New buildings going up on Rhode Island Street in San Francisco.
By Thomas K. Pendergast
Just when the feud between "moderate" and "progressive" factions of the SF Board of Supervisors seemed like it was escalating to Hatfield-and-McCoy-level animosity, they managed to reach a compromise on some controversial housing legislation.
It seems the board has literally split the difference with the Affordable Housing Density Bonus Program -- which is aimed at offering incentives for developers to build more "affordable" housing in the City -- when it cleaved the program into two parts, with the least controversial part passed unanimously by the board in July.
This part of the plan would allow non-profit developers to add three stories above zoning height limits for projects in which dwelling units are all classified as "affordable."
"I am committed to making an impact on our city's affordable housing supply for our most vulnerable residents, and I look forward to continuing my work in advocating for more affordable housing opportunities for low-and-middle-income households," said SF Supervisor Katy Tang. "We need to do more to ensure that residents can stay in San Francisco."
Even this compromise, however, only came about after the legislative equivalent of a shot-gun wedding between dueling proposals.