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SUMMARY OF STANDARDS FOR THE

RC-4 ​(RESIDENTIAL-COMMERCIAL-COMBINED, HIGH-DENSITY) DISTRICTS

Planning Code Sec.

206.3 RC-4 (RESIDENTIAL-COMMERCIAL-COMBINED, HIGH-DENSITY) DISTRICTS -- These districts encourage a combination of high-density dwellings, with compatible commercial uses on the ground floor to protect and enhance neighborhoods with mixed use character.

209.1--209.9 PRINCIPAL USES -- Principal uses are permitted as a right without special review. These include dwelling units up to a maximum of one unit for each 200 square feet of lot area; child care for 12 or fewer; group housing with a maximum of one bedroom for each 70 square feet of lot area; retail sales, office and other retail-type services, except for auto-oriented uses, as permitted in C-2 Districts when located on the ground floor or below.

209.1--209.9 CONDITIONAL USES -- Conditional uses are permitted only after Planning Commission approval. They include hotel, apartment hotel, planned unit development (PUD) on site of at least one half acre; elementary school; secondary school; child care center for 13 or more children; post-secondary academic, religious or medical institution; board and care accommodating more than 6 persons; non-residential, non-industrial use in a designated landmark structure; parking lot; community garage and others.

253 MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE BUILDING HEIGHT -- 40 feet as a right; over 40 feet by conditional use up to height limit as shown on height and bulk map.

151 PARKING REQUIREMENTS -- Generally, one off-street parking space for each four dwelling units with exceptions. Every second space after four may be a compact car space. Commercial uses require parking and loading spaces as per Sections 151 and 152 of the City Planning Code.

134 YARD REQUIREMENTS -- An open rear yard depth equal to 25 percent of the lot depth but not less than 15 feet, at levels occupied by dwelling units.

135 USABLE OPEN SPACE REQUIREMENTS -- 36 square feet per dwelling unit if private; 1/3 more for any portion of usable open space which is common; 1/3 for group housing. 

124 FLOOR AREA RATIO -- 4.8 to 1 (does not apply to dwellings).

606(c)(3) SIGNS -- Signs permitted only at ground story and flat against wall. Two square feet of sign for each one foot of frontage of business. No projecting signs permitted over setbacks or sidewalks.

243 & 249.5 SPECIAL USE DISTRICTS -- Much of the area zoned RC-4 is also in the Van Ness Avenue, North of Market or other Special Use district which may modify some of the rules summarized above.

SUMMARY OF STANDARDS FOR THE

C-2 (COMMUNITY BUSINESS) DISTRICTS

Planning Code Sec.

210.2 C-2 (COMMUNITY BUSINESS) DISTRICTS -- These districts serve several functions. On a larger scale than most of the NC Districts, they provide comparison shopping goods and services on a general or specialized basis to a citywide or a regional market area, complementing the main area for such types of trade in downtown San Francisco. The C-2 Districts are generally located in the Telegraph Hill, Fisherman's Wharf, Stonestown and Executive Park areas as well as smaller sections on and around Van Ness Avenue. As in NC Districts, the emphasis is upon compatible retail uses, but a wider variety of goods and services is included to suit the longer term needs of customers and no distinctions are made between the various stories.

Art. 2 USES -- Retail, office, restaurant, residential are permitted uses. See generally Article 2 of the City Planning Code.

Art. 2 SPECIAL USE DISTRICTS -- May be more or less restrictive for certain standards in C-2 District.

124 FLOOR AREA RATIO LIMIT -- 3.6 to 1 (unless nearest other district is RM-4 or RC-4, then 4.8:1 or, to C-3, then 10:1) FAR is 5:1 in the Northern Waterfront Special Use Districts.

151 OFF-STREET PARKING -- 1 space required for each 500 square feet occupied floor area for office or retail. See Table 151 of the City Planning Code for other uses; for residential: 1 space for each unit. No parking required for less than 5,000 square feet of commercial space. See Planning Code Article 1.5 generally.

215(a) DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- At least 3 dwelling units permitted on buildable lot; generally 1 unit per 800 square feet of lot area, greater number depending on nearest R District; double density for housing for elderly or handicapped.

Art. 2.5 HEIGHT CONTROLS -- See Height and Bulk Zoning Maps and Height and Bulk Standards in Article 2.5 of the City Planning Code.

607 SIGN CONTROLS -- Projection -- 75 percent of sidewalk width to 12 feet maximum. Height of freestanding sign -- 36 feet. Generally see Article 6, City Planning Code.

134 REAR YARD -- No rear yard required for commercial development; 25 percent of lot length at level occupied by dwelling units. No front setback or side yards required.

SUMMARY OF STANDARDS FOR THE

C-3 (DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL) DISTRICTS

Planning Code Sec.

210.3: C-3 (DOWNTOWN COMMERCIAL) DISTRICTS -- Downtown San Francisco, a center for city, regional, national and international commerce, is composed of four separate districts, as follows: C-3-0 (Downtown Office); C-3-R (Downtown Retail); C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial); C-3-S (Downtown Support). The C-3-0 district has a subdistrict for special development called the C-3-0(SD) district.

124: FLOOR AREA RATIO LIMIT -- 9:1 for C-3-0; 6:1 for C-3-R; 6:1 for C-3-G and 5:1 for C-3-S.

124, 127 and Art. 11: TRANSFER OF DEVELOPMENT RIGHTS (TDR) -- Owners of buildings requiredto be preserved by Article 11, per their assigned preservation rating may sell unused development potential to owners of other lots in the same district or to a lot in the C-3-0(SD) District. Lots may have their FAR increased by the above means up to 18:1 in the C-3-0 and the C-3-0(SD) district and 1 1/2 times the base FAR in other C-3 districts.

161(c) & 151; OFF STREET PARKING -- Not required for nonresidential uses; 1 space for each 4 dwelling units.

215: DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- 1 dwelling unit for each 125 square feet of lot area is a permitted use. A greater density, limited by the discretion of the Planning Commission, is a conditional use.

320: HOUSING REQUIREMENTS -- The Office Affordable Housing Production Program, requires housing to be constructed or a housing development fee paid for new office buildings or conversion of more than 50,000 gross square feet.

270, 271: HEIGHT CONTROLS -- See Height and Bulk District Zoning Maps and Bulk Limits in Section 270. Excessive bulk may be authorized as a conditional use.

607: SIGN CONTROLS -- See Article 6 of the Planning Code. Height limited to 100 feet (free standing limited to 40 feet), projection limited to 75% of sidewalk width up to a maximum of 12 feet. Special sign districts modify these controls.

134: REAR YARD -- 25% of lot depth required for levels occupied by residential uses. No front setbacks or side yards required.

215 & ff: USES -- Office, retail, residential, entertainment and institutional uses are permitted. Wholesale and some light manufacturing uses are permitted in some C-3 districts. Hotels are a conditional use.

Art. 2: SPECIAL USE DISTRICTS -- May be more or less restrictive than certain standards in C-3 districts.

SUMMARY OF STANDARDS FOR THE

C-M (HEAVY COMMERCIAL) DISTRICTS

Planning Code Sec.

210.4 C-M (HEAVY COMMERCIAL) DISTRICTS -- These districts provide a limited supply of land for certain heavy commercial uses not permitted in other commercial districts. While the emphasis is upon wholesaling and business services, some light manufacturing and processing are also permitted though limited in most cases to less than an entire building. In recognition of the potential incompatibility of some of these uses and the proximity of these districts to residential and other commercial areas, standards are imposed as to enclosure within buildings and screening of outdoor uses.

Art. 2 USES -- Wholesale, storage, repair, retail, office, service uses permitted. See generally Article 2 of the City Planning Code.

215(a) DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- Generally, 1 for each 200 square feet of lot area with conditional use authorization of the Planning Commission.

151 OFF-STREET PARKING -- 1 parking stall for each dwelling unit. Based upon "occupied floor area" as defined in Section 102 of the Planning Code: 1 space for each 2,000 square feet of warehouse, 1 for 1,500 square feet of industrial, 1 for 500 square feet of business office or retail and 1 for 300 square feet of medical office. See Table 151 of the Planning Code for parking requirements for other uses. No parking required for less than 10,000 square feet of warehouse, less than 7,500 square feet of industrial, or less than 5,000 square feet of retail or office space.

