Board Of Supervisors Approve Supervisor Mark Farrell’s ‘Neighborhood Notification Act’

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board unanimously approved Supervisor Farrell’s ‘Neighborhood Notification Act’ that will create San Francisco’s first digital, centralized notification system that will allow residents to be notified proactively about important City decisions that may impact their neighborhood.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPROVE SUPERVISOR MARK FARRELL’S ‘NEIGHBORHOOD NOTIFICATION ACT’

 

Farrell’s proposal would create San Francisco’s first digital, centralized notification system

 

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board unanimously approved Supervisor Farrell’s ‘Neighborhood Notification Act’ that will create San Francisco’s first digital, centralized notification system that will allow residents to be notified proactively about important City decisions that may impact their neighborhood.

 

“I believe it is the responsibility of government in the 21st century to provide 21st century access to important City decisions,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “More and more, residents are demanding that government services and notices become available to them through modern means, so that they can access them on their own time – and the passage of my ‘Neighborhood Notification Act’ will help make this vision a reality.”

 

Supervisor Farrell has consistently heard from constituents inside and outside of his District inquiring about how they can be better notified regarding significant decisions and projects that are happening in their neighborhood. Currently, City residents and visitors must either call 311 to request more information about a specific decision or project, or contact the respective City Department responsible for that decision or project. Additionally, many of the City’s notices are only available to access in-person, or through standard mail.

 

The centralized notification system will be in addition to, rather than in place of, other City official noticing requirements to ensure that City residents who do not have access to email or the Internet still receive City notices in-person, or through standard mail. The centralized notification system will cover significant projects and permitting decisions in the areas of:

  • Construction and infrastructure repair work;
  • Public health and safety services and facilities; and
  • Transportation

 

“In the technology capitol of the world, San Francisco residents should have advance access to significant decisions or projects that may impact their neighborhood,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “The neighborhood notification system I am creating will be a one-stop shop online for any City resident who wants to be more informed about their neighborhood – from the development project next-door, to whether their regular Muni stop is being moved to a different location.”

 

The centralized notification system will be created and managed by San Francisco’s Chief Data Officer. The target date for the creation of the new system is one-year from the adoption of the ordinance.

 

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