Public Services and Facilities
In order to ensure that all South San Francisco residents have the opportunity to thrive, the City provides enhanced social programs and services at its public facilities.
The goals below are related to this topic. Select a goal to learn more about the policies and actions South San Francisco will implement to meet that goal.
Equitable Community Services
Abundant and Accessible Parks and Recreation
Environmental and Cultural Stewardship
Land Use and Community Design
South San Francisco equitably provides public services for all residents.
To advance distributional equity in the City’s budget and resources allocation so that so all residents can engage in educational, recreational, and community-building opportunities.
Policy ECS-3.1: Ensure equitable distribution of opportunities.
Ensure accessible public facilities and services are equitably distributed throughout the city and are provided in a timely manner to keep pace with new development.
Action ECS-3.1.1: Expand placement of events.
Program community events, special programs, festivals, and classes at parks, libraries, and public gathering spaces throughout the city, and especially in disadvantaged communities, either funded by the City or in partnership with community organizations.
Action ECS-3.1.2: Expand Internet connectivity.
Offer free high-speed internet inside and outside City facilities, especially in disadvantaged communities.
Action ECS-3.1.3: Explore Downtown Community Resource Center.
Study the feasibility of a Community Resource Center in Downtown where multiple services will be offered.
Policy ECS-3.2: Meet community needs for programing and services.
In partnership with community members, adapt City programming and services as needed to ensure they meet the community’s needs, based on continued monitoring of demographic, socio-economic characteristics, and intellectual and developmental disabilities and needs.
Action ECS-3.2.1: Conduct ongoing evaluation of services.
Regularly evaluate impact of public investments to ensure equitable distribution of services and programming moving forward.
Action ECS-3.2.2: Pilot equitable involvement in services.
Identify and pilot new ways to engage young people and their families who have not previously participated in City-run enrichment programs. Ensure that young people, especially youth of color and youth from other historically disenfranchised communities, are involved in City-run enrichment programs.
Action ECS-3.2.3: Target locations of services
Use targeted locations and coordinate with existing programs and organizations to strengthen youth development opportunities specifically for youth of color and youth from other historically disenfranchised communities.
Policy ECS-3.3: Consider expanding Universal Basic Income Pilot.
Consider expanding the City’s Universal Basic Income Pilot to support low-income households with meeting basic needs.
Policy ECS-3.4: Develop community benefits agreements program.
Develop a community benefits agreement for major private development projects, which may include affordable housing, job training funds, housing assistance, and/or local hiring to support disadvantaged communities.
Policy ECS-3.5: Develop and promote small businesses.
Foster small business development for low-income residents and residents of color with educational resources, permitting information, and services that can promote long term success in the City.
Policy ECS-3.6: Enhance language accessibility for City programs and services.
Enhance language accessibility for all City programs and services and provide opportunities for City staff to enhance language competence.
Policy ECS-3.7: Support age-friendly initiatives.
Support policies and programs to create age-friendly environments that nurture health and well-being.
Action ECS-3.7.1: Pursue age-friendly community designation..
Initiate a collaborative, cross-department initiatives to become an age-friendly community in partnership with San Mateo County and the Center for Age-Friendly Excellence.
South San Francisco provides well-maintained and sustainable facilities to meet the needs of current and future residents.
To ensure that the community is provided with facilities that meet its diverse needs and interests.
Policy ECS-4.1: Sustain facility maintenance staffing targets.
Strive to achieve a ratio of 1.0 full time equivalent custodian (porter) per 25,000 square feet and 1 full time equivalent maintenance staff person (for repairs and system maintenance) per 50,000 square feet of building area to ensure every neighborhood is well-served, especially disadvantaged communities.
Policy: ECS-4.2: Maintain existing and future city facilities.
Fund adequate resources to maintain existing and future facilities, especially in disadvantaged communities. Continue to reinvest in existing facilities to extend their useful lifetimes.
Policy ECS-4.3: Identify reductions to long term operations and maintenance costs.
Identify ways to reduce the City’s long-term operations and maintenance costs, such as adapting more energy efficient technologies for facilities, using low water landscape palettes, and using recycled water for irrigation. Reinvest these future savings into additional equitable community services.
Policy ECS-4.4: Integrate sustainable landscape strategies.
Integrate sustainability strategies into City‐owned landscapes to improve water quality, reduce the need to irrigate landscapes, and lower water costs.
Policy ECS-4.5: Activate City facilities.
Seek to activate City-owned facilities with educational, recreational, and community-building programs as much of the day as possible to best serve residents across the City, and especially low-income households.
The City provides high-quality educational opportunities for all children and youth by maintaining a positive relationship with the South San Francisco Unified School District.
To enhance the quality of educational opportunities through partnerships, programming, and data sharing.
Policy ECS-5.1: Develop partnerships for education.
Develop formalized partnerships with local businesses and non-profit organizations to support South San Francisco Unified School District students, particularly disadvantaged communities as identified in the Community Health and Environmental Justice Element and underserved groups.
Action ECS-5.1.1: Collaborate with life sciences industry.
