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San Francisco Bay Conservation & Development Commission

City Of San Francisco   
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The San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission’s 2008 Bay Plan incorporates policy considerations that are responsive to sea level rise. Because the Commission found that water levels in the Bay are likely to increase due in part to rising global sea levels, the Bay Plan establishes policies that structures on fill or near the shoreline have adequate flood protection and that all proposed development projects be “sufficiently high above the highest estimated tide level” for the expected life of the project. Furthermore, the Plan calls on local governments and special districts to assure that their land use planning requirements reflect future relative sea level rise and assure that new structures and uses attracting people are not approved in flood prone areas.