The Pipeline Report

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What is the Pipeline?

The San Francisco consolidated pipeline consists of development projects that would add residential units or commercial space, applications for which have been formally submitted to the Planning Department or the Department of Building Inspection (DBI). Pipeline projects are at various stages of development: from applications having been filed to entitlements secured; from building permits approved and issued to projects under construction (see diagram below). The pipeline includes only those projects with a land use or building permit application. It does not include projects undergoing preliminary Planning Department project review or projections based on area plan analysis. Projects vary in size from single units to larger multi-year development programs undergoing environmental review. 

To filter inactive projects, the current pipeline only includes projects filed during the last five years, projects approved in the last four years, and projects that started construction during the past three years. In addition, when a project is issued a Certificate of Final Completion by the DBI, it is taken out of the pipeline.

Flowchart of Pipeline Approval Process

Data sources for the pipeline are chiefly the project databases maintained by the Planning Department and the Department of Building Inspection, respectively, but data is also occasionally obtained from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.

The Relevance of the Pipeline

The pipeline serves as a barometer of medium to long-term development trends. It illustrates location and scale of current and proposed future construction taking place and where new land uses (see data dictionary) are being established; it also records demolition and a partial listing of conversion of existing land uses. In sum, the pipeline provides a short- to medium-term picture of changing land uses, tracking especially the changes to the city's housing stock and commercial uses.

Accuracy and Timeliness

The pipeline is compiled and consolidated from different data sources and is subject to errors due to varying accuracy and currency of original sources. The data in this report is pulled from original sources current through March 31, 2016. While we make an effort to consolidate multiple permits for different components of the same project from different agencies, it is not possible to validate the accuracy of all projects. Should you find inaccuracies and omissions, please e-mail your comments to paula.chiu@sfgov.org.

Previous Releases

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Contact

For more information on the Development Pipeline report, please contact:

Paula Chiu
paula.chiu@sfgov.org
(415) 575-9162

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