Plan History

The 2040 General Plan was a result of years of collaboration between community members and planners.

People gathered at Shape SSF Sub-Area meeting

Plan Timeline

Person holding their community vision for the South San Francisco at a Shape SSF visioning workshop in Spanish

Existing Conditions Report

Summer - Fall 2019

Exploring existing conditions in the City to understand what’s currently happening and to determine potential key issues and opportunities.

Vision and Guiding Principles

Summer 2019 - Spring 2020

Engaging community members on their vision for South San Francisco in 2040.


Summer - Fall 2020

Developing land use, open space, and mobility alternatives to discuss policy trade-offs between different future growth patterns in South San Francisco.

Final Preferred Land Use Plan

Fall 2020

Preparing a Preferred General Plan Land Use Map, mobility network, and future growth projections to study potential environmental impacts. Gathering feedback on Preferred Land Use Plan.

Policy Frameworks

Fall 2020 - Spring 2021

Developing goals, policies, and implementation actions for all chapters of the General Plan. Engaging the community for feedback.

Public Draft General Plan

Spring 2022

Publishing Public Review draft of the General Plan for City Council, Planning Commission, and community review.

Public Draft EIR + Zoning Code

Spring 2022

Preparing and publishing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that evaluates the potential impact of the General Plan Update. Preparing and publishing updates to the City’s Zone Code.

Final GP, EIR, Zoning Code

Summer 2022

Releasing the final South San Francisco General Plan!

People looking over map of South San Francisco



The policy frameworks were an interim step in the General Plan process before drafting the elements (or chapters). They highlight key outcomes, performance metrics and policies for public review. All policy frameworks were developed with what the General Plan Update team heard from community members, Community Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, and City Council.



Engagement Details



In July and August 2020, the City of South San Francisco hosted a series of community meetings to evaluate Vision statements and three alternatives for planning sub-areas in the City.

Cover page for Shape SSF Preferred Alternative Document

Preferred Alternative Engagement

The Vision statements, informed by an existing conditions analysis and community engagement activities, established a vision for South San Francisco in 2040. The community and the planning team assessed trade-offs (related to population growth, employment growth, mobility, social equity, community design and more) and went through a process to identify which alternative (or combination of alternatives) best fulfills the community’s Vision.