2018 National Planning Conference

Treasure Island: A Forward-looking Community

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 from 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. PDT

CM | 1.25

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC198197

Location: 2001

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  • Explore the planning principles forming the foundation of the Treasure Island project.
  • Learn more about the urban design planning framework.
  • Understand the important public benefits of the open space.


Learn about the redevelopment of San Francisco's Treasure Island and Yerba Buena Island, which creates a 21st century neighborhood based on principles of sustainability, community diversity, and social vibrancy. The project leads innovations in urban design, landscape-based water management, and native and wildlife habitat creation. At more than 400 acres in the middle of San Francisco Bay, these two islands have a fascinating history. They were built for the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition, then served as a U.S. military base until closing in 1997. Now the islands are being transformed into a community for 15,000 residents and a new destination for visitors. The urban form is a response to microclimate and geology, and through intentional placement of density, over three-quarters of the acreage is new open space. Currently under construction, the new community will provide 8,000 homes, with over 25 percent at affordable levels. As a cornerstone of the redevelopment, the 300 acres of open space is one of the most important public benefits, from the mixed-use core and ring of shoreline parks to the beaches, sports fields, urban wilds, and urban farm park. The planning process started over 15 years ago with hundreds of community meetings and involvement from scores of consultants, agencies, and stakeholders.

This course is approved to offer 1.25 LU (AIA).
This course is approved to offer 1.25 PDH|HSW (ASLA).

Session Speakers

Leo Chow
San Francisco, CA

Christopher Meany
Wilson Meany
San Francisco, CA

Kevin Conger
CMG Landscape Architecture
San Francisco, CA