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Working Toward a Common Goal

The 180-page Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan outlines the organizing concepts and design principles to transform our historic campus over the next several decades. UCSF is committed to working with its neighbors throughout the process to identify potential improvements that would further neighborhood goals. Hundreds of community members have voiced their opinions through public survey, community working group meetings, and open houses. A formal Community Working Group of 24 community leaders, merchants, city representatives and staff have also been heavily engaged throughout the process to offer insights and feedback. They identified six key areas of focus in a Community Ideas report:


A range of on-campus housing options provided to students, staff, and faculty. There is an interest in reducing transportation demand by offering more units.

Campus Design

A campus that is more clearly articulated and better organized functionally. There is an opportunity to take greater advantage of the topography and views to, through, and from the site.

Connectivity with Nature

A greener campus with more landscaping, trails, and open spaces throughout. There is strong support for the “park-to-peak” connection from Golden Gate Park to Mount Sutro.

Multi-Modal Mobility

A “pedestrian-first” campus, with vehicular traffic balanced between Parnassus Avenue and Irving Street.

Public Realm

A network of public spaces on campus with improved streetscapes and neighborhood connections.

Programs & Amenities that Benefit the Neighborhood

Activities and facilities at UCSF that support increased integration with the neighborhood and with the city at large.

Steps Over the Next 10 Years

This current phase of the planning process will guide priorities and decisions about how development is implemented over the next 30 years. This will include working with internal and external stakeholders to determine the scope, programming and financial feasibility of near-term projects.

Four specific projects were identified to be implemented in the next 10 years:

Research and Academic Building

We are currently conducting a validation study to inform the redevelopment of the UC Hall site to for research and academic uses.

Construction of the UCSF Helen Diller Medical Center

We are in the early phases of planning our new hospital on the Langley Porter site that we anticipate will open its doors by 2030.

Increased Aldea Housing

Redevelop older apartment buildings in the Aldea family housing complex with taller buildings to accommodate more students.

New Irving Street arrival

Renovate the Irving Street arrival to improve campus image, wayfinding and overall experience for everyone.



As you may know, the City and County of San Francisco announced aggressive recommendations to reduce the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which includes cancelling non-essential events. The expanding outbreak of COVID-19 is prompting escalating actions around the world in response to this growing public health challenge.  

As a health care-focused institution, UCSF has been closely monitoring COVID-19 and taking steps to ensure the health and safety of our patients, visitors, and UCSF community. Given current circumstances, we have decided to reschedule our March 11 Advisory Committee Meeting. We will follow up with a new date when it is confirmed.  

To stay current with current health and safety guidelines, we recommend following the recommendations of local public health agencies and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you would like to know more about COVID-19, UCSF’s preparedness and response, and links to important resources, please visit our webpage at

Advisory Committee

UCSF has convened an Advisory Committee for the Future of UCSF Parnassus Heights, comprised of community stakeholders, leaders, neighbors, merchants and representatives from city agencies and non-profits. This group will be a constant thread between UCSF and the community throughout the planning process and advise UCSF on potential neighborhood issues as we delve into the concepts developed in the CPHP and assess how to make them a reality. Click here for a list of the Advisory Committee members. 

Meetings are open to the public and will be held at Millberry Union, 500 Parnassus Ave., starting at 6:30 p.m. Meeting materials from past meetings can be found in the links below each meeting date. Activities for children available upon request. Please join us!

September 24, 2019

Advisory Committee Meeting Agenda | Public Meeting Agenda | Presentation ​​​​​​ | Meeting Notes

March 11, 2020

Documents will be added when they become available.

April 22, 2020

Documents will be added when they become available.

May 13, 2020

Documents will be added when they become available.

UCSF will also host a community open house event to ensure the broader community is informed and all voices have an opportunity to be heard. The open house is scheduled for Saturday, May 30, 2020. 


