Supervisorial Campaign May Hamper ADU Progress

Supervisorial Campaign May Hamper ADU Progress

In April of 2014, the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors unanimously passed legislation sponsored by Supervisor Scott Wiener that allows the construction of new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), or “in-laws”, in the Castro District. Supervisor Wiener now wants to expand the same legislation to the rest of District 8 and Supervisor Julie Christensen would…

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Planning Commission Considers Interim Controls for Mission Housing

Planning Commission Considers Interim Controls for Mission Housing

Last Thursday, the Planning Commission voted 5 to 1 (Commissioner Antonini opposed, Commissioner Hillis absent) in favor of implementing interim controls on certain housing projects the Mission District. The purpose of the controls, according to the Planning Department, is to find “time to finalize a cohesive strategy to provide more affordable housing and economic stability.”…

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How San Francisco Can Achieve Prop K’s Goals

How San Francisco Can Achieve Prop K’s Goals

San Franciscans set an ambitious goal when they voted for Prop K in November of 2014. The measure states that the City must strive to build or rehabilitate at least 30,000 homes by 2020, with 50 percent affordable for “middle-class” households, and at least 33 percent affordable for “low and moderate-income” households. The SF Housing Action…

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Why the Off-Site Radius Should be Removed

Why the Off-Site Radius Should be Removed

Because of the affordability crisis, there is enormous pressure on market-rate developers to increase production of affordable housing. If, under the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, they built their affordable housing off-site, instead of the standard 12 percent affordable rate, they would deliver 20 percent – a big improvement. However, the off-site option is very rarely used…

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Board of Supervisors Refused Moratorium Last Tuesday

Board of Supervisors Refused Moratorium Last Tuesday

Last Tuesday morning before the Board of Supervisors meeting, the SF Housing Action Coalition participated in a press conference hosted by Supervisors Wiener and Farrell, to demonstrate our opposition for the Mission moratorium the Board of Supervisors would be voting on later that day.  Starting at 3pm, the full Board of Supervisors heard from almost two…

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Q&A with Supervisor Campos on the Moratorium

Q&A with Supervisor Campos on the Moratorium

The next morning after the nine hour Board of Supervisor hearing on the Mission moratorium, Supervisor David Campos spoke to a full room of SFHAC’s members at June’s monthly membership meeting. Below is a rough transcript of the discussion Supervisor Campos kicked off the meeting by saying that he believes the two sides have more…

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Three Mayors Meet on Bay Area Housing

Three Mayors Meet on Bay Area Housing

Last Thursday evening, May 21st, the SF Housing Action Coalition hosted our 9th Annual Spring Forum reaching beyond the City’s 7×7 landmass, across the bay and down the peninsula to discuss housing, transportation and job centers. We brought together three big city mayors at a sold out SFJAZZ Center to explore these topics. For the…

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Let’s Eliminate the Off-Site Radius!

The City’s data show that for every person who gets an affordable home under the Inclusionary Ordinance, there are almost 30 unsuccessful applicants. At a time when we should be building drastically more permanently affordable housing, we’re still handcuffing developers with restrictive policies. The Off-Site inclusionary option delivers more affordable housing than any of the City’s…

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SF Takes On New Long Range Planning Initiatives

SF Takes On New Long Range Planning Initiatives

Apparently, what we think of as the modern city first occurred in London in the mid-1800s. It was facilitated by increased industrial specialization, which itself began with the Industrial Revolution a century earlier. As urban development specialized, it brought together the necessary talent: architects, financiers, engineers, designers and builders. A key invention that triggered this…

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