The process of forming a GBD involves multiple phases, with extensive community engagement throughout


planning & FEASIBILITY analysis

Community leaders explore whether and how a GBD could work for the Inner Sunset. They conduct a professional survey to develop a more nuanced understanding of the neighborhood’s interests, priorities, and willingness to support a GBD. The survey results helps to determine whether the initiative proceeds to the next step - and if so, where the boundaries of the proposed GBD might be. 


plan development

The community must create a management plan that outlines the goals,  boundaries, services and assessment methodology for their proposed district. This process includes an extensive public outreach and benefit evaluation process, to ensure that a GBD boundaries contains only parcels that will receive a special benefit from proposed services, activities and improvements. This plan must be approved by the City Attorney's office.



Next, the community launches a petition process to obtain a Board of Supervisors' approval to initiate a ballot. To be successful, the petition must be signed by at least 30% of property owners in the proposed district, weighted by individual property owners' contributions to the district budget. 


BALLOT phase

If the petition phase demonstrates sufficient support and the Board of Supervisors approves, an assessment ballot proceeding is launched. The Department of Elections issues a ballot to the property owners within the proposed boundaries of a GBD. For the district to be formed, a simple majority (50% plus one) of the returned weighted ballots must be in favor. If the vote hits this required mark, the Board of Supervisors will adopt an ordinance to officially establish a GBD. 


For an overview of the Inner Sunset GBD campaign's next steps, visit Timeline.