Statement of Purpose. It is the purpose of this Section to establish a procedure by which major parking garages proposed for downtown San Francisco may be reviewed as to the appropriateness of their location and arrangement, recognizing the need for continuing development of a unified transportation system conveniently serving the downtown area.
Definition of Major Parking Garage. A “major parking garage” shall be any garage for the parking of passenger automobiles, for short- or long-term periods and for any use, which is not classified as an accessory parking facility under Section 204.5 of this Code.
Review by City Planning Commission. Review of the location and design of any major parking garage in a C-3 District by the City Planning Commission, either as a conditional use under Section 303 of this Code or upon referral by the Board of Supervisors or any other agency, shall be in accordance with the criteria set forth below.
Criteria for Review. The following criteria shall be considered, in addition to those stated in Section 303(c) of this Code, and those stated in Section 157 of this Code when applicable:
Accessibility to the area of the proposed site and to the proposed parking garage itself, from freeway ramps or from major thoroughfares;
Convenient service to areas of concentrated development, particularly those within the C-3-O and C-3-R Districts, by location of the proposed parking garage near or adjacent to but not inside such concentrated areas;
Minimization of conflict of the proposed parking garage with pedestrian movements and amenities, resulting from the placement of driveways and ramps, the breaking of continuity of shopping facilities along sidewalks, and the drawing of traffic through areas of heavy pedestrian concentration;
The service patterns of other forms of transportation;
Establishment of a parking rate structure or fee favorable to short-term parking (four hours or less) and designed to discourage long-term parking, as set forth in Section 155(g) of this Code;
Minimization of conflict of the proposed parking garage with transit operations and loading points, resulting from the location of driveways, ramps and vehicle queuing areas;
The objectives and policies of the Downtown Plan, a component of the Master Plan; and
Such other criteria as may be deemed appropriate in the circumstances of the particular case.
(Amended by Ord. 414-85, App. 9/17/85)