New Study on Potentially Higher On-Site Inclusionary Housing Requirements for the Divisadero and Fillmore NCT Districts Leads to Interesting Conclusions

This Thursday, March 22nd, the Planning Commission will hear an informational presentation on an economic feasibility study regarding the potential for increasing the on-site inclusionary housing requirement in the Divisadero Street and Fillmore Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit Districts (NCTs).  The report on the study concludes that in the Fillmore NCT the new inclusionary housing program’s […]

Second-Wave of Housing Legislation on the Horizon: The Transit-Rich Housing Bonus

California’s recent passage of sweeping housing legislation has been widely reported.  Yet before the development community and public agencies have the opportunity to fully appreciate the impact of the fifteen housing measures that took effect on January 1, 2018, a second wave of legislation is already in the works. In early January 2018, Senator Scott […]

State Lands Commission and City Reach Settlement in Waterfront Height Limits Case

A few weeks back, RJR’s Melinda Sarjapur wrote about the pending decision in the lawsuit between the State Lands Commission and the City of San Francisco over Prop. B, which requires voter approval for any waterfront project that would exceed the applicable height limit. You can read her update here. Since then, State Lands and […]

Legislation Implementing the Central SOMA Plan Released

This week’s update continues our series on Central SOMA and focuses on a long-awaited milestone.  Legislation implementing the Central SOMA Plan has finally released to the public two weeks ago, and the “initiation” hearing for the legislative package is set for tomorrow at the Planning Commission.  This is the first formal step to San Francisco […]

A Look at Leno

With the mayoral election in June, many in the real estate industry are busy sizing up the candidates. Supervisors Breed and Kim currently serve in City Hall, so their priorities and recent legislative efforts in the development arena are well known. This week, we take a look at some of candidate Mark Leno’s positions during […]

Accessible Business Entrance Program – Not Just the Primary Entrance!

The deadline for San Francisco business tenants and property owners to submit either a pre-screening or compliance checklist in accordance with the Accessible Business Entrance Program is fast approaching. This Ordinance (San Francisco Ordinance No. 51-16 – Mandatory Disability Access Improvements), enacted May of 2016, amended the San Francisco Building Code to require any existing […]

Decision Pending in City-State dispute over SF Waterfront Height Limits

Closing arguments were made last Wednesday in a trial over the validity of a San Francisco ballot initiative requiring voter approval for waterfront development height increases. In June 2014, San Francisco voters passed Prop B, requiring voter approval for any construction project on the waterfront that would exceed height limits in effect at the time.  […]

Sacramento Addresses Housing (or not)

This week’s update discusses recent legislative activity at the state level affecting housing. Rent Control Sacramento has been abuzz recently with machinations among California legislative leaders and housing interest groups seeking to expand rent control.  Currently, the 1995 Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act exempts newly constructed housing (after 1979 in San Francisco) from rent control laws and […]

Happy 2018! Preservation Potpourri Opens our 2018 Series

Reuben, Junius & Rose, LLP hopes everyone had a great holiday and New Year.  2018 looks to be another banner year with land use issues, as we look forward to the Central SoMa Plan moving forward, a new Planning Commissioner assignment, and of course many Planning Code amendments.  As usual, Reuben, Junius & Rose will […]

Planning Department Process Improvements Plan – More Housing? Quicker Approvals?

As all of us mourn the passing of Mayor Lee, many articles have already been written about his legacy and the progress he made in San Francisco.  One of the items that was pending at the time of his death was the implementation of Executive Directive 17-02, Keeping up the Pace of Housing Production, issued […]