REPORT TO THE RHN BOARD
DZLU MEETING DATE: Tuesday, June 21, 2022 (via Zoom)
1. ONGOING PROJECT UPDATES
a. 1196 PACIFIC (Jones)
Sam Ray, a project sponsor, presented the proposed cannabis outlet to DZLU as part of its outreach program. Discussion included topics that have frequently arisen with similar proposals including, safety and security, facility management, traffic management and design. DZLU typically has not recommended any position on recent proposals, but it has provided information to the Board and membership in its reports. A conditional use hearing is anticipated later in the summer or early fall.
2. ONGOING POLICY UPDATES
a. HOUSING—SF LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS
There has been ongoing activity at the Board of Supervisors regarding proposed fourplex legislation.
Sup. Mandelman’s proposal to allow fourplexes at single-family zoned lots (6 units at street corners) was passed with an amendment requiring a landlord to own the property for five years before utilizing this law, intended to discourage property speculation.
In any case, the legislation was vetoed by Mayor Breed who maintained that various amendments have weakened the original intent of the law by increasing development costs, and that it also appears to subvert SB 9 by allowing discretionary review. SB 9 mandates expedited ministerial review and approval of complying proposals. Other Supervisors may now revive competing proposals; Sup. Safai in fact introduced legislation to the Planning Commission on 7-21 that expedites approvals but imposes affordability requirements on at least one unit. Planning staff has also recommended that rent controls apply to the bonus units.
General affordable housing ballot measures:
The affordable housing measure sponsored by Mayor Breed has qualified for the Nov. ballot, as has a competing measure authored by Sup. Chan. See link below to a recent Chronicle article and see last month’s DZLU minutes for a description and further discussion of the competing measures.
Breed-backed S.F. affordable housing measure expected to qualify for ballot https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/Mayor-Breed-backed-S-F-affordable-housing-17246243.php
b. PLAN FOR HISTORIC RESOURCES SURVEY
An Informational Item was presented by Planning staff at the Planning Commission on 6/23/22 indicating that the long-awaited survey of the city’s potential historic resources may be commencing shortly. See last month’s DZLU discussion. A link to the Item is below: