With the legislative process required to adopt San Francisco’s ambitious Central SoMa Plan having successfully been initiated last week, a move which shouldn’t catch any plugged-in readers by surprise, the public hearing at which San Francisco’s Planning Commission could vote to approve the plan and recommend its adoption by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors has been calendared for March 29 with an informational hearing scheduled the week prior.
Once again, the plan as proposed raises the proposed height limits for numerous neighborhood parcels, including an up-zoning of the Flower Mart site to allow development up to 270 feet in height; a 400-foot height limit for the Creamery/HD Buttercup parcels at the corner of Townsend and Fourth upon which Tishman Speyer is planning to build two swoopy towers; a re-revised 240-foot height limit for the 725 Harrison Street site to allow Boston Properties’ proposed office project to rise as rendered above; and the undergrounding and redevelopment of the San Francisco Tennis Club site.
If adopted, the plan could pave the way for an additional 7,500 units of housing and enough office space for an additional 45,000 workers to rise in the area roughly bounded by Folsom, Second, Townsend and Sixth Streets, as massed at full build-out around the 725 Harrison Street project above.
And yes, there is some opposition to the current plan and we’d be surprised if the Commission definitively acts on the 29th versus continuing the debate for a few weeks (if not months). We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.
UPDATE (3/15): The hearing scheduled for March 29 has been postponed as the Commission still needs to certify the Central SoMa Plan’s Environmental Impact Report, “which could not occur before April 12, 2018.”