soft, warm light
 o Warm spot lights
 o Soft spotted lighting
 o Warm lights  o Every other, down spot, warm light
 o Warmer lights  o The lower railings
 o Grey color  o Galvanized, light grey color
 o Better color  o No belvederes
 o No benches  o Sunny days on the bay
 o ‘Should’ solve all out concerns                                                                            


I WISH...

o Lower the light towers  o Lights that are in keeping with the modern design, but lower than the drawings 
 o We can get rid of the belvederes  o No belvederes
 o Color: galvanized  o Tie in the colors of the fenders
 o Intermittent, warm lighting  o The float and gangway were reduced in size
 o The float mass and projection into the bay needs to be reduced  o To eliminate the cluttered look of the float
 o We could eliminate the access pier entirely to shorten the walk to the ferry  o Glass doors
 o No transportation hub in Sausalito  o The bicycle traffic would be minimized
 o The district would be responsive to the real observed chokepoint — the bike loading issue onboard  o We would discuss the land side ramifications before rather than after the ferry landing
o The land side pier would be included in the design
 o Fund the fishing pier                                                             
o Channel light poles to be compatible with historic district                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           o The design process hadn’t sprung from a maintenance point of view; instead it should have been part of a comprehensive vision that includes the broader scope of land side, pier location, people/bike/vehicle circulation, and parking

MY QUESTION IS...
o How does the ferry landing design relate to the land side design, bike issues, and future vision of Sausalito?   o Why are the doors opening into the crowd of waiting boarders?
 o How will a power outage affect the hydraulics and services?  o Is this ferry landing design compatible with other providers?
 o Can we start this process over?  o When can we have the new float up and running?
 o Can we see the new plans side-by-side with the original plans so we can see the scope of adjustment that have been made? (This is important to share with the broader Sausalito community to get their buy-in.)  o Why not drop down the hydraulics to lower the boarding platform in relation to the float? This would allow a flatter gangway, allowing the float to be narrower.                                                                     

---End of notes from November 14, 2015 Workshop---

FERRY LANDING PUBLIC PROCESS BACKGROUND INFORMATION (through 5/5/15)

 Update from the City Council Public Meeting on Tuesday, May 5. The fourth and final meeting  was held on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00pm.  At this meeting the City Council  considered the Historic Landmarks Board and Planning Commission's determination during a review of the project.

 
At this meeting, Council adopted Resolution No. 5512 denying consent for the major alterations to the Sausalito Ferry Landing proposed by the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway  and Transportation District:

                                                                  RESOLUTION NO. 5512

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SAUSALITO DENYING CONSENT FOR THE MAJOR ALTERATIONS TO THE SAUSALITO FERRY LANDING PROPOSED BY THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE, HIGHWAY, AND TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT



WHEREAS, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District (District) proposes to remove the existing passenger boarding system at the Ferry Landing in downtown Sausalito and construct a new boarding system; and

WHEREAS, the September 17, 1995 lease between the City of Sausalito and the District for use of City property for ferry operations requires that prior to making any major alterations, improvements, additions, or utility installations the District obtain the City's consent; and

WHEREAS, City consent has not been granted for the proposed project; and

WHEREAS, on February 10, 2015 the City Council approved a public review process for the Ferry Landing project which included one study session and two public hearings before the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board with direction to the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board to provide a determination on the Design Review Permit Findings in Sections 10.46.060.F, 10.46.060.H and 10.54.050.D of the Sausalito Municipal Code; and

WHEREAS, on March 11, 2015 the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board conducted a noticed study session, at which time all interested persons were given an opportunity to be heard and the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board provided direction to the District on design alternatives and feedback on the size of the project; and

WHEREAS, on April 1, 2015 the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board conducted a noticed public hearing, at which time all interested persons were given an opportunity to be heard and the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board provided direction to the District regarding decreasing the size of the project; and

WHEREAS, on April 15, 2015 and April 29, 2015 the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board conducted a noticed public hearing, at which time all interested persons were given an opportunity to be heard and adopted Resolution No. 2015-08, which provided a recommendation to the City Council in the form of Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board determination of the project’s consistency with each of the Design Review Findings in Sections 10.46.060.F, 10.46.060.H and 10.54.050.D of the Sausalito Municipal Code; and

WHEREAS, on May 5, 2015 the City Council conducted a public meeting on the District’s project in order to determine if consent would be given for the District’s project.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE CITY COUNCIL HEREBY RESOLVES:

Section 1: In accordance with Section 5.4 of the Lease the City Council as Lessor hereby denies consent to the major alterations proposed by the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District as set forth in the plans dated submitted March 24, 2015, for all of the reasons set forth in the record including, without limitation the following:

• The planning for waterside and landside improvements should be in tandem
• The overall size of the project is too large and should be reduced
• The project is not compatible with the historic district
• The proposed belvederes add unnecessarily to the size of the project
• The overall design negatively impacts the Sausalito Yacht Club and the Inn Above Tides
• Improvements are outside the boundaries of the leased area
• The City cannot yet determine whether the Project has been adequately analyzed pursuant to CEQA's requirements, as set forth in Section 3
• The project did not consider historic designations and historic context.

Section 2: The City Council hereby rescinds the Encroachment Permit issued on October 17, 2014 for the temporary location of the docking facilities outside of the leased area during construction of the permanent alterations.

