Memo Regarding Certificate of Approval & Design Review - Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal, April 18, 2018



1. Ferry Terminal Landside improvements
2. Ferry Terminal Waterside improvements
3. VerPlank Historical Evaluation of Seaplane Lagoon Ferry Terminal Proposal
4. Draft Historical Advisory Board Resolution
5. Draft Planning Board Resolution


In June 2015, the City Council approved a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA) with the private developer, Alameda Point Partners, LLC (APP), for the Site A Development at Alameda Point, consisting of a 68-acre mixed-use project at the gateway of Alameda Point. The Alameda Point Waterfront Town Center Specific Plan, which was recommended by the Planning Board and Historical Advisory Board approved plans for a new ferry terminal in the Seaplane Lagoon. Under the DDA with APP, APP is contributing $10 million towards construction of the new ferry terminal, and the Alameda County Transportation Commission is contributing the additional $8.2 million to fully fund the ferry terminal.

On April 5, 2016, the City Council approved the Seaplane Lagoon (SPL) Ferry Terminal Plan and approved a Memorandum of Understanding with the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) for future ferry service at SPL Ferry Terminal. After City Council approval of the SPL Ferry Terminal Plan, the City, APP and their initial team of architects and design professionals, advanced the designs shown in Exhibit 1. The work has been informed by Planning Board study sessions on May 9, 2016, and September 26, 2016, and a Bay Conservation Development Commission (BCDC) Design Review Board meeting on June 6, 2016. The project requires BCDC approval because BCDC has public access and design jurisdiction for any project occurring within 100 feet of the San Francisco Bay shoreline. Exhibit 2 represents a refinement of the canopy designs based on Planning Board and BCDC comments and updated designs for waterside components.


The proposed ferry terminal includes a new pier, gangway and float that extends into the Seaplane Lagoon, which is part of the Historic District. Additionally, there are landside improvements including a 400-space parking lot, bus stop, seating and stormwater improvements, which are immediately adjacent to the terminal, but located outside of the Historic District boundary. Temporary landside access improvements from the ferry terminal to Site A will include improvements to Ferry Point Road with new paving, painting and striping for transit, bike and pedestrian circulation to and from the SPL Ferry Terminal (Exhibit 1, L-13). Together, the waterside and landside improvements comprise the SPL Ferry Terminal Project.