South City’s Civic Center Moves Forward; 45 Day Public Review in Progress

South San Francisco, CA    July 25, 2017

The proposed Civic Community Development will be located at El Camino Real at Chestnut Ave
Credit: City of SSF

‘Plans are moving forward for SSF’s Community Civic Campus (which will include a new library, community center, police headquarters, and other public facilities). The next public meeting on this project will be a public hearing at the Planning Commission, shceduled for Aug. 17 {33 Arroyo Drive, Council Chambers- more info}. The City just published a Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (SEIR) for the project, and we are now in the middle of a 45-day public review period for the SEIR.’ the SSF Economic and Development Department said. ‘It will be located at El Camino Real & Chestnut.’ {meeting info provided by Gregory Benavides}

To receive updates from the City of South San Francisco on this development CLICK HERE

SCH NUMBER: 2010072015

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of South San Francisco (City), as the Lead Agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), has completed a Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (Draft SEIR) for the Community Civic Campus Project and the Draft SEIR is currently available for public review and comment.

Project Name: Community Civic Campus Project

Project Location: The project site is located in South San Francisco, south of the South San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station and adjacent to Colma Creek. The project site is located in the El Camino Real/Chestnut Plan Area, approximately 2.6 miles northwest of San Francisco International Airport (SFO) and approximately 8.3 miles south of downtown San Francisco. The overall project site is divided by El Camino Real (Highway 82) into two sites: east of El Camino Real (eastern) and west of El Camino Real (western). The eastern project site is bordered by El Camino Real and Chestnut Avenue. The western project site is bordered by Arroyo Drive and Camaritas Avenue.

Project Description: The project would include the development of a new Community Civic Campus and Library and Recreation Facility, a new South San Francisco Police Department headquarters, other City offices, and associated parking structure on the eastern project site. A new fire station would be constructed on the western project site, while the existing Municipal Services Building on the western project site would be demolished (partially or completely). To accommodate these uses, the City is also updating its El Camino Real/Chestnut Area Plan with minor changes to reflect the project. In particular, this involves the changing of the Public land use designation to El Camino Real Mixed Use North and revisions to the companion zoning to ensure consistency.

The project would require the following actions on the part of the City: (1) El Camino Real/Chestnut Avenue Area Plan land use map, guiding policies, and sub-area policies amendment; (2) zoning text and map amendment for minor revisions; (3) General Plan amendment for minor revisions; and (4) CEQA approval.

Environmental Effects Discussed in the Document: The City has prepared a Draft SEIR to address the specific environmental effects of the Community Civic Campus Project. The Draft SEIR consists of an analysis of the following environmental issue areas that may be impacted by the project: Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Geology and Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards and Hazardous Materials, Hydrology and Water Quality, Noise, Transportation and Traffic, and Utilities and Service Systems. The project site is listed in the hazardous waste regulatory databases searched for in the Phase I ESA. Details regarding hazardous materials impacts and mitigation measures to reduce impacts are discussed in the Draft SEIR. After mitigation, the project would have a less than significant impact on hazards and hazardous materials.

Document Availability: Copies of the Draft SEIR are available for public review at the following locations:

South San Francisco, Planning Division

City Hall, 315 Maple Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080 Attention: Tony Rozzi, AICP, Senior Planner

The SEIR is also available through the South San Francisco website at:

Public Review Period: The Draft SEIR is available for public review and comment pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Sections 15085, 15087 and 15372. The 45 day public review period for the Draft SEIR begins on July 12 and ends on August 28. Comments on the Draft EIR are to be submitted to the city in writing no later than 6:00 p.m., Monday August 28 to Tony Rozzi,City of South San Francisco Planning Division, City Hall, 315 Maple Avenue, South San Francisco CA 94080 or by email to

Contact Information: For further information regarding this Notice of Availability or the project, contact:

Tony Rozzi, AICP, Senior Planner

City of South San Francisco Planning Division City Hall, 315 Maple Avenue
South San Francisco, CA 94080
(510) 535-7050


14 comments for “South City’s Civic Center Moves Forward; 45 Day Public Review in Progress

  1. Juan Bustos
    July 25, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    It is amazing how the City can find funding for this project, but cannot find funding or means to improve our parks.

    • johntuvo
      August 4, 2017 at 10:31 pm

      Thanks Juan for saying what is in the minds of many of the South City’s citizens. A community center with basketball courts, meeting rooms, etc sounds good, but do we really need a new police station? Is there a plan for improved upkeep for the parks. Among the use of the parks is baseball, which SSF is doing an explempary job of providing for the kids.

    • ellen R
      August 8, 2017 at 10:07 pm

      After the half cent sales tax, they came out with this idea that the public said they wanted new this new that. They hurried and put this on the ballot without much notice to the community.

      It morphed overnight. We don’t need a library, yet we’re getting one, or a new firehouse. Brisbane, Pacifica Daly City all joined together to answer each other’s first response calls, they formed it in 2002. SSF has 5 fire stations. I didn’t even know there was a firehouse next to the police station until they said we need a new one. WASTEFUL SPENDING.

