Development Agreements


Development Agreements are contracts entered into by the City and a developer to expressly define a development project’s rules, regulations, commitments, and policies for a specific period of time.  The purpose is to strengthen the public planning process by encouraging private participation in the achievement of comprehensive planning goals and reducing the economic costs of development. A Development Agreement can include transportation and infrastructure improvements, open space amenities, new utilities, workforce components, and other mitigation measures and community benefits. It also reduces the risks associated with development, thereby enhancing the City's ability to obtain public benefits beyond those achievable through existing ordinances and regulations.

Development Agreements are only one type of development commitment. Other types of requirements placed on development include environmental mitigation and improvement measures, as well as conditions of approval.  In some cases, area land use and transportation plan policies can also be considered a development commitment.

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Location of Projects with Development Agreements

Active Development Agreements

CPMC - Cathedral Hill ImageCalifornia Pacific Medical Center

Agreement Signed: 10/02/13

Project Status:

  • CPMC Cathedral Hill – Under Construction
  • CPMC St. Luke’s – Not Yet Started
  • CPMC Davies Campus – Not Yet Started

California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is made up of four medical centers in San Francisco, consisting of the California Campus, Pacific Campus, Davies Campus, and St. Luke's Campus.

State law (SB 1953) requires that all acute-care hospitals are seismically upgraded so that they are operational after a major earthquake. Three of CPMC's four acute-care hospitals must be rebuilt in order to comply with this law: the California, Pacific, and St. Luke's Campuses. The Davies Campus was retrofitted in 2008, enabling this campus to accommodate acute-care hospital services until 2030.

CPMC’s project brings acute-care services from the Pacific and California Campuses into a new Cathedral Hill Campus at Geary and Van Ness.  The project will also provide a new, seismically safe hospital at the St. Luke’s Campus in the Mission and a medical office building on the Davies Campus.

Community benefits of this project include:

  • Increased access to healthcare through a new $8.6 million Health Care Innovation Fund; expanded services to the poor and underserved at Cathedral Hill Hospital; and preservation of St. Luke’s Hospital
  • New affordable housing in San Francisco through $36.5 million in funding for the acquisition, construction, or rehabilitation of affordable housing units
  • Enhanced transit service and pedestrian safety through $5 million in funding for the development of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) on Van Ness Avenue and Geary Boulevard, and $3 million for traffic safety measures around the California and Pacific campuses

Click here for a complete list of CPMC development documents.

Park Merced ImageParkmerced

Agreement Signed: 08/19/11

Project Status: Not Yet Started

This proposed project is a long-term (approximately 20-30 years), mixed-use development program to comprehensively re-plan and re-design approximately 152-acres (including streets) in the southwestern part of the City. The plan includes 5,679 rental and for-sale housing units close to transit and neighborhood services, along with open space, recreation areas, and retail spaces.

The Board of Supervisors approved the Parkmerced Development Agreement in May of 2011.

Community benefits of this project include:

  • Unprecedented tenant protections, including preservation of rent control and relocation benefits for existing tenants into new units
  • 68 acres of open space, including neighborhood parks, athletic fields, public plazas, greenways and an organic farm
  • Significant transportation investments, including rerouting the M-Oceanview line away from 19th Avenue to increase pedestrian safety, shuttles to Daly City BART, and transit pass subsidies for residents

Click here for a complete list of Parkmerced development documents.

Treasure Island ImageTreasure Island

Agreement Signed: 06/28/11

Project Status: Not Yet Started

The Treasure Island development includes an adaptive reuse of historical buildings on Yerba Buena Island as well as new housing, commercial, retail, hotel and open space.  Specially, the following is planned on the Island: up to 8,000 homes; 140,000 square feet of new commercial and retail space; 100,000 square feet of new office space; 500-room hotel; and 300 acres of parks and public open space.  Additionally, this project creates a town center and also includes a ferry terminal, retail district, plaza, and a 400-slip marina.

