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This post is to provide information to residents of our neighborhood; SNA does not take positions on government legislation.

California State Senator Scott Wiener has introduced legislation, SB827, which proposes to change how housing is built, according to proximity to transit, and provides for exemptions from local building codes. Read the bill here. Text from the bill:

This bill would authorize a transit-rich housing project to receive a transit-rich housing bonus. The bill would define a transit-rich housing project as a residential development project the parcels of which are all within a 1/2 mile radius of a major transit stop or a 1/4 mile radius of a high-quality transit corridor, as those terms are further defined. The bill would exempt a project awarded a housing opportunity bonus from various requirements, including maximum controls on residential density or floor area ratio, minimum automobile parking requirements, design standards that restrict the applicant’s ability to construct the maximum number of units consistent with any applicable building code, and maximum height limitations, as provided.

A recent 48Hills.org article reports on an analysis of this bill recently issued by the San Francisco Planning Dept. Read that here, including a map showing how it applies in SF.

Here is a recent SF Examiner piece: http://www.sfexaminer.com/senate-bill-827-raise-height-limits-throughout-sf-transform-city/ . From that:

“Senate Bill 827, authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, could allow five- and eight-story buildings to sprout in neighborhoods that traditionally have seen mostly single-family homes and two-unit duplexes.”

Other articles available online by searching on ‘SB 827 housing’.   (more…)

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The next meeting of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee is Monday Feb 12, at City Hall, South Light Court, 6-8pm. The agenda is here. The meeting focus is Fiscal Feasibility. More about the meeting and the CAC here.  All community members are welcome at the meetings.  Socketsite recently published an item on the subject of this meeting here.

The Planning Dept has put out two docs relevant to Monday’s meeting (PDFs):

Review the presentation from the January meeting here. More about the Balboa Reservoir Project here.

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Slide from AvalonBay/BRIDGE presentation of their proposal for the Balboa Reservoir site.

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You are invited: the quarterly meeting of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association is tonight. Open to all residents. Agenda below.  Monday Nov 5th, 2018, 7-8:30 pm, at St Finn Barr Auditorium (415 Edna Street at Hearst Ave).

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The speakers and subjects will include:

  • SNA’s biennial election of officers. Read more here.
  • City Assessor Carmen Chu to speak on what that agency does and how their programs may save you money in taxes or help you buy a home.
  • Update from the Balboa Reservoir Committee on what is happening regarding this nearby housing project.
  • D7 Supervisor Norman Yee to speak and answer your questions.

Time to join or renew your membership? Pay at the meeting, or click ‘Donate’ button below.

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…according to Redfin, a real estate firm.  Read more about the ranking here on Redfin.com:  https://www.redfin.com/blog/2018/01/nine-out-of-redfins-10-hottest-neighborhoods-of-2018-are-in-san-jose.html

And here on the MReport: http://www.themreport.com/daily-dose/01-29-2018/top-10-hottest-neighborhoods-2018 And more: https://www.sfchronicle.com/business/networth/article/San-Jose-could-be-this-year-s-most-insane-12541492.php And another: http://sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com/2018/01/30/redfin-hottest-neighborhoods-san-jose-area/

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Screenshot from Redfin.com 

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The Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC) is meeting on Monday Jan 22. The BRCAC is the focus of local community participation in planning the housing development at the Balboa Reservoir. All residents are welcome at the meetings of the BRCAC. 

Details: Monday Jan 22, 2018, 6-8pm, Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 55 Phelan Avenue, San Francisco CA.

Agenda is here (PDF). The minutes from the December meeting are here: http://sf-planning.org/balboa-reservoir-cac-meeting-schedule, along with more information.

Main page for Balboa Reservoir Project on this site, with information and links: https://sunnysideassociation.wordpress.com/balboa-reservoir-project/

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Slide from AvalonBay/BRIDGE plan for Balboa Reservoir. See presentation here.  LARGER IMAGE

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Free workshop from Office of the Assessor: Tax Savings for Homeowners

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DATE:                    Sunday, January 28th

TIME:                    1:00 – 3:00 PM

LOCATION:         SF Public Library, Main Library, Latino/Hispanic Room (basement level)

                                100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102

RSVP:                    Click here to RSVP    (more…)

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The Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework for the Balboa Area has been released in its final form, with an introductory letter from Supervisor Norman Yee. (PDF of TDM and letter here.) The TDM will guide planning for transportation in the Balboa Station/Balboa Reservoir area, setting priorities for managing the increase in traffic and transit use resulting from future changes (such as the Balboa Reservoir Project housing development). From the executive summary:

“The Balboa Area Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Framework process was designed to initiate collaboration between the City, City College of San Francisco (CCSF), and surrounding neighborhoods in the effort to encourage sustainable transportation choices in the area. … [The] four overarching goals for the Balboa Area:
• Reduce vehicle-miles traveled (VMT)
• Reduce auto trips
• Reduce traffic congestion
• Reduce transportation costs to preserve housing affordability”

An excerpt from Supervisor Yee’s introductory letter:

“After several rounds of community input and revisions, the development of the TDM Framework included discussions that led to a greater understanding of community concerns related to traffic, safety, transit, and data collection. … Ultimately, the TDM Framework sparked an ongoing, productive conversation and path forward for the many ways we can encourage sustainable travel and maintain access for all in the Balboa Area. This is a continuing work in progress and an ongoing conversation and collaboration with the students, employees, and residents in the neighborhood.”

The agenda for the San Francisco County Transportation Authority meeting on Tuesday Jan 9 (10am, Room 250, City Hall) indicates they will be adopting the framework then. The meeting is open to the public.

Public comment can also be submitted to: Clerk of the Board Alberto Quintanilla clerk@sfcta.org .

More info on meeting here

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