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 […]


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 […]