Community benefits of this project include:

  • Waterfront parks and plaza, marina plaza, sports and recreation park, urban agriculture park, neighborhood parks, trails and overlooks, and a cultural park
  • New and upgraded community facilities and streets with bicycle, transit, and pedestrian facilities
  • New joint police/fire station, funding for upgraded school facilities, sailing center, gym, community center, childcare facility, environmental education center, museum, and Life Learning Academy

Click here for a complete list of Treasure Island development documents.

Trinity Plaza ImageTrinity Plaza

Agreement Signed: 10/22/09

Project Status: Building 3 is scheduled for completion in 2016 and Building 4 construction is scheduled to start in 2016.

The Trinity Plaza project consists of two phases of residential construction.  The first phase of construction built 440 units at 1188 Mission Street, including 360 studios to house the existing tenants. Of the remaining 80 units, 68 are market-rate and 12 are below-market rate. The final building phase will add an estimated 915 units and include a building along Eighth Street and another building west of the 1188 Mission Street structure.

Project highlights include:

  • Increased provision of below-market rate dwelling units (15% of the dwelling units, excluding the rent-controlled replacement units)
  • The replacement of 360 rent-controlled dwelling units
  • A parking garage
  • A project-wide artworks program

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Additionally, there are similar agreements entered into by the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (successor agency to the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency): Mission Bay and Candlestick/Hunter's Point Shipyard.

Candlestick-Hunters Point Shipyard ImageCandlestick and Hunters Point Shipyard

Agreement Signed: 11/18/10

Project Status: In Implementation

Together, the Candlestick and Hunters Point Shipyard sites comprise over 780 acres of waterfront land along San Francisco's southeastern shores. The development project provides approximately 12,100 residential units – of which approximately 32 percent is being offered at below-market rates. In addition to built-in public benefits, the Project's Disposition and Development Agreements (DDAs) includes a variety of plans to alleviate poverty, increase economic opportunity, and improve the overall health and quality of life of Bayview residents.

Community benefits of this project include:

  • Over 350 acres of new waterfront parks, including a new "Crissy Field of the South"
  • $10 million for an education improvement fund to improve or construct new educational facilities in the area
  • 3.5 million square feet of commercial space oriented around a "green" science and technology campus targeting emerging technologies
  • More than 25,000 permanent jobs, (generated directly or indirectly through this project)
  • $6.4 to $6.6 billion annual contribution to the regional economy

Click here to be directed to the Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure’s website for this development.

Mission Bay ImageMission Bay

Agreement Signed: 12/03/98

Project Status: In Implementation

Established by the Board of Supervisors in 1998, San Francisco’s new Mission Bay mixed-use, transit-oriented development covers 303 acres of land between the San Francisco Bay and Interstate-280.  The Mission Bay North plan will revitalize and rehabilitate approximately 65 acres of land between the China Basin Channel and Townsend, and third and 7th Streets. The Mission Bay South plan contains primarily residential, retail, and commercial/industrial uses, together with supporting infrastructure, parking, and open space. The master developer is overseeing the planning and construction of more than $700 million in public infrastructure, and the total development cost is expected to exceed $4 billion.

Community benefits of this project include:

  • 6,400 housing units, with up to 1,850 (29%) affordable to moderate, low, and very low-income units
  • 31,000 new permanent jobs
  • A new 500-student public school, a new public library and new fire and police stations and other community facilities.    
  • $150 million in streetscape improvements to support all modes of transportation
  • 41 acres of public open space, with an additional 8 acres to be provided by UCSF
  • $5 million for physical improvements to the Southeast Water Pollution Control Plant designed to reduce odors
  • 4.4 million sq. ft. of office/life science/biotechnology commercial space
  • A new UCSF research campus containing 2.65 million sq. ft. of building space
  • A state-of-the art UCSF hospital complex serving children, women, cancer patients
  • 50% of the widening and up-grading of 4th Street between Channel and King Streets and 3rd Street in Mission Bay South to allow the extension of the Muni T-line 

Click here to be directed to the Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure’s website for this development.