Continue to partner with life science companies and associations to provide South San Francisco Unified School District students with internships, science awards, and upgraded lab equipment. Partner with life science companies to provide job training for current residents through Life Science Associations.
Action ECS-5.1.2: Identify special education opportunities.
Partner with life science companies and art organizations to provide special education students with internships, awards, and equipment in order to provide high-quality special education to South San Francisco children and youth.
Action ECS-5.1.3: Expand arts education partnerships.
Develop partnerships with art organizations and associations to provide students with internships, awards, and upgraded visual and performing arts equipment.
Action ECS-5.1.4: Mitigate summer learning slide.
Develop partnerships with San Mateo County and local libraries to provide summer learning and Big Lift Inspiring Summers learning and literacy support for local students.
Action ECS-5.2: Provide a variety of youth programming.
Provide a variety of programming to ensure all children and youth in South San Francisco have educational and recreational opportunities, particularly disadvantaged communities as identified in the Community Health and Environmental Justice Element and underserved groups.
Action ECS-5.2.1: Target placement of programming.
Provide youth development programming in neighborhoods with high proportions of young people, especially low-income youth and youth of color.
Action ECS-5.2.2: Create summer internship pilot.
Pilot summer youth/teen internship program within South San Francisco City departments, with targeted recruitment of low-income youth and youth of color, to address opportunity gaps via exposure to government.
Action ECS-5.2.3: Create youth pilot programs to address resource gaps.
Meaningfully engage low-income students, students of color, and other historically disenfranchised community members to identify specific resource gaps (e.g., internet access and digital literacy) in the community. Pilot youth programming to address specific resource gaps or barriers.
Policy ECS-5.3: Maintain a data sharing agreement with South San Francisco Unified School District.
Maintain a continuous exchange of information with the South San Francisco Unified School District on projected growth of the city.
South San Francisco promotes community safety and a sense of belonging for all residents.
To increase trust and community dialogue between public safety departments and communities of color.
Policy ECS-6.1: Improve public safety.
Seek to improve public safety, especially for communities of color.
Action ECS-6.1.1: Maintain community fire stations
Maintain equitable distribution of Fire Stations so that each neighborhood is equally and adequately served.
Action ECS-6.1.2: Establish Community Safety and Equity Advisory Board
Establish a Community Safety and Equity Advisory Board to review data, provide recommendations, and build trust. The Board may make recommendations related to public safety or to any equity issue throughout City departments and programs.
Action ECS-6.1.3: Strengthen community cohesion through engagement with Police and Fire
Strengthen community cohesion through community engagement efforts to build cross-cultural trust between the Police and Fire Departments and residents of color and low-income residents.
For related implementation actions related to public safety, see Policy CHEJ-1.2.
Policy ECS-6.2 Develop and expand diversion programs.
Identify and implement resources, programs, and partnerships to successfully support diversion and reentry efforts for justice-involved youth and young adults.
Policy ECS-6.3: Develop partnerships for referrals.
Continue to develop and partner with community-based organizations, the County, and neighboring jurisdictions to develop referral services and harm-reduction systems that facilitate access to resources and economic opportunities.
Policy ECS-6.4: Support reentry and restorative justice programs
Encourage and support efforts that foster an inclusive community and help reintegrate formerly incarcerated persons into positions of employment and positive roles in the community (including working with local employers).
Policy ECS-6.5: Enhance programs for unhoused population.
Build on and enhance existing strategies and planning for addressing the unhoused population, including prevention, services, access to mental health services, and necessary facilities.
Policy ECS-6.6: Minimize surveillance
Minimize surveillance and ensure security of resident data in the transition towards building a smart city and implementing innovative technologies.
Policy ECS-6.7: Coordinate public safety programs.
Coordinate with local partners, including schools, neighborhood groups, and community-based organizations, to encourage community-based crime prevention efforts.
Policy ECS-6.8: Report public safety data.
Collect and report demographic and socio-economic data with citation and arrest data.
South San Francisco equitably provides improved parkland, recreational facilities, and services for all residents.
To advance distributional equity in the City’s improved parkland, recreational facilities, and services so that so all residents can engage in recreational, arts, and educational opportunities.
Policy PR-1.1: Prioritize disadvantaged community park and recreation.
Prioritize the delivery of improved parkland, recreational facilities, and services in disadvantaged communities as defined in the Community Health and Environmental Justice Element.
Policy PR-1.2: Stive to have all residents within a 10-minute walk access to parks.
Strive to have all residents within a 10-minute walk of an improved park.
Policy PR-1.3: Design parks and facilities to meet universal access standards.
Design parks and recreation facilities for universal access and multi-generational use, encouraging play by residents of all abilities and ages. Continue to improve existing parks and open spaces to accommodate the needs of users of all ages and abilities.
Policy PR-1.4: Ensure equitable distribution of park and recreation opportunities.
Ensure accessible public facilities and services are equitably distributed throughout the city and are provided in a timely manner to keep pace with new development.
Action PR-1.4.1: Provide targeted recreational services.
Explore opportunities to provide and subsidize more recreational services to targeted populations (e.g., youth, older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income populations).
