From Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi’s latest newsletter by way of a plugged-in reader:
The Land Use Committee will hold a hearing on [an Improving Residential Street Frontages] ordinance that will ensure that new and renovated buildings in the city’s residential and industrial districts create safe, walkable, and attractive street frontages.
We began this effort when we worked to improve street frontage requirements in the Market-Octavia Plan. Earlier this year, the Board enacted Supervisor Mirkarimi’s ordinance to extend similar street frontage controls to the City’s mixed-use districts. This new ordinance creates a comprehensive set of street frontage controls for residential districts.
Highlights include: 1. Limits parking and loading to a third or less of a building’s street frontage, and individual garage entrances to twenty feet or less; 2. Requires that one third of street frontage be dedicated to building entries, landscaping, and other features which foster the residential character of the neighborhood; 3. Minimizes the loss of on-street parking as off-street parking is added; 4.Requires that Garage entrances be set back from street corners to preserve pedestrian safety and encourage pedestrian-friendly features like storefronts and residential entrances.
The ordinance does not change permitted uses, density, height, bulk, or parking requirements. The controls in the ordinance are designed so that required parking can be built on even the narrowest San Francisco lot permitted by code.
The hearing will be held December 13 at 1 p.m. in City Hall room 263.