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 […]


SB 827 Dies in Committee as Three Bay Area SB 35 Projects Get Underway

Yesterday the much-debated Senate Bill 827 (SB 827) authored by Senator Scott Wiener failed to make its way out of its first policy committee hearing, effectively dooming its chance of passing this year.  SB 827 would have provided a “transit rich housing bonus” to qualifying urban, infill projects on transit corridors that provided required percentages […]


New State Laws Affect Freedom of Speech and Installation of Solar Energy Systems in Condo Projects

Two new laws became effective on January 1st, 2018 that impact condo projects and other common interest developments (“CIDs”) and homeowners associations (“HOAs”) in California.  The first expands homeowners’ free speech rights and limits an HOA’s ability to restrict political expression and related activities.  The second limits the ability of an HOA to prevent a […]


The Hub is on the Horizon

The neighborhood known as “the Hub” has long been a target for development by the Planning Department. Initially included in the Market and Octavia Area Plan in 2008, the area defined by Market Street and Van Ness Avenue was envisioned as a vibrant mixed-use neighborhood. For various reasons, the redevelopment of the neighborhood never came […]


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 […]