Policy PR-1.5: Use underutilized spaces for recreational services.
Seek opportunities to use vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial buildings for recreational services, especially in disadvantaged communities.
Policy PR-1.6: Translate information for park and recreational programs.
When appropriate, send targeted promotions and notifications related to parks, recreation, and City services in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog.
Policy PR-1.7: Identify needs of underserved groups.
In partnership with community members, identify the needs of youth, seniors, the disabled, children with special needs, people who do not speak English as a first language, disadvantaged populations, and people in neighborhoods underserved by parks, recreation, trails, and public facilities, and ensure facilities and programming serves the needs of these groups.
Policy PR-1.8: Match resident needs with services.
Monitor demographics and needs of residents in neighborhoods throughout the city and match programming with neighborhood demographics and needs (e.g., more senior programming in neighborhoods with a substantial senior population) as part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan process.
Policy PR-1.9: Support community events
Continue to support and permit special events in parks organized by community organizations helping to ensure these are self-sufficient over time.
The City collaborates with a strong network of partners to improve and expand park and recreational opportunities across South San Francisco.
To increase the availability and accessibility of recreational opportunities through joint use, development agreements, and other arrangement with public agency partners, private entities, and volunteer groups.
Policy PR-4.1: Maintain joint use facilities standard.
To complement and extend City park and recreational service delivery, maintain a service target of 1.0 acres of joint use facilities per 1,000 residents.
Policy PR-4.2: Coordinate with South San Francisco Unified School District on facility access
Work closely with South San Francisco Unified School District to improve community access to school facilities, including pools, athletic fields and playgrounds, outside of school hours to improve neighborhood access to recreational facilities, to expand after-school and summer programs, and to strengthen the relationship between schools and their immediate neighborhoods. Establish procedures for the creation of joint-sites, including the division of maintenance responsibility.
Action PR-4.2.1: Establish Sunshine Gardens Shared use agreement
Establish a partnership with the South San Francisco Unified School District to provide access to Sunshine Gardens Elementary School open space areas and playground.
Action PR-4.2.2: Provide recreational programing in joint use facilities.
Coordinate with the South San Francisco Unified School District and San Mateo County Health Department, as well as local health providers and other community organizations, to provide recreational programming not offered in nearby public parks or recreation centers, such as after-school fitness and education programs.
Action PR-4.2.3: Expand afterschool and summer childcare.
Continue to work with the South San Francisco Unified School District to expand after-school and summer childcare.
Policy PR-4.3: Partner with school district to transform former school sites
Partner with South San Francisco Unified School District to support the conversion of former school sites like Foxridge and Serra Vista to park space, childcare facilities, and multifamily housing.
Policy PR-4.4: Maintain Caltrain plaza joint use agreement.
Maintain a joint use agreement with Caltrain for public access at the Downtown Plaza / westside entry to the Caltrain Station. Work with neighboring property owners to maintain the site.
Policy PR-4.5: Maintain Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) joint use agreement.
Maintain a joint use agreement with Bay Area Rapid Transit for public access along the Centennial Way Trail as well as improved parkland.
Policy PR-4.6: Convert public easements
Work with other agencies, including Pacific Gas & Electric, the California Water Service, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, and to convert public easements, such as utility corridors or unused rights of way, into parks and trails.
Policy PR-4.7: Provide publicly accessible, private open space
Work with non-residential development projects in the East of 101, Lindenville, and El Camino sub-areas to provide publicly accessible private maintained open space as part of a developer agreement, Memorandum of Understanding, or similar legally binding agreement with the city. Establish standards for private parks so that their quality is on par with public parks. Require the identification of an entity responsible for park maintenance, adoption of maintenance standards and guarantees of a funding source for long-term maintenance.
Policy PR-4.8: Support non-profit partnerships for park maintenance and programing
Streamline internal processes to encourage partnerships with other agencies, volunteer groups, and nonprofit groups. Partner with non-profit organizations for park and trail maintenance, funding, and programming.
South San Francisco provides well-maintained and sustainable parks and recreational facilities to meet the needs of current and future residents.
To ensure that the community is provided with excellent park and recreational facilities that meet its diverse needs and interests.
Policy PR-7.1: Meet park and facility maintenance staffing targets.
Strive to achieve a ratio of 0.75 full time and part time maintenance staff per 10 acres. Maintain staffing quality control and long-term expertise.
Policy: PR-7.2: Maintain park and recreation facilities.
Fund adequate resources to maintain existing and future parks and recreational facilities to extend their useful lifetimes.
Policy PR-7.3: Maintain park amenities
Maintain high quality amenities for active and passive recreational use in parks, including playgrounds, fields, and sport courts, and suitability of use by younger children, including childcare provider groups.
Policy PR-7.4: Upgrade playgrounds.
Continue to renovate existing playgrounds to update play features and add play elements to existing open spaces where feasible.
Policy PR-7.5: Redesign underused parks.
Continue to redesign underused parks to update programming to attract more users where feasible.
Policy PR-7.6: Modernize aquatics facilities.
