warehouses and buildings lit at night
Daniel Austin Hoherd
South of Market

Central SoMa Plan

Project Status: Completed

The Central SoMa Plan is expected to deliver nearly 16 million square feet for new housing and jobs, over $2B in public benefits, including: 33 percent affordable housing, $500M for transit, substantial improvements to open space, streets, and environmental sustainability, and funding for cultural preservation and community services.


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

On December 4, 2018, the Central SoMa Plan was unanimously adopted by the Board of Supervisors.
Find a summary of the amendments introduced by the Board of Supervisors here.

Download the complete Central SoMa Plan & Implementation Strategy as adopted in December 2018. The Plan includes final objectives and policies, plus supporting maps and graphics.The Implementation Strategy includes (A) Implementation Matrix, (B) Public Benefits Package, (C) Guide to Urban Design, (D) Key Development Site Guidelines, and (E) Key Streets Guidance. 


The Central SoMa Plan Area consists of the rectangle bounded by Market Street, Townsend Street, 2nd Street, and 6th Street.

Central Soma Area Plan Map

On October 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the designation of the following Article 10 and 11 historic landmarks and conservation districts.

Central SoMa Article 10 Individual Landmark and Landmark District Designations

  • 180720 - Planning Code - Landmark Designation - 228-248 Townsend Street (aka New Pullman Hotel)
  • 180721 - Planning Code - Landmark Designation - 457 Bryant Street (aka Piledrivers, Bridge, and Structural Ironworkers Local No. 77 Union Hall)
  • 180722 - Planning Code - Landmark Designation - 500-504-4th Street (aka Hotel Utah)
  • 180723 - Planning Code - Clyde and Crooks Warehouse Historic District

Central SoMa Article 11 Designations

  • 180724 - Planning Code - Mint-Mission Conservation District
  • 180725 - Planning Code - Designation of Various Properties as Significant and Contributory in the C-3 District Based on Architectural, Historic and Aesthetic Value
  • 180726 - Planning Code - Amending Kearny-Market-Mason-Sutter Conservation District and Article 11 Designation of 55-5th Street

The Central SoMa Plan is the result of seven years of intensive public engagement. Find information from our public hearings, meetings, and other public outreach and engagement strategies here.

The Central SoMa Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was released in December 2016 and the Response to Comments was released in March 2018. These two documents form the Final EIR, available here.

On September 25, 2018, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected all appeals to the Central SoMa EIR and upheld the certification.

For general questions about the Central SoMa area plan:
Lisa Chen

For questions about active development projects in Central SoMa:
Richard Sucré