SF told to build housing, not happy about it
First, I’m back from a much-needed vacation. I’m reminded how darn cold it is in SF in November, even when it’s sunny…
And on the housing front, the Examiner ran a story on Monday about how the Association of Bay Area Governments is asking SF to pull their own weight and create their fair share of housing. What a concept.
Problem is, they don’t want to. Not to mention that they are THOUSANDS of units behind their last mandate from 2002.
From the Examiner,
San Francisco is protesting a new method by which Bay Area cities and towns will be asked to create new housing, in part because it would double the amount The City is recommended to build.
The method, announced by the Association of Bay Area Governments Nov. 17, creates a new way of assigning “housing responsibility” — quotas for new housing — to different cities and counties, according to ABAG spokeswoman Kathleen Cha.
To ensure that market-rate and low-income housing keeps up with population growth, California law has since 1984 required regional agencies, such as ABAG, to mandate how many new units individual cities must build. It also requires individual cities to outline how they will meet those goals — although it does not actually require cities to build housing, according to Cha.
For the first time, ABAG will create those quotas based on economic growth — those cities showing signs of job and residential growth near major transit corridors will be assigned a higher housing responsibility.
For San Francisco, ABAG will boost local quotas for the creation of new housing — which were 20,000 between 2002 and 2009 — to 40,000 between 2009 and 2016, according to San Francisco Planning Department representative Sarah Dennis. In the past seven years, The City has struggled to meet its allocation, creating only 13,000 new units by the end of 2005.
“We would be looking at 5,000 or 6,000 units a year, which San Francisco has never seen,” Dennis said. “It’s hard to imagine, especially at a time when the market is cooling off.” [more...]
Who cares if the market is cooling off? What better time to find developers looking for incentives to build? Why would a developer want to build more affordable housing in a booming market?
Where’s the logic here?
Other than the fact that everyone knows of the perpetual banging-one’s-head-against-the-wall when it comes to discussing the creation of new housing with our Board of Supervisors… Heaven forbid one of the districts (other than Daly-ville) would see some new construction.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Build more housing! All types of housing! All over the city!
And if the market ends up being flat for a while, more supply will only help people get into the market.
But just like a spoiled child, San Francisco doesn’t like to be told what to do…
New housing formula draws protest from S.F. [Examiner]