19. 2000.465M (T. OJEDA (415) 558-6251)
HOUSING ELEMENT OF THE GENERAL PLAN - Public hearing on the proposed update and amendments to the General Plan put forth in the Housing Element Final Draft for Public Review released February 10, 2003. Proposed revisions will update and amend the Residence Element adopted in 1990 and include an assessment of housing needs, new policies to increase housing production such as higher residential densities along appropriate transit corridors and downtown neighborhoods; encouragement of housing development in neighborhood commercial districts; reconsideration of residential parking requirements; and policies supporting construction of new family housing. The Housing Element Final Draft for Public Review incorporated modifications based on comments and other feedback received by the Planning Department on the first draft published in August 2002.
Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required. Public hearing to receive comments only.
- It is very important that the Commission continue this item because there has been inadequate notice. A lot of people do not know that this item is on the agenda.
- There have been eight neighborhoods that have been included in the Better Neighborhoods Program, but there are a lot of other communities that have not been included.
- This is something that has major impacts and the citizens of San Francisco need to be able to respond to this.
- When there are cumulative negative affects, there should be an EIR issued.
- She was here for another reason and she just found out about this. She lives in the corridor in question.
- She feels that more time is needed to notify all of the residents in this area.
Steven Currier - Outer Mission Neighborhood Association
- His organization deals with a lot of housing and code violations.
- His organization pays close attention to issues related to planning.
- He just found out about this and would like to have it continued.
- He just found out about this about one week ago and the rest of his neighborhood has not been notified either.
- He requests to have this item continued and notify people properly.
- He presented a notice from Supervisor McGoldrick of a town hall meeting regarding this item on May 7.
- This is a very important item and it should have been presented a long time ago.
- Many groups know about this but once the general public knows about this they will be very concerned about it.
- She hopes that this will be one of many hearings on this item.
- There should be more discussion about the different points within the element.
- This is such an important item that if everyone involved would be notified, the Civic Auditorium would have to be used for the hearing.
- It is imperative that the Commission require a more through review on the negative impact this item will have for all San Francisco residents.
Bill Sonsini - West of Twin Peaks Central Council
- He would like to have this matter continued for at least 60 days.
- They were not noticed about this item.
- Although they were privileged to hear Dr. Ghosh speak to them about the element, they were not aware of the process.
- There is no need to rush forward on something that will cause so much impact.
- She agrees that this should be continued.
- There are no more of the reports at the Planning Department, and there should be more readily available to the public.
- He was not aware of this and it will have a major impact where he lives.
- He agrees to a continuance.
- She is concerned because San Francisco is such a beautiful city where there are a lot of residential communities for families.
- It would be terrible to spoil these neighborhoods.
- She hopes that the Commission continues this item.
- She favors a 60 days extension.
- There has not been a housing element for 12 years.
- It is not the responsibility of volunteer neighborhood associations to do the job of the Planning Department to notify people.
- She is in agreement with a continuance.
- It is wise to get more information on this matter and consult all community groups.
- There is a need for housing in San Francisco.
- He is in agreement with a continuance.
- He supports a continuance to this item.
- He agrees with a continuance because more people need to be notified.
- There should be more scrutiny in the paper that the Planning Department issued.
- There are still a lot of people who do not know about this item.
- She requests that this item be continued until there has been proper notice to the residents of San Francisco.
- If there is another draft then the Commission has no choice but to have this item continued.
MOTION: Continue item to July 10, 2003.
AYES: Antonini, Hughes, W. Lee
NAYES: Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, S. Lee
RESULT: Motion Failed, item will be heard today.
Re: Merits of Project
- There will be funding for the housing element plan.
- San Francisco does not have an acceptable and/or complete housing element.
- There are other jurisdictions that have met their deadline.
- As the Commission has these meetings and/or debates, they will continue to implement comments to the housing element.
Joyce Calagos - San Francisco Organizing Project
- Housing is imperative in San Francisco.
- There is a great need for senior housing.
- She would like to speed up this process.
- There is more updated information/data on housing that the housing element could be based on.
- If the housing element is based on not updated information, everything will start wrong.
- "Garbage in, garbage out"
- This document needs to be redone and projections need to be redone.
- The state mandated targets need to be revisited.
- Even though Prop M is always being violated, it should still be kept in mind.
Chris Durazo - South of Market Community Action Network
- There are some points in the Draft Housing Element plan for the South of Market area.
- Affordability needs to be in the SOMA area.
- She hopes that the Commission moves this forward quick and it gets amended appropriately.
Eric Quesada - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- He would like to see working class people be represented in the housing element.
- In San Francisco there is not just a housing crisis but also an affordable housing crisis.
- This needs to be moved forward quickly.
- Other parts of the housing element need to be implemented and meet the needs of the people.
Ada Chan - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- She is here to support the approval and the timing of the housing element.
- It is nice to see on paper all the issues they have been presenting to the Planning Commission.
- Affordable housing means that waitresses, janitors, etc. would be able to afford housing in their neighborhood.
- She encourages the Commission to adopt zoning in the Eastern Neighborhoods.
- He would like to ask why so many people were not noticed and urged that [staff/commission] try to fix this problem in the future.
- He feels that this is being rushed.
- He does not feel that affordable housing will come out of the housing element.
- The July 1 deadline is not enough time to notify everyone in the City.
David Lupo - Carpenters Union
- Affordable housing and jobs are needed in San Francisco.
- As this moves along, there should be restrictions on who gets to do the jobs. When there are construction jobs in neighborhoods, people from their neighborhood should be able to work at these construction jobs.
Jim Fabris - CEO San Francisco Association of Realtors
- The housing element is silent on how housing will be developed.
