CASTRO STREET NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT.
This is Sec. 715.1. of the San Francisco Planning Code, titled “CASTRO STREET NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT..” It is part of Article 7, titled “NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS.” It contains 1 laws.
The Castro Street District is situated in Eureka Valley, close to the geographic center of San Francisco between the Mission District, Twin Peaks, and Upper Market Street. The physical form of the district is a crossing at Castro and 18th Streets, the arms of which contain many small, but intensely active commercial businesses. The multi-purpose commercial district provides both convenience goods to its immediate neighborhood as well as comparison shopping goods and services on a specialized basis to a wider trade area. Commercial businesses are active both in the daytime and late into the evening and include a number of gay-oriented bars and restaurants, as well as several specialty clothing and gift stores. The district also supports a number of offices in converted residential buildings.
The Castro Street District controls are designed to maintain existing small-scale development and promote a balanced mix of uses. Building standards permit small-scale buildings and uses and protect rear yards above the ground story and at residential levels. In new buildings, most commercial uses are permitted at the ground and second stories. Special controls are necessary to preserve the existing equilibrium of neighborhood-serving convenience and specialty commercial uses. In order to maintain convenience stores and protect adjacent residential livability, controls authorize some additional eating and drinking establishments with a conditional use, permit self-service specialty food establishments, and permit with certain limitations new late-night uses, adult and other entertainment, and financial service uses. The continuous retail frontage is maintained by prohibiting most automobile and drive-up uses.
Housing development in new buildings is encouraged above the second story. Existing housing units are protected by limitations on demolitions and upper-story conversions.