For more than five years, the City of Belvedere has been actively studying the risks to our two levees posed by flooding and seismic activity.
In May 2019, the City convened a new committee – the Committee to Protect Belvedere’s Seawalls, Levees, and Utilities – to study solutions to protect these critical assets. The Committee, comprising eleven Belvedere residents, met four times during 2019/early 2020 and heard from an array of experts.
The Committee agreed that the levees should be reinforced with sheet-piling to mitigate seismic activity, and that flood walls should be placed along Beach Road and San Rafael Avenue (extending into West Shore Road). It recommended that the flood walls be designed to allow height to be added in the future as sea levels rise. It also gave input on proposed design elements of the project. The Committee agreed to defer action on the less-pressing flood risk emanating from Tiburon Main Street.
In early 2020, the City also undertook a public outreach and comment period, seeking broader public input on the initial design plans.