Interest Grows in Water Sub-Metering

Interest Grows in Water Sub-Metering

On Monday, November 17th, a group of SFHAC members met with Supervisor Scott Wiener and his aide, Jeff Cretan, to discuss the possibility of whether the time is coming to require installation of water sub-meters in new construction in San Francisco. Supervisor Wiener invited SFHAC members to share any insights or experience that might inform…

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How Berkeley Uses the Density Bonus Law

How Berkeley Uses the Density Bonus Law

As San Francisco Planning Department staff continue to work on crafting a density bonus proposal, it’s useful to look to other cities to understand how they implement the state density bonus law. The City of Berkeley recently adopted its own interpretation. However, most of the housing projects in the City are built in districts without…

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Planning Department Lays Out SF’s Housing Predicament: Take Action Now!

The SF Planning Department released a short video that starkly confronts our housing challenges. Watch it and take action by sending an email to the Mayor and Supervisors telling them that housing affordability won’t improve unless we produce more housing to meet our growing future demand. Use our easy, one-click petition below (the message is…

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Housing Economics and Solutions for Affordability

Housing Economics and Solutions for Affordability

Dr. Ted Egan, the City’s chief economist, presented last Friday at our Regulatory Committee some crucial analyses on the economic arguments for housing metering which would set a city-wide housing affordability rate of 30 percent for all future housing built. Egan’s research asked an esoteric economic question: “What is the elasticity of supply and demand…

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Mayor Lee’s Housing Working Group: Latest Installment

Mayor Lee’s Housing Working Group: Latest Installment

Mayor Ed Lee convened the third “big tent” meeting since February with the City’s numerous housing stakeholders last Tuesday. As of September, developers have built over 3,200 homes, 951 of which are permanently affordable (27%). The City’s pipeline dashboard unveiled at this meeting will be public soon. At the meeting, Senior City staff presented on…

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The Local Application of State-Level CEQA Changes

The Local Application of State-Level CEQA Changes

As a result of passage of SB 743 in 2013, level of service (LOS) is no longer a CEQA trigger. It is now being replaced by a new metric – Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT). What does this mean? Urban infill projects will no longer be analyzed according to their “impacts” on LOS, which is a…

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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…

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