As we originally outlined last year, while plans for a 24-unit development to rise up to 40 feet in height along Diamond Street, on the hillside overlooking Noe Valley, between the intersection of Diamond Heights Boulevard and 29th Street, were in the works, San Francisco’s Planning Department was pushing for more density on the site, estimating that “roughly 43 units could be reasonably provided on the site under the base zoning,” highlighting, at least briefly, that the project as proposed was one (1) unit short of the 25-unit threshold which would require a higher percentage of inclusionary housing to be built.
And with Planning having requested that the team explore “all available options that [would] maximize residential development on the site,” and “strongly encouraging” the team to increase the density of the proposed project prior to submitting a formal application to proceed, a comparative massing for a 43-unit development was drafted by SCB and rendered for full effect.
With the massing in hand, the project team subsequently submitted its formal application to proceed with the 24-unit development as newly rendered below, with 20 three-bedroom, roughly 1,950-square-foot, townhomes in 10 duplex structures and 4 four-bedroom single-family homes averaging closer to 3,400 square feet apiece and a total of 36 off-street parking spaces (which is up from 24 as originally proposed).
And with all that in mind, the plans for the proposed 24-unit development could be approved by San Francisco’s Planning Commission at the end of this month, which would require the Commission to approve a Conditional Use Authorization (CUA) for the development, acknowledging that the project “does not maximize the principally permitted residential density of the subject lot,” while approving requested exceptions to the lot area, front setback and rear yard requirements of San Francisco’s Planning Code as well.
We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.