San Francisco is in the midst of rezoning a huge swath of the eastern portion of the city, a whopping 2,200 acres of land. That’s the size of two Central Parks plus one Prospect Park. That’s seven percent of the City’s 47 square miles of land. That’s a pretty big deal – enormous, some might say.
The San Francisco Planning Department recently passed the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan which will guide land use and new development in four neighborhoods – The Mission, Showplace Square/Portero Hill, East SoMa, and the Central Waterfront – for the next 20 years. The Plan will now head to the City’s Board of Supervisors for approval in what is anticipated to be an all-out battle over conflicting interests and priorities for the area and its future.
In order for the Plan to be successful it must achieve a delicate balance between competing priorities. First, the Plan must balance the city’s dire need for housing with the need to preserve jobs.
A majority of the City’s industrial land is located in the Eastern Neighborhoods. These areas are zoned for light-industrial uses, or what is known as Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR) services. PDR land covers a wide range of uses, from auto-repair, printing, storage, shipping, and transportation to other “hybrid” uses such as furniture manufacturing, food production and catering, floral design, performance spaces for the arts, audio/visual production, and digital media.
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