As the population of San Francisco continues to increase, the City must adapt its existing footprint to meet the capacity required by its new residents and workers. This means that our transportation system must be made more efficient to handle increased ridership and shifts to different transit modes. San Francisco’s sidewalks and public right-of-way must be enhanced so that pedestrians can move about safely. Furthermore, residents must have access to open space that provide respite from an increasingly crowded city.
To accommodate increases in population the Planning Department may amend the San Francisco General Plan by creating an area plan, which guides the land use and other aspects of development for that specific geographic area. Six area plans implemented by the Planning Department have development impact fees to fund infrastructure located in those neighborhoods: Balboa Park, Eastern Neighborhoods, Market Octavia, Rincon Hill, Transit Center, and Visitacion Valley.
Impact fees are one of the various sources of funds that departments access in order to implement infrastructure projects in the Plan Areas. These sources may include the San Francisco General Fund, bonds, grant monies from the federal government, the State of California or private philanthropy, and other local funds such as Proposition K sales tax dollars and revenues from Community Facilities Districts.
City departments have planned infrastructure projects to be implemented in the next 10 years in these neighborhoods. At the time of publication, the estimated cost of these projects was approximately $1.4 billion. To date, approximately $1.1 billion has been identified to fund these projects, leaving close to $300 million deferred. The City continues to seek sources in order to complete these projects. The following pages represent the spending plan and sources of funds for each Plan Area.