Tag Archives: San Francisco Planning Department

The Thriftown rooftop two weeks ago.

HISTORY: 17 Reasons Remembered

“When I came to San Francisco, I saw that fantastic sign…with no explanation but it was enough for me,” wrote Glen Mehn in a 2002 letter to the city protesting the removal of the icon. “I knew where I wanted to live…in the Mission, close to that sign.” Read the Full Story HERE.
A housing project is proposed for 3314 Cesar Chavez St. – the space currently houses a warehouse. Photo by Lola M. Chavez

Six Story Housing Project Coming to Cesar Chavez

A planned market-rate housing development coming to Cesar Chavez Street faced concerns from neighbors that the 65-foot building would block sunlight and impede privacy. “It’s the tallest thing around,” said Kim Basset, a neighbor who lives across from the development at 3314 Cesar Chavez St. near South Van Ness Avenue. Not true, said Drake Gardner, the project sponsor. Gardner pointed...
Representatives from Keller Williams and the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association discuss the potential future hybrid retail and realty space at 461 Valencia Street after a hearing.

Realty Seeking SF Address Faces Opposition

A lukewarm welcome awaited the proprietors of a potential new real estate office and coffee shop at the Planning Commission, where Keller Williams Realty on Thursday sought a permit to move into what was once ArtZone 461 on Valencia Street. The realty firm has dozens of locations across the country and several in the Bay Area, and at issue is...
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SF Pushes Ahead with Local Priority for Affordable Housing

The three-member Land Use Committee voted unanimously yesterday to recommend neighborhood preference for affordable housing. The policy would ensure that 40 percent of new affordable housing in a supervisorial district be reserved for former residents of that district. “This is incredibly bold and important legislation for the residents of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Malia Cohen, calling particular attention to the decade-long...
The Planning Commission's seven members. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

SF Planning Commissioner Under Fire for “Reverse Racism” Letter

Activists have started a petition asking for the removal of the lone Republican on the city’s Planning Commission after he penned a letter critical of the Mission moratorium. In the letter, Michael Antonini described the measure as “thinly veiled reverse racism” and called the Mission a “low income neighborhood.” “The community is incredibly, incredibly upset to the point that it...
Photo by Jane Segal

Activists Call For Tenant Protections at City Hall

Emotions ran high at City Hall today as protesters gathered under the bright sun and then visited city officials to address San Francisco’s debilitating housing crisis and call on city leaders to take action by passing proposed legislation. The crowd of about 150 housing leaders, union members, homeless rights activists and residents voiced their frustrations with the city’s failure to stem...
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S.F. May Impose Controls on Mission Development

In a room packed with contention, the Planning Commission decided Thursday in a 5-to-1 vote to begin considering temporary controls on development in the Mission. The Commission will take a final vote on a resolution in early August. The decision came after two hours of public comment, during which almost all of the members of the public — both pro- and...
Rendering of 600 South Van Ness, courtesy Leavitt Architecture.

600 South Van Ness Approved, Sutter Postponed

In a unanimous decision Thursday, the Planning Commission gave the go-ahead for the 27-unit condo proposed for 600 South Van Ness. The decision came not without a lengthy discussion among the commission and public commenters about the state of housing in San Francisco. “This is an interesting one,” said Commissioner Dennis Richards, acknowledging that it was the first Mission development...
Dan Hirsch and Andrea Valencia chat housing and fire safety on Listen Local. Photo by Laura Wenus.

Listen Local: Inside the Planning Commission

Listen Local is Mission Local in audio form. We record live on a biweekly webcast at BFF.fm every other Thursday morning at 9:30 a.m. First on the agenda this week’s episode is an excerpt from a conversation recorded earlier with Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards, who invited us to his home to talk about what the Planning Commission can and can’t do,...
Outline of the project area for Mission Street Life Plan with quotes from stake holders. Image courtesy of the San Francisco Planning Department.

A Meeting Tonight for Mission Street’s Future

For those with opinions about the future of Mission Street, the Planning Department invites you to attend a meeting tonight at the Women’s Building about the so-called Mission Public Life Plan. It’s the third meeting about the plan in the last year—one in February kicked off the public outreach, and another in August continued the conversation. At tonight’s meeting, which will get started at...
Rendering of the plans for 490 South Van Ness. Image courtesy Forum Design Architects.

Planning Commish: Tunes to Pop’s, Delays to Condos

In a packed Planning Commission agenda Thursday, two Mission addresses got some attention. The commission granted Pop’s Bar a full entertainment license. For the long-planned housing project at 490 South Van Ness, the commission voiced its approval, but voted to continue the issue for a few more weeks. The housing project developed by J.C.N. Developers at the corner of 16th...
T-Mobile, a chain store that slipped through the cracks of previous formula retail regulation.

Formula Retail Report Pleases All, Satisfies None

In its 235-page opus on the city’s retail formula provisions, the Planning Department recommended changing the threshold for formula retail to 20 locations, up from 11 and including in that count all of a company’s global locations. The recommendations, which the Commission won’t vote on until July, comes in the wake of several recent public battles around formula retail across...
Image of preliminary design from Bryant Street project plan.

Preliminary Plans for Bryant Street Property

  A reader who lives on the block of Bryant Street where a large housing development is slated to be built sent Mission Local the project’s preliminary plans. Submitted by developer Nick Podell Company to the Planning Department in December 2013, the plans detail the rough design ideas of the proposed building which would include 276 rental units. The plan includes rough...
One of the more high-end e-cigarettes at the Vapory Shop.

Hazy Regulations For E-Cigarettes on the Vapory Coast

The Mission’s first store selling only e-cigarettes, the Vapory Shop, greeted customers with the scent of fresh cedar walls when it opened this month at Folsom and 23rd streets. Exposed Edison bulbs hang over gleaming glass cases. The place feels less like the neon-lit stores peddling bongs and hookahs along Mission Street than an upscale watch shop. The futuristic e-cigarettes...
Mission Local interviewed 68 people on 16th Street -- a mix of business owners and employees -- to see what they thought about Jack Spade moving in.

Hearts, Minds, Handbags: Jack Spade Divides 16th St.

More merchants and workers on 16th Street appear to be on the fence than decisively for or against the men’s luxury retailer Jack Spade moving into the former site of Adobe books at 3166 16th Street. In a door-to-door survey of 68 businesses on 16th street between Dolores and Mission streets, Mission Local interviewed a mix of employees and owners,...