Planning Commission supports Haney’s housing measure

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt (includes video link)

Plan to raise fees on office developers gets unanimous vote — but the Mayor’s Office is still opposing it…


What will it take to bring a jobs housing balance to San Francisco?

Presentation to the Planning Commission’ (Go to the index and click on Item 10 to jump to the presentation on the Jobs Housing Linkage Fee, public comments, and Commissioner comments.

In a remarkable move, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted unanimously Thursday to support a move by Sup. Matt Haney to raise significantly the fees office developers have to pay for affordable housing.

The commission rejected the recommendations of its staff, led by outgoing Director John Rahaim, that the fee be far lower (so low that it would barely make up for the inflation-adjusted level set in 1997)…

Haney told me after the meeting that “it’s a big deal to have the unanimous support of the Planning Commission. This is just good planning and something the city should have done a long time ago.”…(more)

Interesting to note that the unanimous support took place after Commissioner Hillis resigned before the meeting, so he avoided voting on this fee increase.

Planning Commissioner Rich Hillis steps down to seek role as department head

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt

San Francisco Planning Commissioner Richard Hillis has resigned from his post and is seeking a position as the department’s director…

Planning Department spokesperson Gina Simi confirmed the resignation, but could not comment on whether Hillis is being considered for the director job. Hillis did not return requests for comment by press time.

Hillis, a development planner who was nominated to the Planning Commission in 2012 by former Mayor Ed Lee, informed his colleagues on the commission of his resignation Thursday morning…

Per the San Francisco Charter, the Planning Commission is responsible for providing the mayor with “at least three qualified candidates for director of planning, selected on the basis of administrative and technical qualifications, with special regard for experience, training and knowledge in the field of city planning.”…(more)

Comments are already coming in on this one. Between the state bills and the local authorities there is a growing for marginalize the public voice at all levels of government.

Once a police station, Valencia Street site will soon run early childhood education programs

By : missionlocal – excerpt

Mission Neighborhood Centers has purchased a former police station on Valencia Street between 23rd and 24th Streets for $6.8 million…

At present, Mission Neighborhood Centers runs early childhood education programs for some 411 students. While this site will involve moving children from some of its other locations to 1240 Valencia St., plans for three other new sites will increase the nonprofit’s enrollment to 629 by sometime in 2022.

Ruiz called the purchase a “land-banking” play with plans to eventually develop as many as 61 affordable housing units at the site. With those plans in mind, he said, they plan to do a minimum of renovation on the Valencia site so that it can open sometime early in 2020…

The other sites include … 1850 Bryant St, where it will also have a long-term lease and co-locate with the San Francisco’s Human Services Agency in 2021(more)


Nurses, mental health workers storm Health Commission meeting, shut it down

By Joe Eskenazi : missionlocal – excerpt

You can say this about the nurses staffing the imperiled Adult Rehabilitation Facility on the campus of San Francisco General Hospital: They’re punctual.

At the crack of 4 p.m., the starting time for today’s Health Commission meeting, chants of “Save the ARF” rang out in the halls of the Department of Public Health headquarters at 101 Grove Street. A virtual conga line of several dozen nurses, mental health workers, medical students, union leaders, homeless activists and at least one resident of the Adult Residential Facility paraded in. Loudly.

“SAVE THE ARF!” they bellowed while marching about the room. Whenever they momentarily quieted down, commission president James Loyce, Jr. went on the microphone and urged everyone to take a seat. “Please come to order,” he said. “We will hear each and every…”…

“The notion of converting permanent housing into temporary shelter has not gone over well in many quarters of this city.” …(more)

Whoever thinks that temporary respite is what mentally ill people need must have failed their psychology exam.

Mission tech office expansion proposal sent back for changes by the Planning Commission

By team : missionword – excerpt

Planning Commissioners and community members expressed skepticism about the 2300 Harrison Street proposal’s use of a state housing law to expand the tech office space to nearly 100,000 square feet. The site was formerly manufacturing space and is now leased by Lyft and sub-leased to other tech companies.

The Planning Commissioners heard mostly opposition and concern from a dozen neighborhood small business owners, residents, and advocates regarding a proposal to expand the Lyft tech offices on Harrison Street to nearly one hundred thousand square feet before sending the project back for significant changes.

If approved as proposed, the new office space could house more than 700 hundred tech workers. The proposal also included 24 housing units, comprising well under half of the project square footage.

“I am not ready to support this project today,” Commission President Melgar began, citing concerns about the current proposal’s potential impacts on nearby blue-collar buildings…

The Commissioners began this latest round of deliberation on the project by wading through a long and complex explanation from Planning Department staff regarding the unusual legalities of this proposal — which seeks to use a state housing law to build principally additional tech office space

The building’s existing nearly sixty-eight thousand square feet of office space had previously been manufacturing space, which was converted to office space — first illegally and later legalized through a City process, a point not lost on the Commissioners…

The Mission Area Plan prioritizes retaining blue-collar spaces in the neighborhood, a point raised with the Commissioners by Peter Papadopoulos of the Mission Economic Development Agency…

In addition to the Commissioner’s concerns regarding the office space, several other commissioners expressed misgivings about the residential portion design, notably the “nesting” of bedrooms within the housing units. In this “nesting” model, bedrooms are not separated from the rest of the apartment, considered an inferior form of housing development…

The state code reads that if a project contains “at least 15% very low income, 30% lower income or 30% moderate income units, three incentives or concessions are required.” This would mean that the 2300 Harrison St proposal does not appear to meet the three incentive threshold, since it doesn’t offer 15% very low income units… (more)

This is a textbook case for the Mission neighborhood. It covers a lot of issues the Planning Commission considers.

SB592 Dead For The Year!

By John Parulis

Everyone who hated the the Gut and Amend SB 592 bill can rejoice now it is dead for the year. Depending on how the elections go, it could be dead again next year.

Senate Bill 592 (Wiener) didn’t get out of Rules Committee by the deadline close of business midnight last night. Livable California’s lobbyist has confirmed it is dead for the year.

SB-592 would have done the following:…(more)

Treasure Island residents could win new displacement protections

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt

Supervisor working to give all current residents a chance to move into new development

Treasure Island is slated for development into more than 8,000 units of housing, including 2,000 affordable units, but an eight-year-old development agreement is preventing some current residents of the island from transitioning into the planned new homes.

Residents who moved to the island after 2011 are excluded from tenant protections extended to those who lived there before the development and disposition agreement (DDA) was signed that year, and are likely to be displaced by the new development. San Francisco Supervisor Matt Haney is working to change that.

On Tuesday, Haney introduced a resolution urging the Treasure Island Development Authority, which oversees the Island’s operations and new development, to expand transition benefits to eligible “Post-DDA” residents by December 31…(more)