- The housing element avoids differentiating between renting and ownership.
- Nothing is said about ownership housing.
- Home ownership has its rewards.
Eve Back - Arc Ecology
- She has been working with organizations in the Bay View.
- She hears complaints from the people who are well housed yet there are people who are being threatened to move out of the City.
- People who can afford market rate housing are doing well here.
- There should be a commitment to use the land available and come up with programs to meet the needs that have not been met.
- He just found out about this housing element.
- The new parts of the housing element seem to be very innocuous
- This document states very little about home ownership.
- She is in favor of both market rate and affordable housing.
- Although people need quality affordable housing, they don't want to lose their quality of life.
- Parking is becoming a big issue in the Bay View.
- She found out last week about Commissioner Feldstein's membership with SPUR.
- She respectfully requests that the Commissioner be excused from this item.
- It is incumbent that the Planning Department notifies residences within 300 feet of proposed items.
- Parking and traffic has become a real issue in the City.
- Public transportation has been denied in San Francisco.
Joe Butler, AIA
- He is concerned with affordable housing and retaining sound housing.
- Part of the reason people are being driven away from San Francisco is the demolition of sound affordable housing.
- Putting new housing in neighborhood commercial districts is a good idea.
- Why have we not gotten affordable housing or housing in general? That is the question that needs to be addressed.
- The reason why we have not met all the residents' needs, is because as we downzone the city, as we put restrictions on demolitions, and create moratoriums and put builders out of work, the affordability decreases.
- The problem is also that we are looking at the wrong model and this is bringing the City into bankruptcy.
- More homeownership opportunities need to be added in the housing element.
- A neighborhood could be respected and still build affordable housing.
- Vacant lots should be able to be developed on.
- She hopes to continue discussions with Dr. Ghosh and include their concerns and suggestions in the housing element.
- Without a land use element there will be no maps.
- This element should have been released a long time ago.
- There should be an EIR issued.
- Cars are a part of life. People who cannot afford a house will save to buy a car.
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- He has been working very hard in the South of Market Redevelopment area.
- When there are meetings after meetings, people stop coming and then things are rushed through.
- If this meeting were transmitted via television, more people would be able to find out about this item.
Joe Cassidy - Residential Builders
- He has not been able to read the entire element since he just found out about it.
- This document has a lot of holes in it.
- The numbers are very flawed.
- More time is needed to analyze this.
- She hopes that the community will be able to bring to the Commission current and adequate numbers and analyses.
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- He does not know how San Francisco will be able to do reasonable housing.
- The prior policy up until now is not working. That is why the City is in this situation.
- Realistic planning needs to be developed to come up with the results this report states.
Sean Gorman, AIA
- San Francisco is currently running a deficit of about 1,000 units per year.
- Cities evolve, so housing needs to be produced. There are a lot of ways to do it.
- There is a flaw in the document because it states that there is no more need for market rate housing.
- The deficit has been going on for many years.
- Going forward, there is a need for a lot of housing. It is important to educate people that the quality of life in San Francisco depends on affordable housing.
- People should have the opportunity to buy their own homes.
- His request would be to turn to the private sector and get their opinion. It might help in this process.
- This is not about racism; it's about working together.
- He has not been able to go through this document because he just found out about it.
- He is a builder and the costs he has heard of seem to be generated from non-profits.
- There is great disparity with the policies that are in the document and the policies that are put in place.
- The supply of housing needs to be increased.
- This document needs to have a thorough look.
- The rental market is softening.
- The real cost of the housing crisis is the growth of employment in San Francisco. If you want the jobs, you need to increase the housing.
- If new buildings are being built, then housing needs to be built.
- The words affordable housing in the housing element should be changed to subsidized housing.
- A lot of work needs to be done on this document.
- What is missing is putting all the pieces in a very cohesive manner so that people can understand.
- Families need more space in homes than before.
- The housing element does not deal with the diversity of the neighborhoods in San Francisco.
- There are days and nights when he cannot park his car.
- His issue is the length of time it takes a permit to be issued in San Francisco.
- Nothing seems to be done about this.
- Buildings do wear out.
- Subsidized housing should be allowed on vacant lots.
- She is glad that the Commission supports public comment for as long as it takes.
- The copies of this document at local libraries are to be read there and cannot be taken home.
- She wanted to get more than two copies of the document but was not allowed.
- She volunteers to come to the Planning Department and take as many copies as she is allowed and distribute them to local organizations.
- This documentation needs to be in front of people.
- He is a developer and has been developing in San Francisco for many years.
- It is just absolutely impossible to build affordable housing in San Francisco.
- Everyone involved in building housing should be included in this forum.
- This needs to be taken back to get more information.
- The housing element does not have all the information.
- This is a seriously flawed document.
- The Commission has a very difficult job.
- The process of getting a permit in San Francisco is ridiculously difficult--like Discretionary Reviews.
- He believes in a certain amount of rules and regulations.
- Everyone's testimony has stated how difficult it is to build housing in the City.
- He is a native San Franciscan.
- The reason why people have left San Francisco is because there is no affordable housing. The reason there is no affordable housing in San Francisco is because of the square footage. It is expensive to buy a lot in this City.
- It is important to listen to people who do this for a living.
- There used to be a member of the Commission who was an expert in transit. It helps to have someone to understand. This is a large part of what the fear is.
- In low income neighborhoods, people do not have cars.
- He was born and raised in San Francisco.
- This document fails to address market rate housing.
- There is a need for affordable housing, one-bedroom units, etc.
MOTION: Hearing held, no action required. Next Pubic Hearing to be held June 5, 2003.