Central Corridor Plan

In 2011, the Planning Department began the process to develop an integrated community vision for the southern portion of the Central Subway rail corridor, located generally in the vicinity of 4th Street between Townsend and Market streets (see map below). The Central Corridor or SoMa Plan proposes to build off the Transbay Transit District Neighborhood’s success, while addressing many of its challenges with a comprehensive strategy that will address such issues as land use, building size and heights, transportation, the public realm (including sidewalks and open space), preservation of historic buildings and environmental sustainability. A portion of this plan’s eastern blocks overlap with the Transbay Transit District Neighborhood Plan and are subject to that plan’s zoning and land use elements.

The proposed elements of the Central Corridor Plan are based on a synthesis of community input, past and current land use efforts, and analysis of long-range regional, citywide, and neighborhood needs. Major elements of this plan include significant infrastructure improvements and pedestrian oriented landscape and hardscape enhancements along with expanded public amenities. The development of the Draf Plan was largely funded by a Transportation Planning Grant from Caltrans. The plan is scheduled for approval by the Board of Supervisors in late 2015.