Section 3: The City cannot yet determine whether the Project has been adequately analyzed pursuant to CEQA's requirements. The District's Mitigated Negative Declaration ("MND") failed to consider the fact that the Project is located within the Historic Overlay District. Substantial proposed project changes, including the addition of the Belvederes, were not analyzed in the MND. Changed circumstances exist with respect to the circumstances under which the Project is undertaken, including significant increases in passenger and bike counts. While the MND states that the capacity of the Ferry Terminal would be unaffected by the Project, new information recently provided by the District suggests that the Project will increase the capacity of the terminal. Accordingly, further environmental review or documentation may be required pursuant to CEQA Guideline 15162 or 15164.

Section 4: The City Attorney is directed to notify the District and the Bay Conservation and Development Commission of this action.

RESOLUTION PASSED AND ADOPTED, at the regular meeting of the City Council on the 5th day of May, 2015, by the following vote:

AYES:             Councilmembers:     Hoffman, Pfeifer, Withy, Mayor Theodores
NOES:           Councilmembers:     None
ABSENT:       Councilmembers:     None
ABSTAIN:      Councilmembers:     Weiner
                                                                                               ________________________________
                                                                                               MAYOR OF THE CITY OF SAUSALITO
ATTEST:
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CITY CLERK

 
 
Project Background
 
At the February 10, 2015 City Council Meeting the City Council approved a public review process for the Ferry Landing project. This process began on March 24, 2015 when the District formally submitted an application to the Planning Commission and Historic Landmarks Board.  The 45-day review period under the terms of the lease ends on May 8, 2015.   As outlined in the Approved Ferry Landing Public Process (click here for the approved process), there were four opportunities for public participation. Feedback and questions from the public is encouraged and welcomed. Staff reports, video and materials from all past meetings can be found here.   The first opportunity for public participation was held on March 11, which was a joint study session of the Historic Landmarks Board and Planning Commission (the Staff Report and drawings can be found here and the video from the meeting can be found here).  The second opportunity for public participation was on April 1, which was a joint meeting of the Historic Landmarks Board and Planning Commission (the Staff Report and drawings can be found here and  the video from the meeting can be found here).  The third opportunity for public participation was on April 15, which was a joint meeting of the Historic Landmarks Board and the Planning Commission (click here  for the Staff Report and materials and here for the video from the meeting).  At the April 15 meeting, the Commission and Board continued the meeting to April 29 in order to continue their determination on the findings.  The Commission and Board met on April 29 and adopted a resolution which formalized their recommendation to the Council.
 
Demonstration of Size and Location Occurred on March 21/22
 
On Friday, March 20, the District took several actions to demonstrate where the new float and access pier will be located with respect to the existing facilities. Due to the project site’s location in the water there is difficulty in installing traditional “story poles” due to physical conditions such as the water itself, winds, and tides; there are also operational challenges due to the fact that the site is an operating ferry landing. Therefore, to demonstrate the location of the different components of the proposed project, the District demonstrated the size of the float with buoys from 8am-10am on Saturday March 21 and Sunday March 22 and installed ropes to demonstrate the size of the new access pier and gangway. See the diagram here for more information.  Photographs: see the photographs of the rope/buoy demonstration (also found in Exhibit K of the April 1 Staff Report which can be found at http://www.ci.sausalito.ca.us/index.aspx?page=43).

 

Project Summary

The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, and Transportation District (District) is proposing to modify the passenger boarding systems at the Larkspur, San Francisco, and Sausalito ferry terminals to replace aging facilities, extend the life of the facilities, and to improve vessel loading for disabled riders by standardizing boarding operations. The first phase of the District’s process is related to the Sausalito ferry terminal (the “Waterside Improvements”). The scope of the Waterside Improvements involves demolishing the existing ferry terminal structure and replacing it with a new ferry terminal that would provide standardized and smoother loading of vessels and passengers.

 

 

Details

 

The District proposed to rehabilitate the existing passenger boarding system with a new boarding system. As of December, 2014 the new boarding system was to be located in approximately the same location as the existing facilities and would include a new 150-foot long by 53-foot wide concrete float, a new 90-foot long by 19-foot wide steel gangway, and a new 96-foot long by 25-foot-wide pile-supported concrete pier that would have extended from the existing land side pier. Two donut fenders were to have been installed at the aft/Bay end of the float to provide protection to the ferries and float. Vessels would have been allowed to lay up on either side of the replacement float, just as they operate today with the existing float. To provide power to the ferry terminal for lighting and electrical pumps, a new transformer was proposed to be installed inland (west) approximately 280 feet from the seawall and approximately 220 feet from the nearest shoreline. New walkway lighting would have been installed on the new float, gangway and pier, and area lighting was proposed to be installed on the float. Navigation lighting would also be installed on the floats and dolphins.

 

Key Dates in Public Review Process



To view the Staff Report, and related documents, and the archived video from the meeting of May 5, clicking here. 

Correspondence received from 2/25-4/15:

The following correspondence was received after 4/15, but will be included in the Council's 5/5 report:


Project Plans, Staff Reports and Other Communications

 

Links to Past Meetings and Contacts for Upcoming Meetings

 

  • Ferry District Meetings
    • District Contact for project information and future/upcoming meetings: John Eberle, Deputy District Engineer at 415-923-2003 or JEberle@goldengate.org
    • February 11, 2011 Presentation to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Ferry Passenger Advisory Committee
    • December 14, 2012: Presentations to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Building and Operating Committee and Board of Directors
    • May 9, 2013: Presentations to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Building and Operating Committee and Board of Directors
    • August 12, 2013: Presentation to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Ferry Passenger Advisory Committee
    • December 19, 2013: Presentations to the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District Building and Operating Committee and Board of Directors
    • February 13, 2014: Report to the Board on District Advisory Committees
    • October 17, 2013: Presentation to the Advisory Committee on Accessibility