Mission Action Plan 2020

Updates: Mission Action Plan 2020-related legislation and Status Report at Planning Commission on October 18.

Most strategies in the Mission Action Plan 2020 (MAP2020) are currently under implementation. The first MAP2020 Annual Status Report and the most recent MAP2020-related Planning Code legislation introduced by Supervisor Ronen will be at the Planning Commission on:

The proposed legislation contains controls to: 

  • Help protect and promote small neighborhood-serving retail and balance the amount of alcohol-serving establishments

The Mission Action Plan 2020 is also expected to go before the Board of Supervisors for endorsement in late October or early November 2018. Please check back for confirmed dates.
A community meeting to provide more information on the legislation and receive feedback, as well as to give an update on the status of MAP2020 took place on April 18, 2018. A summary of the community meeting can be found here. The project update discussion included resources to protect tenants and promote and preserve affordable housing and the businesses and community resources that serve the working class families of the Mission. 

Your feedback is important to help achieve MAP2020's goals of stabilizing and strengthening the neighborhood. If you would like staff to attend a meeting at your neighborhood organization to learn more about MAP 2020 and how you can be involved, please contact us. We look forward to continue working with the community on implementing and evaluating progress on the Plan’s targets and strategies.

Download the factsheet here and the Final Plan here!

view of mural on building at 18th and lapidge streets

The purpose of the Mission Action Plan is to retain low to moderate income residents and community-serving businesses (including Production, Distribution and Repair), artists, and nonprofits in order to strengthen and preserve the socioeconomic diversity of the Mission neighborhood.

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Plan Status

The Mission Action Plan 2020 was endorsed by the Planning Commission on March 2, 2017. Download it here.

MAP2020 has a vision for a thriving Mission District. Its goals include retaining low to moderate income residents and community-serving businesses (including Production, Distribution and Repair), artists, and nonprofits in order to strengthen and preserve the diversity of the Mission neighborhood.

The Plan identifies potential solutions for the residents, arts organizations, nonprofits and businesses being displaced by the rapid changes in the Mission. Most strategies in the Mission Action Plan 2020 are currently under implementation, specifically:

  • Implementation or acceleration of the shorter-term (6-12 month) items related to tenant business and nonprofit protection programs (most of which are not legislative in nature)
  • Continued enforcement and commenced process improvement measures
  • Supported the completion of the Calle 24 Special Use District process:
    • Board File No. 170028 amended the Planning Code to create the Calle 24 Special Use District, generally bounded by 22nd Street, Potrero Avenue, Cesar Chavez Street, and Capp Street, as well as 24th Street to Bartlett Street.
  • Continued the advancement and priority-processing of affordable housing projects in the pipeline
  • Implemented the Commission's Mission 2016 Interim Controls and extended the Controls on the Mission Corridor while hosting numerous meetings with project sponsors and community advocates to discuss project advancement and consistency with MAP2020 goals
  • District Supervisor Ronen also introduced additional Interim Controls for Restaurant uses while permanent legislation is being completed.
  • Adopted amendments to the Planning Code related to Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) protection and Mission Street Commercial Corridor legislation:
    • Board File No. 170156 includes amendments to the Planning Code and Zoning Map to further protect and promote Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) zones and uses.
    • Board File No. 171173 amended the Planning Code to allow arts activities, remove non-retail professional services, and limits lot mergers on Mission Street.


The Mission District has a long history of cultural diversity. Historically, it has been a working class neighborhood largely comprised of low to moderate income households. Located in east-central San Francisco, the Mission District has had the City's highest concentration of Latinos and immigrants from Latin America for decades. Rich with nonprofit service providers, cultural institutions, small legacy businesses, and working-class jobs in the Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) sector, an unintended consequence of a rebounding economy following the Great Recession has been the devastating acceleration of displacement affecting many long-time residents and businesses.

MAP2020, a community-initiated effort, began in 2015 as a collaborative process between community advocates, including the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), Dolores Street Community Services/Mission SRO Collaborative, SF Tenant Unions, Cultural Action Network— and long-time neighborhood activists from Plaza 16, Pacific Felt Factory, and the Calle 24 Latino Cultural District, and City staff to identify potential solutions for the residents, arts organizations, nonprofits and businesses being displaced by the rapid changes in the Mission.

Myriad factors are accelerating the rate of displacement within the neighborhood and it will take a variety of approaches and tools from both within City agencies and amongst community organizations to decelerate the displacement trend.

Draft Plan Objectives

MAP2020 has focused on developing solutions to advance the following objectives:

  • Maintain the socio-economic diversity of the neighborhood by stabilizing the low and moderate income households at 65 percent of the total households.
  • Protect tenants at risk of eviction and preserve existing housing, particularly rent-controlled apartments and single-room occupancy hotels.
  • Increase the proportion of affordable units, compared to market rate units, planned and under construction to balance the housing mix.
  • Stem the loss of and promote community businesses, cultural resources, and social services serving low to moderate income households.
  • Increase economic security by strengthening educational and economic pathways and job opportunities for low to moderate income individuals and families, especially those without a college education.
  • Retain and promote Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) and other high-paying jobs for entry level and limited skilled workers.

Solutions Under Consideration

The collaboration developed an extensive list of possible solutions to the housing crisis under the following categories the detailed solutions are in the draft report:

  • Tenant Protections & housing access: keeping people in their homes
  • Housing Preservation: retain affordable housing stock  
  • Housing Production: Building new housing for low to moderate income households
  • Economic Development: Keeping jobs, business, artists & nonprofits in the neighborhood
  • Funding resources: explore and add funding source

Your participation is important to this process. Please share your comments and questions to ensure that we are creating an effective and complete roadmap to help stem displacement and protect the cultural and economic diversity of the Mission.

MAP 2020 Participants to Date

Several City agencies and organizations have participated in the process to date such as the ones below (there have been many others not listed and others will be added as requested):

From the beginning of this process, MAP 2020 participants met monthly to propose and discuss the extensive list of possible solutions and strategies that appear in the draft report.

Timeline, Phases and Next Steps

MAP 2020 Phase One (2015 to early 2017) focused on the development of the Plan and launching the first round of programmatic services to help the most vulnerable households and businesses. Phase Two (2017-2018) Implementation, already underway, will continue to focus on developing the legislation and any new programs contained in the Report.

During Monitoring or “Phase Three” (late 2018-2020), we will continue working toward meeting the objectives, targets and strategies detailed in the Report. We will produce an annual report, monitor progress, and meet quarterly with MAP2020 participants and key stakeholders to provide status updates and recommend any necessary adjustments or new strategies.

2015-2017 FEB-JAN Plan development


APRIL 22 Community Meeting June
2016 JUNE 6 Community Meeting April
2016 DEC Implementation of urgent items begins
2017 MAR 2 Plan endorsed by Planning Commission
2017 JAN - DEC - Ongoing implementation
- Initial Planning Code legislation approved
- Mission Corridor
2018 JAN - OCT - Community meeting (April 18, 2018)
- Planning Code legislation for Mission Corridor and Alcohol uses
- Initial Status Report
2018 - 2020 ONGOING Continued Engagement, Monitoring and Implementation


SF Planning Department
Claudia Flores, City contact for MAP2020
(415) 558-6473

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