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Supervisors Slated to Hear City’s Ambitious Central Soma Plan

Supervisors Slated to Hear City’s Ambitious Central Soma Plan

Unanimously supported by San Francisco’s Planning Commission back in May, San Francisco’s full Board of Supervisors is now slated to hear and potentially vote on the passage of the City’s ambitious Central SoMa Plan on July 17. Keep in mind that one of the items upon which the Board will... Read More »

An Audit of SF’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Program to Date

An Audit of SF’s Accessory Dwelling Unit Program to Date

Discretely enacted in 2014, rolled out across the entire city in 2016, and expanded to increase flexibility for the inclusion of single-family homes in 2017, San Francisco’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) program has so far resulted in 691 applications for building permits to legally add 1,244 ADUs to existing... Read More »

State Senate Committee Kills Controversial Housing Bill SB 827

With only four (4) of the thirteen (13) members of the State Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee voting in favor of advancing Senator Scott Wiener’s “transit-rich housing bonus” bill, the controversial SB 827 is DOA this legislative year but is expected to be rewritten and reappear in 2019. The... Read More »

Plans to Limit Restaurants and Bars as Neighborhood Retail Falters

Plans to Limit Restaurants and Bars as Neighborhood Retail Falters

With the rise of online retail sales and services impacting the viability of brick and mortar retail in San Francisco, landlords are seeing an increase in demand for street-level spaces to be occupied by new restaurants which may or may not use a commercial glass door fridge and bars... Read More »

Never Mind, the Facade of Remodeling Will Remain

Never Mind, the Facade of Remodeling Will Remain

The proposed framework for eliminating San Francisco’s frequently gamed Tantamount to Demolition rule and instituting a new Residential Expansion Threshold will not be presented at the Bayview Hunters Point Citizen Advisory Committee Meeting this evening. And in fact, as of late yesterday, San Francisco’s Planning Department has formally suspended... Read More »

This Could End the Façade of Remodeling in SF, Streamline Demos

This Could End the Façade of Remodeling in SF, Streamline Demos

Attempts to game the real estate rules in San Francisco which govern the demolition and expansion of residential properties, by removing all but the façade or a few walls of an existing home and calling it a “remodel,” resulted in new legislation being adopted in 2007 that attempted to... Read More »

Controls to Limit Legal Grow Houses in S.F. to Be Extended

Controls to Limit Legal Grow Houses in S.F. to Be Extended

New laws are being made across the world as people look more favorably at marijuana and cannabis. A lot of countries, like Italy, have decriminalized marijuana and the industry is growing at a very rapid rate. People are taking using the new laws to grow their own supply of... Read More »

Eviction Law Amendments Could Hold Landlords More Accountable

San Francisco’s Rent Stabilization and Arbitration Ordinance allows landlords of rent-controlled units to legally evict their tenants without cause, if said eviction is intended to allow the landlord or landlord’s family to occupy the apartment as their principal place of residence. Landlords can legally evict as long as some... Read More »

Even Bigger Plans for the Shuttered Lucky Penny Site

Even Bigger Plans for the Shuttered Lucky Penny Site

While zoned for building up to 80 feet in height, the shuttered Lucky Penny parcel at 2670 Geary Boulevard is also only zoned for moderate density. And as such, plans for a seven-story building, with 21 apartments over three stories of office space, a new ground floor commercial space... Read More »

How to Play Planning and Mint a Few Million Bucks

How to Play Planning and Mint a Few Million Bucks

Purchased as two adjacent but completely separate units in the Royal Towers building at 1750 Taylor Street for a combined $4.6 million back in January of 2014, an application to legally merge the one-bedroom unit #804 and the two-bedroom unit #805 was soon filed with the city, citing a... Read More »