SUPERVISOR WIENER TO INTRODUCE 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
San Francisco, CA - Today, Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation at the Board of Supervisors allowing 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.Read more
Producing new housing and seismically strengthening our existing housing stock are two pressing priorities for our city. To address both these issues, I am introducing legislation to allow in the construction of new in-law units in buildings undergoing seismic retrofits. This will provide a financial benefit to building owners going through our mandatory soft-story retrofit program, as well as encourage them to do more robust retrofits. It will also provide an incentive for more building owners to enter the voluntary soft-story retrofit program, which covers soft story buildings that aren't a part of the mandatory program. This legislation will provide new, low-impact housing in our neighborhoods while making our buildings safer.Read more
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY PASSES SUPERVISOR WIENER’S LEGISLATION TO INCENTIVIZE CONSTRUCTION OF ON-SITE AFFORDABLE HOUSING
Affordable units will no longer count against unit density limits when at least 20% of units in a development are designated affordable, thus increasing affordable housing production
San Francisco, CA - Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to incentivize construction of on-site affordable housing as part of market-rate developments. The legislation will create a trigger under which for any market-rate development that allocates at least 20% of its on-site units as affordable, none of those affordable units will count against the project's unit density limits. The current mandatory minimum is 12% affordable. Thus, developers will be able to include a higher number of affordable units without reducing the number of market-rate units. There will no longer be a tension between producing affordable and market-rate units.
As a member of the Budget and Finance Committee, I'm proud that we the committee finalized the two year budget last night. Included in this budget were several of my key priorities, including funding for additional park patrol officers, a transit station cleaning crew, and tree care workers. I also worked to ensure enhanced funding for Animal Care & Control and other top priorities. I want to thank Budget Chair Supervisor Mark Farrell who once again did a great job shepherding the budget through this process.Read more
Proposed budget includes funding for Supervisor Wiener's Clean, Green & Safe Budget proposal to add cleaning crews, park patrol officers and tree care workers, as well as critical funding for Animal Care & Control and other needs
San Francisco, CA - Tonight, the Budget and Finance Committee of the Board of Supervisors finalized the two-year $8.6 billion city budget for 2014/2015 and 2015/2016. Supervisor Scott Wiener, a member of the Committee, secured key funding in the budget for his Clean, Green & Safe budget proposal. These priorities will increase the City's capacity to clean public spaces such as alleys and transit stations, significantly increase the Park Patrol, and increase the Recreation & Park Department's ability to care for its trees. These priorities were supported by various community groups, including San Francisco Beautiful, San Francisco Parks Alliance, and Friends of the Urban Forest.Read more
Today, Supervisor London Breed and I introduced legislation at the Board of Supervisors to strengthen public power in San Francisco by granting the SF Public Utilities Commission the right of first refusal to sell power, at retail, to new public and private projects in San Francisco. This will expand the PUC's customer base, which will provide more money for the almost $900 million in capital need, including streetlight infrastructure need.Read more
At today's Board of Supervisors meeting, I called for a series of measures to ensure safe street design and to bolster pedestrian safety and neighborhood livability. Recently, the Fire Department and the Department of Public Works have attempted to widen the streets in new developments at Hunters Point and Candlestick Point in direct contradiction to directives from the Mayor, the Board of Supervisors and years of neighborhood planning. To address this, I will be proposing amendments to the Fire, Public Works, and Administrative Codes to clarify required street widths and oversight of approvals related to street widths. I have also called for a hearing on the specific proposal to widen the streets at Hunters Point and Candlestick Point. Additionally, I've requested a report by the Budget Legislative Analyst on the possibility of the Fire Department using smaller trucks on San Francisco's many narrow streets, as well as a hearing on this report.Read more
Legislation will allow for the creation of new in-law units - which are the most affordable type of non-subsidized housing - in unused spaces such as garages, large storage areas, and basements, in order to help address housing crisis
San Francisco, CA - Today the Board of Supervisors passed Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to create new in-law units in the Castro. The legislation will allow property owners in the Castro neighborhood to add one or two in-law units (depending on the size of the building) in order to increase the neighborhood's housing supply. Units placed in rent-controlled buildings will be rent-controlled, meaning that the legislation will allow for the creation of new rent-controlled units.
Addressing our housing affordability crisis requires a wide range of solutions, including efforts to expand new housing opportunities. Yesterday, the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed my legislation to create new in-law units in the Castro. The legislation will allow property owners in the Castro neighborhood to add one or two in-law units (depending on the size of the building) in order to increase the neighborhood's housing supply. Units added to buildings subject to rent control, will also be rent controlled, which means we are creating new rent-controlled units for the first time in over 30 years.Read more
The LGBT Aging Task Force has released its report and recommendations, showing a significant need for housing and other support for our growing LGBT senior population. I, along with my colleague Supervisor David Campos authored the legislation creating the task force, and we are now working on legislation to quickly implement several of its recommendations. Lots of work to do, and this is a great start.Read more