‘Hub’ plan at Market and Van Ness faces key vote

By Ida Mojadad : sfexaminer – examiner Project would make room for more than 15,000 more residents in the transit-rich area Planning officials on Thursday will weigh key approvals to upzone the area of Market and Van Ness, a plan which could make room for more than 15,000 more residents in the transit-rich area. The … More ‘Hub’ plan at Market and Van Ness faces key vote

City Attorney Outlines Impacts on Santa Barbara of State Housing Legislation

By Giana Magnoli : noozhawk – excerpt With laws ‘basically designed to strip local control,’ city planners are working to create objective design standards for development projects. Santa Barbara city planners will spend the next year creating objective design standards for development projects in response to the package of state housing legislation that then-Gov. Jerry … More City Attorney Outlines Impacts on Santa Barbara of State Housing Legislation

Making house-razing developer squirm: It feels so good

By John King : sfchronicle – excerpt There are moments when the symbolic aspect of architecture, a structure’s power to embody larger aspirations or fears, becomes impossible to ignore. We are seeing one such moment in the reaction to the demolition and possible resurrection of the Largent House, architect Richard Neutra’s once-modest and much-altered house … More Making house-razing developer squirm: It feels so good

SF halts Mission housing development over ‘bulky’ design

By Michael Barba : sfexaminer – excerpt The “bulky” design of a mostly market-rate housing development slated to span several lots of Mission Street prevented the project from moving forward at the Planning Commission last week. The development would take advantage of the state density bonus law allowing developers to build denser and taller than … More SF halts Mission housing development over ‘bulky’ design