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Central SoMa Plan Passes The Board of Supervisors With Unanimous Approval!

After more than seven years of community planning, the Central SoMa Plan received final and unanimous approval from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, December 4, 2018. The Plan, bounded by Market Street, Townsend Street, 2nd Street, and 6th Street, will create an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable neighborhood that benefits current local residents without compromising future generations. It is projected to add more than 8,800 housing units (over 33% of which will be affordable), facilitate new jobs that pay a living wage and are union-supported, and fund over $2 billion dollars of public benefits for the growing neighborhood. 


Plan Adoption Overview

On February 27, 2018 Mayor Farrell and Supervisor Kim introduced the Central SoMa Planning Code and Zoning Map amendments at the Board of Supervisors.

On March 1, 2018 the Planning Commission initiated the Central SoMa Plan and affiliated General Plan Amendments.

On March 28, 2018 the Planning Department released the Response to Comments for the Central SoMa Environmental Impact Report (EIR). This Response to Comments, combined with the Draft EIR, form the Plan's Final EIR.

Please note that the public review period ended on February 13, 2017. The Planning Commission does not conduct a hearing to receive comments on the Responses to Comments document, and no such hearing is required by the California Environmental Quality Act. Interested parties, however, may always write to Commission members or to the President of the Commission at 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, 94103, and express an opinion on the Responses to Comments document, or on the Commission's decision to certify the completion of the Final EIR for this project.

On April 5, 2018 the Planning Department released the errata to the Environmental Impact Report for the Central SoMa Plan and the Case Report for the April 12th adoption hearing, which was postponed until May 10th.

On April 10, 2018 Mayor Farrell and Supervisor Kim introduced substitute Ordinances regarding Central SoMa's proposed Zoning Map Amendments and Planning Code and Administrative Code Amendments.

On May 1, 2018 Mayor Farrell and Supervisor Kim introduced a Housing Sustainability District Ordinance for Central SoMa.

On May 9, 2018 the Planning Department released the errata to the Environmental Impact Report for the Central SoMa Plan.

On May 10, 2018 the Planning Commission unanimously adopted the Central SoMa Plan and issued the following:

Draft Plan and Plan Refinement

Plan Vision

The vision of the Central SoMa Plan is for the creation of a sustainable neighborhood by 2040, in that the neighborhood meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. The Central SoMa Plan seeks to achieve sustainability in each of its aspects – social, economic, and environmental.

Central SOMA plan viewPlan Area

The Central SoMa Plan Area consists of the rectangle bounded by Market Street, Townsend Street, 2nd Street, and 6th Street. Most of the changes discussed below are only applicable to the "Eastern Neighborhoods" portion of the Plan Area, although transportation improvements extend to the "Downtown" portion as well.

Expected Results

The Plan would enable the development of up to 32,500 jobs and 8,5500 housing units. Such development would result in over to $2 Billion in public benefits to serve the neighborhood, including:

  • Affordable Housing: 33% of total units
  • Transit: $500 Million investment
  • Complete Streets: Safe and comfortable for people walking and biking
  • Open Space and Recreation: Transformative improvement (parks, POPOS, Rec Center, etc.)
  • Environmental Sustainability: Investment towards an Eco-District
  • Production, Distribution, and Repair (including Arts): No net loss of space due to Plan
  • Cultural Preservation & Community Services: Funding towards preserving and celebrating the neighborhood's tangible and intangible resources
  • Schools and Children: Funding to support expanding population

Project Context and Existing Conditions

The desire for a Central SoMa Plan (Plan) began during the Eastern Neighborhoods planning process. In 2008 the City adopted the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan, including new land use controls and proposed community improvements for the eastern part of the South of Market neighborhood (SoMa), as well as the Central Waterfront, Mission, and Showplace Square/Potrero Hill neighborhoods. At that time, the City determined that the development potential of the surrounding area, coupled with the improved transit provided by the Central Subway, necessitated a separate, focused planning process that took into account the city's growth needs and City and regional environmental goals.

Click here for more on the Project Context and Existing Conditions.

Public Outreach and Engagement

The Central SoMa Plan is the result of seven years of intensive public engagement, involving over a thousand people and an untold number of conversations. We appreciate all the input we received and everyone's willingness to share their concerns, insights, and dreams. The goal of this Plan is to reflect the collective wisdom of the community at this time in a way that sustains it far into the future.

To see all of the information from our public hearings and public meetings, as well as to see other public outreach and engagement strategies undertaken for the Plan, click here.

Environmental Review

Before the Central SoMa Plan can be adopted, it requires the certification of a Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) per the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The Central SoMa Draft EIR was released in December 2016 and the Response to Comments was released in March 2018. Combined these two documents form the Final EIR. To see more information on the environmental review for the Plan, click here.


Make sure to sign up to be on our project mailing list to get updates on the Central SoMa planning process. Questions, comments, and suggestions on this planning effort should be directed to:

Lisa Chen
San Francisco Planning Department
1650 Mission Street
Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 575-9124