124 FLOOR AREA RATIO LIMIT -- 9 to 1.

Art. 2.5 HEIGHT CONTROLS -- See Height and Bulk Zoning Maps and Standards in Article 2.5 of the City Planning Code.

Art. 6 SIGN CONTROLS -- Generally see Section 607 in Article 6, City Planning Code. Projection: 75 percent of sidewalk width. Maximum height of freestanding sign: 40 feet.

-- FRONT SETBACK AND SIDE YARDS -- None required.

134 REAR YARD -- 25 percent of lot depth at level occupied by dwelling units.

 

CHINATOWN COMMUNITY BUSINESS DISTRICT SUMMARY

 

Planning Code Sec.

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SUMMARY OF DISTRICT STANDARDS

CHINATOWN RESIDENTIAL NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT

Planning Code Sec.

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).

SUMMARY OF DISTRICT STANDARDS

CHINATOWN VISITOR RETAIL DISTRICT

Planning Code Sec.

811.1 CHINATOWN VISITOR RETAIL DISTRICT -- The Chinatown Visitor Retail Neighborhood Commercial District extends along Grant Avenue between California and Jackson Streets. This district contains a concentration of shopping bazaars, art goods stores, and restaurants that attract visitors and shoppers and contribute to the City's visual and economic diversity. Grant Avenue provides an important link between Downtown retail shopping and the Broadway, North Beach and Fisherman's Wharf areas.

Art. 8 USES -- This district is intended to preserve the street's present character and scale and to accommodate uses primarily appealing to visitors (e.g. tourist gift shops, jewelry stores, art goods, and large restaurants). In order to promote continuous retail frontage, entertainment, financial services, medical service, automotive and drive-up uses are restricted. Most commercial uses, except financial services are permitted on the first two stories. There are also special controls on fast-food restaurants and tourist hotels.

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 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. (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 2.0:1. For exceptions from FAR limits see Section 124(b) and 124.1.

811.91 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).

SUMMARY OF STANDARDS FOR THE

M-1 AND M-2 ​(LIGHT AND HEAVY INDUSTRY) DISTRICTS

Planning Code Sec.

210.5 M-1 (LIGHT INDUSTRIAL) DISTRICTS -- These districts provide land for industrial development. In general, the M-1 Districts are more suitable for smaller industries dependent upon truck transportation while the M-2 Districts are more suitable for larger industries served by rail and water transportation and by large utility lines. In M-1 Districts, most industries are permitted, with the large or noxious ones excluded. The permitted industries have certain requirements as to enclosure, screening and minimum distance from residential districts.

210.6 M-2 (HEAVY INDUSTRIAL) DISTRICTS -- These districts are the least restricted as to use and are located at the eastern edge of the City, separated from residential and commercial areas. The heavier industries are permitted, with fewer requirements as to screening and enclosure than in M-1 Districts, but some uses are permitted only as a conditional use or at some distance from residential districts.

Art. 2 USES -- Manufacturing, wholesale, storage, retail, repair, service uses permitted. Auto-wreckers and certain other uses including residential use are conditional uses requiring authorization by Planning Commission.

215(a) DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- One for each 800 square feet of lot area, or density of nearest R District whichever provides the greatest density.

151 OFF-STREET PARKING -- 1 parking stall for each dwelling unit. Based upon "occupied floor area" as defined in Section 102 of the Planning Code: 1 space for each 2,000 square feet of warehouse, 1 for 1,500 square feet of industrial, 1 for 500 square feet of business office or retail and 1 for 300 square feet of medical office. See Table 151 of the Planning Code for parking requirements for other uses. No parking required for less than 10,000 square feet of warehouse, less than 7,500 square feet of industrial, or less than 5,000 square feet of retail or office space.

124 FLOOR AREA RATIO LIMIT -- 5 to 1

Art. 2.5 HEIGHT CONTROLS -- See Height and Bulk Zoning Maps and Height and Bulk Standards in Article 2.5 of the City Planning Code.

Art. 6 SIGN CONTROLS -- Generally see Section 607. Projection: 75 percent of sidewalk width. Height of freestanding sign: 40 feet. General advertising (billboards) generally permitted.

FRONT SETBACK AND SIDE YARDS -- None required.

134 REAR YARD -- 25 percent of lot length at levels occupied by dwelling units.

SUMMARY OF DISTRICT STANDARDS

RESIDENTIAL ENCLAVE DISTRICT (RED)

Planning Code Sec.

813 RED (RESIDENTIAL ENCLAVE) DISTRICT -- Residential Enclave Districts (RED) encompass the clusters of low-scale, medium density, predominantly residential neighborhoods located along the narrow side streets of the South of Market SLR district. Within these predominantly residential enclaves lie a number of vacant parcels, parking lots and other properties in open storage use. These properties are undeveloped or underdeveloped and are viewed as opportunity sites for new, moderate-income, in-fill housing.

Art. 8 USES -- Dwelling units are permitted as a principal use. Social services and institutional uses are permitted as conditional uses. Existing commercial activities in nonresidential structures may continue as nonconforming uses subject to the termination requirements of Sections 185 and 186.

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 (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 1:1.

813.03 DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- One unit per 400 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 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 60 sq. ft. of open space.

151 PARKING -- Parking spaces for dwelling units require one space for each dwelling unit; 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.

SUMMARY OF STANDARDS FOR THE

RSD (RESIDENTIAL/SERVICE MIXED USE) DISTRICT

Planning Code Sec.

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.

SUMMARY OF STANDARDS

SOUTH PARK DISTRICT (SPD)

Planning Code Sec.

814 SPD (SOUTH PARK) DISTRICT -- South Park is an attractive affordable mixed-use neighborhood. The South Park District (SPD) is intended to preserve the scale, density and mix of commercial and residential activities within this unique neighborhood. The district is characterized by small-scale, continuous-frontage warehouse, retail and residential structures built in a ring around an oval-shaped, grassy park. Retention of the existing structures is encouraged, as is a continued mix of uses and in-fill development, which contributes positively to the neighborhood scale and use mix.

Art. 8 USES -- Most retail, general commercial, office, service/light industrial, arts, and residential activities are permitted. Group housing, social services, and other institutional uses are conditional 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 (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 2.5:1.

814.03 DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- One unit per 600 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 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 80 sq. ft. of open space.

151 PARKING -- Parking spaces for dwelling units require one space for each dwelling unit; 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.

SUMMARY OF DISTRICT STANDARDS

SERVICE/LIGHT INDUSTRIAL/RESIDENTIAL (SLR) MIXED USE DISTRICT

Planning Code Sec.

816 SLR (SERVICE/LIGHT INDUSTRIAL/RESIDENTIAL) DISTRICT -- The Service/Light Industrial/Residential (SLR) Mixed Use District is designed to maintain and facilitate the growth and expansion of small scale light industrial, home and business service, wholesale distribution, arts production and performance/exhibition activities, live/work use, general commercial and neighborhood-serving retail and personal service activities while protecting existing housing and encouraging the development of housing and live/work space at a scale and density compatible with the existing neighborhood. 

Art. 8 USES -- Retail, general commercial, home, personal and business services, light industrial, institutional, cultural arts and artisan, live/work space, parking and residential activities would be permitted as principal uses. General office, hotels, nighttime entertainment, movie theaters, adult entertainment and heavy industrial uses are not permitted.

Art. 2.5 HEIGHT AND BULK -- Generally 65 or 50 feet and "X" bulk limit. 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 would be 2.5:1. Exemptions from FAR limits include but are not limited to: floor area devoted to childcare facilities.

816.03 DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- One dwelling unit per 200 feet of lot area. 

134 REAR YARDS -- A 25 percent rear yard would be required at the first level of residential use.

135 OPEN SPACE -- Open space would be required for all commercial and industrial uses, at the following ratios: one square foot of open space per 250 gross square feet of general commercial development, which includes retail, personal service, and wholesale trade space (1:250); 1:120 for home and business service space, manufacturing and light industrial space; and 1:90 for office space. Alternatively, the controls allow payment of an in-lieu fee at $.80 per square foot of required open space. Residences would be required 36 square feet of open space per unit.

151 PARKING -- Parking spaces for dwelling units could be compact car-street; workspace for architects and engineers would require one parking space per 1,000 square feet of floor area (1:1000); artist and artisan production and performance spaces and live/work units would have a 1:2000 requirement.

SUMMARY OF DISTRICT STANDARDS

SERVICE/LIGHT INDUSTRIAL (SLI) DISTRICT

Planning Code Sec.

