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Mayor Lee unveils housing ‘blueprint’ as critics feel voiceless at City Hall

September 9, 2015

By  : sfexaminer – excerpt

As San Francisco rents continue to rise, Mayor Ed Lee recommitted Tuesday to his plan to create 30,000 housing units with a third below market rate by 2020, while detailing proposed policy changes to achieve it.

But a group of residents gathered Tuesday outside City Hall said the mayor’s affordability plans are falling short, while the interests of wealthy donors and corporate interests — like the real estate sector and prominent mayoral backer/tech investor Ron Conway — prevail.

The mayor, who discussed his housing plans during a press conference at City Hall, said he was well aware of the challenges residents are facing and is focused on addressing the housing crisis.

“I’ve been called a lot of names,” Lee said seemingly with humor. “But I do enjoy being called the housing mayor.”

Lee said the “blueprint” for achieving the 30,000 housing unit goal by 2020 — which he announced last year — entails the passage of a legislative package by the Board of Supervisors.

Proposals include a preference for existing residents to win a lottery for newly built below-market-rate housing units, height and density bonuses for developments that include increased below-market-rate units and bond financing for rehabbing dilapidated public housing units under the federal Rental Assistance Demonstration program…

The Mayor’s Bonus Density Plan is described here:

The Plan is simple. The zoning rules would be relaxed for anyone willing to build denser, higher housing, as long as affordable onsite housing units were included. Now that we have seen the results of the state’s Bonus Housing Plan, described here:

It is opposed by Neighborhood groups as it will lift limitations on dense development in the as yet, untouched westside neighborhoods:

The Marina
Cow Hollow
Pacific Heights
Presidio Heights
Western Addition
The Sunset

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