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Good Neighbor Policy. Presented by: Stephanie Heath And Margaret Weadick PA 715 December 17, 2011. Good Neighbor Policy. OVERVIEW: The Good Neighbor Policy is a unique policy adopted less than a decade ago in San Francisco California . Innovative

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Good neighbor policy
Good Neighbor Policy

Presented by: Stephanie Heath

And Margaret Weadick

PA 715

December 17, 2011

Good neighbor policy1
Good Neighbor Policy


  • The Good Neighbor Policy is a unique policy adopted less than a decade ago in San Francisco California.

    • Innovative

    • Regulates night life activities in San Francisco

    • This is the only policy of it’s kind

  • The Entertainment Commission developed and created this policy after a string of violence at SF nightclubs.

A little about the entertainment commission
A little about the entertainment commission

  • The San Francisco Entertainment Commission was established in 2003 with the mission to regulate, promote and enhance the field of entertainment in the city of San Francisco. The seven member commission has powers to accept, review and gather information to conduct hearings for entertainment-related permit applications. Additionally The Entertainment Commission plans and coordinates the provision of City services for major events for which there is no recognized organizer, promoter, or sponsor.

  • Permits granted by The Planning Department

What is the policy
What is the policy?

  • The procedures are in place to insure quiet, safety and cleanliness of the premises. Such conditions shall include, but not limited to the following:

    • Well-lit entrances and exits

    • Encourages patrons to exit in a peaceful orderly fashion

    • No litter

    • Block driveways

    • Security staff at all entrances and exits

    • Employees of establishment shall walk in a 100 foot radius between 30 minutes after closing and 8am to pick up garbage.

    • Sufficient toilet facilities

    • Outside lighting

    • Adequate parking

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What is the policy?

  • Policy Procedures continued:

    • Adequate ventilation

    • No noise during daytime hours that violate SF Municipal code

    • No noise inside residences that surround the venue

    • Establishment shall implement other conditions to insure safety and cleanliness

    • No blocked sidewalks

    • Cell phone number shall be provided to all interested neighbors

    • Permit holder agrees to be responsible for all operation

    • Manager agrees to provide contact info up to 2 hours after the establishment closes.

Players continued
Players continued

Punctuated Equilibrium (True), Advocacy Coalition Framework (Sabatier)

Agenda setting
Agenda setting

  • The agenda setting for the GNP began with the change in zoning laws.

    • Lofts and apartments in industrial areas

    • Residents wanted safe quiet neighborhoods

    • Growing tension between neighbors and business owners

    • Ultimate trigger was a string of violent acts


  • This is a very unique policy. This is no other policy like this that is currently in place.

    • A few other larger cities have a similar entertainment groups but SF is the only one that is run by government.

    • Leader-lager model


  • This policy was adopted in November of 2004.

    • This was the second act of the Entertainment Commission

    • The policy was revised in 2010.

    • Civil Grand Jury Recommendations

    • The Entertainment Commission revised to give the agency more “teeth”

    • Balance competing interests

      • Promotes health, safety and welfare of the public


  • Not much different from typical business functions.

  • Most neighborhood complaints are due to noise and garbage

  • “No brainer” (Audrey from the Entertainment Commission)

  • If standards of the policy are violated then the business can be fined either by the Entertainment Commission, The Planning Department or the SFPD. Ultimately, the permit to operate establishment could be revoked.


  • The 2010 revision gave the Entertainment Commission more authority

    • Will continue to be refined

    • Continue to go through policy process

    • Change and grow with new neighborhoods, groups and the city itself.