Having been financed by neighbors whose views would be blocked, the referendum to effectively quash the approved development of 8 Washington, or at the very least limit its height to 84 feet, has been qualified by San Francisco’s Department of Elections.
By law, the height limit must go back to the Board of Supervisors, but if the vote doesn’t change, the referendum goes on the next citywide ballot.
But the board is currently on its summer recess and doesn’t have another meeting scheduled until September, well past the Aug. 10 deadline for adding measures to the November ballot.
Unless the board votes to hold a special election, the referendum then would go on the November 2013 ballot, with any physical work on the project suspended until after the vote.
San Francisco’s Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors both approved of spot height increases for the 8 Washington project up to 136 feet.
Should the upzoning be overturned, either by the Board or at the ballot box, the project might still be viable at 84 feet, but don’t expect anyone to admit to such right now.