Environmental Review

The proposed CPHP is subject to review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). As the Lead Agency under CEQA for the proposed CPHP, UCSF is ensuring the Initial Study, and forthcoming Environmental Impact Report (EIR), respectively, are prepared in accordance with CEQA to analyze potential environmental impacts that could result from implementing the CPHP. CPHP proposals will be analyzed based on the level of information available for each project at the time of preparation of the EIR. Because the CPHP proposes to modify the Parnassus Heights development plans identified in the 2014 Long Range Development Plan (LRDP), an amendment of the 2014 LRDP is proposed. 

The Initial Study is a preliminary assessment of the project as it relates to all environmental topics in CEQA and identifies environmental topics for further study in the EIR. UCSF seeks your input on environmental topics to be studied further. A Notice of Preparation/Initial Study is available online for a 30-day public review and comment period, which began on January 14, 2020 and extends through February 12, 2020. It identifies the scope and content of the environmental information that will be included in the Draft Environmental Impact Report. You can obtain a paper version of the Initial Study by calling (415) 476-2911. To give written feedback on the Initial Study, please write to Diane Wong, UCSF Campus Planning, Box 0286, San Francisco, CA 94143 or email her at [email protected] by the end of the comment period, February 14, 2020.  

A public scoping meeting was held on February 10, 2020 at the Millberry Union. The meeting agenda included:

Welcome, Introductions, and Agenda Overview | Alicia Murasaki, Assistant Vice Chancellor, Campus Planning, UCSF Real Estate
Community Process and Project Timeline   |  Christine Gasparac, Senior Director, Community Relations. Office of Community & Government Relations
Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan  |  Erich Burkhart, Principal. Perkins Eastman
CEQA Environmental Review Process  |  Hillary Gitelman, Director. Environmental Science Associates (ESA)
Public Comment on EIR Scoping  |  Facilitated by: Diane Wong, Principal Planner, UCSF Real Estate 

Click here for the PowerPoint presentation 


The goal of the Parnassus Heights Re-Envisioning Process was to evaluate improvements to the campus and develop a holistic renovation plan to enable our historic campus to better support our doctors, staff, students, patients, and neighbors. The process began in fall of 2018 and concluded in summer of 2019.

The result of this planning process was the development of the Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP), including the Community Ideas Report that includes community feedback related to housing, campus design, open space, transportation, and public realm improvements.

Community Engagement

UCSF engaged with our community through a community working group that held seven meetings to advise the UCSF planning team on neighborhood perspectives as the plan was developed. We also hosted three open house events for the community and launched a neighborhood survey. We heard from more than 1,100 people about their priorities for campus improvements.

Throughout the development of the plan, our neighbors gave feedback and helped us identify potential improvements that would further neighborhood goals and better integrate the campus with the surrounding neighborhood. We thank our neighbors for sharing your time and your ideas to help us improve the campus to benefit everyone in our community.

Community Working Group

UCSF convened a 21-member working group comprised of community leaders, neighbors, merchants and city representatives. For a full list of working group members, click here.

This group was a constant thread between UCSF and the community throughout our planning process. They were key to advising us on neighborhood issues and opportunities, community planning and design principles, strategies and actions for addressing community concerns and helping UCSF be a good neighbor.

Working group meetings were held between October 2018 and May 2019. View the Parnassus Heights Community Working Group meeting information, including the presentation, handouts, and meeting notes here:

February 27, 2019

Meeting Agenda | 2.27.19 Presentation



Community Open Houses

UCSF also hosted three community open house events to engage the community at large. The information provided at the open house event, including the agenda, presentation, and handouts can be found here:

Community Survey

A community survey was conducted in August 2018 to seek neighborhood feedback on potential improvements that would further neighborhood goals for the areas surrounding the Parnassus Heights campus. We received 1,139 responses to the survey. See a summary of the survey results 


For more information about Parnassus Heights Re-Envisioning Process, please contact Lily Wong.

Lily Wong
Assistant Director, Community Relations
Strategic Communications & University Relations

University of California, San Francisco
3333 California Street, Suite 103, Box 0462 | San Francisco, CA 94118
tel: 415.476.8318 | mobile: 415.650.7443
[email protected]

Community & Government Relations Projects

UCSF is engaged in a variety of ongoing projects designed to enhance the campus and medical center, and better serve both patients and the greater community. When we embark on any project, planning always includes engagement with the local community.