Seek opportunities to replace and expand the indoor pool at Orange Park to continue to provide benefits from aquatics programming.
Action PR-7.6.1: Complete pool design and financing studies.
Move forward with design and financing studies for a new pool./li>
Policy PR-7.7: Incorporate public art in parks and open spaces
Incorporate permanent and temporary public art, including from local artists, throughout parks and seek opportunities to implement the Public Art Master Plan in parks.
Action PR-7.7.1: Adopt Public Art Master Plan.
Adopt and implement the Public Art Master Plan, updating the Master Plan every 5-to-10 years.
Action PR-7.7.2: Facilitate community engagement on public art selection.
Establish a process to allow community input into public art selection.
Action PR-7.7.3: Educate community on public art.
Produce public art educational materials for each artwork in the City’s collection and make these available to the public. Detail the locations of public art installations in materials such as walking tour guideposts, physical markers, web-based maps, or podcasts.
Action PR-7.7.4: Support community-based creation of public art.
Develop and coordinate community-based efforts to create public art pieces.
Policy PR-7.8: Integrate sustainable landscape strategies.
Integrate sustainability strategies into City‐owned landscapes to expand tree canopy, improve water quality, reduce the need to irrigate landscapes, and lower water costs. This includes green infrastructure and stormwater capture, drought resistant plants, native plants, and the use of recycled water for irrigation.
Policy PR-7.9: Ensure lighting and visibility in parks.
Ensure parks are safe by providing lighting, orienting building facades towards parks, incorporating wayfinding signage, and providing clear lines of sight.
Policy PR-7.10: Provide historical education in parks.
Add plaques, signage, and public art that celebrates South San Francisco’s history and culture in parks.
Policy PR-7.11: Install electric vehicle parking at City parks and facilities.
Install electric vehicle charging infrastructure at City-owned parks and facilities.
Policy PR-7.12: Consider health-related outcomes of park interventions.
When planning for new and upgraded park facilities and amenities, consider the health-related outcomes of park interventions in the decision-making process.
For related policies and implementation actions related to open space management and ecology, see Goal ES-1.
For related policies and implementation actions related to building and facility maintenance, see Goal ECS-3 and CP-5.
South San Francisco provides engaging and convenient programming and services for older adults.
To ensure older adults throughout the city have easy access to the recreational and education opportunities they need.
Policy PR-10.1: Expand senior services program.
Seek opportunities to expand the wide range of older adult and senior services provided by the City, including recreation, education, and social programs, health screenings, and other enrichment opportunities.
Policy PR-10.2: Maintain Adult Day Care program.
Continue to operate an Adult Day Care program to provide socialization, enrichment, and exercise activities to frail and/or impaired older adults with disabilities.
Policy PR-10.3: Partner with San Mateo County to extend senior services.
Continue to collaborate with San Mateo County and other outside entities to expand the reach of senior services, such as the Great Plates Delivered Program.
Policy PR-10.4: Provide shuttle and van service to senior services.
Continue to provide and expand when feasible connections to older adult and senior services by maintaining service to Roberta Cerri Teglia Center and seeking opportunities to expand the South City Shuttle service and the City’s van program for medically frail older adults.
Policy PR-10.5: Publish Senior Connections Newsletter.
Continue to publish the Senior Connections Newsletter free to South San Francisco seniors.
For related more general policies and implementation actions related to recreational programming, see Goal PR-8.
A resilient and fossil fuel free energy system.
To reduce energy related greenhouse gas emissions as well as improve local air quality and public health.
Policy CP-2.1: Maintain Peninsula Clean Energy membership.
Maintain City membership in Peninsula Clean Energy (PCE) and continue to work to maintain a high level of private property owner participation in PCE.
Policy CP-2.2: Reduce emissions associated with natural gas infrastructure.
Partner with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company to develop options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions associated with the existing natural gas grid.
Policy CP-2.3: Develop community solar projects.
Explore the development of community solar projects.
Policy CP-2.4: Install energy resilience infrastructure.
Provide energy resilience via back-up energy systems, microgrids, and other measures that serve the community during emergency events, particularly supporting disadvantaged communities, including considering creating a financial incentive program for existing and new solar/battery backup system installations.
Policy CP-2.5: Coordinate with Pacific Gas and Electric Public Safety Power Shutoffs.
Work with the Pacific Gas and Electric Company to minimize the impacts of Public Safety Power Shutoffs and to prevent utility shutoff during extreme heat events.
Improve the environmental efficiencies and performance of municipal buildings, facilities, landscaping, and parks in South San Francisco.
To promote the environmental health and capture economic co-benefits, the design, construction, and operations of all City-owned buildings and facilities including parks and landscapes to promote leadership in green building and site design practices.
Policy CP-5.1: Require minimum of LEED silver rating or equivalent for new buildings.
Require all new municipal buildings and facilities to meet a minimum LEED silver rating as certified by the US Green Building Council or equivalent green building rating system. Require feasibility studies for zero net energy use, on-site renewable energy generation, and on-site batteries.
Policy CP-5.2: Benchmark environmental performance of municipal buildings and facilities.