      They just told the community we needed a new dispatch.

      The citizens are on the hook for the forseeable future. We don’t know what this is going to cost. The ordinance said citizens gave the city the green light to take loans out to expedite the project.

      Go to the Community oversight Committee for Measure W and follow the money. It meets on even months, take out a FOI on the meeting minutes. SPEAK UP !! tell the council what you think. If enough oppose it, we can change some of this. Put your comments in writing. and most of all PAY ATTENTION to what the city is doing IN YOUR NAME!

      • john Tuvo
        August 9, 2017 at 10:45 am

        Thanks Ellen. DO you think we can re-route some of the funds for firehouses that we do not need to the Parks? Orange Park is a mess, and it is South City High’s field. I am going to attend the meeting,I wonder if we should meet before hand to devise a strategy to change this proposal.

  2. Ray Fontana
    July 28, 2017 at 5:57 pm

    Yet another disappointment with our wonderful city…

    You’ve hidden well the article about a whole new civic center (which we don’t need…what’s wrong with our supposedly beautiful downtown city offices)’ another new library (which we don’t need, another new firehouse which we don’t need and a new police headquarters). Lots of money and taxpayers money being spent on a city which is becoming an eyesore with all the projects that don’t do anything to elevate us to live up to the rest of the Peninsula.

    Where’s the update or discussion that the City has yet given a pass to the contractors of the Centennial Village – letting the string them along for another six months and in the end promising the original plan of REFURBISHING the original buildings that are still standing like eyesores.

    The City should be ashamed of themselves -we deserve better,but it looks like we lose again.

    Ray Fontana

  3. john Tuvo
    August 9, 2017 at 10:47 am

    Thanks Ellen, do you think we can re route some of the funding for the project to see that parks are better kept? Orange Park is a mess. Perhaps we can meet before hand to plan a strategy to change some of this proposal.

  4. ellen R
    August 10, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I advise you to attend and watch the City Council Meetings, go to the Measure W meetings held at Muni Svc. Bldg. Write a letter during the comment period for the proposed site. Write the City Mgr. We need citizens to voice their opinion, don’t just read about what they’re doing, your taxes are funding all this. The Park & Rec director knows the condition of the fields, and they cant say SSF doesn’t have money. SSF is flush with cash. Call the city finance director and ask. We deserve better than this ! VOTE !! NOT Enough people in SSF vote.

    • Vince Vargas
      August 21, 2017 at 8:36 pm

      This City was born from the family, friends and the community helping one another. South City its time to fight back. 38 new developments. They are taking away the business that made this city thrive. Now that they don’t need us they bring in outsider to fill there pocket and eventually all these projects will be paid by the residents that are left. Not the people renting these god awful urban housing. There will be no more carwash if they have their way so please speak out. So we can pollute the storm drains and use more water when people wash in there driveway. 3 Costco in one city. They never give permits to business wanting to expand but all of a sudden moving gas lines, sewer lines, and that living that they speak of is not healthy when your digging up a community that has layers of soil which most in landfill. One of there development include a pool, barbeque kitchen and lounge chair in the courtyard. Obviously they don’t live in South City.

      • Juan Bustos Sr.
        August 21, 2017 at 9:21 pm

        Vince,this is an easy fix…vote all who have been on the City Council more than accumalative of 3 or more terms OUT! If we don’t we are going to look like Ocean Ave in San Francisco. Who is the contact point to these builders. These building going up will take on an Eastern Europe feel. I am not opposed to building, I am oppose to chaotic and unwise building.

        We do not want to look like any other City. We are South City…

      • johntuvo
        August 23, 2017 at 9:48 pm

        Hello All:

        I went to planning commission meeting last week. I was told these new projects will be funded by prop W money, which I thought was for our local schools. I am confused about his. But what I am not confused about is that if the citizens of South City want to resist what is going on and make a change for the better, we need to do it in an organized fashion. Acting as individuals each with a complaint serves the interest of the powers that be

        • Editor
          August 24, 2017 at 1:53 am

          Measure J was a SSF Unified School District $167M bond which was approved by voters in 2010 – we have a lot of information on this along with the Grand Jury findings CLICK HERE.

          Measure W was a City 1/2 c sales tax which SSF voters approved, this will be used to help fund the new Civic Center, more info CLICK HERE.

          Hope this helps. Thank you.


  5. EllenR
    August 15, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    John Tuvo,

    The City sent out a newsletter with proposed repairs to Orange Park and 10 other parks in SSF. If you didn’t get it, stop in at City Hall on Grand Ave and ask the City Clerk for a copy. On the front page it lists a plan to fix the parks, mostly because of citizens pressure. I’m going to the next Meas. W meeting in October.

  6. john Tuvo
    August 15, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    thank you, Ellen R!!

  7. Juan Bustos Sr.
    August 15, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Like always the City is only repairing half of the baseball field (literally). Only the infields have been or scheduled to be fixed and as for the outfield forget it. The gofer holes in the outfield are a hazard to your children.

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