The Mission District Housing Moratorium, which calls for an 18-month-long pause on the development of luxury housing in the Mission, received enough signatures to be put on the ballot in November, the San Francisco Department of Elections confirmed on Tuesday.
The petition, which received 15,006 signatures by the July 6 filing deadline after weeks of canvasing, was written by tenant’s rights lawyer Scott Weaver. It calls for the creation of a “Neighborhood Stabilization Plan by 2017, with the goal to preserve and develop affordable housing in the Mission,” according to a press release from the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) on Wednesday.
“This pause on luxury development will help the community come up with a plan that will serve as a model for all San Francisco neighborhoods,” said Luis Granados, executive director of the MEDA, in the press release.
The pause on luxury housing would prohibit the city from issuing permits to housing projects containing five or more units, as well as permits that would get rid of production, distribution, and repair (PDR) sites, unless they were getting rid of it a PDR site to build a 100 percent affordable housing project. The pause on development would not apply to projects comprised of 100 percent affordable housing units.
The moratorium has been supported by a coalition of groups, including The Women’s Building, the Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment (ACCE), the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), and the Latino Voter Project SF.
The stabilization plan that they envision proposes that 50 percent of all units built must be affordable, according to the petition filed with the Department of Elections.
To make it onto the ballot, petitions for ordinances or declarations of policy, like this one, need 9,711 signatures by their filing deadline, according to the Department of Elections
Other petitions that made it onto the ballot include a petition to limit short-term rental time, and a petition for policy bodies, like commissions and City boards, to facilitate easier public participation.
If the city Planning Commission has it its way, there will already be a pause in effect in the Mission. The Commission announced last Friday that in August it would vote on the issue of temporary controls on development in the Mission.