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(a) Establishment and Purpose. There is hereby created a San Francisco Shared Spaces Program. A Shared Space, defined in Section 94A.2, is intended to be a temporary space on City-owned property, and in some cases also on privately-owned open spaces, where the public can gather and participate in various commercial or non-commercial offerings and events. Under the Program, a public or private entity may obtain City approval to create a Shared Space by occupying the location with reversible physical treatments or improvements and/or activating the location with programming.
This Chapter 94A sets forth a streamlined process by which the Planning Department, Department of Public Works, Municipal Transportation Agency, of1 Real Estate Division, Fire Department, Department of Public Health, and Entertainment Commission (collectively, defined in Section 94A.2 as the Core City Agencies), and their successor agencies or departments, if any, will coordinate the review and approval of a request to occupy and activate such spaces and issue a permit to authorize the use.
(b) Core City Agency Jurisdiction Retained. Each Core City Agency shall retain its full authority under the City Charter and applicable Codes to authorize the use and impose conditions on the Shared Space Permit, as defined in Section 94A.2, and enforce the Agency’s requirements. In particular, this Chapter 94A is not intended to (1) be an alternative to the process in the Transportation Code for review and approval of street closures and activities on public streets unrelated to the Shared Spaces Program by the Interdepartmental Staff Committee on Traffic and Transportation (“ISCOTT”) or Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors (“SFMTA Board of Directors”), or (2) preclude the Director of Public Works from exercising the authority to regulate activities on the public right-of-way under sections of the Public Works Code that are unrelated to the Shared Spaces Program. Consistent with the definition of a Shared Spaces Permit in Section 94A.2, permits shall be issued by the designated Core City Agency.