Recommendations Citywide for Community Facilities

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In an effort to identify gaps and find potential for integration across City agencies, the Southeast Framework recommends the following to ensure that the quality of life and access to amenities and services is equivalent to those enjoyed by all neighborhoods of San Francisco.

Allow and incentivize community uses at the ground floor

Bayview Library © Bruce Damonte

The City should explore locations where community facilities could be programmed into existing ground floors. In many instances ground floor spaces remain vacant although rents remain high. Community serving uses are a viable ground floor use that benefit the development project and activate the ground floor. Ground floor uses should consider flood maps and reduce risk and damage where possible.

Responsible Agency: Office of Economic Workforce & Development, Planning

Include new community space in master developments taking into account long term resiliency

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The City should integrate space for community facilities into new developments. These community spaces provide amenities for new residents as well as existing residents. The exact type and scale of facilities can be determined per project in the initial planning phase.

Responsible Agency: Real Estate, Capital Planning

Study co-location of community facilities

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The City should coordinate agencies to co-locate complementary uses. This could take different forms, programming a shared space or sharing a building or a parcel. It can be cost effective for agencies to co-locate and share resources, and it can be more convenient for the population that is being served.

Responsible Agency: Capital Planning, Office of Economic Workforce & Development

Maximize the use of existing City facilities

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Consider physical expansion of existing community facilities to increase capacity within existing the building. In many cases it may be more cost effective to redesign and rebuild an existing building to increase capacity.

Responsible Agency: All

Increase budget for staffing, management, and maintenance costs

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Existing facilities can expand service to residents by increasing the budget to allow for increased hours of operation and additional staffing. Compared to building new facilities, this is a relatively inexpensive way to increase service and ensures that the City is using its existing assets to their fullest.

Responsible Agency: Each Agency, Mayor’s budget office

Ensure more robust data collection, data sharing and analytical capacity to better understand how facilities are used today and in the future

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City agencies should collect data from users and residents to understand how their facilities are being used and where there is overcrowding. This data collection should inform changes to existing operations including hours of operation, type of programming, and equipment which respond to demographic changes.

Responsible Agency: All

Develop a citywide process to identify and prioritize new community facilities

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The City should develop a near term and long term community facilities plan to understand how population growth will affect their facilities. Agencies should regularly discuss their needs with Capital Planning to best serve the existing and future population of San Francisco.

Responsible Agency: Capital Planning, Each Agency

Study the creation of a public lands policy for community facilities

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Currently the City’s policy is to build housing on surplus public lands. This is not informed by analysis of future community facility needs. There is not a formal policy or program to plan for new community facilities.

Responsible Agency: Capital Planning