Revisions to the Inclusionary Affordable Requirements

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What is the Inclusionary Housing Program?

San Francisco's Inclusionary Housing Program requires developers of projects with 10 or more units to pay an Affordable Housing Fee, or to instead sell or rent a percentage of the units at a "below market rate" (BMR) price that is affordable to low or middle income households.

The Program is governed by Planning Code Section 415 and the Inclusionary Housing Program Procedures Manual, and is administered by the Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) and the Planning Department.  To be eligible to rent or purchase a BMR unit, a household must meet specific requirements, including income requirements. Read more from MOHCD.

What Changes are Proposed?

On December 13, 2016, Supervisor Kim and Supervisor Peskin introduced "Inclusionary Affordable Housing Fee and Requirements" [Board File No. 161351]. This ordinance was substituted on February 28, 2017, and further amended on April 18, 2017. For more information on these amendments please see the supplementary memorandum provided to the Planning Commission on April 26, 2017.

Supervisor Safai, Supervisor Breed, and Supervisor Tang introduced "Inclusionary Affordable Housing Fee and Dwelling Unit Mix Requirements" [Board File No. 170208] on February 28, 2017. 

What Will be the Process for Changes?

The Board of Supervisors holds the legislative authority to change the program. The Planning Commission, as the Charter-established land use body, will make advisory recommendations to the Board of Supervisors.  The Commission has started their deliberations. Both of these proposed Ordinances were before the Planning Commission for an Informational hearing on March 17, 2017.

On April 6, 2017, the Planning Commission is expected to make formal recommendations to the Board of Supervisors about the proposed changes. After the Commission makes recommendations, the proposals will be before the Board for potential adoption.


Background Documents


Have questions about the proposals or upcoming hearings? Contact:

Jacob Bintliff 
(415) 575-9170