The architecture of the Mission’s so-called “Housing Moratorium” is taking shape. District Supervisor David Campos’ Office announced today they’d be introducing emergency legislation to “temporarily halt market rate housing development in the Mission District” while the city figures out how develop a plan to slow down neighborhood displacement.

Here’s more from a statement by Campos’ office:

Supervisor Campos explains, “It is crucial we place a temporary hold on market rate housing so we can update zoning controls in the Mission, create new polices to stem displacement, identify revenue sources for affordable housing and develop a plan to build thousands of units of affordable housing. The temporary moratorium on market rate development will prevent the situation from worsening while we create this plan.”

According to the Examinerthe proposal would “ban planning approvals, demolitions and building,” meaning any project without final go-ahead from the Planning  will have to wait until the moratorium is lifted—effectively stopping the Mission’s most hotly-debated projects. While an initial moratorium would last up to 45 days, a second vote could extend it another 10 months.

The temporary halt would allow groups like Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) to formulate its Mission Action Plan, an alternative the Mission’s existing Eastern Neighborhood Plan. Here’s more from the Examiner:

The Mission Action Plan 2020 would identify funding strategies, such as capturing property taxes or increasing development-impact fees, to fund more below-market-rate housing. It would also identify key parcels to build such projects….

“The City right now does not have a plan,” Campos said. “It doesn’t have a plan for this neighborhood.”

The proposed moratorium boundaries are: Cesar Chavez Street from Guerrero Street to Potrero Avenue, Potrero from Cesar Chavez to 20th Street, 20th from Potrero to Bryant Street, Bryant from 20th to Division Street, Division from Bryant to Valencia Street, and Valencia from Division to Cesar Chavez.

The announcement comes after another contingent of activists, said they’re angling to put the moratorium the November ballot.

Latino Democratic Club president Edwin Lindo explained to the San Francisco Business Times his group’s plans to leave it to the voters:

“Our goal is not to stop all development. Our goal is to stop incredibly large development that focus exclusively on market-rate housing,” Lindo said. “We need a pause to ensure that if developers are going to build in our city they’re going to figure out a way to build affordable housing, even if that could be cutting into their 15 to 20 percent profit margins.”

During said pause, its activists’ hopes that the Planning Department will study how to slow the rate of neighborhood change and investigate creating a “neighborhood stabilization plan.”

The measure isn’t finalized yet, and we’ll keep watching this one, in the meantime, you can read more about it here.

Campos’ measure certainly has its critics at the Board of Supervisors, so perhaps voters will be more receptive to slowing down the city’s rapid development.

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Daniel Hirsch is a freelance writer who has been living in the Mission since 2009. When he's not contributing to Mission Local, he's writing plays, working as an extra for HBO, and/or walking to the top of Bernal Hill.

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