DZLU MEETINGDATE: Tuesday, September 20, 2022 (via Zoom)
1. ONGOING POLICY UPDATES
a. HOUSING—SF LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS
Sup. Mandelman’s newest proposal regarding 1-family zoning and 4-plexes may focus on streamlining small- to medium-sized apartment buildings. Its fate is uncertain as focus turns to broader issues, including preparation of a revised Housing Element submittal to the state.
After Breed veto, S.F. supervisors might try to pass another fourplex law https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/After-Breed-veto-S-F-supervisors-might-try-to-17445137.php
b. SF HOUSING ELEMENT
The State has reiterated SF’s need to meet its 82k unit obligation by 2030. Locations noted for possible density increases on Russian Hill on several blocks west of Leavenworth St. were shown in last month’s report which included more background on this issue.
Planning staff will make a presentation to VNCNC on 10/19. DZLU is preparing questions including the following with more to follow:
– Do any prior ballot measures limiting heights to 40 ft apply here?
– Are there design guidelines governing setbacks and other features to ensure higher/denser development fits and blends appropriately with neighboring smaller buildings?
– Will existing local and state bonus programs still apply on top of the increases indicated in the Housing Element?
– Can Planning model anticipated development decade by decade to offer a realistic image of the pace of change?
– Is the Housing Element being coordinated with other agencies regarding any necessary infrastructure improvements to accompany the housing–transportation, utilities, schools, parks, etc.?
c. STATE AB 2011 TO STREAMLINE OFFICE CONVERSION TO HOUSING
This bill passed and is awaiting the governor’s signature.
California legislators reach ‘monumental’ deal to increase housing density in commercial areas https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/California-legislators-reach-monumental-17399065.php
After our meeting, the governor signed the bill, as well as a similar measure SB 6, which provide as-of-right approval of projects that convert commercial space to housing, Commercial space includes office buildings, commercial strips, and parking.
Newsom signs major bills to increase housing density in urban centers https://www.sfchronicle.com/politics/article/Newsom-signs-major-bills-to-increase-housing-17473266.php
d. SF PLAN FOR HISTORIC RESOURCES SURVEY AND OTHER ACTIVITIES
Planning staff to confirm presentation to DZLU on 10/18.