Development Project - Housing and Urban Design


As one of San Francisco’s newest neighborhoods, Treasure Island is and will continue to be redeveloped based on principles of equity and inclusion as evidenced by its economic diversity and physical integration of market rate and affordable homes.  Of the 8,000 planned new homes, 2,173 homes (27.2%) are reserved for low income and homeless households.  Of the 2,173 affordable homes, 20% are reserved for formerly homeless households and 14% are inclusionary units that will be constructed by the master developer and integrated within market-rate buildings.  

The Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA) is responsible for the development of up to 1,866 new affordable homes in up to 20 parcels integrated throughout Treasure Island.  Improved and entitled land parcels will be delivered to non-profit affordable housing developers free of charge.

Urban Design

Arranged on a series of fine grained, walkable blocks, the new homes on Treasure Island will form two neighborhoods – one along the island’s western edge with spectacular views back to the City, and a second stretching to the east along Clipper Cove with views of the new Bay Bridge and the East Bay hills. Each neighborhood will feature a distinctive mix of parks, and both will be enveloped by a regional waterfront park system that will occupy the majority of land on the island. These east and west neighborhoods will share a retail main street linking the historic buildings along Clipper Cove to a west-facing ferry and bus terminal, while creating a regional destination and social heart for this new district of San Francisco. The conventional street grid rotated 35 degrees to orient streets southerly to maximize sun in neighborhoods and parks. Wind channels are mitigated by angling the secondary street grid. Streets and buildings are oriented to maximize the effects of sun and minimize the impacts of wind.

The project’s design grows out of Treasure and Yerba Buena Islands’ remarkable natural setting and rich history. It is oriented around a progressive design philosophy reflecting San Francisco’s commitment to sustainability and will ensure that the islands enter San Francisco’s family of world class neighborhoods, using an innovative design that embodies the City’s most desirable characteristics: walkable, compact and eclectic; economically, ethnically, and demographically diverse; sensitive to topography, views and aesthetics; memorable and distinctive.

View the Housing Plan, Volume 1

View the Housing Plan, Volume 2

View the Design for Development ("D4D") (PDF)

View the Transition Housing Rules and Regulations, 1st Modification, Feb 28, 2013 (PDF)

View the Transition Housing Rules and Regulations, DDA 2011 (PDF)

View the One Treasure Island (formerly TIHDI) Permanent Supportive Housing Transition Housing Plan (PDF)

View affordable-housing developer resources