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Hearing Schedule

Draft Schedule for Hearings at Planning Commission: This draft calendar gives notice that the Planning Commission will be hearing the Market & Octavia Plan on the following dates as part of a time-specific calendar to be set in advance. Be advised that due to the nature of the public hearings, the Commission may continue any particular hearing item and/or may discuss aspects of any of the related topic matters at any time. This series of hearings would culminate in adoption actions no sooner than December 7th, 2006. To confirm the final Commission Hearing schedule, on the week of the hearing please visit: or call Aksel Olsen at 558-6616.

Hearing #9 - April 5th, 2007: PLAN ADOPTED
6:00 PM time-certain (Commission Deliberation)

  • Respond to Commissioner comments and questions.
  • Consider taking action to approve resolutions adopting amendments to the General Plan, Planning Code, Zoning Map and approving interim procedures within the project area.


Previous Meetings

Hearing #1 - October 26, 2006
6:00 PM time-certain (presentation & public comment)

Plan Overview
Land Use and Height Districts
Design Guidelines


Hearing #2 - November 2, 2006
7:00 PM time-certain (presentation & public comment)

Historic Preservation
Housing Density Controls


Hearing #3 - November 9, 2006
6:00 PM time-certain (presentation & public comment)

Transportation, Streets and Open Space
Community Improvements / Public Benefits
spacer Fee and Revenue Strategy
spacer Implementation Advisory Committee
spacer Monitoring Program


Hearing #4 - November 16, 2006
6:00 PM4:00-6:00 PM time-certain (presentation & public comment)
Hearing shortened due to joint 6:00 PM session with Dept. of Building Inspection

Pipeline Projects" Consideration of Issues for Plan and Zoning(rescheduled to December 14th)
Report back on issues raised at previous hearings
Historic Preservation
Parking (continued)
Finalizing Plan for Adoption

Commission Handout -Acobat PDF 219 KB


Hearing #5 - December 7, 2006

7:00 PM time-certain rescheduled from 6:00 PM time-certain (presentation & public comment)

SoMa West Area Heights Review–"Towers and Transitions"

Community Improvements / Public Benefits (continued)
spacer Fee and Revenue Strategy (continued)
spacer Implementation Advisory Committee (continued)
spacer Monitoring Program (continued)

Pipeline Projects- Consideration of Issues for Plan and Zoning (rescheduled from December 7th)


Hearing #6 - February 8th, 2007
7:00 PM 6:00 PM time-certain (presentation & public comment)

Presentation of Addendum to Adoption Materials. See materials above.


Hearing #7 - February 15th, 2007
5:30 PM time-certain (presentation & public comment)

At this hearing, the Planning Commission may consider the following aspects of the Plan:

  • Staff follow-up on various Commissioner comments and questions (continuation)
  • Commission's direction and finalization of adoption packet of amendments to the General Plan, Planning Code and Zoning Map for Commission Action on March 1st, 2007.


Hearing #8 - March 8th, 2007
Proposed for Continuance to March 22nd, 2007

6:00 PM time-certain (Commission Deliberation)

  • Resolution of Outstanding Issues
  • Plan Adoption Actions
  • EIR Certification

The Planning Commission passed a Motion of Intent to Adopt/Approve/Certify plan-related amendments, EIR and CEQA findings at this date.


Commission Packet for Initiation Hearing 9-28-06

Below are links to components of the Planning Commission package for the hearing initiating General Plan and Planning Code amendments pursuant to the Market & Octavia Plan. Although the initiation action is only to select a date to hold the first hearing on the Plan, the package contains the staff drafts of virtually all the necessary adoption documents and related background materials. This advance release allows several weeks for public review prior to the initial hearings on the Plan (first one no sooner than October 26th). Please note that environmental review documents will be distributed together as a separate package with the Comments and Responses book on or before September 28th.

