West SOMA Planning Code Amendments Released
At long last, the proposed Planning Code amendments for the Western SoMa area plan were released earlier this month. Planning Code amendments are where the policies of the plan get translated in to cold, hard zoning rules that apply to properties within the plan area.
The rezoning map remains the same as previous versions. New commercial districts will run along 9th and 10th Streets from just below Mission Street to Harrison Street. A new neighborhood commercial district will run along Folsom Street, the new “main street” of Western SoMa, from 7th Street to 10th Street. Remaining properties north of Harrison Street in the Western SoMa area will be rezoned to residential and mixed use districts. Most of the area below Harrison Street will be rezoned to SALI – an extremely restrictive zoning district similar to the PDR districts of the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan. The north side of Townsend Street from 4th to 7th Streets will be rezoned to an office mixed-use district. Continue reading