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”