817 SLI (SERVICE/LIGHT INDUSTRIAL) DISTRICTS -- The Service/Light Industrial District is designed to protect and facilitate the expansion of existing general commercial, manufacturing, home and business service, live/work use, arts uses, light industrial activities and small design professional office firms.

Art. 8 USES -- Retail, general commercial, home, personal and business services, light industrial, institutional, cultural arts and artisan, live/work space, and parking would be permitted as principal uses.

Existing group housing and dwelling units are protected from demolition or conversion to nonresidential use and development of group housing and low-income affordable dwelling units are permitted as a conditional use. 

General office, hotels, movie theaters, nighttime entertainment and adult entertainment uses are not permitted.

Art. 2.5 HEIGHT AND BULK -- Generally 50 feet and "X" bulk limit, indicating no bulk controls, with limited exceptions. 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 would be 2.5:1. Exemptions from FAR limits include but are not limited to: floor area devoted to childcare facilities; and floor area devoted to live/work units when such floor area exceeds the basic FAR limit, subject to the limitations of Section 102.9(b)(19) of the Planning Code.

817.03 DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- New dwelling units (or group housing) at a ratio of one dwelling per 200 square feet of lot area (one bedroom per 70 square feet for group housing) would be permitted as conditional use only if low-income pursuant to Section 803.5 of the City Planning Code. 

135 OPEN SPACE -- Open space would be required for all commercial and industrial uses, at the following ratios: one square foot of open space per 250 gross square feet of general commercial development, which includes retail, personal service, and wholesale trade space (1:250); 1:120 for home and business service space; 1:120 for manufacturing and light industrial space; and 1:90 for office space. Alternatively, the controls allow payment of an in-lieu fee at $.80 per square foot of required open space. Residences would be required 36 square feet of open space per unit.

151 PARKING -- Parking spaces for dwelling units could be compact car-street; workspace for architects and engineers would require one parking space per 1,000 sq. ft. of floor area (1:1000). 

SUMMARY OF DISTRICT STANDARDS

SERVICE/SECONDARY OFFICE (SSO) DISTRICT

Planning Code Sec.

818 SSO (SERVICE/SECONDARY OFFICE) DISTRICTS -- This district is designed to accommodate small scale light industrial, home and business service, arts activities, live/work uses, and small scale, professional office space and large-floor-plate "back office" space for sales and clerical work forces. Nighttime entertainment is permitted as a conditional use. Demolition or conversion of existing group housing or dwelling units require conditional use authorization.

Art. 8 USES -- Offices, retail, general commercial home, personal and business services, light industrial, institutional, cultural arts and artisan, live/work space, parking would be permitted as principal uses. Residential activities and nighttime entertainment uses would require conditional use approval.

Art. 2.5 HEIGHT AND BULK -- See Height and Bulk Zoning Maps and Standards in Article 2.5 of the City Planning Code.

124 FLOOR AREA RATIO LIMIT -- Properties within a 130-foot height limit would be permitted a 4.5 to 1 FAR, properties within a 65- or 80-foot height district would be permitted a 4:1 FAR; the FAR for all other properties would be 3.0:1. Exemptions from FAR limits include but are not limited to: residential space; floor area devoted to childcare facilities; and floor area devoted to live/work units when such floor area exceeds the basic FAR limit, subject to the limitations of Section 102.9(b)(19) of the Planning Code.

818.03 DWELLING UNIT DENSITY -- One dwelling unit per 200 feet of lot area.

134 REAR YARD -- A 25 percent rear yard would be required at the first level of residential use.

135 OPEN SPACE -- Open space would be required for all commercial and industrial uses, at the following ratios: one square foot of open space per 250 gross square feet of general commercial development, which includes retail, personal service, and wholesale trade space (1:250); 1:120 for home and business service space, manufacturing and light industrial space; and 1:90 for office space. Alternatively, the controls allow payment of an in-lieu fee at $.80 per square foot of required open space. Residences would be required 36 square feet of open space per unit.

151 PARKING -- Parking spaces for dwelling units could be compact car-sized; work space for architects and engineers are one parking space per 1,000 square feet of floor area (1:1000); SSO business offices have a 1:750 requirement; live/work units have a 1:2000 requirement.