Next Week In San Francisco Land Use

This week, we highlight a handful of important meetings and events for the San Francisco land use community that are scheduled for this upcoming week:

Land Use Committee Hearing on Historic Preservation – Monday at 1 p.m.

The Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee will hold a public hearing on the current state of historic preservation policies in the City and the need to balance these with other City policies, including affordable housing production and transit-oriented development. Please attend this hearing and inform the committee that historic preservation processes in the City need reform. The hearing is on Monday at 1 p.m., in Room 263 at City Hall.

Friends of City Planning Annual Event: Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

You’re not in the know in San Francisco land use if you’re not at the annual Friends of City Planning Annual Event. FOCP is a non-profit organization made up of developers, neighborhood groups, policymakers, and others in the land use community with the purpose of funding planning activities in San Francisco outside of the Planning Department’s budget. FOCP’s annual fundraiser always attracts a large and diverse crowd, and this year’s event, “20/20 Vision for 2020 – Seeing the Future Clearly,” will highlight important projects in the coming decade that will enhance the economic vitality of San Francisco.

The event is on Wednesday, May 4, at the Julia Morgan Room and the Daniel Burnham Bar and Lounge at 465 California Street from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Please contact Lisa Wong at (415) 665-1150 x1 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Housing Action Coalition Annual Housing Forum – Wednesday at 7:30 a.m.

This is the must see event of the year for anyone working in the housing industry. HAC’s annual forum always provides a great state-of-the-housing-economy update, as told by San Francisco elected officials, policymakers, and industry leaders. This year’s forum “After the Fall: Stimulating New Housing Production in San Francisco” is moderated by Dan Murphy, principal of UrbanGreen Devco LLC, and will feature the following panel:

Doug Shoemaker, Director, Mayor’s Office of Housing
John Rahaim, Director, Planning Department
Cynthia Parker, President & CEO, Bridge Housing
Oz Erickson, Chairman, Emerald Fund
Dr. Ted Egan, Chief Economist, Office of the Controller

The forum is on Wednesday, May 4, at the PG&E Ballroom at 77 Beale Street. Breakfast reception goes from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and the panel discussion goes from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Please contact Julia Sullivan at (415) 541-9001 to purchase tickets or for more information.

Development Fee Alert: Fee Increases Go Into Effect May 1

The Planning Department is increasing development fees across the board by 3%, which will go into effect May 1. The Jobs Housing Linkage Fee and the Affordable Housing Fee, however, will not be increased. Go to for the updated fee schedule.

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