Affordable Housing Compromise and New Resource for Street Trees

Sneak Peek at Affordable Housing Compromise The San Francisco development community has been waiting for Board of Supervisors action on affordable housing requirements.  As last reported in our April 26 update, competing affordable housing legislation has been working its way through the Land Use and Transportation Committee and the Planning Commission. It is now being […]


Planning’s Retooled Approach to Residential Projects in RH Districts – The Large Home Program

Planning’s Retooled Approach to Residential Projects in RH Districts – The Large Home Program Last week, the Planning Department unveiled its revamped approach to residential expansions and new ground-up construction in the RH zoning districts: the Large Home Application. The name of the program is derived from the Eastern Neighborhoods’ primary entitlement document, the Large […]


Update on Notice Obligations Under Right to Repair Act

The Right to Repair Act or SB 800 (“Act”) provides for certain rights and procedures for homeowners and builders with respect to construction defect claims.  The Act requires certain pre-litigation notice and cure obligations between the parties before a suit may be filed by the homeowner.  A recent case entitled “Blanchette v. Superior Court” interpreted […]


More on Housing

City policy-makers have been busy addressing the City housing issues, and this week we discuss recent developments in two areas of housing policy:  affordable housing and accessory dwelling units. Affordable Housing In previous updates, we have reported on legislation proposed by members of the Board of Supervisors that amends the City’s affordable housing requirements.  Two […]


Dual Agency: Will It Survive In California?

Real estate brokers, and the licensees who work under their supervision, owe fiduciary and other duties to their clients. Can those duties be fulfilled in the context of dual agency?  The potential conflicts of interest that may arise when brokers undertake the representation of more than one party to a real estate transaction are again […]


No Grandfathering and Increased Affordable Housing Rates for Divisadero and Fillmore NCTs

Back in December 2015, Supervisor Breed introduced legislation that would eliminate the Affordable Housing Program grandfathering provisions of Proposition C and impose increased affordable housing rates for certain properties in the Divisadero and Fillmore Neighborhood Commercial Transit (NCT) Districts. The higher requirements would apply to sites in those two districts that received at least a […]


Update on Recent California Condo/HOA Laws

There are tens of thousands of common interest developments in California, ranging from 2-unit buildings to large condominium towers and planned unit developments.  The Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act (“Davis-Stirling Act”) is the primary body of law governing condo projects and homeowners associations (“HOAs”) in the state. This update summarizes a few recent changes to […]


Planning Department Reviews 30-year Regional Jobs-Housing Trends

Last Thursday, Department staff provided the Planning Commission with an informational update on the City’s jobs-housing balance, providing quantitative data to assist policymakers as they consider the practical impacts of their weekly decision-making on local housing accessibility, economic growth, and transportation infrastructure. The presentation was the second in an ongoing series intended to brief the […]


Focus on Housing – Supply, Affordability and Families

It is no secret that California, including Bay Area, housing supply has not kept up with the demand.  A strong economy and population growth have contributed to an increasing demand for housing.  According to McKinsey’s October 2016 report on California’s Housing Gap, California ranks 49th in the US for housing units per capita (with the […]


Planning Department Issues Draft Mission Action Plan 2020

​Extension of Mission District Interim Controls is Expected For the past three years, the Planning Department, in coordination with a number of community organizations, has been assessing policies and proposals that are intended to preserve socioeconomic diversity in the Mission District. The Department has focused in particular on promoting affordable housing, tenant protections, and retention […]