EVPA to Recommend Changes to Planning Code for Castro & Upper Market NCD’s

It has been over 20 years since the sections of the San Francisco Planning Code that define the Castro Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) and the Upper Market NCD were last changed. But in those past 20 years, our neighborhood and the needs of our neighborhood have changed.

Last year as part of the SF Planning Department's "NCD at 20 Review" - the EVPA Planning Committee did a thorough review of both NCDs, then brought their proposed changes to the Planning Code to the General Membership for ratification. That review was all-encompassing, with no distinction made between changes which were "good" versus those that were essential or critical for the immediate future to ensure our NCDs trive. Additionally, the proposed changes were only to be included as part of the review and report to the Planning Comission, and not intended for actually modifying the Planning Code.

The Planning Committee has again revisited the NCD requirements, this time to distinctly calling our changes that we feel are very necessary for the immediate future. At the next EVPA General Membership meeting on July 17th, the Planning Committee will once again be coming to the EVPA membership for approval of proposed changes to the Planning Code. In this round, the only changes being proposed are those that are both essential to ensure our NCDs remain lively, profitable and neighborhood serving. As such, we will not pe proposing any changes that could be considered "policital." Proposed changes are:

Planning Code Section 715 (Castro NCD):

  • Change permitted operating hours to 6am to 12 Midnight, otherwise by conditional use
  • Allow bars by “Conditional Use” (currently not permitted)
  • Allow Full Service Restaurants by “Conditional Use” (currently not permitted)
  • Allow small self-service restaurants by “Conditional Use” (currently not permitted)
  • Allow Animal Hospitals on second floor with “Conditional Use” (currently only allowed w/CU on first floor)
  • Allow Administrative Services on the second floor (currently not permitted anywhere)
  • Allow residential use on the ground floor only with “Conditional Use” (currently permitted)

Planning Code Section 721 (Upper Market NCD):

  • Change permitted operating hours to 6am to 12 Midnight, otherwise by condition
  • Allow Full Service Restaurants on second floor by “Conditional Use” (currently only allowed w/CU on first floor)
  • Allow movie theaters on second floor (currently only allowed on first floor)
  • Allow Mortuaries on first or second floor with “Conditional Use”(currently not permitted)
  • Allow Administrative Services on the second floor (currently not permitted anywhere)

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