Levee Protection Planning and Improvements Project
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Levee Protection Planning and Improvements Project
Foster City Levee NE Bayside - SF Bay Trail
Foster City maintains the levee along the Bayfront, surrounding the majority of the outer perimeter of the City.  Foster City's Levee system is primarily designed for flood protection. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) had previously certified (accredited) Foster City's levee in 2007 as providing protection from the 1-percent annual chance (base) flood. This means that most land within Foster City is classified as Zone X, where mandatory flood insurance is not required. FEMA has recently conducted a coastal flood hazard study which has determined that roughly 85% of Foster City's levee system does not meet FEMA requirements.  Therefore, the levee will not retain accreditation status when the Flood Insurance Rate Map is updated in mid-2016.  Unless changes are made to the levee system, the entire city will be placed in a flood zone designation that will require that property owners with Federally-backed loans obtain flood insurance and owners selling property in Foster City will be required to disclose the flood zone designation as part of the sale. The estimated cost for flood insurance is several thousand dollars per year per property.

To read the message from the City Manager regarding the project, please click on the link below:
About the Potential Bond Measure to Fund Levee Improvements:

The City Council has decided to continue exploring a potential bond measure in June 2018 to fund levee improvements. A potential measure would provide funds to strengthen the levee to meet FEMA standards, keeping Foster City properties out of the flood zone and allowing residents to avoid mandatory expensive flood insurance. Levee improvements would not only allow Foster City to maintain FEMA accreditation, but also protect essential city services during storms and protect the levee from earthquake damage. Among a cross section of voters, the community survey found that 72% of Foster City residents support a potential bond measure to fund levee improvements and protect Foster City homes, schools, businesses and roads from flooding.

We welcome community input as we evaluate all options for levee protection planning and improvement. For questions or feedback, please contact the City Manager's Office at (650) 286-3220 or manager@fostercity.org.

Draft Environmental Impact Report

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Levee Protection Planning Improvement Project has been completed. The public review period for the DEIR began on November 23, 2016 and ended on January 12, 2017.

The Foster City Planning Commission held a Special Meeting on Tuesday, April 18 2017 to review and consider the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Foster City Levee Protection Planning and Improvement Project (CIP 301-657) and make a final recommendation to the City Council (EA-15-002). The Special Meeting began at 7:00 pm in the Council Chambers, 620 Foster City Blvd, Foster City. Click on the link below to view the notice for this meeting. Please contact the Community Development Department at (650) 286 - 3225 with any questions.
Adoption of the EIR occured on May 8, 2017.

Links to the Notice of Availability, DEIR and the Response To Comment document are below:
Levee Improvement Project Informational Video

To learn more about the Levee Protection Planning and Improvements Project, including
its benefits and impacts and how the levee protects your property and safety, please view the informational videos below.

The first video is a shorter version (5 minutes 13 seconds) and the second video is a longer version (7 minutes 33 seconds).


City Hall - 610 Foster City Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 286-3200