POLK STREET NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT.
This is Sec. 723.1. of the San Francisco Planning Code, titled “POLK STREET NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT..” It is part of Article 7, titled “NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS.” It contains 1 laws.
Sitting in the gulch between Nob and Russian Hills and Pacific Heights, the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District extends for a mile as a north-south linear strip, and includes a portion of Larkin Street between Post and California Streets. Polk Street's dense mixed-use character consists of buildings with residential units above ground-story commercial use. The district has an active and continuous commercial frontage along Polk Street for almost all of its length. Larkin Street and side streets in the district have a greater proportion of residences than Polk Street itself. The district provides convenience goods and services to the residential communities in the Polk Gulch neighborhood and to the residents on the west slopes of Nob and Russian Hills. It has many apparel and specialty stores, as well as some automobile uses, which serve a broader trade area. Commercial uses also include offices, as well as movie theaters, restaurants, and bars which keep the district active into the evening.
The Polk Street District controls are designed to encourage and promote development which is compatible with the surrounding neighborhood. The building standards monitor large-scale development and protect rear yards at residential levels. Consistent with Polk Street's existing mixed-use character, new buildings may contain most commercial uses at the first two stories. The controls encourage neighborhood-serving businesses, but limit new eating, drinking, other entertainment, and financial service uses, which can produce parking congestion, noise and other nuisances or displace other types of local-serving convenience goods and services. They also prohibit new adult entertainment uses. Restrictions on drive-up and most automobile uses protect the district's continuous retail frontage and prevent further traffic congestion.
Housing developed in new buildings is encouraged above the second story, especially in the less intensely developed portions of the district along Larkin Street. Existing housing units are protected by limitations on demolitions and upper-story conversions.