Community Benefit Districts (CBDs) strive to improve the overall quality of life in targeted commercial districts and mixed-use neighborhoods through a partnership between the City and local communities. Once an area has voted to establish a CBD, local property owners are levied a special assessment to fund improvements to their neighborhood. The funds are administered by a non-profit organization established by the neighborhood.
Currently, San Francisco has 12 neighborhood CBDs:
In 2004, the City and County of San Francisco augmented the California Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994 with the passage of Article 15 of the San Francisco Business and Tax Regulations Code. Article 15 lengthened the initial term that a district could be in place from 5 to 15 years and lowered the weighted petition threshold required to initiate the legislative approval process and the special ballot election from 50% to 30%. This legislation, combined with a new technical assistance program initiated by then Mayor Gavin Newsom through the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD), was instrumental in easing the process for the formation of new CBD districts in San Francisco.
In 2012, a CBD Impact Analysis was headed by OEWD. Data was gathered from City agencies, external data providers, Certified Public Accountant audited financial statements, and a survey instrument administered to CBD executive directors. In summary, the data and research synthesized by OEWD’s evaluation provides strong justification for the continuation of City support for the CBD program, and for making new investments in neighborhood commercial districts. The full report can be found here.
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For CBD resources, click here.
For more information, visit OEWD’s website or e-mail Crezia Tano at Crezia.Tano@sfgov.org, Chris Corgas at Christopher.Corgas@sfgov.org or Richard Kurylo at Richard.Kurylo@sfgov.org.