San Francisco Planning is committed to ensuring that historically underserved communities have equitable access to opportunities in housing, transportation, economic development, and community services throughout the City.

In 2020, the Planning Commission and Historic Preservation Commission adopted Resolution No. 20738 and Resolution No. 1127 respectively, centering San Francisco Planning’s work program and resource allocation on racial and social equity. As a result, the Department created the Community Equity Division, guiding the Department’s racial and social equity work by:

  • Implementing the Racial and Social Equity Action Plan;

  • Developing policies and programs that invest in the City’s housing inventory, cultural preservation, and economic development for structurally marginalized communities; and

  • Building trust and prioritizing engagement with American Indian, Black, and communities of color

Our work is guided by the Department’s Racial and Social Equity Vision:

We envision inclusive neighborhoods that provide all with the opportunity to lead fulfilling, meaningful, and healthy lives. We envision a city where public life and public spaces reflect the past, present, and future of San Franciscans. We envision a city where a person’s race does not determine their lives’ prospects and successes.

We envision an inclusive Planning Department and Commissions that represent and engage the communities we serve. We envision a Department that proactively infuses racial and social equity in both internal operations and external Planning work. Together, we are reimagining what the Planning field is and can be – inclusive, diverse, and one that centers racial and social equity both as a practice and as an indicator of success.

In order to achieve this broader city vision, we must do our part and address racial and social equity within the Planning Department’s policies and practices.

Priority Programs

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Racial and Social Equity

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DBA Architects / Martinez

Policies and Strategies

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Credit: Brian Rose / DBI Architects

Community Development and Engagement

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