Regularly benchmark the environmental performance of municipal buildings, landscaping, parks and facilities.
Policy CP-5.3: Municipal building retrofits and operational changes.
To reduce operating and maintenance costs, use the benchmarking data to identify opportunities for environmental performance improvements through audits, retro-commissioning, and building retrofits.
Policy CP-5.4: Require75% waste diversion for municipal construction and demolition projects.
Require municipal construction projects to achieve 75% waste diversion from the landfill.
Policy CP-5.5: Energy resilience of municipal buildings.
Require municipal building and facility new construction and major renovation projects to evaluate the feasibility of incorporating onsite batteries that store electricity from onsite renewable energy generation to supply the building and community with electricity in the event of a disaster.
Policy CP-5.6: Electric vehicle chargers at municipal facilities.
Seek opportunities to install additional electric vehicle chargers at suitable public facilities, including Downtown parking structures and community and regional parks.
For related policies and implementation actions related to building and facility maintenance, see Goals ECS-3 and PR-8.
The City continues to divert organics from landfill in accordance with State targets.
To meet the requirements of SB 1383 Short-Lived Climate Pollutants Act and reduce greenhouse gas emissions related to landfilled waste as well as cultivate behavior change around resource consumption.
Policy CP-6.1: Maintain and update Waste Reduction Plan.
Maintain and regularly update the City’s waste reduction plans and programs to ensure consistency with California’s waste reduction goals.
Action CP-6.1.1: Adopt a Zero-waste plan.
Adopt an SB 1383 compliant zero-waste plan for municipal operations and the community that includes:
- Mandatory residential and commercial recycling and collection of organics/food waste.
- Mandatory commercial edible food recovery program (per MOU with San Mateo County Office of Sustainability).
- Update trash enclosure space and access requirements based on hauler recommendations to accommodate all waste streams (e.g., recycling, trash, and organics).
Action CP-6.1.2: SSF Scavenger partnership.
Continue to work with SSF Scavenger to ensure implement waste reduction targets.
Action CP-6.1.3: Establish waste reduction compliance pathways.
Establish compliance pathways and enforcement mechanisms for mandatory organics and food waste diversion.
Policy CP-6.2: Educational outreach about waste diversion.
Develop education and technical assistance programs to help all residents and businesses to compost and recycle.
Policy CP-6.3: Modify waste rate structures.
Explore modifying waste rate structures to encourage efficiency in future franchise agreements.
Policy CP-6.4: Establish City green purchasing program.
Establish a green purchasing program for City of South San Francisco.
The South San Francisco – San Bruno Water Quality Control Plant is a model for sustainable, resilient operations.
To reduce municipal operational greenhouse gas emissions as well as provide capacity for organics diversion and generate renewable biogas.
Policy CP-8.1: Evaluate system efficiency.
Continuously evaluate and, as appropriate, replace systems at the wastewater treatment plant to reduce energy use.
Policy CP-8.2: Explore renewable biogas production.
Explore additional capacity to generate, capture, and reuse biogas generated by the plant as power.
Policy CP-8.3: Explore recycled water supply.
Explore options for delivering non-potable, recycled water for cooling towers, processes, and irrigation in East of 101 (e.g., flow pipe water).
The City proactively advances community resilience and is prepared for all hazards, including climate disruption.
To increase preparedness and resilience to respond to and recover from the shocks or stresses that impact South San Francisco through regional, countywide, and cross jurisdictional collaboration and proactive planning and assessment. To adopt the Local Hazard Mitigation Plan by reference, consistent with California Assembly Bill 2140.
Policy CR-1.1: Prioritize the needs of vulnerable populations.
Prioritize the needs of disadvantaged communities affected disproportionately by hazards and disasters. Engage disadvantaged communities in identifying potential hazards and program responses and priorities through the Community Emergency Response Team and promotores programs.
Policy CR-1.2: Participate in regional hazard planning initiatives.
Participate in collaborative hazard planning and preparedness work.
Action CR-1.2.1: Continue funding regional sea level rise and flood protection agency.
Continue to fund and contribute to the San Mateo County Flood and Sea Level Rise Resiliency District.
Action CR-1.2.2. Coordinate utility redundancy.
Continue to work with regional water and energy agencies to ensure redundant water and energy supplies in case of an emergency.
Policy CR-1.3: Mainstream municipal climate preparedness planning and assessment.
Implement climate preparedness planning across City departments, programs, and operations.
Action CR-1.3.1: Participate in the countywide Hazard Mitigation Plan.
Actively participate in the San Mateo County Hazard Mitigation Plan maintenance protocols and County-wide initiatives. Adopt the Hazard Mitigation Plan by reference upon update. Update emergency operations plans and protocols to account for regularly updated hazard information.
Action CR-1.3.2: Conduct municipal building and facility sea level rise studies.
Conduct site-specific vulnerability assessments of municipal buildings and facilities at risk to sea level rise and flooding, including the Water Quality Control Plant and Oyster Point Marina.
Action CR-1.3.3: Require multi-hazard real estate disclosure.
