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812.1-- CHINATOWN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT – The Chinatown Residential Neighborhood Commercial District extends along Stockton Street between Sacramento and Broadway and along Powell Street between Washington Street and Broadway. It is generally west and uphill from Grant Avenue and is close to the relatively intensely developed residential areas of lower Nob and Russian Hills. Stockton Street is a major transit corridor, which serves as Main Street for the Chinatown neighborhood. Both Stockton and Powell Streets contain a significant amount of housing as well as major community institutions supportive to Chinatown and the larger Chinese community. This daytime-oriented district provides local and regional specialty food shopping for fresh vegetables, poultry, fish, and meat. Weekends are this area's busiest shopping days.


Art. 8 -- USES –Because Stockton Street is intended to remain principally in its present character, the Stockton Street controls are designed to preserve neighborhood-serving uses and protect the residential livability of the area. The controls promote new residential development compatible with existing small-scale mixed-use character of the area. Consistent with the residential character of the area, commercial development is directed to the ground story. Daytime-oriented use is protected and tourist-related uses, fast-food restaurants and financial services are limited.


803.2 -- USES NOT PERMITTED – No use shall be permitted which by reason of its nature or manner of operation, creates conditions that are hazardous, noxious, or offensive through the emission of odor, fumes, smoke, cinders, dust, gas, vibration, glare, refuse, water-carried waste, or excessive noise.

Art. 2.5 -- HEIGHT AND BULK – Generally 50 and 65 feet and N bulk limit. Conditional Use for buildings over 35 feet in height and other exceptions and requirements listed in Sections 254, 263.4, 263.6, and 263.12. (See Height and Bulk Zoning Maps and Standards in Article 2.5 of the City Planning Code.)

124 -- FLOOR AREA RATIO LIMIT – The commercial FAR for the district is 1.0:1. For exceptions from FAR limits see Section 124(b) and 124.1.

812.91 -- DWELLING UNIT DENSITY – One unit per 200 square feet of lot area.

134 -- REAR YARDS – A rear yard of 25% of the lot depth would be required at the first level of residential use and above, or may be modified per Section 134.1.

135 -- OPEN SPACE – Open space would be required for all commercial and institutional uses exceeding 10,000 gross sq. ft. at the ratio of one sq. ft. of open space per 50 gross sq. ft. of commercial or institutional space. These requirements may be modified per Section 135.1. Residences would require 48 sq. ft. of open space per dwelling unit.

151 -- PARKING – Parking spaces for dwelling units require one space for each dwelling unit or may be modified to 1:4 units per Section 161(n) or eliminated per Section 161(a). Off-street parking for commercial and institutional uses is not required per Section 161(c).