Are Eastside development battles finally going to be brought to a close? The San Francisco Planning Department’s draft Eastern Neighborhoods Environmental Impact Report (600 pages) was approved for release Saturday. Decisions about zoning in these four neighborhoods – the Mission, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill, East SoMa and Central Waterfront – have been years in the making. In fact, the process started in the dot-com boom days and seems to have progressed though a full economic cycle in the meantime.
The plan aims to support long-term Planning Department goals such as greater density and housing affordability, and particularly attempts to better define zoning uses, especially for Production, Distribution, and Repair (PDR). The plan sets out three specific plan options. According to the report “…Implementation of any one of the proposed project options would result in more housing options and a broader range of housing prices and rents, compared to conditions under the No-Project scenario.” There are already several housing developments being held up for the completion of this report.
The period of public comment is June 30, 2007 through August 31, 2007 with a public hearing August 9, 2007. If any plugged-in readers have strong opinions, let them be known. Oh, and for those who don’t want to read all 600 pages there is a good 60-page summary as well.