San Francisco’s Treasure Island plans face lawsuit 

A lawsuit filed Monday against The City over massive redevelopment plans for Treasure Island calls for the project’s voluminous environmental impact report to be redone. Opponents contend it doesn’t fully describe the scope of the project or its impact on Bay Bridge traffic.

Developers are seeking to make the former Navy base into an environmentally sustainable community with a population of 19,000, self-contained services and increased bus and ferry service to the San Francisco mainland. A group called Citizens for a Sustainable Treasure Island, with membership including former Supervisor Aaron Peskin and members of the nonprofit Arc Ecology, filed the suit against city bodies that approved the development plans in the spring.

At the narrow Planning Commission approval on April 21, Peskin mentioned the impact to already-busy Bay Bridge traffic and contended that the decreased number of planned affordable-housing units would be the first of many false promises. A press release from the group calls the project “bloated and unsustainable,” having been upped from 6,000 to 8,000 housing units.

“The authors of the EIR have attempted to hide and otherwise minimize the far ranging impacts the project will have on the region,” said Keith Wagner, the group’s legal adviser.

The press release says that the impact report could be easily remade within the development timeline, which calls for the island plan to be fully built between 2020 and 2030.

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