San Francisco Proposes New Roof Deck Policy: Drastic New Restrictions or Prudent Planning?

On August 30, 2018, the San Francisco Planning Commission received an informational debriefing from Planning Department Staff on a proposed new policy (Record No. 2018-005411CRV; the “Policy”) on construction of residential roof decks. The purpose of the Policy is to mitigate potential impacts to adjacent residents resulting from the addition of a roof deck, including, […]


Proposition 10 – Taking the Debate over Rent Control Back to the Local Level

This November, California voters will decide whether to repeal statewide limitations on local rent control.  A majority vote for Proposition 10 would repeal the Costa Hawkins Act, a 1995 law that limits the reach of local rent control measures to multi-family housing built before 1995, and forbids cities and counties from setting the initial rent […]


Proposed State Law to Tighten HOA Election Rules

A contentious new bill to amend state condo law is making its way through the California legislature. Senate Bill 1265 (“SB 1265”), introduced by Senator Wieckowski (District 10), would amend the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act (“Act”) to more tightly regulate homeowners association (“HOA”) elections. SB 1265 is intended to target perceived abuses of the […]


Board of Supervisors Considers Office Cafeteria Ban

One of the major themes in San Francisco land use regulation over the last few years has been an ongoing tug of war between the Board of Supervisors and the thriving tech industry.  As tech companies have moved in and brought new life to areas like Mid-Market (and soon Central SoMa), those companies have received […]


San Francisco Proposes to Loosen Reins on ADUs

Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors reviewed Supervisor Tang’s legislation that, if passed, will provide more flexibility for San Francisco’s accessory dwelling unit (ADU) program.  The Board unanimously passed the legislation on first reading.  As discussed in more detail below, the legislation proposes a number of amendments to the program including some that would allow expansion […]


San Francisco Board of Supervisors Preliminarily Passes New Noticing Scheme and Planning Department Rolls Out New Application Procedures

New Planning Code Noticing Provisions Last week, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed on its first reading an ordinance that would amend the Planning Code to implement a number of process improvements. Included in those amendments are changes to simplify the Planning Code noticing requirements. The Planning Code currently contains varying notice provisions for several […]


Client Alert – Proposed Changes to HOME-SF Density Bonus Program

Legislation introduced by Supervisor Katy Tang would potentially allow a broader range of projects to use San Francisco’s local density bonus program, called HOME-SF. Supervisor Tang—who championed the original program—is proposing a three-tier system that links affordability percentages to the height increase a project seeks, along with other changes meant to speed up the entitlement […]


TSF Rate Hike Proposed for Large Non-Residential Projects

Last Monday, the Board of Supervisors’ Land Use and Transportation Committee voted unanimously to recommend approval of legislation that would increase the Transportation Sustainability Fee (“TSF”) citywide for large, non-residential projects by $5, except within the proposed Central SoMa Plan area, where the associated increase would be $2. The TSF was adopted in November 2015, […]


Central SoMa Plan Proposes New Ministerial Approvals for Qualified Residential Projects

On May 1st, Mayor Farrell and Supervisor Kim introduced San Francisco’s first “Housing Sustainability District”.  This legislation was made possible by California State Assembly Bill (“AB”) 73, which was sponsored by Assemblymember David Chiu and signed into law in September 2017.  The new “Central South of Market Housing Sustainability District” (“Central SoMa HSD”) will allow […]


Structural Review by Committee vs. DBI Director – Proposed Legislative Amendments to the Slope Protection Act In the Works

Currently under review by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors is 171284 – an ordinance to amend and clarify the City’s Slope Protection Act (SPA).  The ordinance would expand the existing SPA to include construction projects proposed on properties whose average slope exceeds 25% grade (excluding properties already subject to the Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection […]