Tag Archives: San Francisco Planning Department

SF Planners Approve Plan to Curb Gentrification, Extend Interim Controls

San Francisco Planning Commissioners on Thursday approved a land use and policy plan designed to mitigate the effects of gentrification and displacement in the Mission District. The seven commissioners also agreed to a nine-month extension on 14-month-old restrictions that require some projects to undergo more stringent review. The policy plan, called the Mission Action Plan 2020, is the product of...

SF Planning Rules Swirl with Sewage to Clog Affordable Housing Pipeline

All it takes to delay an affordable housing project in San Francisco is $578 and filling out a simple form. Take the case of the affordable housing project at 2060-2070 Folsom Street, where one neighbor’s list of complaints – including one about sewage and flooding – could stall the project for as long as six months. Margaret Eve-Lynne Miyasaki, a...

City Cracks Down on Meditation at Luxury SF Mission Condo

Meditating for world peace wasn’t without consequences for Saytar Kamdar, who lives across from Dolores Park in one of four condos that were once a 100-year-old church. The site at 651 Dolores Street is now called the Light House, a seemingly appropriate name for a meditation space, but not according to the city planning department. Just days after the Ghost...

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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...