Surveys help to identify important individual historic or cultural resources and potential districts which may qualify for local or national preservation incentives, and can help inform the development of neighborhood-specific guidelines that protect neighborhood character.

In addition to identifying important individual historic or cultural resources and potential districts, a survey can help identify buildings that qualify for local or national preservation incentives or inform the development of neighborhood-specific guidelines that protect neighborhood character.

The Survey Program has recently embarked upon development of the San Francisco Citywide Historic & Cultural Context Statement (SF Context Statement). The SF Context Statement will facilitate and guide the completion of neighborhood and thematic surveys, as well as evaluations of individual properties, in all areas of San Francisco. It will provide a comprehensive framework for surveying, identifying and evaluating San Francisco's historic and cultural resources. For more information, see the SF Context Statement Work Plan.

Initiatives

Survey Programs

A Survey Program focuses primarily on areas which are subject to long-range planning efforts, such as Area Plans and Better Neighborhoods Plans. Additional surveys address neighborhoods or topics that are also important for planning purposes.

Historic Context Statements

A typical Area Plan survey includes the development of a Historic Context Statement, documentation and evaluation of buildings on DPR-523 forms, and identification of potential Historic Districts and individually significant properties. This level of documentation and evaluation helps inform the public, property owners, government officials, and those who do business in San Francisco, making environmental review more transparent.

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