Legislation Aimed at Impact Fee Reform Nears Final Approval

Last month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed on first reading Impact Fee Reform legislation aimed to make development more predictable, easier, and financially feasible. The legislation complements the […]


Legislation to Overhaul Residential Building & Zoning Standards

On June 29th, the San Francisco Planning Commission voted to recommend approval of Mayor Breed’s proposed legislation titled “Housing Production” (BOS File No. 23-0446).  The legislation amends the Planning Code […]


2023 California Legislation – Summer Recess Update

The California legislature reconvened yesterday, after taking a summer recess. As previously reported, this year’s legislative session is packed full of pending bills with far reaching changes to land use […]


Summer SF Legislation Roundup

Below is a round-up of some items introduced before the Board of Supervisor’s summer recess, which will run from July 31st to September 4th. Update to Ordinance That Would Expand […]

Builder's Remedy

LA Court Weighs In on the Builder’s Remedy

Until now, the notorious “builder’s remedy” had not been tested in court, leaving developers with serious questions about how it works and whether it’s worth potential legal challenges from unamenable […]


Update on Site Permit Reform

On May 11, 2023, the San Francisco Planning Department gave a presentation on Permit Streamlining at a joint Building Inspection Commission and Planning Commission hearing.  The focus of the presentation […]


SF’s Proposed BMR and Impact Fee Changes

Late last month, Supervisors Peskin and Safai introduced long-awaited legislation lowering San Francisco’s affordable housing requirements for certain approved and proposed projects, as well as reducing impact fees. This week’s […]


Proposed Legislation to Expand Allowed Commercial Uses

In the latest effort to ease longstanding zoning restrictions and encourage new business activity in San Francisco, Mayor Breed (along with Supervisors Engardio, Dorsey, and Melgar) have introduced legislation to […]

SB 9

Sacramento Doubles Down on SB 9

In 2022, SB 9 took effect, imposing radical new requirements on local jurisdictions to approve new housing in single-family neighborhoods.  Although the results of SB 9 have been mixed (more […]


The Basics: Easements and Their Relocation

When an easement is granted, a property owner gives another person an interest in and right to use the land which is burdened by the easement.  Easements are often conveyed, […]