Note: Adoption Resolutions

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I. Executive Summary
a. Project Location & Boundaries (Exhibit A-1
b. List of Public Meetings and Outreach (Exhibit A-2)
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II. General Plan Amendments Case Report (Exhibit M-1)
a. General Plan Amendments Resolution (Exhibit M-2)

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b. Market & Octavia Area Plan (Exhibit M-3.1)

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c. Amendments to General Plan Ordinance (Exhibit M-3.2) Acobat PDF
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III. Planning Code Amendments Case Report (Exhibit T-1)
a. Planning Code Amendments Resolution (Exhibit T-2)
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b. Planning Code Amendments Ordinance (Exhibit T-3) – New Sections
c. Planning Code Amendments Ordinance (Exhibit T-3) – Fee Ordinance
d. Planning Code Amendments Ordinance (Exhibit T-3) – Amendments to Existing Sections
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IV. Zoning Map Amendments Case Report (Exhibit Z-1)
a. Zoning Map Amendments Resolution (Exhibit Z-2)
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b. Zoning Map Amendments Ordinance (Exhibit Z-3) Acobat PDF
470 KB
V. Community Improvements Program Document (Exhibit P-1) Acobat PDF
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VI. Additional Materials
a. Draft Project Review Procedures for Historic Survey Interim Period
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Market & Octavia Plan Adoption

The Plan is going to the Planning Commission
After more than six years of hard work by residents, businesses, and other community members with the Planning Department, the Market and Octavia Plan is entering the adoption phase. The Planning Commission will start the adoption process with an informational presentation by staff on Thursday, September 7th. The Planning Commission will hold the Initiation hearing on September 28 followed by the first hearing on Plan adoption proposed for October 26 at which point the Commission may consider adoption of the Plan. Each hearing will offer opportunity for public comment.The hearings are anticipated to coincide with release of the lastenvironmental review document, called "Comments & Responses".

Recent Work on the Plan
The Planning Department held pre-adoption community meetings on the Plan in May and began the related area-wide Market and Octavia Historic Resource Survey in August.Since then, the Planning Department has continued outreach, refined the plan and developed procedures to support the community plan. As required by the Planning Code, the Plan will be initiated (prior to adoption) at the second hearing in September so that proper legal notice can be provided to interested parties. The Initiation Packet (hotlink to appropriate materials below) will unveil a comprehensive Public Benefits Program that identifies community improvements necessary to accommodate growth and maintain and improve community character.

What is the Plan?
This Market & Octavia Plan is the result of over six years of community planning as part of the Better Neighborhoods Program. With the Better Neighborhoods Program, the City is investing in the Market and Octavia area's potential as a vibrant, urban neighborhood, an essential part of the city. The Plan outlines a bold new vision for the area that aims to provide housing in response to human needs, offers people choice in how they get around, builds a "whole" neighborhood around a public realm of the highest quality, and articulates a full range of services and amenities close to where people live and work.

The plan proposes a comprehensive set of streetscape and open space improvements, new design guidelines, an implementation program, including new zoning controls and an unprecedented public benefit package complete with a funding plan to ensure that the ideas get built.

Read more about the plan elsewhere at this site, then attend the upcoming Commission Hearings to make sure your voice is heard.

Planning Commission Hearings
September 7, 2006
Calendared 3 - 4pm
Informational Hearing on the M&O Plan (public comment, no commission action)
September 28, 2006 Initiation Hearing (public comment, commission action to schedule Plan hearing itself)
October 26, 2006 Proposed First Hearing on Plan Adoption (public comment, possible commission action)
Other Important Dates
September 19, 2006 "History Exchange" workshop
September 23, 2006 Volunteer training research workshop
September 27, 2006 Volunteer training research workshop
November 2006 - January 2007 Board of Supervisors

Volunteer for the Historic Resource Survey
The Historic Survey is getting off the ground with a team headed by Page & Turnbull. There will be more outreach and volunteering opportunities for both archival research and the contribution of personal memoirs so that we may learn local history from both books and brains. For the latest information on the Historic Resource Survey, refer to its own web site by clicking here.

