Why Reforming the Off-Site Radius Matters

After two years of discussion and detailed analysis by a large number of stakeholders, including SFHAC, City Planning and the Mayor’s Office of Housing (MOH), the Off-Site Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (IHO) is finally scheduled for public hearings on reforming it, starting December 10. The good news is that most of the restrictions currently in the…

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New Legislation Would Create Certainty for 100% Affordable Housing

Affordable housing faces all the same regulatory and public process challenges as market-rate development. All these hurdles can add months or, in some cases, years to getting affordable housing approved. But new legislation introduced by District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener and the Planning Department would create more certainty and a more direct path for 100-percent…

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San Franciscans Vote Pro-Housing

The results of November 3rd’s election sent a loud and clear message that San Franciscans want both more housing and more funding for permanently affordable housing. Voters overwhelmingly aligned with the SF Housing Action Coalition’s voter guide and passed Propositions A, D and K and soundly defeated Proposition I. What do these results mean for…

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Calling All Renters – This One is for You!

Last Thursday, November 5th, the Planning Commission heard the first details on the Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP). However, even before SF Planning staff gave a 1.5 hour detailed presentation, the Planning Commission voted to postpone the December 3rd vote in order to hold two informational hearings. This would push their vote to January 28,…

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Achieving Better Architecture in the Eastern Neighborhoods

One thing was clear at the New Challenges for Eastern Neighborhoods forum: everyone is begging for better architecture in the Eastern Neighborhoods. The 2009 Eastern Neighborhoods Plan carefully rezoned the Mission, Potrero Hill, Dogpatch, and parts of Soma with more liberal height and bulk restrictions, but architectural design standards were never addressed. Residential development elsewhere…

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1601 Mariposa’s 3-Year Evolution

Potrero Hill resident, Ron Miguel, has been involved in San Francisco land use since the 1980’s. Ron is a former Planning Commissioner, and for 16 years was president of the neighborhood group Planning Association for the Richmond (PAR), and is an active and engaged member of the Potrero Boosters – his current neighborhood association. The…

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