The Comprehensive Parnassus Heights Plan (CPHP) reflects broad input from thousands of external and internal stakeholders from a community process that began in 2018 – including 28 public meetings, multilingual surveys, UCSF town halls, and many productive conversations with neighbors, community leaders, elected officials, and city partners, as well as UCSF faculty, staff, and trainees. Through this outreach, 25 investment ideas were identified to benefit the local community and address potential impacts of the CPHP. 

With these ideas in hand, UCSF worked closely with the City to develop a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to ensure the community benefits identified with community partners are aligned with City priorities. The MOU focuses on broad community investments beyond what was considered in the plan’s Environmental Impact Report. UCSF will work closely with the City and community to address the needs created by its proposed growth, improve the daily experience of our neighbors, and address local challenges facing our city. The UC Board of Regents was also a signatory of the agreement. Click here for a copy of the final MOU. 

The CPHP has gained broad support from community organizations, SF residents and elected officials. A re-envisioned Parnassus Heights campus will allow UCSF to strengthen its contributions to the city we call home for decades to come.


What's Included

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UCSF will double its existing housing inventory (1,257 units), adding 1,263 net new housing units on and off campus over the life of the project. UCSF will add at least 50 percent (631) of these net new units by the projected hospital opening in 2030.

To continue its commitment to affordable campus housing, the University will ensure that 40 percent of all new and existing units are affordable — designated for people earning 60 to 120 percent of San Francisco’s Area Median Income (AMI) by 2050. By 2030, 20 percent of all housing will be affordable units, with half of these units priced at 60 to 80 percent AMI, 25% of the units priced at 81-100% AMI and another quarter at 101-120% AMI.

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Transportation and Mobility Improvements

To further advance UCSF’s commitment to be a transit-first campus, UCSF will contribute over $20 million to SFMTA to support improvements to transit serving Parnassus Heights. UCSF and the SFMTA are committed to working together to expand alternatives to car travel and reduce car use, accommodate safe and usable access for all travel modes, and to​ expand transit capacity and service, including collaboration towards accommodating three-car trains on the N-Judah.

To promote neighborhood walkability, the project also includes streetscape improvements such as stop upgrades, enhanced lighting, and integrated planning for Parnassus Avenue to accommodate transit, curb management, and pedestrian safety.

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Conservation, Stewardship and Open Space

As part of UCSF’s “park to peak” vision of a neighborhood connected to local open spaces, UCSF will maintain its Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve at no less than its current size of 61 acres, while adding improved wayfinding and continuation of its responsible stewardship plans.

UCSF has re-committed to the 2018 Mount Sutro Open Space Reserve Vegetation Management Plan to ensure the long-term health and sustainability of the Reserve for all of the community to enjoy.

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Community Workforce and Equity

UCSF projects over 4,000 permanent UCSF jobs will be created over the lifetime of the CPHP, as well as approximately 1,000 unionized construction jobs for the new hospital alone. UCSF has committed to a 30 percent local hire goal for project construction jobs. UCSF is also committed to first source hiring for available entry-level positions. UCSF will expand its construction and administrative workforce programs in partnership with the city’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development programs.

UCSF will expand its EXCEL workforce training program and its CCOP/CityBuild partnership by a combined $5 million over the next 10 years.

UCSF will leverage its commitment as an Anchor Institution to advance economic security and opportunity in under-resourced communities to improve health equity, including increasing spending with small, local and diverse businesses by at least 50 percent by 2024.

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Equity and Educational Opportunities

UCSF will strengthen its partnerships with San Francisco Unified School District – such as the Science Education Partnership and Center for Science Education and Outreach – to support STEM curriculum, internship opportunities, pipeline programs and providing increased exposure to career opportunities in health care and mental health care professions for underrepresented and minority youth.

UCSF also will look to expand its High School Intern Program where SFUSD high school students participate in an eight-week paid summer internship and to expand its partnership with SFUSD to explore establishing comprehensive career pathway programs at high schools for students.

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Behavioral Health Service Needs

To support the City’s mental health care needs, UCSF will continue to maintain inpatient psychiatric beds at UCSF's facilities throughout the City, in addition to exploring partnerships and collaborations to increase the number of adult inpatient psychiatric beds for Medi-Cal patients, providing mental health care services, and continued collaborations with the Department of Public Health.