Over the past several years, the Planning Department, in collaboration with community stakeholders, has developed and adopted several Area Plans to guide neighborhood growth and change, and imagine community improvements and programs 20 years into the future.
The Planning Department’s Implementation Group helps to turn the visions from these recently-adopted Area Plans into on-the-ground improvements, working with community members, development project sponsors, and City agencies.
What is a Capital Project?
A capital project
is a project that constructs new or improved city infrastructure, such as sewers, transit lines, parks, and libraries. Capital projects are distinguished from funding for routine maintenance such as street cleaning or graffiti removal, and from programs and operations, such as providing transit service or economic assistance programs. Capital planning
is the process of programming expected funds for capital improvements over a particular time horizon, such as 5 or 10 years.
In some cases, developers can get credit for part of all of their development impact fees by building ‘in-kind’ improvements
. Find out more: In-Kind Agreements
As the Area Plan neighborhoods gain new residents and workers, there is an accompanying need for improved public infrastructure and amenities, such as parks, street improvements, transit, childcare centers, and libraries. These infrastructure improvements (also known as capital projects) are essential to fulfilling the Area Plans’ visions for complete neighborhoods.
Most recently-adopted Area Plans include fees on new development (called “impact fees”), which would partially fund the physical changes necessary to support new residents. The Implementation Group works with other City agencies and Community Advisory Committees (CACs) to help decide how to spend these revenues towards specific infrastructure projects.
Community Advisory Committees
To help the City set priorities for community improvements in certain neighborhoods, the City has established Community Advisory Committees (CACs) in the Market and Octavia and Eastern Neighborhoods Community Plan Areas.
Committee members are appointed by the Mayor or the Board of Supervisors. CAC meetings are open to the public.
Community and Economic Development Programs
In addition to the infrastructure improvements envisioned in the Area Plans, there is a corresponding need for community and economic development to help realize complete neighborhoods and support the local community as it responds to land use changes and new development. The Area Plans identify a number of programs to strengthen economic development, social capital, and cultural vibrancy.
Related Plans and Projects
Plan Implementation Highlights
- City awarded $2.6 million grant to build new 17th and Folsom park in the Mission District.
- City awarded $1.5 million to plan transportation improvements in the Eastern Neighborhoods through EN Trips
- Potrero Kids Pre-School opened in the Central Waterfront - built by a private developer through an Eastern Neighborhoods in-kind agreement
- New street and pedestrian access built as part of a new development on Ocean Avenue - created through a Balboa Park in-kind agreement
- Hayes Street in Hayes Valley converted from a one-way to a two-way street, using Market and Octavia impact fee revenue (Fall 2011)
- Over $4 million in grants awarded to Mission District streetscape improvements, including plaza and pedestrian improvements at the 24th Street/Mission BART station and streetscape/transit improvements on Folsom Street
- Planning Department and agency partners completed EN Trips report, Mission District Streetscape Plan and Showplace Square Open Space Plan, which identify and design specific streetscape and transportation improvements in the Eastern Neighborhoods
- Planning Department received CalTrans Community-Based Transportation Planning grant to plan for a living alleyway and pedestrian network in the Market and Octavia area – Coming Soon!
Monitoring Plan Success
The following reports provide snapshots of the success of certain Area Plans, assessing development patterns, impact fee projections, and capital projects.
Monitoring Reports for Individual Plan Areas
Department of Building Inspection – Development Impact Fee Register
Planning Code Article 4 – Development Impact Fees
Administrative Code Section 36 – Interagency Plan Implementation Committee
San Francisco's 10-Year Capital Plan
Adam Varat, Manager
Kearstin Dischinger, Lead Planner
Community and Economic Development Programs
Claudia Flores, Lead Planner