Jan
20
12:30 PM12:30

SPUR Lunchtime Forum - Central SoMa: New Ideas From a Community Process

See event info at SPUR website

Rooted in 30 years of community planning and advocacy in SoMa, the TODCO Group has drafted a Central SoMa Community Plan as an alternative to the Planning Department’s proposal for the area. Both plans are evolving in response to dramatic changes in the city’s booming economy and in development policies. Come learn how TODCO hopes to transform and renew the community spirit of SoMa’s past into a shared vision for the future.

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Jun
25
6:00 PM18:00

Annie Alley Redesign Project Meeting #2

This is the second of two public design meetings.

The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District Street Life Plan offers an opportunity to rethink Annie Alley and welcome people into the district. As the design process begins to create an improved pedestrian environment we want to know what you think. Come to the community presentation on what is possible in the alley and participate in the conversation.

RSVP: info@ybcbd.org

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Jun
12
6:00 PM18:00

Help Us Refine the Central Corridor Plan, Community Workshop on 6/12

PLEASE SEE BELOW FROM PLANNING DEPT, VIEW ON WEB HERE

Greetings! We hope that you have had a chance to read through the Central Corridor Draft Plan for public review. The environmental review process is now underway to analyze the Draft Plan; with a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) anticipated for mid-2014, and the Final EIR estimated to be completed at the end of 2014.
 
During the time it will take to complete the environmental review process, the Planning Department will be hosting a series of regular monthly working sessions, or roundtables, on key topics in the Draft Plan. These collaborative, informal sessions will be focused on specific policy or design matters related to the Draft Plan, and will help us refine the Plan, especially its zoning controls and design guidelines, for adoption in late 2014.
 
We are excited to kick off this next phase of discussion and hope you can join us for the first session!
 
Date: Wednesday June 12, 2013
Time: 6:00 – 7:30pm
Location: Mendelsohn House
737 Folsom Street, San Francisco, 94107 
The Mendelsohn House is wheelchair accessible. To request any other disability accommodations please contact Joshua Switzky at 415-575-6815 or joshua.switzky@sfgov.orgat least three business days in advance. Please refrain from wearing scented products to this event.

This first session will not be used to dive into any specific topic, but will be used as a brainstorming session to develop a list of specific topics that you would like to focus on for future sessions. We want to make sure we know what you want to discuss, and which issues are your priorities. Based on conversations to date, a partial preliminary list of these topics includes:

  • Specific use controls (e.g. hotels, formula retail)
  • Lot consolidation
  • Incentives for retention of non-historic buildings
  • Floor Area Ratio/Transferrable Development Rights
  • Setbacks, building bulk controls
  • Key development site design guidelines
  • Open space design

Following the meeting on June 12, we will compile the list and ask the Planning Commissioners at a hearing in late June or early July if there are any topics we have missed. Then, we will create and publish a tentative schedule for future sessions and their topics.
 
Again, you can find the Draft Plan for Public Review for download on the Central Corridor website. We now have beautiful printed copies of the Draft Plan as well as CDs, and they are available for purchase at the Planning Department office ($37 for print, $1 for CD). The Draft Plan can also be viewed at the Planning Department office and copies will soon be available at the SF Public Library.
 
Several people have asked about whether there is a comment period on the Draft Plan. There is no defined comment period on the Draft Plan. We anticipate the Draft Plan will be before decision makers for approval at the end of 2014 through early 2015. You can give us comments soon or take more time to digest the Draft Plan, but the sooner we know what you think, the more time we have to consider your thoughts during the coming months. We look forward to hearing your feedback, which can be provided in a number of ways:

  1. By writing directly to staff at the address below.
  2. By meeting with Planning Department staff. Please contact us to set up a date that works for you. If you’re a member of an organization, we’re happy to come your meeting!
  3. By attending a monthly working session on key topics in the Draft Plan.

We hope to see you on June 12!
 
For comments or more information on the Central Corridor Project, contact:
Joshua Switzky
1650 Mission Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94103
Email: joshua.switzky@sfgov.org
Phone: (415) 575-6815


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May
28
6:00 PM18:00

Annie Alley Redesign Project Meeting #1

This is the first of two public design meetings.

