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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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…

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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…

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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…

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Last Minute Continuance for 490 South Van Ness Project

Last Minute Continuance for 490 South Van Ness Project

Last week, District 9 Supervisor Campos requested a continuance for a proposed project at 490 South Van Ness Avenue, six days before its Planning Commission approval hearing. While the action taken on one project may seem insignificant, it speaks to a core issue behind our housing affordability crisis: the length of time it takes to…

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Three Appointments To Planning Commission – One Old, Two New

The seven-member Planning Commission is seeing some new faces for the first time in a while. Recently, Mayor Ed Lee announced that Planning Commissioner Gwyneth Borden would move to the MTA Commission and would be replaced by Christine Johnson, formerly at OCII, the successor agency to SF Redevelopment Agency, and is now a Director of…

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Compromise Reached Between Mayor and Sup. Kim – War Averted

An enormous sigh of relief was heard in San Francisco last Thursday afternoon as Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim compromise reached an agreement that allowed both sides to put down their weapons and withdraw their two competing ballot initiatives for November. If you don’t recall, Sup. Kim had introduced a ballot initiative (“Housing…

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SFHAC Endorses Pier 70 Project on November Ballot

In November, Forest City’s proposed 28-acre mixed-use project on a currently vacant, deteriorating SF Port property will be going to the San Francisco voters for approval. Their measure asks the voters to approve a height limit bump from the current 40 to 90 feet on the parcel. If approved by the voters, this project will…

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