citywide developmentOne of the questions that SFHAC has grappled with since its inception is how to distribute growth, housing production, and citywide development more fairly. Many of our members who live on the City’s west side know that it’s possible to thoughtfully and incrementally increase height and density along transit corridors without sacrificing the neighborhood character we value. It’s important to note that SFHAC does not favor building high-density housing in RH-1 or other low-density neighborhoods. On the other hand, given the stark housing and jobs challenges the City faces, it becomes more and more difficult to rationalize old, single and two-story retail or office buildings along our important transit routes, including the K, L, M and N Muni lines as well as Geary Boulevard. Given the City’s investment in transit, we believe these are logical places to locate new housing.

We have heard frustrations expressed in community meetings that some neighborhoods feel they are expected to absorb housing development that other neighborhoods won’t and would like more fairness in expectations. The term for this is “density equity.” While San Francisco is a dense city by national standards, our five-year, state-mandated Housing Element document that we have an ample supply of land that could be used to accommodate the housing we need to build. There are many sites that could add modestly-scaled, transit-oriented housing, particularly in the western neighborhoods. We need the political will to see this thr


2009 Housing Element