LAND USE COMMITTEE TO HEAR SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION ALLOWING CONSTRUCTION OF NEW IN-LAW UNITS IN BUILDINGS UNDERGOING SEISMIC RETROFITS

Legislation will allow construction of new in-law units in buildings undergoing either mandatory or voluntary soft-story seismic retrofits, which will incentivize creation of new housing as well as seismic upgrades 

WHEN:           Monday, March 2nd, 1:30 PM

WHERE:         Land Use and Economic Development Committee

                       Board of Supervisors

                       San Francisco City Hall, Room 263 

WHAT:           Today the Land Use and Transportation Committee will consider and vote on Supervisor Wiener’s legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units in buildings that are undergoing either mandatory or voluntary soft-story seismic retrofits.  Adding new in-law units to a building while it is being retrofitted will be efficient and cost-effective for property owners by combining two projects into one, will add new, more affordable housing stock, will provide a financial benefit for owners who are being mandated to perform often expensive retrofits, and will incentivize owners to perform voluntary retrofits. The mandatory and voluntary retrofit programs are both city programs that focus on shoring up the seismic safety of soft-story, wood-frame buildings.  Last year, the Board of Supervisors passed legislation requiring that soft-story buildings at least 3 stories tall and containing at least 5 housing units be retrofitted. Soft-story buildings have weak ground floor conditions, like garage door space or open window retail space. As was the case with Supervisor Wiener’s legislation allowing for new in-law units in the Castro, these new units will be rent-controlled if the building at issue is subject to rent control.  The units would have to be constructed within the existing building envelope, meaning that a building could not be increased in height or bulk to add the unit.

CONTACT:   Supervisor Scott Wiener, (415) 554-6968, scott.wiener@sfgov.org


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