According to the Planning Department’s Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2011-2012, a total of 2,548 new housing units were permitted from July of 2011 through June of 2012 with the highest concentration in Mission Bay (click graphic to enlarge).

Over the same period of time, the number of approved building permits for new construction projects fell to 85 from 123 the year before while approved permits for alterations to existing properties increased to 6,348 from 6,207. As plugged-in people know, there are currently 43,580 units in San Francisco’s housing pipeline, nearly double the number of units that have been built in San Francisco since the year 2000.

The Planning Department’s full report, including internal performance and productivity measures, and targets for improvement:


The 43,580 New Units In San Francisco’s Current Housing Pipeline [SocketSite]

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Comments from “Plugged-In” Readers

  1. Posted by Rob

    I love seeing this breakdown… Super interesting stuff.

  2. Posted by planning face plant

    A few other planning metrics they left off the report:
    Staff who live in Berkeley and grew up privileged and have no grasp of real life but think they are entitled to pontificate at us about our city >>> Up 3000%
    Hours spent fetishizing over useless documents and arcane concepts >>> Up 48,000%
    Massively failed attempts in conjunction with the SFMTA to turn San Francisco into a boutique mecca for rich hipsters on bikes >>> up 75,000%
    Exaggerated claims based on loose data migrated into planning speak packed documents that put the “bate” in master*planning >>> up 420%

  3. Posted by Gordon

    Thanks for the heads up about this report. One suggestion is that maybe you could start linking to original PDFs instead of or in addition to this silly Scribd widget. That way we can use a real PDF viewer and also easily save the document for later. Or I think you can turn on a scribd feature which adds a ‘download PDF’ button? In any case, I tracked down the original PDF from the authoritative source here:
    http://www.sf-planning.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=9064

  4. Posted by frshmn

    Kind of getting tired of that 43,580 units in the pipeline being thrown around, its not remotely realistic, or at least will take 30+ years to complete. Of the 2,538, how many will come to fruition?
    [Editor’s Note: Try the Pipeline link for a breakdown.]

  5. Posted by no_dogs_allowed

    Why did they use a picture of Guangzhou for the cover of their report?

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