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San Francisco’s Divisadero Neighborhood Gets Zoning Tailored To Their District

December 3, 2012

Map of Divisadero Neighborhood Commercial District in San Francisco.From The San Francisco Chronicle – The Divisadero neighborhood got preliminary approval to join the growing list of the city’s named commercial districts, giving local retailers a boost and a bigger say in their area’s development.

The City Planning Commission Thursday agreed to amend local zoning rules to create the neighborhood district, saying it would be good for both the city and the local area.

“We ought to name more of our commercial corridors,” said Commissioner Gwyneth Borden.

The new district runs along Divisadero Street from Haight to O’Farrell streets, an increasingly popular strip of shops, bars, restaurants and other businesses. The new zoning makes it easier for the district to move from the current “one size fits all” planning model to one where the controls can be tailored to meet the diverse needs of different parts of the city.

The Divisadero plan, which still need approval by the Board of Supervisors, would allow bars, restaurants, entertainment uses, nonprofit offices and trade shops on the second floor of buildings along the street, something now barred. It also would end existing restrictions on the type of alcohol that can be sold in existing liquor stores on Divisadero, but retain the ban on new liquor stores.

The new district also would change the existing minimum parking requirements to maximum parking requirements, something being done throughout the city.

That parking change, which will affect…to read the rest of this story, please click here.

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