The Bayhill Specific Plan planning process included the following four phases:
- Visioning and Background Studies. Engage the community, property owners, and other stakeholders in developing a cohesive vision and set of guiding principles. Concurrently, the planning team researched and analyzed existing conditions to identify the key issues and opportunities that the Specific Plan should address.
- Alternatives and Preferred Plan. Based on the results of the visioning exercises and background research, the planning team prepared and analyzed a series of alternative design concepts. The City Council selected an "Environmental Impact Report Preferred Alternative" in December 2018.
- Draft Specific Plan and Environmental Review. The City of San Bruno (City), as the lead agency under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Project, comprising the Bayhill Specific Plan (Specific Plan) and the YouTube Phase 1 Office Development Project (Phase 1 Development) under the Specific Plan. The EIR analyzed the Specific Plan at a program level, and Phase 1 Development, which consists of the first phase of expansion of YouTube's offices, at a project level. The EIR Preferred Alternative was studied in the EIR. The YouTube Phase I Development was processed concurrently with the Specific Plan and was designed to be consistent with the Specific Plan. The EIR provided a project-level analysis of the YouTube Phase I Development so that no further CEQA clearances, assuming no changes, would be necessary to grant discretionary approvals needed for the YouTube Phase I Development once the EIR is certified.
- Adoption. Following the public review period, the Specific Plan was presented to the Planning Commission and the City Council for adoption along with Certification of the Environmental Impact Report.