S.F.’s plan to build 82,000 housing units has been approved by the state
State housing officials have given preliminary approval to San Francisco's housing element, an eight-year plan to produce 82,000 residential units that the Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on this week. In a letter to the city's planning...
I’m glad that they are moving forward with this housing development plan. With that said, taking 3 of your 8 years to ratify a rezoning plan means that there’s no way 82k housing units will be produced in 8 years. It was a long shot anyway, but that makes it impossible. We’ll be lucky to see 20k in that time span.
That headline is so misleading. The city is not proposing to build anything. All cities and counties in the state are required to have a Housing element as part of their General Plan. The element must show how they will address housing needs and has to be certified by the state. This element says that the city will rezone land to allow development of 82,000 new units. Once the areas are rezoned private developers will have to try and make it through the permitting maze to actually get permission to build them. These plans are usually good for 20 years.
For all the “this will never happen” folks here is an FYI. SF is building tons of low income units as we speak. I am working on a building with 130 units right across Geneva from Balboa Park BART. I know of another crew working on a similar building near City College and we will be starting another similar building around the time we finish the one I am currently working on. I am an electrician, I haven’t researched what jobs are ongoing I just know where I have personal friends working.
Now if the city can get over its obsession with holding up market rate housing. How the whacky Dean Preston idea that building market rate housing comes at the expense of affordable units became mainstream I’ll never understand.
So - this will never happen. It’s comical how much this won’t happen.
Fred Sherburn-Zimmer, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco, called the housing element process “state blackmail.”
“The state is frankly passing the buck,” Sherburn-Zimmer said. “They are telling us we have to build housing without giving us the money that we need to build it.”
What the actual fuck is this guy on... The state isn't telling the City to literally build housing on its own, it's telling the City to stop getting in the way when private interests want to. That should theoretically cost less than all the bullshit.
Is re-zoning really enough? From what I’ve pieced together, it seems like zoning was never the primary issue in SF - it’s the permitting process and discretionary review.
Don’t get me wrong, our zoning is also fucked, but the bigger problems are how insanely expensive, time-consuming and unpredictable it is to get each project approved in SF.
And unfortunately, I went to a panel discussion with the director of planning recently where he showed 0 understanding of this issue. His stance was simply, “downtown is zoned for housing so there are no obstacles to building housing downtown.” I’d like to see him try.