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July 18,  2018

In October 10, 2017, the City Council approved a pass-through agreement with the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District providing significant federal grant funding for design, permitting, and construction of enhancements to the land side of the Sausalito ferry landing. On April 3, 2018, the Council appropriated the City's $100,000 contribution to the overall funding. On June 12, 2018, the Council awarded a professional/consulting services contract to a local design team to develop visioning for the Sausalito Ferry Landside Improvements Project.

The design team is led by Robert Hayes and includes William Werner, Scott Hochstrasser (International Planning Associates), Ive Haugeland (Shades of Green), and Dan Hughes, PE (DVC Group). Together with City staff, the design team has kicked off the visioning process and are working on the development of base-mapping and a set of criteria for the project, which includes both short-term and longer-term uses for the ferry landing and vicinity, as well as constraints and opportunities.

The initial goal of the design team will be to identify a set of alternatives, including a no-action alternative, that can be introduced to the City Council and the community for feedback. Once one or more preferred alternatives have been developed, the design team will perform an environmental impact screening and seek review through the City's design review process.

The current schedule calls for a status update to the City Council at its meeting on October 30, 2018, a public workshop in November 2018, and Planning Commission and related public reviews in February 2019.


  • In early 2015, the City Council established a public review process to review the proposed plans from the Bridge District. The process culminated in the City Council denying consent to the project. Click here to review materials from the 2015 process.
  • In early 2016, the City Council established a subsequent review process to review the District's revised plans, and several meetings were held. Click here to review materials from 2016 process.
  • In September 2016, the City of Sausalito filed a Verified Petition for Writ of Mandate and Complaint for Declaratory Relief in Marin County Superior Court against the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District. Click here to review the lawsuit materials.
  • In late July 2017, the City and the District executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to stay for six months the parties' pending litigation arising from the District's project to replace the existing ferry terminal located in Sausalito. The MOU was executed on Friday, July 28, 2017. Under the MOU, the Bridge District will submit newly revised plans for the project.
  • At the October 10, 2017, meeting of the Sausalito City Council, the Council voted unanimously to grant consent, with conditions, for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District's revised plans to remove the existing Sausalito ferry landing and build a new ferry landing. The vote for consent included a list of 18 conditions of approval, which were accepted by the Bridge District. Construction of the new ferry landing is expected to get underway in winter 2018, and be completed by the summer of 2020.

2017 Revised Plan Submission

In the 2017 revised plan submission, the District proposed reductions in the length and width of the ferry terminal from the plans which were submitted in March of 2016. The width of the proposed float will be reduced by 4 feet, from 53 feet (March 2016) to 49 feet (revised proposal), with a corresponding reduction in the width of the gangway from 16 feet (March 2016) to 12 feet (revised proposal). The length of the proposed float will be reduced by 1.5 feet, from 145.5 feet (March 2016) to 144 feet (revised proposal).  

The revised plans also incorporate changes to the design features of the Project pursuant to input received in March of 2016.  The District is proposing that the color used for gates, railings, and gangway be a galvanized steel (light grey). With regard to lighting, the District is proposing, warm spot lighting along the access pier and gangway. Additionally, the lighting on the float has been reduced in height by one foot, from 19 feet to 18 feet. Pursuant to the July 28, 2017 Memorandum of Understanding the District and the City are consulting with the Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) in an effort to persuade BCDC to consent to remove the belvederes from the proposed project. Where applicable in the plans, the District has provided two alternatives for the belvederes on the access pier; one version shows the belvederes on the access pier and the other version shows the access pier without the belvederes.

Photo Renderings

The District submitted revised photo renderings on August 17, 2017. View the photo renderings here. The Bridge District's revised renderings compare the existing ferry landing with the proposed ferry landing from various vantage points. The new renderings also incorporate input received during the Planning Commission and Historic Landmark Board meetings on the paint color used for gates, railings, and gangway.


The District submitted revised plans on August 29, 2017. The plans are also in paper form at the Administration counter and the Library service desk.

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