Finally, the wedge issue we need to split the progressive-NIMBY alliance

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Mike Schiraldi

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Aug 12, 2015, 5:31:47 PM8/12/15
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I've been waiting for something like this for a long time:

http://www.bizjournals.com/sanfrancisco/blog/real-estate/2015/08/big-s-f-zoning-changes-could-unlock-housing.html

"Under a proposal by the Planning Department, developers would be able to build two stories taller than they’re allowed in some parts of the city – or get some relief on city requirements for building parking, rear yard or open space – in exchange for reserving more units for low- and middle-income residents."

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I think this is a really big deal for us. It's exactly the kind of proposal that true progressives will fall on one side of, and NIMBYs will fall on the other. This is our chance to work together with progressives, and form a longstanding alliance to work on our common goals of fighting displacement, giving young people and new arrivals a hand up, and protecting the environment.

Does anyone know more about this proposal -- namely, who's pushing for it, who might be coming out against it, and so on? We might want to take a page from the Mission Moratorium's playbook: Show up in force at the public hearing, and if it's defeated, immediately take that momentum and turn it into a ballot proposition.

In fact, does anyone have good contacts with the Moratorium proponents? This should be a proposal they would support: Not only would it be building more affordable housing, it would be doing so in neighborhoods that typically avoid it.

Armand Domalewski

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Aug 12, 2015, 5:33:43 PM8/12/15
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the moratorium folks are stretched too thin right now to work with us, but it might be a good place to reach out after the election

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Brian Hanlon

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Aug 12, 2015, 5:42:54 PM8/12/15
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I attended the SPUR talk where the planning department discussed their plan. It is not final yet, but they hope to have legislation prepared for the BOS in a few months. While this plan is a step in the right direction, the important thing to remember is that SF has been out of compliance with the CA Density Bonus law for decades. This proposal complies with the law (as far as we were told), and simplifies the requirements for achieving a density bonus. If I recall correctly, developers can get a 3 story bonus for 100% affordable buildings. 

Aaron

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Aug 12, 2015, 6:31:37 PM8/12/15
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Were Eastern Neighborhoods and Ocean Ave left out because they were recently rezoned? EN I can maybe understand because there were some height increases, but Ocean Ave was only zoned for four stories.

As Gabriel Metcalf says at the end of the article, the legislation doesn't do anything to make it easier for projects to move though the process and if anything, it'll make projects even bigger targets for appeals.
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