Exterior of Bayview Library photo by Bruce Damonte
Photo: Bruce Damonte

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.

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 – December 2020 

  • 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: February 2021 – March 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 
     

We are in the early process of scoping the project with City agencies and community-based organizations. To sign up for updates on the project and be notified of upcoming meetings, please visit this link. You may also contact us directly with your comments and questions.