Minor Zoning Modifications

The San Francisco Planning Department can work with community stakeholders to identify minor modifications to land use controls that can support the development of a healthier commercial district.

What is Zoning?

Zoning regulates the use of land and the physical characteristics for new development. It establishes what uses are allowed on a property (e.g. residential, commercial, industrial) as well as density, building heights, access to parking and loading, and required open space, among a variety of other matters. Zoning also addresses the balance of uses in an area by allowing certain uses and prohibiting others. In the neighborhood commercial districts, for example, a broad range of neighborhood-serving uses (e.g. restaurants, cafes, grocery stores) are allowed and uses that aren’t appropriate to a neighborhood (e.g. heavy industrial) are prohibited.

What types of changes in Zoning could be proposed through the Invest in Neighborhoods Project?

Minor zoning changes could be proposed. Examples of minor zoning changes may include a proposal to change a specific commercial use (e.g. office) to another type of use (e.g. formula retail) that is allowed or prohibited in the neighborhood. Allowing a five-foot building height increase to enhance the sidewalk-level retail environment is also a minor zoning change. Any type of proposed change to the code would be developed with the community to determine if there is a desire to make such changes.

To learn more, visit the website of the SF Planning Department, contact the City Hall Liaison for your neighborhood, or contact Meneka Mohan at the Planning Department at meneka.mohan@sfgov.org.

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