Enact an ordinance to require real estate disclosures of all hazards identified in the Hazard Mitigation Plan, including hazards associated with anticipatory sea level rise and flooding, geologic hazards, groundwater inundation, or wildfire for commercial and residential properties, including ownership and rental.
Policy CR-1.4: Develop and maintain resilient infrastructure standards.
Periodically adjust infrastructure design standards to address asset-specific vulnerabilities associated with the hazards.
Policy CR-1.5: Require capital projects in high hazard areas to adhere to risk assessment guidance.
As part of the capital planning and budgeting process, require all projects located within high hazard areas and sea level rise inundation zones to adhere to risk assessment guidance and identify appropriate resilience strategies.
Policy CR-1.6: Continually strengthen emergency management and operations.
Continually strengthen emergency management capacity and coordination with the San Mateo County Emergency Operations Center.
Action CR-1.6.1: Develop a resiliency hub program.
Develop a resiliency hub program to help community members with disaster planning assistance and supplies.
Action CR-1.6.2: Upgrade the Emergency Operations Center.
Add second floor to the City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and a warehouse to store supplies to support the city in the event of a disaster. Ensure the EOC has the necessary capabilities and can continue operations after all future hazards.
Action CR-1.6.3: Establish a resilience education program.
Establish a community resilience education program in collaboration with San Mateo County and local community partners. Work with the Community Emergency Response Team and promotores programs to disseminate the information.
Action CR-1.6.4: Identify locations for post-disaster emergency housing.
Identify locations for emergency housing, siting locations in areas with lower hazard risk.
Action CR-1.6.5: Maintain evaluation route plans.
Maintain and communicate evacuation route plans for businesses and residents.
Policy CR-1.7: Expand Community Emergency Response Team.
Continue expanding the reach of the Community Emergency Response Team program to strengthen community cohesion and emergency preparedness through community engagement efforts.
Action CR-1.7.1: Foster Community Emergency Response Team – Promotores collaboration.
Work closely with the promotores program to deepen and expand relationships and partnerships with community members and organizations that serve diverse South San Francisco community members including those who do not speak English as their first language, the Latinx, and faith-based communities. Collaboration can serve to identify needs and solutions and communicate on programs.
Action CR-1.7.2: Increase Community Emergency Response Team outreach in community.
Target outreach for South San Francisco CERT offerings in specific South San Francisco neighborhoods, such as Downtown.
Action CR-1.7.3: Expand Community Emergency Response Team outreach at the library.
Partner with library to ensure that key populations have access to information about Community Emergency Response Team and other South San Francisco programs and resources.
Policy CR-1.8: Enhance post-disaster recovery planning.
Ensure the city is ready for post-disaster recovery through proactive planning.
Action CR-1.8.1: Prepare a post-disaster recovery plan.
Create a post-disaster recovery framework that establishes post-disaster policies and programs designating when, where, and how rebuilding will occur.
Action CR-1.8.2: Adopt post-disaster repair standards for existing buildings.
Develop and adopt special repair and upgrade standards for existing buildings, in the case of post-disaster reconstruction and/or conversion to mixed use or more compact residential use.
Policy CR-1.9: Assess needs and resources for future pandemic response.
Regularly assess needs and identify resources to prepare for pandemic response.
The City increases stormwater infiltration and reduces the amount of pollutants entering the stormwater system.
To promote the equitable distribution of green infrastructure in South San Francisco to improve human and watershed health, San Francisco Bay fisheries, and wildlife habitat, and to reduce the negative impacts of climate change. To couple with policies and implementation actions related to the urban forest, which filters pollutants, stores water in canopy, and helps keep stormwater flow rates manageable.
Policy ES-7.1: Develop and implement comprehensive watershed management strategy.
Partner with regional and local agencies to develop a comprehensive watershed management strategy that identifies programs, partnerships, actions, and incentives that the City and partners can take to protect the city’s water resources and aquatic areas. Collaborate with regional agencies and neighboring jurisdictions to manage stormwater, reduce impervious surfaces, and improve water quality in the Colma Creek watershed.
Policy ES-7.2: Integrate green infrastructure in City projects.
Integrate green infrastructure strategies into city‐owned landscapes to improve water quality and reduce the need to irrigate landscapes.
Action ES-7.2.1: Implement the Green Infrastructure Plan.
Implement the City’s Green Infrastructure Plan.
Action ES-7.2.2: Identify opportunities to implement green Infrastructure in parks and open space.
Identify opportunities for nearby parks and open spaces to support water management with stormwater infrastructure
Policy ES-7.3: Require stormwater management practices for new and redevelopment projects.
Continue to require new development and redevelopment projects to meet federal, state, regional, and local stormwater requirements, including site design, stormwater treatment, stormwater infiltration, peak flow reduction, and trash capture.
Policy ES-7.4: Encourage pervious surfaces.
Encourage pervious surfaces in new developments.
For related policies and implementation actions related to urban forestry, see Goal ES-4.
Create complete neighborhoods, where residents can access most of their everyday needs within a short walk, bike, or transit trip.
