July 30, 2012
Raising The Threshold For Requiring Below Market Rate (BMR) Units
On the agenda for San Francisco’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee this afternoon, a proposed Planning Code amendment changing the threshold for new developments that must adhere to San Francisco’s Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program (i.e. provide BMR’s) from any project of five (5) or more units back to projects with at least ten (10) units as the Program established in 2002 but was changed in 2006.
First Published: July 30, 2012 8:00 AM
Comments from "Plugged In" Readers
if the city, and the bay area in general, really wanted to do something on affordable housing it would allow for greater density and revamp the appeals process that allow a single individual to hold up projects for years.
Posted by: badlydrawnbear at July 30, 2012 8:46 AM
Whoopy. Why do we even need BMRs? Let Darwinism do its work. Natural selection is the natural order.
Posted by: Ugh at July 30, 2012 9:30 AM
I don't think there's anything "natural" about building, buying and selling buildings.
Posted by: yentu at July 30, 2012 11:53 AM
This is a great move. It would be nice to know how many 4 unit buildings have been built where 5-9 could have been built.
I also would like to see a rubber stamp on height limits and unit count raised if family sized units are built or something like that (not crazy but an extra story or two). I wouldn't like to see this change have the effect of creating more studio and 1-bedrooms in order to fit in the allotted size.
Posted by: the real sparky-b at July 30, 2012 11:59 AM