Comprehensive Neighborhood Planning

We believe that the people who live, work, and play in a place are the ones who should lead the process of shaping how development happens: what are the sacred places that should be preserved, what needs to be strengthened or enhanced, and what new things need to be brought into a neighborhood to facilitate equitable community and economic development for all?


Northeast Water Front Community Plan 

As San Francisco’s Waterfront continues to develop, it is critical that the cultural character and resources that make the waterfront special be maintained and enhanced. In 2010, residents, youth and seniors, local merchants, and tenant and neighborhood organizations from San Francisco’s Northeast Waterfront together created a Vision that emerged from this diverse community’s desire for a comprehensive plan that addresses issues not emphasized by official City planning processes. This document presents a Vision of the Northeast Waterfront as a necklace of intimate green spaces, between a low-rise mix of commercial, residential, cultural, and recreational uses that honor the Waterfront’s history and topography, connected back to the City’s neighborhoods through strong pedestrian-friendly streets. The community planning process that led to this Vision was guided by several principles developed by the community:

  1. Begin with People and Place, not abstract planning “concepts.” Sense of place is defined by the people who live, work and play in a particular place. The waterfront is not just a destination, but also part of neighborhood fabric of Golden Gateway, Chinatown, North Beach, and Telegraph Hill. Strengthen neighborhood connections, including the cultural/ethnic relationship between Chinatown and waterfront. Public improvements and private development should integrate with and contribute to existing neighborhood fabric along the Northeast Waterfront.
  2. Plan for a harmonious, socio-economic and ethnically diverse waterfront. Take a comprehensive look at planning for people, including Transit, Parking, Recreation, Economics, and Equity issues. Development should be accessible to all, including residents, visitors and those who work nearby. Affordable housing should be a priority for both families and seniors.
  3. Enhance and preserve the community’s recreation opportunities, especially the recreation, education and cultural performance needs of Chinatown and North Beach youth; and preserve the Gateway’s recreation center as the community resource it was designed to be.
  4. Plan for the future of the NE Waterfront as a whole, not just priorities for developers. Balance uses that are revenue-generating with public open space and active recreation uses across all the Northeast Waterfront’s Seawall Lots in order to produce a plan that is both financially and politically feasible.
  5. Reach Consensus from a wide range of stakeholders representing the interests of residents, workers, merchants, youth and seniors from the different communities of the Northeast Waterfront, as well as visitors and downtown workers.

> Download the Northeast Waterfront Plan(pdf)

Western SoMa Community Plan 

 The Western South of Market Citizens Planning Task Force seeks to maintain and enhance the living, historic and sustainable neighborhood character of Western SoMa’s cultural and economic diversity. AND worked closely with the Task Force and Planning Department staff in the development of the Community Plan, providing facilitation, analysis, and mapping necessary for a comprehensive plan, as well as developing a set of “Strategic Analysis Memos” to support the plan. >Download Western SoMa Draft Plan (pdf)

SoMa Youth & Family Zone 

AND has worked in partnership with SOMCAN over many years, providing impacts analysis of the Rincon Hill developments that led to the creation of a $34 Million SoMa Community Stabilization Fund, and our ongoing collaboration to help build the vision for the Youth & Family Zone. This vision lays out how the community can grow and benefit from the rapid development hap­pening in SoMa, addressing the needs of local families for affordable housing, jobs for youth and young adults, pedestrian safety, open space, and community-serving businesses, incorporating a broad definition of families to include extended, senior, non-traditional, and LGBTQ families 

> Download Youth & Family Zone Map (pdf)

> Download SoMa History (pdf)


Mission District People's Plan

The People's Plan for Jobs, Housing & Community, developed with the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition, proposes an alternative for the Planning Department's "Eastern Neighborhoods" project. Developed through a participatory planning process involving over 200 community residents and intensive community organizing, the plan outlines goals and objectives for protecting existing rent-controlled housing, blue-collar jobs, and critical services and cultural resources, and promoting affordable housing and equitable development. AND provided supporting research and documents for the People’s Plan, which was analyzed as a plan alternative in the city’s EIR, and continues to work with Mission organizations in the implementation of the plan.

> Download Mission District History (pdf)

; Download Mission Demographic Profile (pdf)

> Download Mission Evictions 1990-2005 (pdf)

; Download Mission NEMIZ History (pdf)

; Download NEMIZ Conditions 2004 (pdf)


Visitacion Valley Watershed Planning

AND, with the Visitacion Valley Development Corporation, facilitated a series of participatory workshops with residents, workers, and city staff in the three jurisdictions of the Visitacion Valley / Guadalupe River Watershed: San Francisco, Brisbane and Daly City. The results of our research was published in “Harnessing Change to Create Sustainable Growth: A Regional Perspective for the Visitacion / Guadalupe Valley Watershed.”

; Download Visitacion Valley report (pdf)