To encourage residents to live healthy lifestyles, reduce dependence on automobiles, and bolster pedestrian activity and community vibrancy by providing walkable access to services and amenities.
Policy LU-1.1: Support mixed use activity centers.
Support a network of vibrant mixed use activity centers located throughout the city. Mixed use centers should include business and services, housing, healthy food, parks, and other gathering places.
Action LU-1.1.1: Maintain vacant building inventory.
Maintain an inventory of vacant buildings and encourage developers and potential business owners to locate their development/businesses in areas most in need of their resources.
Action LU-1.1.2: Implement mixed use rezoning.
Identify key activity areas that currently feature single-use commercial or residential zoning designations, and re-zone to allow for mixed use development that could provide more convenient access to local commercial.
Action LU-1.1.3: Complete neighborhoods study.
Initiate a study to determine appropriate locations for siting everyday needs, including services, healthy food, public facilities, and shopping within a short walk, bike, or transit trip of all residents.
Policy LU-1.2: Connectivity in complete neighborhoods.
Improve walk, bike, and accessibility in complete neighborhoods.
Action LU-1.2.1: Department coordination for complete neighborhoods planning.
Ensure coordination between the Economic & Community Development and Public Works Departments to align needed transportation improvement projects with land use planning in complete neighborhoods.
Action LU-1.2.2: Develop infrastructure improvement program for complete neighborhoods.
Develop a formal program and structure to evaluate and facilitate the repair, maintenance, and expansion of bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure in complete neighborhoods.
Policy LU-1.3: Improve access to healthy foods.
Encourage development of community gardens, allowing food “pop-ups” and mobile vendors throughout the city, encouraging siting of grocery stores and markets in areas where residents lack convenient access to healthy food, and supporting and expanding the South San Francisco Farmers’ Market.
Action LU-1.3.1: Rezoning and public easements for healthy foods.
Identify parcels and areas in public rights-of-way that can facilitate community gardens and re-zone to allow urban agriculture.
Policy LU-1.4: Maintain and expand public facilities and services.
Maintain and expand public facilities to better support the community, including schools, libraries, utilities, and recreational spaces, particularly in neighborhoods lacking these resources. Seek opportunities to co-locate new public projects near compatible civic uses such as schools and campuses to create nodes of activity and services.
Policy LU-1.5: Create places and opportunities for neighborhood events.
Create places and opportunities for neighborhood events that bring the South San Francisco community together.
Action LU-1.5.1: Funding for neighborhood events.
Seek funding, sponsors, and partnerships to provide community involvement programs such as Light Up the Night, Neighbors Night Out, and other similar activities and programs designed to strengthen neighborhoods.
Policy LU-1.6: Promote Childcare and pre-K facilities.
Promote childcare and pre-K facilities in South San Francisco.
Action LU-1.6.1: Zone for Childcare and pre-K.
Revise the Zoning Ordinance to allow childcare and pre-K facilities throughout the city.
Action LU-1.6.2: Fund and expand childcare and pre-K.
Coordinate with public institutions, including San Mateo County, and seek State, federal, and private funding sources to maximize resources to fund and expand childcare and pre-K in South San Francisco.
Policy LU-1.7: Create new Lindenville and East of 101 mixed use neighborhoods.
Facilitate the construction of new mixed-use neighborhoods in Lindenville and East of 101 that are well connected to services, transit, amenities, public buildings, and parks and recreational facilities.
A diverse economy and range of businesses by maintaining, beautifying, and expanding spaces for neighborhood commercial, including retail, restaurants, and small offices.
To nurture and provide opportunity for businesses to succeed in South San Francisco.
Policy LU-7.1: Promote complete neighborhoods.
Promote new commercial uses and revitalize existing commercial areas in locations that provide convenient access to a range of goods and services.
Policy: LU-7.2 Concentrate neighborhood-serving commercial.
Allow existing strip commercial corridors like El Camino Real to intensify with standalone residential uses and concentrate neighborhood-serving commercial uses into mixed use activity centers.
Policy LU-7.3: Determine incentives to create community facilities.
Determine development incentives to encourage the creation of additional community facilities, including early childhood education, community space, artist space, and workforce training centers. Potential incentives could include not counting such uses towards floor area ratio maximums, providing density bonuses, and similar provisions
Policy LU-7.4: Intensify low-density strip commercial and shopping centers.
Intensify low-density strip commercial and shopping centers into mixed use activity centers that are accessible to transit options.
Policy LU-7.5: Foster pedestrian and bicycle access in neighborhood commercial development.
Require new commercial development to foster pedestrian and bicycle access by minimizing building setbacks from the sidewalk, providing safe, accessible pedestrian connections, and creating secure and convenient bike storage.
Policy LU-7.6: Support business upkeep and maintenance.
Develop programs to support building upkeep and maintenance and formalized partnerships with business associations.
Action LU-7.6.1: Develop programs related to building upkeep and maintenance.
Develop programs to support building upkeep and maintenance, signage, and façade improvements for neighborhood commercial and small businesses.
Action LU-7.6.2: Formalize business associations.
Formalize several local business associations to better coordinate with SSF Chamber of Commerce in addressing neighborhood or district-specific challenges.
