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Mission District housing moratorium may head for November ballot

May 4, 2015

By Cory Weinberg : bizjournals – excerpt

Voters will be asked in November whether to halt market-rate housing construction in the Mission District if neighborhood activists have their way, the Business Times has learned.

Edwin Lindo of the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club said Monday that a coalition of affordable housing and progressive groups soon will submit a potential ballot measure to the city attorney that would delay market-rate housing projects in the Mission for up to 18 months.

They would then attempt to collect the roughly 9,400 signatures needed to qualify the measure for the ballot.

A draft of the ballot measure, obtained through a public records request by a neighborhood activist, showed that the moratorium would apply to projects larger than 20 units. The moratorium would apply to the entire neighborhood, not just the 24th Street area on the south side of the neighborhood considered a Latino cultural district, as had been previously floated by Supervisor David Campos

With a shriveling pool public dollars available to build affordable housing, the city has looked toward more market-rate development to pay for housing for low-income residents through inclusionary laws and fees…

That may be a problem if the State Supreme Court rules against the inclusionary laws. California Building Industry Association vs. San Jose.

Campos said at a town hall last month in the Mission that a moratorium should be an option. He also indicated that he would throw political capital behind anti-eviction efforts and more funding for the city to buy affordable housing sites.

“We need to make sure there are protections in place so things don’t get any worse than there are right now,” Campos said at a neighborhood town hall last month. “Because things are not working, how about putting a pause on this development until we’ve figured out a strategy? I don’t think it’s a radical idea at all, but it’s something we have to think about.”…

The election already has several controversial land-use issues, including one to curb AirBnB rentals. The fate of the Giants’ Mission Rock project, the Warriors’ Mission Bay arena and Kilroy Realty Corp.’s Flower Mart office project may also hit the ballot…  (more)

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