Rezoning Proposal in South San Francisco’s Life Sciences Cluster

Nov. 25, 2017

In 2011, the City of South San Francisco approved a redevelopment plan for the Oyster Point area. The Oyster Point Specific Plan called for 81 acres east of Highway 101 to be developed with new life sciences companies, upgrades to the marina and a potential hotel.

In early 2017, the current developer attached to the project, Greenland USA, put forward an amendment to rezone a section that would allow for up to 1,200 residential units in lieu of research and development space. The City has since begun discussions regarding the first residential housing development directly within the life sciences cluster.

The City Council and City Planning Commission held a Joint Study Session in July to learn more about the concept. Several other commission hearings and public forums have also been organized. Currently, the City is in the midst of a Supplemental Environmental Impact Review (SEIR). Future meetings with final votes are expect in early 2018 before the City’s Planning Commission and City Council.

Residential housing has never been zoned in the East of Highway 101 region and it was not the intent of the original designers in 2011.

CLSA has spoken out in public hearings and in the community on the potential conflicting land use, residential neighboring manufacturing facilities, spot zoning, and increase traffic concerns. CLSA’s President and CEO Sara Radcliffe has also had comments on the issue in three recent publications, including the San Mateo Daily Journal,  San Francisco Business Times and the San Francisco Chronicle.

Given the increased need for affordable housing in the Bay Area, CLSA has regularly worked in coalitions to support the development of more housing throughout the region. However, CLSA has always supported the concept of more housing along transit corridors as the majority of regional planners do for the betterment of the Bay Area. Rezoning an area in the middle of the Life Sciences Cluster creates issues that must be considered and addressed.

For more information, please contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Director of Local Government and Community Relations (