Ocean Beach Master Plan organizers offer peek into future on Saturday

Ocean Beach Golden Gate National Recreation Area signThe future of Ocean Beach could take a number of paths, and on Saturday the organizers of the Ocean Beach Master Plan will offer the public a chance to peek down those paths and see where they lead.

On Saturday, June 4, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association will host a public workshop on the work done to date for the plan, which is intended to be a set of practical guidelines for managing Ocean Beach over the next 50 years.

SPUR leads the Ocean Beach Master Plan’s research, reports and meetings, but many organizations and agencies with an interest in the beach have a hand in efforts as well. Members of boards guiding the plan include the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, City Supervisors Carmen Chu and Eric Mar, the Recreation and Park Department, the Department of Public Works, the Planning Department, and the San Francisco Zoo. Some local residents and business owners are involved as well, such as Beach Chalet restaurant owner Lara Truppelli.

Earlier workshops were dedicated to presenting some of the issues facing the beach — from erosion and rising sea levels to public access and deteriorating infrastructure — and gathering wide-ranging views about them. Now planners will present some possible paths for managing and balancing those issues, and ask people to help them start choosing which paths to take.

The Ocean Beach Master Plan will affect only the beach itself plus a limited inland area with its eastern boundary at the private property lines on Lower Great Highway. The plan will not directly address any planning or development of private property.

Saturday’s Ocean Beach Master Plan meeting runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park Senior Center, 6101 Fulton St. at 37th Avenue. There is limited parking behind the Senior Center, which is served by the 5-Fulton Muni line.

Documents from previous Ocean Beach Master Plan meetings, including markups and original suggestions from the public, are online.

SPUR recently published a major report on Ocean Beach in its monthly publication, the Urbanist.

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Editor’s Note: Tom Prete worked at SPUR from from April 2006 to October 2007, managing its publications, and still does freelance copy-editing work for SPUR. He has never been involved in SPUR policy matters.

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