The Yerba Buena Community Benefit District Street Life Plan offers an opportunity to rethink Annie Alley and welcome people into the district. As the design process begins to create an improved pedestrian environment we want to know what you think. Come to the community presentation on what is possible in the alley and participate in the conversation. See flyer here

RSVP: info@ybcbd.or

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May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Preparation of Environmental Impact Report and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting

PUBLIC NOTICE: Availability of Notice of Preparation of Environmental Impact Report and Notice of Public Scoping Meeting

Case No.:               2011.1356E
Project Title:           Central Corridor Plan
Zoning:                   Multiple Use and Height and Bulk Districts
Block/Lot:               Multiple Blocks and Lots
Project Sponsor:      Joshua Switzky, Project Manager, San Francisco Planning Department (415) 575-6815
Staff Contact:          Jessica Range –  (415) 575-9018 Jessica.Range@sfgov.org

A notice of preparation (NOP) of an environmental impact report (EIR) has been prepared by the San Francisco Planning Department in connection with this project. The report is available for public review and comment on the Planning Department’s Negative Declarations and EIRs web page (http://tinyurl.com/sfceqadocs). Paper copies are also available at the Planning Information Center (PIC) counter on the first floor of 1660 Mission Street, San Francisco. Referenced materials are available for review by appointment at the Planning Department's office on the fourth floor of 1650 Mission Street. Call (415) 575-9018 to arrange an appointment.

Project Description: The Central Corridor Plan is a comprehensive plan for the southern portion of the Central Subway transit line, an extension of the Third Street light rail line, in the South of Market neighborhood (SoMa). The Plan area encompasses approximately 260 acres, and is bounded by Market Street to the north, Sixth Street to the west, Second Street to the east, and Townsend Street to the south. The project to be analyzed is the draft Central Corridor Plan published in April 2013, as well as street network changes throughout the Plan area, including specific designs within, and in some cases extending beyond, the Plan area for the following streets: Folsom, Howard, Harrison, Bryant, Brannan, Third, and Fourth streets. The Central Corridor Plan identifies two height options for the Plan area. The EIR will analyze the Plan’s Mid-Rise Height Option (Option A), the Plan’s High-Rise Height Option (Option B), and alternatives to these options as required by CEQA, including a No Project Alternative. Together, the Plan and public realm improvements encompass the proposed project that will be analyzed in the EIR.  

The Planning Department has determined that an EIR must be prepared for the proposed project prior to any final decision regarding whether to approve the project. The purpose of the EIR is to provide information about potential significant physical environmental effects of the proposed project, to identify possible ways to minimize the significant effects, and to describe and analyze possible alternatives to the proposed project. Preparation of an NOP or EIR does not indicate a decision by the City to approve or to disapprove the project. However, prior to making any such decision, decision-makers must review and consider the information contained in the EIR.

The Planning Department will hold a PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING on May 15, 2013 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at The Mendelson House located at 737 Folsom Street, San Francisco, CA 94107. The purpose of this meeting is to receive oral comments to assist the Planning Department in reviewing the scope and content of the environmental impact analysis and information to be contained in the EIR for the project. Written comments will also be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2013.  Written comments should be sent to Sarah Jones, Acting Environmental Review Officer, San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103, or sent by email to Jessica Range, the CEQA Coordinator for this project, at jessica.range@sfgov.org. Referenced materials are available for review by appointment at the Planning Department's office on the fourth floor of 1650 Mission Street. Call (415) 575-9018 to arrange an appointment.

If you work for an agency that is a Responsible or a Trustee Agency, we need to know the views of your agency as to the scope and content of the environmental information that is relevant to your agency’s statutory responsibilities in connection with the proposed project. Your agency may need to use the EIR when considering a permit or other approval for this project. We will also need the name of the contact person for your agency. If you have questions concerning environmental review of the proposed project, please contact Jessica Range at (415) 575-9018.

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May
7
4:00 PM16:00

Hearing on Yerba Buena Consortium's appeal of 706 Mission EIR

Board of Supervisors hearing. 

Agenda available here

Public Hearing - Appeal of a Final Environmental Impact Report - 706 Mission Street - The Mexican Museum and Residential Tower Project] Hearing of persons interested in or objecting to the Planning Commission's decision, dated March 21, 2013, Certification of a Final Environmental Impact Report identified as Planning Case No. 2008.1084E, through its Motion No. 18829, a proposed mixed-use project at 706 Mission Street (Assessor's Block No. 3706, Lot Nos. 093, 275, and portions of 277), the Mexican Museum and Residential Tower Project. (District 6) 

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