Having dropped to a seven-year low in 2018, the number of newly proposed plans for major developments in San Francisco has been on the rise this year.

In fact, plans for nearly 40 new major developments having been submitted to Planning since the beginning of the year, which is up from 25 in the first half of 2018 and slightly above average for first half of the year activity as measured since 2010, driven by the adoption of San Francisco’s challenged Central SoMa Plan.

And that’s how the overall pipeline of apartments and condos under development in San Francisco has ticked up to a record 72,865, as mapped above, with a well above-average 8,500 units currently under construction despite inclusionary housing requirements for new developments having been increased.

Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Hunter

    Wow wonder why those neighborhoods are still showing so much activity? Such a mystery! not like zoning for multifamily housing / mixed use / office has any impact…imagine if we rezoned the entire city for 6+ stories.

    • Posted by Spencer

      Terrible transit to the westside , and better to build in downtown core, near Bart and Caltrain, and walkable to many jobs

      • Posted by Brady

        The Sunset has 3 light rail lines. I’ll give it to you that the metro is not as reliable as it needs to, but significant investment is happening on both the N and L, and there’s talks to even build a whole subway for the M. And Geary is getting BRT as we speak (it’s not rail, but it carries as many people).

        Relatively, there’s a ton of transit!

        • Posted by Spencer

          it takes 40 minutes from 6th and geary to get downtown. thats inner inner richmond. the BRT is suppossed to save 3 minutes on this time from 5th. and often you have to wait 2-3 buses to get on in the morning due to crowding. you can get from oakland, san bruno, south sf, airport, emeryville all faster than this. im all for building up on the west side if a geary subway comes. otherwise, transit from richmond sucks , especially when someone is bi%ching about all the new residential in SOMA/downtown. it should be there. its walkable, bikeable, lots of transit

          • Posted by Hunter

            I agree all the surface parking and low-rise warehouses are ripe for building dense housing. But Noe Valley, Castro, Western Addition, NoPa, Cole Valley, Haight, Inner Sunset/Richmond, Laurel Heights, and many more areas have plenty of low rise developments or parking lots that should be 6+ stories of housing. But it’s illegal to build there.

          • Posted by Spencer

            again, anything more than 3 miles from downtown takes forever on MUNI as of now. except for those areas near caltrain or BART, im not sure if we should be building up in those areas until we actually have faster transit. i think a much better idea is to upzone western SOMA from its current 6 floor max to 15 floors. its walkable, bikeable, clost to a lot of transit and the freeway. since central soma is upzoned as a commercial district, its a perfect place to upzone for residnetial. the mission is also ripe for upzoning, or at the very least putting housing before little used dilapidated laundromats (especially if the current owner wants to sell). the mission has 2 bart stops and parts of mission walkable to 2 more. we should build around transit. i think glen park and balboa park are areas that should also be upzoned due to proximity to Bart. to me anything within 8 blocks to a BART or Caltrain station should upzone

          • Posted by Hunter

            I think we are in agreement. Draw a three mile radius around downtown (and a mile around every BART station) and imagine if you could build apartments legally in all those neighborhoods. That’s how we will finally dig ourselves out of the crisis. Huge amount of potential growth is stymied by our existing zoning and the Planning Department (led by the homeowner centric Board of Supes).

  2. Posted by Ghostwriter

    Imagine that, housing near transit never goes out of style.

  3. Posted by bachman_erlich_overdrive

    Low density remains a positive for price appreciation on the West Side, as long as this situation persists. And no hobo poop or needles either.

  4. Posted by Adam Quinn

    Now do same charge as per square mile and we’ll see the Dogpatch super red.

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