Will the City Finally Pass a Density Bonus Law?

Will the City Finally Pass a Density Bonus Law?

San Francisco, according to a 2013 California appellate court ruling, has been out of compliance with the state’s density bonus law for as long as anyone can remember. But that is about to change. Last Friday, Kearstin Dischinger of the Planning Department, Daniel Simons of David Baker Architects and Libby Seifel of Seifel Consulting presented…

Read More

Numbers Are Out for Bay Area Residential Pipeline

Numbers Are Out for Bay Area Residential Pipeline

The Concord Group, a SFHAC member and land-use consulting and market analysis firm, recently released their latest installment of the “SF Bay Area Pipeline Report.” Key conclusion? The pipeline is GROWING across the whole Bay Area, with over 200,000 units at some stage in the planning or construction process, 43 percent of which will be…

Read More

CEQA Reform May Be Rearing Its Head This Fall

CEQA Reform May Be Rearing Its Head This Fall

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA reform), has long been the bete noire of urbanists. Signed into law in 1970 by Gov. Ronald Reagan, it has not been updated to address the large environmental challenges our cities face, though this was not for lack of trying over the decades! There was a small victory last…

Read More

Report on Housing Affordability Falls Short of Solutions

Report on Housing Affordability Falls Short of Solutions

Last week, the California Housing Partnership Corporation (CHPC) published an important analysis titled, “HOW SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY’S HOUSING MARKET IS FAILING TO MEET THE NEEDS OF LOW-INCOME FAMILIES.”  Chock-full of statistics, graphs and recommendations, this report is certainly worth reviewing for a perspective on today’s housing market. CHPC’s reports: – San Francisco currently has a…

Read More