Balboa Reservoir Community Meeting on Monday Sept 30

The Balboa reservoir Community Advisory Committee meets on Monday Sept 30th, 6-8 PM, at City College Multi-Use Building, Room 140, 50 Frida Kahlo Way, San Francisco. Public comment is welcome at these meetings.

The meeting focus is on Transportation. The annual report of the committee will be discussed. View the agenda here: https://sfplanning.org/sites/default/files/agendas/2019-09/balboareservoir_CAC_Agenda_09-30-19.pdf

Read more about the project at the SF Planning Dept: https://sfplanning.org/project/balboa-reservoir

Read more about the project on the SNA website: https://sunnysideassociation.wordpress.com/balboa-reservoir-project/ 

View the whole document from the June meeting here: http://default.sfplanning.org/plans-and-programs/planning-for-the-city/public-sites/balboareservoir/balboareservoir_CAC_CPC_Informational-061319.pdf
View the whole document from the June meeting here: http://default.sfplanning.org/plans-and-programs/planning-for-the-city/public-sites/balboareservoir/balboareservoir_CAC_CPC_Informational-061319.pdf

Planning Commission hearing on new structure at 149 Mangels Avenue

The empty lot adjacent to the Joost-Baden Mini-Park at 149 Mangels Ave. was bought recently and plans submitted by a developer to the Planning Dept to build a structure on the property. Below, photos of park and site.

[Update May 24: The neighbor resolved their contentions regarding the plans of the owner of 149 Mangels, and the Discretionary Review was withdrawn, a good outcome.]

A discretionary review filed by the neighbor on the east side of the structure (PDF) is on the agenda for the Planning Commission meeting on May 23rd (City Hall Room 400, 1 PM). The discretionary review document provides a thorough-going history of this steeply sloped and troubled property. Plans by the owner can viewed here (PDF).

West elevation and front elevations for planned house at 149 Mangels Ave.
West elevation and front elevations for planned house at 149 Mangels Ave.

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The officers of SNA have concerns about the impact on the park and the aesthetics of the face of the building fronting the park. Continue reading “Planning Commission hearing on new structure at 149 Mangels Avenue”

Balboa Reservoir news, including upcoming open house event

From SF Planning, regarding upcoming Balboa Reservoir Project events.

We would like to remind you that the next Balboa Reservoir CAC Meeting will be held on Monday, April 9th, 6pm at the City College Multi-Use Building, room 140. The development team will be providing updates based on feedback heard to date. The agenda (PDF).

We would also like to announce that on April 20 and 21, the development team will be hosting open house events in the neighborhood. Community members will have the opportunity to learn more about and offer feedback on the housing, open space, and public amenities in the development team’s refined base case plan. The open houses will take place Friday, April 20 from 2-6pm and Saturday April 21 from 10am-2pmat the 1100 Ocean Ave Community Room (in front of Unity Plaza right next to Philz Coffee).  Continue reading “Balboa Reservoir news, including upcoming open house event”

SF Assessor: Tax Savings for Seniors

Part of an occasional series of posts with information from the San Francisco Office of the Assessor-Recorder.

From the Office of Assessor Carmen Chu: Tax Savings for Seniors

Many seniors may consider moving to a smaller and more convenient property to live as they grow older. However, buying a new house means they need to pay property taxes at the market value of the new property, which may be much higher than their current assessment (due to inflation cap under Prop 13). Good news is California tax laws allow senior owns to transfer their assessed value. houselet

Prop 60 is a constitutional amendment passed by California voters in 1986 that allows owners who are 55 years old or older to transfer the assessed value of their existing home (original property) to their new home (replacement property) if both properties are located in the same county.

For seniors who are interested in moving to another county, please check with the local County Assessor where your new property will be located to see if they accept assessment transfer from another county, also known as Prop 90.   Continue reading “SF Assessor: Tax Savings for Seniors”

SB827: State housing legislation currently under consideration

UPDATE Apr 18, 2018: This bill has been voted down in the CA Senate at committee level. http://www.sfexaminer.com/wiener-bill-allowing-taller-buildings-near-transit-dies-committee/

This post is to provide information to residents of our neighborhood; SNA does not take positions on government legislation. [UPDATE Mar 01: Bill has been amended. More: https://hoodline.com/2018/02/bill-to-promote-housing-near-transit-amended-to-address-local-concerns

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. Read the Planning Dept document here.

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’.   Continue reading “SB827: State housing legislation currently under consideration”

Sunnyside just named 8th hottest neighborhood…

…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