Nob Hill Highland Sector Development Plan
The draft sector plan was prepared by Sites Southwest consultants. You may review the Draft Sector Plan submitted to the City Council, but without the adopted amendments:
- Nob Hill Draft Sector Plan (Sept 2006)
- Nob Hill Draft Sector Plan Components (Sept 2006)
- Nob Hill Draft Sector Plan Appendices (Sept 2006)
The Plan was authorized in Bill No. R-04-189 (Enactment No. R-2005-018). Please note, related to the submittal of proposed amendments to the sector plan, that while the legislation called for the planning process to be jointly managed by City Council Services, this engagement was not sought by the Planning Department and did not occur.
Bill No. R-07-185 is the enacting legislation for the Nob Hill Highland Sector Development Plan.
There are two categories of amendments:
- Text amendments
- Streetscape amendments
The text amendments were suggested to the Council members by a number of different sources including: the Environmental Planning Commission; Planning Department staff; Nob Hill Neighborhood Association; residents, property, and business owners in the area; and City Council staff.
The amendments address the following principal issues. (Please read the entire text of these amendments to obtain the complete picture.)
- Building heights.
- Removal of some CPTED roadway barriers.
- Neighborhood permit parking.
- Funding sources for plan implementation.
- Shopfront design standards for buildings on the side streets intersecting Central Avenues.
- Varying the height of buildings fronting Central Avenue.
- Varying the building articulation requirements for structures between Washington and San Mateo especially.
- Solar access regulations for single family residences west of Washington Street.
- Parking standards related to uses along Central as a Major Transit Corridor.
- Providing for reestablishing historically notable design characteristics when structures along Central are rehabilitated.
- Adding “Characteristic Buildings” to the Historic Preservation map, identifying building to add to this category, and calling for staff to move toward designating identified buildings as City Landmarks, which will have greater protections than under the National and State and National Historic Registers.
- Providing a waiver of parking requirements for small commercial users (up to 3,000 sq. ft.) to encourage local small businesses.
At the August 6th and August 20th meetings , the Council approved the following amendments. Please note that some of these amendments were revised from the version posted on this web page previously. One should read the current text of all of these amendments.
Amendments Approved by Council
The following amendments were approved by Council at the August 6th and August 20th meetings. The amendments approved at these meetings have become final.
(The “Proposed” notation is only to track the numbering of the amendments as they appeared on this web page.)
- Proposed Amendment 1
- Proposed Revision to Amendment 1
- Proposed Amendment 2
- Proposed Amendment 3
- Proposed Amendment 4
- Proposed Amendment 5
- Proposed Amendment 6
- Proposed Amendment 7
- Proposed Revision to Amendment 7
- Proposed Amendment 8
- Proposed Amendment 9
- Proposed Amendment 10
- Proposed Revision to Amendment 10
- Proposed Amendment 11
- New Amendment
The draft streetscape amendments were provided by the national transportation engineering firm of Kimley-Horn under contract to the City Council Services. The standards contained in the amendments were suggested because of the lack of specific regulations in the draft sector plan and the benefits to result from a conceptual streetscape design that is consistent with the plan policy to make this portion of Central Avenue more pedestrian friendly.
The streetscape amendment addresses the following main elements:
- Pedestrian bulb-outs at all intersections.
- A design solution to the plan provision for minimum 11 foot wide sidewalks on Central Avenue.
- Identification of landscape requirements adjacent to Central and along the sides of the sidewalks.
- A model design for street furnishings such as benches and bollards.
- Signalization of additional intersection(s).
- Introduction of 17 foot wide “café” sidewalk space on some locations along Central such as to provide out-door dining.
- Some extensions of medians across blocks in order to simplify pedestrian crossing and encourage walking.
- Identification of potential streetcar stops in the event that the system is approved and shortening the distances between suggested stops to ¼ mile.
As above, the reader should carefully review the text and illustrations included in the amendments.
Streetscape Amendments and Graphics
The Streetscape for East Central Avenue was developed to establish design standards to complement and support the adjacent land uses under both existing and future conditions. The overall objective is to provide a balanced multi-modal corridor that safely accommodates pedestrians, transit, freight and automobiles, and allocate the existing right-of-way to support the activities of adjacent businesses. The streetscape plan is consistent with the goals, policies, and design guidelines established in the Nob Hill Highland Sector Development Plan, specifically:
- Goal: Create an environment that facilitates a high-quality, pedestrian-oriented experience.
- Goal: Accommodate the flow of automobile traffic while integrating it with a pedestrian-oriented, multi-modal, mixed-use, urban environment.
- Policy: The City shall improve the ease and safety of pedestrian crossings at principal arterials (including Central) and collector streets (Carlisle).
- Policy: The City shall improve sidewalks and enhance pedestrian mobility.
- Policy: The City shall address aesthetics and amenities to improve streetscapes and create opportunities to relax, gather and socialize.
- Policy: The City shall accommodate the vehicular flow on principal arterials while increasing the priority and safety of pedestrians.
Capital projects that are relevant to the streetscape plan include:
- Development of safer and more visible crossing points at signalized intersections and mid-block crossings.
- Addition of bulb-outs where on-street parking exists.
- Crosswalks added to signalized intersections.
- Widen sidewalks to a minimum of 11 feet.
- Close unused curb cuts on Central to create a continuous, level surface, and all curb heights should be 6 inches to provide proper slopes for handicap-accessibility.
- Buffers such as planting strips and on-street parking between pedestrian ways and street traffic.
- Addition of night sky friendly pedestrian-scaled lighting
- Shade tree planting should be expanded along retail street frontages.
- Establishing areas for public spaces and outdoor seating to activate street frontages ensuring that proper accessibility requirements are met.
This link provides the proposed changes to the “Plan Components / Movements Systems” section of the Plan.
The following Graphics are referenced in the streetscape amendment above.
- Figure 13: Pedestrian Circulation
- Figure 14: Conceptual Streetscape Design (Girard Blvd. to Wellesley Dr.)
- Figure 15: Conceptual Streetscape Design (Wellesley Dr. to Hermosa Dr.)
- Figure 16: Conceptual Streetscape Design (Hermosa Dr. to Sierra Dr.)
- Figure 17: Conceptual Streetscape Design (Sierra Dr. to Madison St.)
- Figure 18: Conceptual Streetscape Design (Madison St. to San Mateo Blvd.)
- Figure 19: Bicycle Circulation
- Figure 20: Vehicular Circulation
- Figure 21: Proposed Transit
- Figure 22: Parking Opportunities
- Figure 23: Existing On-Street Parking
- Figure D1: Typical Boulevard Cross Section
- Figure D2: Typical Boulevard Cross Section at Crosswalk
- Figure D3: Typical Boulevard Cross Section at Bulbout
- Figure D4: Typical Café District Cross Section
- Figure D5: Typical Boulevard Cross Section at Streetcar Station
- Figure D6: Intersection Turn Movements
- Figure D7: Intersection Turn Movements (Cont.)
- Figure D8: Prototypical Signalized Intersection
- Figure D9: Prototypical Unsignalized Intersection
- Figure D10: Prototypical Unsignalized Intersection with Median Extension and Enhanced Pedestrian Crossing
- Figure D11: Typical Bus Stop Layout