The Central SoMa Plan
Central SoMa Plan passed at the Planning Commission on May 10, 2018 and issued the following:
- Motion 20182 certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report
- Resolution 20183 containing the CEQA Findings
- Resolution 20184 approving the General Plan Amendments, including the Central SoMa Plan
- Resolution 20185 recommending adoption with modifications of the Planning Code and Administrative Code
- Resolution 20186 approving the Zoning Map Amendments
- Resolution 20187 recommending adoption of the Implementation Program
- Resolution 20188 recommending adoption of the Housing Sustainability District
The next scheduled hearings are:
- July 9 (Tentative): Board of Supervisors' Land Use and Transportation Committee
On February 27, 2018 Mayor Farrell and Supervisor Kim introduced the Central SoMa Planning Code and Zoning Map amendments at the Board of Supervisors.
- Click here to see the signed legislation introducing the Planning Code Amendments
- Click here for the signed legislation introducing the Zoning Map amendments.
- Click here to see the Mayor Farrell and Supervisor Kim's press release accompanying the introduction of the legislation.
On March 1, 2018 the Planning Commission initiated the Central SoMa Plan and affiliated General Plan Amendments.
- Click here to see the Commission's Resolution to Initiate.
- Click here to see the signed legislation.
- Click here to see the legislative package submitted on February 15, 2018. Note that the legislation formally introduced and initiated includes some non-substantive changes from the February 15th package.
On March 28, 2018 the Planning Department released the Response to Comments for the Central SoMa Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This Response to Comments, combined with the Draft EIR, form the Plan's Final EIR.
Please note that the public review period ended on February 13, 2017. The Planning Commission does not conduct a hearing to receive comments on the Responses to Comments document, and no such hearing is required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Interested parties, however, may always write to Commission members or to the President of the Commission at 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, 94103, and express an opinion on the Responses to Comments document, or on the Commission's decision to certify the completion of the Final EIR for this project.
On April 5, 2018, the Planning Department released the errata to the Environmental Impact Report for the Central SoMa Plan and the Case Report for the April 12th adoption hearing, which was postponed until May 10th.
On May 1, 2018 Mayor Farrell and Supervisor Kim introduced a Housing Sustainability District Ordinance for Central SoMa.
On May 9, 2018, the Planning Department released the errata to the Environmental Impact Report for the Central SoMa Plan.
On May 10, 2018 the Planning Commission unanimously adopted the Central SoMa Plan.
The vision of the Central SoMa Plan is for the creation of a sustainable neighborhood by 2040, in that the neighborhood meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Central SoMa Plan seeks to achieve sustainability in each of its aspects – social, economic, and environmental.
The Central SoMa Plan Area consists of the rectangle bounded by Market Street, Townsend Street, 2nd Street, and 6th Street. Most of the changes discussed below are only applicable to the "Eastern Neighborhoods" portion of the Plan Area, although transportation improvements extend to the "Downtown" portion as well.
Achieving neighborhood sustainability requires keeping what is already sustainable about the neighborhood, and improving what is not.
- Diversity of residents
- Diversity of jobs
- Diversity of buildings and architecture
- Culture and nightlife
- Conditions for people walking and biking
- Lack of parks and green space
- Inefficient use of land
Utilizing the Plan's philosophy to achieve the Plan's vision will require implementing the following three strategies:
- Accommodate growth
- Provide public benefits
- Respect and enhance neighborhood character
Implementing the Plan's strategy will require addressing all the facets of a sustainable neighborhood. Doing so can be accomplished by meeting all of the Plan's eight goals to achieve the following results:
- Accommodate a substantial amount of jobs and housing
- Maintain the diversity of residents
- Facilitate an economically diversified and lively jobs center
- Provide safe and convenient transportation that prioritizes walking, bicycling, and transit
- Offer an abundance of parks and recreational opportunities
- Create an environmentally sustainable and resilient neighborhood
- Preserve and celebrate the neighborhood's cultural heritage
- Ensure that new buildings enhance the character of the neighborhood and the city
The Plan would enable the development of up to 33,000 jobs and 8,300 housing units. Such development would result in over to $2 Billion in public benefits to serve the neighborhood, including:
- Affordable Housing: 33% of total units
- Transit: $500 Million investment
- Complete StReets: Safe and comfortable for people walking and biking
- Open Space and Recreation: Transformative improvement (parks, POPOS, Rec Center, etc.)
- Environmental Sustainability: Investment towards an Eco-District
- Production, Distribution, and Repair (including Arts): No net loss of space due to Plan
- CULTURAL Preservation & Community Services: Funding towards preserving and celebrating the neighborhood's tangible and intangible resources
- Schools and Children: Funding to support expanding population
The desire for a Central SoMa Plan (Plan) began during the Eastern Neighborhoods planning process. In 2008 the City adopted the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, including new land use controls and proposed community improvements for the eastern part of the South of Market neighborhood (SoMa), as well as the Central Waterfront, Mission, and Showplace Square/Potrero Hill neighborhoods. At that time, the City determined that the development potential of the surrounding area, coupled with the improved transit provided by the Central Subway, necessitated a separate, focused planning process that took into account the city's growth needs and City and regional environmental goals.
Click here for more on the Project Context and Existing Conditions.
- The 2013 Draft Plan is available for download here.
- The Policy Papers (2014-2015) are available for viewing here.
- The 2016 Draft Plan is available for download here
- Financial Analysis (2017) is available for download here. (Note: PDF was revised on 4/17/17 to correct an error, highlighted on page 9 of Appendix A2)
The Central SoMa Plan is the result of seven years of intensive public engagement, involving over a thousand people and an untold number of conversations. We appreciate all the input we received and everyone's willingness to share their concerns, insights, and dreams. The goal of this Plan is to reflect the collective wisdom of the community at this time in a way that sustains it far into the future.
To see all of the information from our public hearings and public meetings, as well as to see other public outreach and engagement strategies undertaken for the Plan, click here.
Before the Central SoMa Plan can be adopted, it requires the certification of a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Central SoMa Draft EIR was released in December 2016 and the Response to Comments was released in March 2018. Combined these two documents form the Final EIR. To see more information on the environmental review for the Plan, click here.
Make sure to sign up to be on our project mailing list to get updates on the Central SoMa planning process. Questions, comments, and suggestions on this planning effort should be directed to:
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103