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(a) General Description. On July 1, 1996, the effective date of the revised Charter, the Master Plan of the City and County of San Francisco adopted by the Planning Commission prior to July 1, 1996, shall be known as the General Plan and shall consist of goals, policies and programs for the future physical development of the City and County of San Francisco that take into consideration social, economic and environmental factors. Any amendments to the General Plan proposed on or after July 1, 1996, shall be adopted by the Planning Commission and recommended for approval or rejection by the Board of Supervisors subject to the following provisions and procedures.
(b) Purpose. The General Plan shall be periodically amended in response to changing physical, social, economic, environmental or legislative conditions.
(c) Initiation. An amendment may be initiated by a resolution of intention by the Planning Commission in response to a request by a member of the Planning Commission, the Board of Supervisors, or an application by one or more property owners, residents or commercial lessees or their authorized agents. A resolution of intention adopted by the Planning Commission shall refer to, and incorporate by reference, the proposed General Plan amendment.
(d) Determination. The Planning Commission shall hold a hearing on the proposed amendment. In developing their recommendation, the Commission shall consult with commissions and elected officials. If, following its hearing, the Planning Commission finds from the facts presented that the public necessity, convenience and general welfare require the proposed amendment or any part thereof, it shall adopt such amendment or part, and otherwise it shall reject the same. Rejection of the proposed amendment by the Planning Commission shall be final, except upon the filing of a valid appeal to the Board of Supervisors. If adopted by the Planning Commission in whole or in part, the proposed amendment shall be presented to the Board of Supervisors, together with a copy of the resolution of adoption. If the Board of Supervisors fails to act within 90 days of receipt, the amendment shall be deemed approved. The Board of Supervisors may approve or reject such amendment by a majority vote.
(Added by Ord. 321-96, App. 8/8/96)