Rincon Hill Plan
The new Rincon Hill Plan was adopted in August 2005 and is now effective!
On August 2, 2005, the Board of Supervisors approved the new Rincon Hill Planning Code amendments and fees, and on August 19, 2005, Mayor Gavin Newsom signed the ordinances into law.
Click below to download PDFs of the final adopted Rincon Hill Area Plan and Planning Code amendments(including fees):
Rincon Hill Area Plan (PDF - 7 MB)
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The Rincon Hill Streetscape Plan, based on the vision of landscaped and traffic-calmed neighborhood streets in the newly adopted Rincon Hill Area Plan (part of the City's General Plan) and analyzed in the Final Environmental Impact Report, is moving through the City's interagency approvals process. Individual private developments, including some already approved and under construction, are required to build out portions of these new street improvements around their projects. Click here for a detailed explanation of the Streetscape Plan [coming soon!], including widened sidewalks with open space amenities, corner and mid-block curb bulbouts, traffic changes, bicycle facilities, and landscaped medians.
Beale Street update: The Planning Department and MTA have been coordinating with Caltrans for the past several months on the re-opening of Beale Street between Folsom and Bryant, where it was closed after September 11, 2001. New security measures will be in place and the road will be re-opened to public access, including pedestrian, auto, and bicycle traffic, in early 2006.
The Rincon Hill area is south of the Financial District and north of the South Beach neighborhood. The area is bounded by Folsom Street, The Embarcadero, Bryant Street, Beale Street, the Bay Bridge approach, and the Transbay Terminal ramps. The area contains approximately 55 acres of land, and includes more than 70 parcels.
Click here to dowload the Rincon Hill Fact Sheet (PDF)
The goal of the new Rincon Hill Plan is to encourage the ongoing transformation of the area into a new mixed-use residential neighborhood adjacent to the downtown, with both strong urban design controls and implementing mechanisms to fund the necessary public infrastructure, including open space, streets, community facilities, and affordable housing.
The Rincon Hill Plan provides the blueprint for a dynamic new neighborhood to take shape just south of downtown. Together with plans for the Transbay area, it will create housing for as many as 20,000 new residents. The plan calls for retail shops and neighborhood services along Folsom Boulevard, and transforming Main, Beale, and Spear Streets into traffic-calmed, landscaped residential streets lined with townhouses and front doors. Funding is also included, from development impact fees, for the acquisition and development of open space in the district.
This plan was the first neighborhood plan adopted by the Planning Commission in more than 10 years. It ensures top-quality residential development at a neighborhood scale, with 4 to 8 story buildings on the street and slender residential towers interspersed at heights ranging from 250 to 550 feet. The tallest towers are slated for the top of Rincon Hill, where they will form a distinctive new element on the City's skyline. Standards for tower bulk and spacing are designed to maximize light and air and to frame dramatic views to and from the district.
The plan is the culmination of extensive public planning. Starting in 2003, more than 30 workshops, hearings and walking tours solicited the input of existing residents and businesses, advocates and other public agencies. The result is a plan that balances Rincon Hill's potential to provide much-needed housing with the design requirements of a livable neighborhood.
By establishing a clear blueprint for change, the Plan creates certainty for the development community and the neighborhood. Projects representing 75% of the plan's housing potential have already been submitted for approval.
1Depending on whether the units are provided on- or off-site, as allowed by the City's Planning Code.
Planning Process Archive
Click here for a listing and archive of public meetings and earlier documents from the Rincon Hill Planning Process. [coming soon!]
Amit Ghosh, Chief of Comprehensive Planning
David Alumbaugh, Manager
Joshua Switzky, Lead Planner