Policy LU-7.7: Affordable spaces for emerging businesses.
Support affordable and flexible commercial and industrial building space for new and emerging businesses.
Policy LU-7.8: Allow Mobile Vendors.
Encourage pop-up stores and cafes to be located in public and private spaces that are empty or underutilized to create an amenities-rich environment that attracts residents and visitors
Action LU-7.8.1: Create standards for mobile food markets.
Support greater street life by allowing food vendor markets at centrally located spots.
The creativity of the district is harnessed to create collaborative solutions to complex district challenges, such as sea level rise and traffic congestion.
To create a safe, connected, and resilient district.
Policy SA-20.1: Explore funding mechanisms to finance East of 101 district improvements.
Explore funding mechanisms to finance East of 101 district improvements.
Action SA-20.1.1: Create Community Facilities District.
Explore development of a Community Facilities District to finance district improvements, such as infrastructure improvements, management of a parking facilities district, and fund public spaces and amenities.
Action SA-20.1.2: Identify funds for roadway maintenance and repairs.
Explore development of a district-wide fund with annual contributions from local businesses designated for roadway maintenance and repairs.
Action SA-20.1.3: Support building upkeep and maintenance.
Develop a mechanism to support building upkeep and maintenance, signage, landscaping, placemaking elements, lighting, and façade improvements for businesses along South Airport Boulevard.
A new residential neighborhood centered along Colma Creek within a short walk of Downtown amenities and services that provides a range of housing types for different income levels and housing types.
To provide opportunities for everyone to live and access services in Lindenville.
Policy SA-22.1: Introduce a mix of affordable and market rate housing in Lindenville.
Action SA-22.1.1: Develop Lindenville master or specific plan.
Develop a master plan or specific plan for new mixed use neighborhoods in Lindenville.
Action SA-22.1.2: Designate residential priority sites.
Designate residential priority sites, which require a specific amount of future development projects be dedicated to residential land uses.
Action SA-22.1.3: Require context-sensitive design.
Require context-sensitive design for new buildings developed along Colma Creek, such as height step backs and building setbacks.
Policy SA-22.2: Encourage lot assembly to facilitate housing and mixed use development in Lindenville.
Encourage the assemblage of adjacent parcels by providing greater development incentives for master planned redevelopment in areas of Lindenville transitioning to residential or mixed use development than would be available for development on a parcel-by-parcel basis.
Policy SA-22.3: Golden Gate Produce Terminal and Park ‘N Fly sites.
Encourage parcel assemblage of the Park ‘N Fly site (160 Produce Avenue) and the Golden Gate Produce Terminal site (131 Terminal Court) and encourage developers to create a master plan for mixed use development on the combined parcels.
Policy SA-22.4: Placemaking and infrastructure improvements in areas to be developed with residential uses.
Prioritize placemaking and infrastructure improvements in areas that currently have non-residential uses that have Medium Density Mixed Use or High Density Mixed Use designations.
Policy SA-22.5: Require buffering of residential uses in Lindenville.
Ensure residential land uses are buffered from heavy industrial uses and major roadways via landscaping, street trees, and attractive fences and walls.
Policy SA-22.6: Require small block sizes for new residential neighborhoods.
Where possible, ensure the new residential neighborhood near Colma Creek is developed with small block sizes to facilitate convenient vehicular and pedestrian connections through the neighborhood.
Policy SA-22.7: Adequate public services in Lindenville.
Coordinate with the South San Francisco Unified School District and City public services, including the Fire Department and the Police Department, to ensure public services can accommodate growth impacts of this new development in Lindenville.
Pedestrian connections, recreational amenities, and streetscapes are improved in Orange Park.
Policy SA-31.1: Implement Orange Memorial Park Master Plan.
Continue efforts to implement the Orange Memorial Park Master Plan. Continue to implement stormwater capture projects like the Orange Memorial Park updates to improve water quality and increase trash capture in the Colma Creek watershed.
Action SA-31.1.1: Coordinate with Cal Water to purchase or lease land.
Coordinate with Cal Water to purchase or lease land along Chestnut Avenue and Colma Creek to expand Orange Park.
Policy SA-31.2: Improve Centennial Way Trail Connections to Orange Park.
Improve pedestrian and bicycle connections to the Centennial Way Trail, and to the El Camino Real and Downtown sub-areas.
Policy SA-31.3: Improve South San Francisco High School connections.
Ensure pedestrian and bicycle crossings to South San Francisco High School are safe and well-marked.
Policy SA-31.4: Provide connections to El Camino Real and South Spruce Avenue.
Provide convenient connections to the node of amenities and services at El Camino Real and South Spruce Avenue.
Access to services, recreational opportunities, commercial development, and housing is improved in Westborough.
Policy SA-37.1: Create Gateway signage in Westborough.
Enhance gateway signage along Junipero Serra Boulevard into South San Francisco.
Policy SA-37.2: Improve connections to public services.
Improve connections to public services, including senior services and community centers, by developing a shuttle system or bringing “pop-up” services to the Westborough neighborhood.