2019 National Planning Conference

San Francisco's Evolving Central Waterfront

Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. PDT

CM | 4.50

Cost: $80.00

Activity Type: Offsite Tours and Programming

Activity ID: NPC190041

Location: Depart from Moscone West - Mobile Workshop Departure Area

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  • Learn how policy has shaped private development and public realm investment in the Central Waterfront.
  • Understand how design strategies and policies have been employed to enhance and complement the Central Waterfront’s unique, historic urban form and cultural heritage.
  • Examine how public-private partnerships and sustained public engagement have helped shape unique public spaces in the Central Waterfront with sustainable, long-term maintenance plans.


A decade after San Francisco’s Central Waterfront Plan reframed the vision for the city’s industrial core, the Central Waterfront remains a center of the city’s design and fabrication industries but is also emerging as a dynamic, mixed-use neighborhood. This tour highlights changes in land use and built form, especially how old and new urban fabrics are stitched together with the area's cultural and historical heritage. In conversation with design, planning, and development professionals, tour new infill projects, public spaces, emerging mega-projects at Pier 70 and Potrero Power Station, and creative/industrial businesses that make this district unique.

Session Speakers

Laura Crescimano
SITELAB urban studio
San Francisco, CA

David Beaupre
Port of San Francisco
San Francisco

Kelli Rudnick
San Francisco Public Works

Robin Abad Ocubillo
Citywide Long-Range Planning & Policy, San Francisco Planning
San Francisco, CA

John M. Francis
San Francisco Planning Department
San Francisco, CA

Seung Yen Hong
SF Planning Department
Oakland, CA