Supes to radically change notice requirements on development

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt The Board of Supes will vote Tuesday/19 on a piece of legislation that would change the way planners give the public notice of upcoming projects. Nobody’s paid much attention to this, but neighborhood advocates say it’s a very big deal… This matter was continued till June 26, to … More Supes to radically change notice requirements on development

Planning Commissioner Kathrin Moore was Honored at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Meeting.

Planning Commissioner Moore slipped away with her husband, Bill, after swarms of photographers and well-wishers piled on the love and affection at the City Hall ceremony honoring one of our own for her years of exceptional service. Photo by zrants. “This notable occasion, the celebration of Commissioner Moore’s election to the position as Fellow of the prestigious American Institute of Certified Planners, gives us the opportunity to thank her for her past service and appeal to both her and the Board of Supervisors to continue her invaluable service on the Planning Commission.  This recognition by her peers reinforces what we have seen consistently now for nearly twelve years.” – Jim Warshell, Co-Chair, … More Planning Commissioner Kathrin Moore was Honored at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors Meeting.

New amendments to Scott Wiener’s SB-827 are here

This the latest edition of Amendments to SB-827. We are still concerned with many aspects of the bill. http://sd11.senate.ca.gov/sites/sd11.senate.ca.gov/files/sb_827_amendments_022718.pdf HIGHLIGHTS Local inclusionary %affordable requirements apply (anticipated this, doesn’t really change anything) Rent controlled homes cannot be demolished for SB 827 without local govt demo permit; every displaced tenant will have a Right to Remain Guarantee … More New amendments to Scott Wiener’s SB-827 are here

Just 23 in-law units built after two years as SF seeks to iron out approval process

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt Two years after San Francisco passed a law intended to encourage property owners to add accessory dwelling units to help ease the housing crisis, snags in the approval process are calling into question the program’s effectiveness. The most recent data shows there have been 109 permits issued for … More Just 23 in-law units built after two years as SF seeks to iron out approval process

Homes in SF, some historic, illegally demolished by developers

By J.K. Dineen : sfchronicle – excerpt In early December, the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection received a permit application to demolish a home at 49 Hopkins St., a 1935 modernist residence just east of Twin Peaks that was designed by famed architect Richard Neutra. But there was a problem with the application: The house … More Homes in SF, some historic, illegally demolished by developers

Governor Brown Vetoes Flawed AB 890, Signals Preference for More Comprehensive CEQA Reform

Miller Starr Regalia : lexology – excerpt Fortunately, Governor Brown was receptive to the bill’s many critics, and struck a blow for local land use control, local initiative rights, CEQA reform and commence sense by vetoing it. His short letter to Assembly members, which can be found here, states in pertinent part that “[i]nstead of … More Governor Brown Vetoes Flawed AB 890, Signals Preference for More Comprehensive CEQA Reform

More hearings on Water Quality and Groundwater Safety concerns

Guest writer: Dear Water Warriors, If SF has plenty of water in storage*, why is the city blending? The state may be requiring SF to do so but…why? How much is DPW involved in this “blended” water project? After all, pipes are repaired, re-routed by DPW…& if there is an “emergency,” aren’t there federal funds?**  … More More hearings on Water Quality and Groundwater Safety concerns

SF apartment project faces delay for casting shadow on park

By J.K. Dineen : sfgate – excerpt It was a showdown between badly needed housing and precious open space on South of Market’s hardscrabble Sixth Street. And on Thursday, open space won out — at least for now. In a rare decision, the Planning and Recreation and Park commissions forced the developer of a proposed … More SF apartment project faces delay for casting shadow on park