As we wonder about the role and reach of Planning in San Francisco, this afternoon San Francisco’s Planning Commission will vote to endorse the Planning Department’s Mission, Vision, and Value statements intended to guide department staff in their work.
The Planning Department’s proposed Vision Statement: “Making San Francisco the world’s most livable urban place – environmentally, economically, socially and culturally.” And the Department’s proposed Mission:
The San Francisco Planning Department, under the direction of the Planning Commission, shapes the future of San Francisco and the region by: generating an extraordinary vision for the General Plan and in neighborhood plans; fostering exemplary design through planning controls; improving our surroundings through environmental analysis; preserving our unique heritage; encouraging a broad range of housing and a diverse job base; and enforcing the Planning Code.
Deliberately and rather ironically removed from the Planning Department’s list of guiding values at the request of the Commission: “Deliberate: We are deliberate in our process and stand by our decisions, even when others disagree.”
Planning’s thirteen proposed Values with which the Commission agreed:
1. Collaboration: We collaborate with the people of San Francisco.
2. Education: We educate our community about our work and we learn from our communities about their neighborhoods and their vision.
3. Respect: We treat our stakeholders with professional courtesy and respect.
4. Trust: We build trust.
5. Open Dialogue: We facilitate ongoing dialogue that is open and responsive.
6. Inclusive: We provide clear communication that is accessible to all members of our diverse population.
7. Fairness: We provide a fair, objective and equitable process.
8. Consistency: We are consistent in our application of policy.
9. Efficiency: We are efficient and timely.
10. Innovation: We are innovative in setting new planning standards, and guiding change that embraces our extraordinary setting, unique heritage, vibrant communities and the aspirations of our diverse population.
11. Employee Satisfaction: We are a great place to work – cultivating intellectual inspiration, professional satisfaction and creativity.
12. Passion: We are passionate about our work.
13. Visionary: We are visionary in our plans and practical in their implementation.
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