SB 50 – Neighbors Tell Planning Commission “No”

Board of Supervisors to vote on Resolution

Dolores Heights neighbors and residents of other San Francisco neighborhoods spoke in opposition to SB 50 at the San Francisco Planning Commission meeting on March 14. The Planning Commission issued an analysis of SB 50 on March 8. Over 100 people opposed to the bill were at the hearing. Many cited the impact of the bill on our residential neighborhoods – where developers can build denser and taller market-rate housing (not affordable to the majority of San Franciscans.) The most compelling voices were those representing tenants and low-income communities who called out the gentrification and displacement that this bill will cause. The Planning Department staff provided a graphic of the size and mass of buildings that SB 50 would allow.

On March 21 Supervisor Gordon Mar introduced a resolution opposing SB-50 unless amended. It is co-sponsored by six other Supervisors (including our supervisor, Rafael Mandelman.) The Board’s Land Use Committee Meeting will hear the resolution on April 1st starting at 1:30pm at City Hall.

We need your voice to stop this destructive bill. Please write or call our elected officials.

How SB 50 will Affect YOU

To recap – Senator Scott Weiner‘s SB 50 will destroy both single-family neighborhoods and non-rented controlled affordable apartments for up to eight-story luxury housing. This bill will radically transform San Francisco — the diversity of our neighborhoods and our population. It also strips us, the residents, of our ability to engage in the meaningful give-and-take process of planning and community-building. It gives luxury housing developers authority over zoning and planning and allows them to build taller, denser apartment blocks. For example, SB 50 would permit minimum heights of 55 feet for most of Dolores Heights (all lots within mile of the J Church line or 45 feet for lots located between and mile of the J Church.) In exchange for including a small number of affordable units in their towers, developers can have additional height of up to 30 feet under the State Density Bonus Law. In sum, it gives San Francisco developers significant additional profit in return for no greater percentage of affordable housing in their projects. This is bad deal for San Francisco which needs more affordable housing and has plenty of luxury housing.

This entry was posted in Newsletter and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.