Goal LU-8

Goal LU-8:

A network of attractive, pedestrian-oriented, human-scale and well-landscaped streets and civic spaces throughout the city for all ages and abilities.


To foster pedestrian connectivity and beautify the public realm to improve community health and safety and strengthen South San Francisco’s distinct community character.

Policy LU-8.1: Expand arts and cultural programming in public spaces.

Expand arts and cultural programming in South San Francisco’s public spaces.

  • Action LU-8.1.1: Identify arts and cultural districts.

    Identify areas and cultural resources that make up distinct cultural districts.

  • Action LU-8.1.2: Create design policies for arts and cultural areas.

    Identify actions that can bring the arts, culture, and significant natural features closer to the community. Implement small-scale public realm projects, such as identifying graphics, sidewalk and streetscape improvements, wayfinding, and public art.

  • Action LU-8.1.3: Identify financing for arts and cultural programming.

    Study potential of financing public art and cultural programming in public spaces, along roadways, and along Colma Creek through the development of an Arts and Cultural Program.

Policy LU-8.2: Create an attractive pedestrian environment.

Facilitate a diverse and attractive pedestrian environment through the provision of street furniture, lighting, and other amenities.

  • Action LU-8.2.1: Consider a city-wide streetscape master plan.
  • Action LU-8.2.2: Street corridor design standards.

    Identify corridors of visual significance in the city and develop a set of cohesive standards for landscaping, lighting, street furniture, sidewalk and crosswalk design, utility placement and treatment, and other elements for the respective corridors. This action is related to the street typology concept presented in the Mobility Element.

Policy LU-8.3: Improve pedestrian connections and sidewalks.

Improve pedestrian connections and sidewalk infrastructure across the city, especially between residential and commercial areas, keeping in mind mobility needs of children, families, seniors, and people with disabilities. Ensure sidewalks are free and clear of obstructions, including power poles, meters, and other utilities.

Policy LU-8.4: Require street trees.

Require new development to add street trees along streets and public spaces that provide shade, attractive landscaping, and contribute positively towards public health outcomes and climate mitigation and adaptation.

Policy LU-8.5: Provide plazas and gathering places.

Improve existing and create new plazas and public gathering places throughout the city.

Policy LU-8.6: Sustainable design in the public realm.

Encourage use of sustainable design features in the public realm, including sustainable building and construction materials, permeable paving, drought-tolerant landscaping, and green infrastructure.

Policy LU-8.7: Improve the Colma Creek public realm.

Improve the public realm along Colma Creek to beautify the city and enhance the creek as a recreational amenity.

Policy LU-8.8: Maintain and protect public views.

Maintain and protect unique public views of the city, the bay, and local landmarks from major thoroughfares and hillside open spaces.

Policy LU-8.9: Ensure ADA accessibility.

Ensure all new developments, public infrastructure and facilities, and transit infrastructure meet ADA accessibility standards.

Policy LU-8.10: Ensure adequate infrastructure and utilities.

Ensure adequate infrastructure and utility services (electricity, water, internet) for all future development and when feasible, underground utilities (new and existing) to enhance the public realm.

Policy LU-8.11: Transfer of development rights for non-active rail spurs.

Incentivize owners of properties with non-active rail spurs to transition land to open space or transportation uses by allowing owners to transfer development rights to parcels within the sub-area.

Policy LU-8.12: Ensure adequate lighting.

Ensure all neighborhoods, especially disadvantaged communities, have adequate lighting to support community safety.