Final Recommendations Introduced for Inclusionary Housing Requirements

Final Recommendations Introduced for Inclusionary Housing Requirements

The City-appointed Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has finished their analysis of how the San Francisco inclusionary housing requirements should be set. The City Controller will make their formal recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. The TAC, made up of eight market-rate and non-profit affordable housing professionals, has been working with the City’s Controller and Chief Economist,…

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Starcity: The Future of City Building

Starcity: The Future of City Building

Jon Dishotsky and his team at Starcity want to build the cities of the future. Part dreamer, part urbanist, and part developer, Jon and Starcity are taking a new approach to the housing creation conversation. How can we make sustainable, enjoyable living environments for everyone? Recently, Starcity was in the Summer 16 batch in Y…

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Mass Timber – Why Wood You?

Does Mass Timber offer a new opportunity to create taller, longer-lasting housing, all while saving costs? To find out, SFHAC invited Dean Lewis of SFHAC-member DCI Engineers to speak to our Regulatory Committee on the topic. First, what is is Mass Timber? Mass Timber is a revitalized type of wood construction that is leading the…

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SFHAC Applauds Land Use Committee Appointments

Last week, Board of Supervisors President London Breed selected her appointees to the San Francisco Land Use and Transportation Committee. The members include District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, who will chair the committee, District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and District 4 Supervisor Katy Tang (pictured in that order from left to right). Supervisor Peskin is the…

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Looking Back on 2016, Ahead Towards a Bright Future

Looking Back on 2016, Ahead Towards a Bright Future

The San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) experienced the ups and downs of the housing world during an eventful 2016. We want to look back at some of the memorable events of the last year. Most housing starts and ends at San Francisco’s City Hall. The first big win came in February when the Board…

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The State Density Bonus Has Arrived in San Francisco

The State Density Bonus Has Arrived in San Francisco

On Thursday December 8th, the San Francisco Planning Commission approved the first market-rate housing project to apply the state density bonus law. The vote was 5-1. Commissioner Melgar was the dissenting vote and Commissioner Moore was absent. This marks a tremendous win for housing advocates who have pushed for this law’s implementation over many years….

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Get to Know Todd David, SFHAC’s New Executive Director

Todd David began as Executive Director of SFHAC on December 1st. Prior, he was the Political Director for Scott Wiener’s successful State Senate campaign. We asked Todd a few questions about his background in local politics and what he’s excited about moving forward. For those who don’t know your story, tell us a little bit…

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The Environmental Cleanup Process for Housing

With the discussion of the contaminated Brisbane Baylands site coming to their City Council, we thought it’d be a good idea to ask an expert about the environmental cleanup process and whether a former rail yard can be made safe for future residents. We interviewed Jeff Adams, an Associate with ENGEO Incorporated, a SFHAC member…

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SF Planning Commissioners “Impressed” with MicroPAD

Sometimes you have to see it to believe it. Planning Commissioners Kathryn Moore and Dennis Richards visited the MicroPAD on 9th and Mission Streets and came away “impressed.” At a recent public hearing, both commented on the design and quality of the unit and believe this is a viable approach to house San Francisco’s homeless…

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San Franciscans Vote Pro-Housing with Local Measures, Mostly

Despite what many would call a shocking and disheartening result at the national stage last week, San Francisco fared pretty well locally on housing. For this election, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition (SFHAC) reviewed six measures and took positions on five of them. Out of those five, four of the results aligned with our…

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