Supper. Mandelman’s Quadruple Legislation Removes Major Barrier By Passing Planning Commission

A plan that could transform 110,000 single-family homes into quadruple was adopted by the town planning commission after hours of testimony, but still risks being the subject of controversial debates in commissions and before the supervisory board.

The density movement is coming to San Francisco housing, to borrow a phrase from Gavin Newsom, “like it or not.” Newsom signed a pair of housing density bills in September, which make it easier to split up duplex and quadruple homes, and rezoning some plots near public transportation for more units. And while this may delight crowds in favor of development and “apartment legalization”, there is little guarantee that landlords would not use the new density rules to throw current tenants under the guise of “renovation.” Or simply charge tenants the exact same rent. for one unit, they just cut the fuck in half.

District 5 supervisor Rafael Mandelman is trying to move forward with quadruple legislation he proposed in July, which would divide single-family homes into quads. This legislation was submitted to the SF Planning Commission on Thursday night, and the Chronicle reports that it was passed unanimously. The San Francisco Business Times adds that Planning even inflated the proposal, proposing to rezone “all of the single-family residential lots in the city to allow two units and to increase the four units offered on the corner lots to six.”

“Increasing density is no longer a choice,” Audrey Merlone, senior legislative planner in the planning department, said Thursday. “[Housing bill] SB-9 accomplishes many of the department’s long-standing housing goals by legalizing most of the density in our single-family neighborhoods. Applied without changes, however, it could also have several consequences that could be detrimental to San Francisco’s historic building stock and open spaces valued mid-term.

The marathon chat lasted over four, with apparently every YIMBY in California calling for voice assistance. Some callers objected to overzoning, arguing that only the wealthiest homeowners could afford to subdivide, thereby increasing the stock of more expensive housing. You have to wonder if this wouldn’t result in a loss of amenities for city-wide tenants like laundry, parking and bicycle storage areas, although Mandelman is proposing separate legislation to protect the amenities. tenants.

It is indeed a victory for Mandelman, but it is only a first step. The proposal has yet to be submitted to the Supervisors’ Accommodation and Transportation Committee. It then moves on to the entire board of directors, which is, how to put it diplomatically, significantly less pro-development than the Planning Commission. And Supervisor Gordon Mar has his own competing legislation that provides for price controls, so the famous quadruple legislation is far from the finish line.

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Image: @RafaelMandelman via Twitter

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