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EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS Community Planning The Mission, Central Waterfront, East South of Market and Showplace Square/Potrero Hill neighborhoods are home to much of the city’s industrially-zoned land. For the last 10 to 15 years, these neighborhoods have been changing and have seen growing land use con f icts, where residential and o ce development has begun to compete with industrial uses. How should we plan for the future of these areas? Should we allow housing and o ces to gradually predominate or should we seek to create a balance of some sort? Does the City need to keep a place for “produc- tion, distribution and repair” businesses, as well as the arts? How much space should we provide for “high-tech” industries? How much new housing should be made “a f ordable?” How can necessary improvements to neighborhood parks and transit be funded? Resolv- ing these di cult questions – with an emphasis on balance – is at the heart of the Eastern Neighborhoods Program. Based on several years of community input and technical analysis, the Eastern Neighborhoods Program calls for transitioning about half of the existing industrial areas in these four neighborhoods to mixed use zones that encourage new housing. The other remaining half would be reserved for “Pro- duction, Distribution and Repair” districts, where a wide variety of functions such as Muni vehicle yards, caterers, and perfor- mance spaces can continue to thrive. The Process The Eastern Neighborhoods community planning process began in 2001 with the goal of developing new zoning controls for the industrial portions of these neighborhoods. A series of work- shops were conducted in each area where stakeholders articu- lated goals for their neighborhood, considered how new land use regulations (zoning) might promote these goals, and created several rezoning options representing variations on the amount of industrial land to retain for employment and business activity. In February 2004, the Planning Commission established interim policies for East SoMa, the Mission, and Showplace Square/Potre- ro Hill to be in e f ect until permanent zoning is established. Starting in 2005, the community planning process expanded to address other issues critical to these communities including a f ordable housing, transportation, parks and open space, urban design and community facilities. The Planning Department be- gan working with the neighborhood stakeholders to create Area Plans for each neighborhood to articulate a vision for the future. Since then, the Planning Department has conducted an extensive outreach program, including several large workshops in each of the neighborhoods, hundreds of smaller meetings and discus- sions with community groups and individuals, over 15 planning commission hearings, o ce hours in the neighborhoods, surveys and focus groups with owners of PDR businesses, and a citywide summit on industrial land.
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This note was uploaded on 06/30/2010 for the course CY PLAN 118AC taught by Professor Lisafeldstein during the Summer '10 term at Berkeley.

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