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815 -- RSD (RESIDENTIAL/SERVICE) MIXED USE DISTRICT – The Residential/Service Mixed Use District (RSD) serves as a buffer between the higher-density, predominantly commercial area of Yerba Buena Center to the east and the low-scale, predominantly service/industrial area west of Sixth Street. The RSD serves as a major housing opportunity area within the South of Market District. The district controls are intended to facilitate the development of high-density, mid-rise housing, including residential hotels, while also encouraging the expansion of retail, business service and commercial and cultural arts activities.

Art. 8 -- USES Retail, general commercial, home, personal and business services, light industrial, institutional, cultural arts and artisan, and parking are generally permitted uses. Dwelling units and SRO units are permitted as a principal use, and Group Housing would require a Conditional Use.

803.4-- USES NOT PERMITTED – Uses generally not permitted in any South of Market District: Adult entertainment, bookstore or theater; amusement game arcade or similar enterprise; shooting gallery; animal kennel, riding academy or livery stable; automobile, truck, van, recreational vehicle/trailer or camper sales, lease or rental; auto tow of inoperable vehicles; auto wrecking operation; drive-up facility; hotel, motel, hostel, inn, or bed and breakfast establishment; heavy industry subject to Sec 226(e)-(w); junkyard; landing field for aircraft; massage establishment; mortuary; movie theater and sports stadium or arena.

Art. 2.5 -- HEIGHT AND BULK – Generally 40-X/85-B (See Height and Bulk Zoning Maps and Standards in Article 2.5 of the City Planning Code.)

124 -- FLOOR AREA RATIO LIMIT – The commercial/industrial FAR for the district is 1.8:1.

815.03 -- DWELLING UNIT DENSITY – One unit per 200 square feet of lot area below 40 ft., and above 40 ft. density to be determined as part of a Conditional Use.

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 or waived as per Section 134(e)

135 -- OPEN SPACE – Open space would be required for all commercial and industrial uses, at the following ratios: one sq. ft. of open space per 250 gross sq. ft. of general commercial, which includes retail, eating or drinking establishments, personal service, wholesale, home and business service, arts activities, institutional and like uses (1:250); 1:120 for manufacturing and light industrial, storage without distribution facilities, and like uses; and 1:90 for office use. Residences would require 36 sq. ft. of open space.

151 -- PARKING – Parking spaces for dwelling units require one space for each four dwelling units; workspace for architects and engineers would require one parking space per 1,000 sq. ft. of floor area (1:1000); artist and artisan production and performance spaces would have a 1:2000 requirement.