Over a year in the making, a proposed ordinance to codify procedures and establish specific time limits for the appeal of environmental impact reports (EIR’s), Planning Department negative declarations, and exemptions for development projects is back in front of San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee this afternoon.
The proposed ordinance would also provide San Francisco’s Historic Preservation Commission additional authority to review and comment on all environmental documents and determinations and eliminate the requirement to provide mailed notices to owners within 300 feet of city-sponsored projects “involving rezoning, Area Plans or General Plan amendments” which are either over 5 acres in size or citywide in scope.
Ordinance Amending CEQA Procedures, Appeals and Public Notice [sfbos.org]
Land Use and Economic Development Committee Agenda: 12/6/10 [sfbos.org]

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by lyqwyd

    More authority for the Historic Preservation Commission!?
    That’s just stupid.

  2. Posted by noearch

    Yea, I just read that too. Really scary. They do NOT need any more authority, only less. They seem determined to turn this entire city into one big Disneyland.

  3. Posted by bg

    I don’t think this is a bad thing. I agree, that increasing the authority of the Preservation commision is not ideal but, on the flip side, this legislation would “eliminate the requirement to provide mailed notices to owners within 300 feet of city-sponsored projects” Prevents some nimby living several blocks away from a project to object

  4. Posted by lyqwyd

    I’m all for streamlining the process, and most of the changes seem for the better, but giving any more authority to the HPC will counteract any efforts to make the system better.

  5. Posted by stucco-sux

    I think the pulling of neighbor notification requirement speaks volumes as to motive.

  6. Posted by sfrenegade

    More authority to the Historic Preservation Commission is insane.
    I’m more in favor of less neighbor involvement for private projects rather than for city projects. Most of the city projects here don’t seem particularly great, and it might actually be good for neighbors to be on notice of what the Board of Stupidvisors is supporting.
    Most of these changes seem to increase the power of the city and its favored entities, puppets, and cronies, which is not good.

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