Community Equity

The Department continues to prioritize its resources to identify and develop programs that will help address longstanding inequities within zoning and land use in San Francisco and begin to empower underrepresented communities to share their stories and acknowledge their important contributions. 

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. 

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 Projects

The Racial and Social Equity Action Plan  
The Department’s Racial and Social Equity Action Plan aims to proactively advance equity in the Department’s internal (Phase 1) and external (Phase 2) processes such as community planning, resource allocation, planning laws and process improvements. 

Assessing the Budget through a Racial and Social Equity Budget Tool   
Assessing and allocating budget resources in the Department’s work program areas that proactively advance racial and social equity.  

Impact Analysis  
Developing and implementing an impact analysis approach that seeks to overcome racial and social inequities from applicable development projects.  

Planning Code Audit  
Identifying Planning Code provisions or its implementation that may lead to racial and social inequities and identify solutions to overcome them.  

Historic Preservation  
Embedding racial and social equity into cultural resources processes (such as identification of landmark and historic buildings) to recognize and strengthen priority populations.