Plan Adoption Materials
Materials will be made available in steps prior to relevant Planning Commission meetings as they become available.

Item Available
Proposed Heights, PDF

September 5, 2006

Proposed Zoning, PDF

September 5, 2006

Materials for Informational Plan Briefing
Plan Summary
Updates September 2006

September 7, 2006

Materials for Initiation Hearing (complete draft Plan adoption package, except environmental documents)

Week of September 18, 2006

EIR Comments and Responses

September 28, 2006


Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan

Pre-Adoption Workshop Summary

Planning Commission PreAdoption Meeting
On May 23, 2006, the Planning Department held a pre-adoption meeting for the Market and Octavia Neighborhood Plan.

Workshop Summary >
Public Comments >

Workshop Materials
Neighborhood Plan Revisions
Proposed Heights - PDF
Proposed Zoning - PDF

Planning Commission Briefing and Community Comments
On March 20th, 2003 the Planning Commission heard a staff update of the Market & Octavia Community Plan and they listened to over an hour of community feedback. To see a synopsis of the community comments, review the minutes of the Commission.

Community Response to the Draft Plan Workshop
Over 75 people came to our January 28th workshop to comment on the draft plan. Click here to see a transcript of the open mic comments. Also be sure to check out the wealth of written comments we have received.

Walking Tours of the Market & Octavia Neighborhood
On January 12th and 18th, 2003, Planning Department staff led guided tours of the plan area and highlighted changes the draft plan seeks to promote.

Neighborhood Open Office Hours
Staff set up a temporary office in the First Baptist Church from 4-7 pm on January 9th, 14th, and 21st of 2003 to discuss the plan and answer questions from the public in a one on one forum.

Public Review Draft Release
The Planning Department was pleased to host a reception on December 17th, 2002 at the SF LGBT Center to present the first Public Review Draft of the Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan.

What happened at the December 2001 workshop:
Amid great media fanfare, several newspaper articles and TV coverage, we had Neighborhood Workshop #4. Click here to see what the participants thought.

At this meeting we discussed the plan's major ideas.

The Pieces are Coming Together...
In the continuing community dialogue on the vision and components of the plan, we had our fourth major workshop on December 4th, 2001 to share our ideas. Click here to see what the participants had to say.

Neighborhood Workshop #4:
The fourth neighborhood workshop was held on Tuesday, December 4, 2001.
Workshop Summary 4 >

Freeway Parcel Meeting:
Opportunities and Possibilities: Freeway Parcels
On June 26th, 2001, About 60 residents and interested citizens attended a presentation and discussion on the disposition of the first phase of the Central Freeway parcels.
Meeting Summary >

Neighborhood Workshop #3:
Imagining a Better Neighborhood: What Makes a Great Neighborhood
Opportunities and Possibilities
The third neighborhood workshop was held on Thursday, January 18, 2001, and was attended by about 140 people.
Workshop Summary 3 >

Neighborhood Workshop #2:
Imagining a Better Neighborhood: What We Heard and Learned
Imagining a Better Neighborhood: What We Heard and Learned
The second neighborhood workshop was held on Tuesday, August 27, 2000, and was attended by more than 100 people.
Workshop Summary 2 >

Neighborhood Workshop #1:
Imagining a Better Neighborhood: What We Heard and Learned
Imagining a Better Neighborhood: What Makes a Great Neighborhood
Planning Department staff conducted the first neighborhood workshop on May 2, 2000.
Workshop Summary 1 >

Neighborhood Walking Tour:
Imagining a Better Neighborhood: What We Heard and Learned
Planning Department staff conducted the walking tour of the neighborhood on June 7, 2000.
Walking Tour Summary >

Bus Tour of Other Neighborhoods:
Imagining a Better Neighborhood: What We Heard and Learned
Planning Department staff conducted a bus tour of other neighborhoods on June 17, 2000.
Bus Tour Summary >