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Housing balance measure headed for March ballot

November 1, 2019

By Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

Campaign will define the city’s future — and the state of local politics

Now that Sup. Matt Haney’s jobs-housing balance bill has passed with a veto-proof majority, the next big housing fight is shaping up: Supporters of an ordinance that would limit office growth unless there’s enough affordable housing for the workers submitted signatures today to place the measure on the March ballot.

The measure would be perhaps the most important land-use law to come before the voters since Prop. M set office-development limits and priority policies for growth in 1986.

Prop. M allows 875,000 square feet a year of office space – and that, city studies show, creates a big demand for affordable housing. Under the proposal, sponsored by the Yerba Buena Neighborhood Consortium, the city would need to meet its state goals for below-market housing – 2,042 new units a year – and if it falls short, the Prop. M limits would be reduced and less office space could be built.

Among those who were on hand for the filing today: Sups. Gordon Mar, Matt Haney, and Hillary Ronen; Planning Commissioner Dennis Richards; and Esther Marks, who was among the group that sponsored Prop. M… (more)

This is probably the most important set of bills that will be on the March ballot. Please consider the impact the non-stop office building is having on our city and support these bills that seek to rectify the damage over-building offices has had on the housing office balance in San Francisco and our neighboring communities. Do not trust the system that ignored the problem to fix it now. Trust the people who warned us about the office housing imbalance to fix it.

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