Legislation which would require special authorization from San Francisco’s Planning Commission in order to merge or remove any residential unit in the city – whether legal, illegal or demonstrably unaffordable – is working its way through the City’s Board of Supervisors.
And in addition to further restricting the merger of existing units, the proposed legislation now includes language that mandates the legalization of illegal units, requiring the owners to apply for building permits to legalize said units, “unless infeasible under the Building Code or the Planning Commission approves [their] removal.”
The Planning Code currently allows, and typically requires, illegal units to be removed and provides a blanket exemption to allow for the merger of a residential unit that is worth more than 80 percent of the single-family homes in San Francisco and is thus considered “demonstrably not affordable,” the threshold for which is currently $1.63 million.
Sponsored by Supervisor Avalos, the proposed ordinance is currently under review by the City’s Land Use and Transportation Committee.
UPDATE (12/8): As newly linked above, the demonstrably unaffordable mark in San Francisco has been raised from $1.506 million to $1.63 million.