PROP I Summary

Proposition I: “Shall the City suspend the issuance of permits on certain types of housing and business development projects in the Mission District for at least 18 months; and develop a Neighborhood Stabilization Plan for the Mission District by January 31, 2017?”

MISSION DISTRICT HOUSING MORATORIUM

San Francisco’s Mission District is a neighborhood roughly bounded to the west by Guerrero Street, to the south by Cesar Chavez Street, to the east by Potrero Avenue and to the north by U.S. Route 101.

A person seeking to build new housing, demolish old housing, or to change the use of a property must, among other things, obtain a permit from the City.

This measure would impose an 18-month moratorium -meaning a complete suspension of City permits – on certain types of development projects in the Mission District, and would authorize a majority of the members of the Board of Supervisors to extend the moratorium for another 12 months.

Specifically, this measure would prohibit the City from issuing the following types of permits for projects in the Mission District:

  • permits for the demolition, conversion, or new construction of any housing project containing 5 or more units; and
  • permits for the demolition, conversion, or elimination of Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) use, unless the elimination of the PDR use is necessary to construct a project that consists of 100% affordable housing on the site, Under City law, PDR uses include a variety of business-related uses such as industrial, automotive, storage, and wholesale.

These prohibitions would not apply to the issuance of permits for 100% affordable housing projects.

This measure would require the City to develop a Neighborhood Stabilization Plan by January 31, 2017. The goal of this plan would be to propose legislation, policies, programs, funding, and zoning controls intended to enhance and preserve affordable housing in the Mission, such that at least 50% of all new housing be affordable to low, moderate, and middle-income households, and to ensure that those units would be available to residents of the Mission.

This measure also makes findings regarding the need for the measure.

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