San Francisco Planning is responsible for the City’s comprehensive planning and policy direction regarding land use and community development. We seek to foster places that are livable, inclusive, sustainable, and economically vital by guiding and managing growth at both the neighborhood and citywide level. Through extensive engagement and dialogue with community stakeholders and other public agencies, we consider issues related to land use, housing, design, historic preservation, public space, community facilities, transportation, and economic development.

Planning engages in policy development and comprehensive planning in several ways: citywide land use and development policy, including engagement at the regional level; working with communities to craft comprehensive area plans for specific neighborhoods; and crafting site-specific master plans for large development sites.  These efforts look at today’s needs as well as those of the long-term, 25 years and further in the future.

Land Use Policy and Regional Coordination

Area Plans

Area Plans are comprehensive policy visions that guide the development and evolution of specific neighborhoods. These efforts are generally adopted to the City’s General Plan and make changes to zoning, design policies, inventory needed public improvements, and establish financial and implementation frameworks to guide the evolution and development for each specific district.

Area Plan projects currently underway include:

Adopted Area Plans

Plan Projects (prior to adoption)
Area Plans in General Plan

Central SoMa Area Plan (completed 2018)

under development

Transit Center District Plan (completed 2012)

Transit Center District Sub Area Plan
of the Downtown Area Plan

Glen Park Community Plan (completed 2012)

Glen Park Community Plan

Eastern Neighborhoods Plans
Mission, East SoMa, Western SoMa, Showplace Square/Potrero, Central Waterfront
(completed 2008/2013)

Mission Area Plan

East SoMa (South of Market) Area Plan

Western SoMa Area Plan

Showplace Square/Potrero Area Plan

Central Waterfront Area Plan

Balboa Park Station Area Plan (completed 2009)

Balboa Park Station Area Plan

Market & Octavia Area Plan (completed 2008)

Market & Octavia Area Plan

Rincon Hill Plan (completed 2005)

Rincon Hill Plan

General Plan

For a full list of adopted Area Plans, see the San Francisco General Plan.

Implementing our Plans

Infrastructure improvements such as improved public infrastructure and amenities, such as parks, street improvements, transit, childcare centers, and libraries are essential to fulfilling the Area Plans’ visions for complete neighborhoods.

Most recently-adopted Area Plans include fees on new development called impact fees that partially fund these public improvements. To help the City set priorities for community improvements, the City has established Community Advisory Committees (CACs) in certain plan areas. Committee members are appointed by the Mayor or the Board of Supervisors, and CAC meetings are open to the public. 

Land Use & Community Planning Staff