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Greater SoMa Community Facility Needs Assessment

The Greater SoMa Community Facility Needs Assessment plans for equitable access to community facilities to serve existing and future residents in the greater South of Market area.

Our survey is now closed. Thank you for participating.

The Planning Department is in the early stages of the Greater SoMa Community Facilities Needs Assessment, which aims to identify the capital needs of different types of community facilities  in the greater South of Market area, including the Tenderloin, Mission Bay, Showplace Square and Market and Octavia neighborhoods.  An analysis of existing facilities in these neighborhoods is necessary to understand current use and to develop a plan to accommodate the needs of existing and future residents.

The Greater SoMa Community will identify their priorities for community facilities, identify opportunities to locate community facilities, and help create a framework for prioritizing new and improved facilities. As the population of the SoMa area continues to grow, this assessment will help guide city agencies as they plan and allocate resources for new and improved facilities.


The COVID-19 pandemic is intensifying many of the equity and accessibility challenges already facing San Francisco’s residents. It is hitting communities of color and low-income communities the hardest and straining already scarce resources. The pandemic is also causing unprecedented and unpredictable populations shifts, and changes to what we need from our community facilities. Large numbers of San Franciscans choosing to move elsewhere for the first time in a generation may alter the anticipated population growth, and public health concerns surrounding in-person use of community facilities may prevent or complicate how these facilities are used. As we work to comprehend these rapidly developing changes, the Greater SoMa Community Facility Needs Assessment provides an opportunity to memorialize which facilities are of highest need and value to residents, and help to  ensure that future planning and capital improvements are rooted in community priorities.


Phase 1: August 2020 – March 2021 

  • Develop inventory of existing community facilities
  • Understand community facility needs from existing residents 
  • Analysis of existing standards for community facilities
  • Connect with stakeholders and community groups to shape the outreach approach and gather input on community facility needs
  • Interagency coordination 

Phase 2: March 2021 – April 2021 

  • Share key findings from inventory of existing community facilities  
  • Share key findings from community input on community facility needs
  • Apply existing nexus standards to community facilities (where applicable) to understand what is needed
  • Connect with stakeholders and community groups to shape the outreach approach and gather input on priorities for community facilities
  • Interagency coordination

Phase 3: May 2021 – June 2021 

  • Share findings, incorporate feedback from Phase 2 of outreach 

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San Francisco Planning is conducting a short, anonymous survey to get feedback from stakeholders in the Greater SoMa area. Your feedback will help us better understand your needs and priorities as we study community facilities in your neighborhood. The results of this survey will help our partner agencies plan for community facilities, improvements to existing facilities, and ensure these decisions reflect the needs and goals of the community. Thank you for taking a few moments to let us know about your experiences and priorities for community facilities. For information in a language of your choice, please call 628.652.7550. Please note that the Planning Department will need at least one business day to respond.

El Departamento de Planificación de San Francisco está realizando una encuesta breve y anónima para saber la opinión de las partes interesadas en el área del Greater SoMa. A medida que estudiamos las instalaciones comunitarias en su vecindario, sus comentarios nos ayudarán a comprender mejor sus necesidades y prioridades. Los resultados de esta encuesta ayudarán a las agencias con las que estamos asociados a planificar instalaciones comunitarias, mejorar las instalaciones existentes y garantizar que estas decisiones reflejen las necesidades y los objetivos de la comunidad. Gracias por dedicar un momento para informarnos sobre sus experiencias y prioridades acerca de las instalaciones comunitarias.Para información en Español llamar al 628.652.7550. Tenga en cuenta que el Departamento de Planificación necesitará al menos un día hábil para responder.

三藩市規劃署正在進行一項簡短的匿名調查,以向大市場南 (SoMa) 區的利益相關者徵集回饋意見。您的意見有助於我們在研究您所在鄰里的社區設施時對您的需求和優先事項有更好的瞭解。調查結果將由我們的合作機構用於規劃社區設施,改善現有設施,並確保相關決策符合社區的需求和目標。感謝您撥冗與我們分享您的社區設施體驗和關注重點。如果您需要中文的帮助, 请致电628.652.7550。请注意, 计划部门至少需要一个工作日才能做出回应。

Ang San Francisco Planning (Departamento ng Pagpaplano ng San Francisco) ay nagsasagawa ng survey na maikli at hindi tinutukoy ang pagkakakilanlan upang makuha ang saloobin ng mga stakeholder sa lugar ng Greater SoMa. Ang iyong saloobin ay makakatulong sa aming maunawaan nang mas mabuti ang iyong mga pangangailangan at priyoridad habang pinag-aaralan namin ang mga pasilidad na pangkomunidad sa iyong kapitbahayan. Makakatulong ang mga resulta ng survey na ito sa aming mga kaakibat na ahensyang magplano para sa mga pasilidad na pangkomunidad, sa mga pagpapabuti sa mga kasalukuyang pasilidad, at matiyak na ang mga pagpapasyang ito ay sumasalamin sa mga pangangailangan at mithiin ng komunidad.  Salamat sa paglaan ng ilang panahon para ipaalam sa amin ang tungkol sa iyong mga karanasan at priyoridad para sa mga pasilidad ng komunidad. Para sa impormasyon sa Tagalog tumawag sa 628.652.7550. Paki tandaan na mangangailangan ang Planning Department ng hindi kukulangin sa isang araw na pantrabaho para makasagot.


The Greater SoMa Community Facilities Needs Assessment project team is currently joining existing events to share information on the project.

Please contact us by e-mailing Dylan.Hamilton@sfgov.org or Svetha.Ambati@sfgov.org to schedule a presentation at your event.