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Health Care Services Master Plan Update (2019)

CANCELLED - Joint Health and Planning Commission Hearing – The March 12, 2020 joint hearing of the Health Commission and Planning Commission for the Health Care Services Master Plan has been postponed. When scheduled, the hearing date will be posted here. The final Plan is available here.

The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the San Francisco Planning Department are updating the Health Care Services Master Plan (HCSMP), for anticipated adoption in winter 2020. The HCSMP identifies current and projected needs for health care services in San Francisco, with a focus on vulnerable populations. The HCSMP is used by the Health Commission, Planning Commission, and the Board of Supervisors to guide health care and land use policy decisions.

The first Plan (the 2013 HCSMP) was adopted and came into effect on December 26, 2013, after an extensive public process. Planning Code Section 342 (Ordinance No. 300- 10) requires the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) and the San Francisco Planning Department to update the HCSMP. 

The goals of the 2019 update to the HCSMP are to:

  • Provide the most current and available local and state data describing health care services, capacity, utilization, as well as the distribution of health care services
  • Highlight health disparities and critical health care and development issues that have emerged since 2013
  • Update the assessment of land use controls and trends in medical services
  • Update the HCSMP Consistency Determination guidelines
  • Develop supporting legislation and longer-term policy recommendations to improve access to care

The anticipated timeline for developing and adopting the 2019 HCSMP is as follows:

November 15, 2019 Conclude Public Outreach
December 12, 2019 Informational Hearing at the Planning Commission
January 10, 2019 - February 20, 2020 Public Comment Period
All comments should be submitted to
February 4, 2020 Informational Hearing at the Health Commission
Cancelled - March 26, 2020
Reschedule for early summer 2020
Initiation Hearing of the proposed General Plan Amendment at Planning Commission (tentative)
Summer 2020 Joint Planning Commission & Public Health Commission Plan Adoption Hearing
Planning Commission Adoption Hearing on Supporting Legislation
Planning Commission Adoption Hearing on General Plan Amendment
Fall 2020 Board Committees and Hearings (dates TBD)

Outreach and Adoption

Outreach activities supporting the development of the 2019 HCSMP include:

  • Interviews with stakeholders in the health care and social services, real estate development, and neighborhood planning fields to hear their perspectives on San Francisco's current and future health care needs and trends in medical facility development
  • Briefings to advocacy organizations and stakeholders
  • A public workshop
  • A public comment period
  • Public hearings at the Planning Commission, Health Commission, and the Board of Supervisors
    Materials and information from these events will be updated below. To receive updates on upcoming events and hearings, subscribe for email updates using the Contact tab.

Meetings and Hearings

Information will be posted here when items are completed.