This Week in San Francisco Land Use

Planning Commissioners Open to Entitlement Extensions, Looking for Affirmative Steps Taken by Developers Last Thursday, the Planning Commission held an informational hearing to discuss the Zoning Administrator’s consideration of an entitlement extension for an 88-unit project in Rincon Hill that was approved back in 2005. The entitlement expired in 2008. The Planning Commission ultimately signaled […]

Building Energy Disclosure Requirements Postponed

On October 11, 2009, Governor Schwarzenegger signed into law AB 531, which amends Public Resources Code section 25402.10 (also known as AB 1103). AB 1103 was enacted in 2007 and requires that beginning January 1, 2009, electric and gas utilities maintain records of the energy consumption data of all nonresidential buildings to which they provide […]

This Week in San Francisco Land Use – Oct. 2, 2009

Local Stimulus Plan Yesterday, the Mayor’s Office of Economic and Workforce Development yesterday sent a memorandum of its “development stimulus package” to the Board of Supervisors. If passed, the Legislation will: Change the timing of impact and in-lieu fee collection. All impact fees would be due at issuance of the first “construction-ready building permit”, e.g. […]

REMINDER!  R&J green building event September 23

Reuben & Junius is sponsoring Constructing Green Building’s Legal Foundation: Regulatory Approaches and Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future to be held Wednesday, September 23, 8:00 am – 11:00 am, UC Hastings Law, 200 McAllister, Alumni Reception Center. Almost overnight, green building has gone from a fringe movement to the center of the development world. […]

This Week In San Francisco Land Use – Sept. 10, 2009

Zoning Administrator Issues First Determination of Eligibility Under the Eastern Neighborhoods “Legitimization” Program As we have discussed in previous updates, the Eastern Neighborhoods (EN) plan created a new “legitimization” program that allows for land uses that were permitted prior to the EN rezoning but did not have the proper permits, and that are now not […]

Reuben & Junius, LLP Sponsors Green Building Conference at UC Hastings

Reuben & Junius, LLP is pleased to invite you to Constructing Green Building’s Legal Foundation: Regulatory Approaches and Practical Solutions for a Sustainable Future, a conference to be held at UC Hastings College of Law on Wednesday, September 23 from 8 – 11 am. The conference has been organized by Reuben & Junius attorney Stephen […]

Have You Filed Your Property Tax Appeal?

The Opportunity In these challenging economic times, real estate owners are looking for creative ways to cut operating expenses. Reducing real estate taxes is one means to do so. Every year, property owners have the opportunity to appeal the taxable value of their real property, a process commonly known as a “Proposition 8 Appeal”, named […]

This Week In San Francisco Land Use – August 19, 2009

New Dwelling Unit Demolition Legislation Would Require One-for-One Replacement Yesterday, Supervisor Mirkarimi introduced a bill at the Board of Supervisors that would limit the Planning Commission’s discretion in approving dwelling unit demolitions. The bill would prohibit the Planning Commission from approving a project calling for the demolition of structurally-sound dwelling units unless they are replaced […]

NC Districts: A Look Back, And Ahead

In San Francisco, neighborhood commercial zoning (“NC Districts”) have been around since 1987. These zoning controls attempted to clarify various desirable and undesirable uses within the naturally occurring neighborhood commercial strips throughout the City. These zoning districts run along some of the busiest streets in the City (Geary Boulevard and Van Ness Avenue, for example), […]

AB333: Stalled Subdivision And Condo Projects Get Help As New State Law Extends Maps for 2 Years

Throughout the Bay Area and state, subdivisions and condominium projects have been delayed during the housing slump due to developers’ difficulty obtaining construction financing. Many such projects have stalled in the middle of the mapping and entitlement process, before the project’s map has been recorded. Delayed maps are at risk of expiration, with the potential […]