19. 2000.465E (R. COOPER: (415) 558-5974)
HOUSING ELEMENT OF THE SAN FRANCISCO GENERAL PLAN - Appeal of the Preliminary Negative Declaration for the proposed revision of the Housing Element of the San Francisco General Plan, which is an update of the 1990 Residence Element of the San Francisco General Plan. The Housing Element is a public policy document that comprehensively addresses issues of housing needs for San Francisco residents and households. Included in the Housing Element is San Francisco population, employment and housing data analysis. Eight new policies are proposed to be added to the 63 policies and 11 objectives that have been modified or retained from the 1990 Residence Element.
Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration
(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 8, 2004)
- She just received the revisions yesterday. It is not fair to have to study the changes in such short notice.
- She would like to see all the issues [in plenty of time] before the hearing.
Petrie - St. Francis Woods
- She requested a continuance because she just received the amendments and has not had time to review them.
Kathy Devincenzi - Laurel Heights
- She asked for a continuance of this project because the notice is legally deficient under state law. State law requires that the Planning Commission give notice of a public hearing of a general plan amendment that would affect the intensity of uses of real property or the permitted uses and a display advertisement of at least 1/8 of a page in at least one newspaper of general circulation at least 10 days before the hearing.
Rosalind Tolsom - Francisco Heights
- She asks for a continuances so that they can read the amendments recently submitted.
- She is against the project for various reasons.
Zachary Toldson - Francisco Heights
- He also would like to request a continuance so that he can read the amendments recently submitted.
- This is a very important issue because San Francisco is the second most populated city in the nation.
Richard Werner - Jordan Park Improvement Association
- He asked for a continuance so that he can read the amendments and because the hearing was not duly noticed.
Adina Rosemarin - Lake Shore Acres Improvement Club
- She requested that this item be continued on the basis of due process grounds.
- The document prepared for adoption by the Commission references some amendments and this "11th hour" notice does not allow the public to review the amendments.
- The amendments are for which copy of the element--the red one or the green one?
- The result is a project that lacks a quorum and is incoherent.
Sara Keropian - Francisco Heights Association
- She is asking for a continuance so that she can read the amendments.
- She objects to the stated goals of the document in this, the second most densely populated city in the nation.
Rosemarie Junker - Franciscan Heights
- She requested a continuance because it is a very complicated document.
- If the Commission needs intelligent comments from the public, staff and the Commission need to provide the public with an adequate amount of time.
- She requested a continuance so that she has time to study the amendments and provide a comment.
Jennifer Chou-Green - Francisco Heights Neighborhood Association
- She requested a continuance because there has not been adequate notice regarding the amendments.
Barbara Austin - Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods
- She is concerned because there was a lack of notice.
- The amendments would make substantial changes to the document.
Mary Burns - Greater West Portal Homeowners Association
- She is concerned about the amendments and about the way the information was transmitted to the public.
- Violations of due process will not be tolerated.
Jeff Hagen - Francisco Heights Homeowner Association
- He requested a continuance because the amendments were not noticed properly.
- Hearing the Housing Element pre supposes the approval of the EIR and this is a violation of due process.
John Bardis - Inner Sunset Action Committee
- There is a notice that went out today that the item was not listed.
- It is very erroneous to speak on both these items.
Kathryn Hecht - Francisco Heights
- There is a need for a legally allocated time period to read the amendments.
- The Planning Department has not met the Sunshine requirements.
- Section 67.7-1 "Public Notice Requirements" - The notice should inform the residents of the proposal of planning activity on how the new project is affecting their properties and this was not done.
- More time is needed to consider the amendments which were recently submitted.
Cynthia Coleman - Presidio Heights
- She is in agreement with the continuance so that the Board can properly evaluate the amendments.
- The amendments are substantial and time is needed to evaluate them.
Catherine Stefani - Cow Hollow Association
- The substantial amendments were recently release so she needs time to absorb these and provide an analysis.
Greg Scott - Pacific Heights Residents Association
- The association is very insistent that this item be continued because the amendments were not properly submitted.
- It is important to have neighborhood input.
Rocky Papale - Francisco Heights
- The Resident Element will impact the residents of the City. This is why he requested a continuance. There is a need to review the amendments.
Paula Romanovsky - Francisco Heights Residents Association
- The association has spent a lot of time on the Housing Element. Something other than a continuance would be disrespectful to the time they have spent.
Robert Bardell - Golden Gate Valley Homeowners Association
- He requested a continuance. Six days is not enough time to read the amendments recently issued.
- She requested continuance for the appeal and the project.
- Materials were not made available in a timely manner.
- She submitted a packet of information for the Commissioners which includes: proposal for adoption, staff recommendations, Mr. Badiner's memos, the 12 page amendments, etc.
- The negotiation began on March 21, [but] no member of the public or organization knew about this until last night.
- She is not in agreement with the continuance because this document has been four years in the making.
- He is going on vacation and would like to read his statements regarding the project.
- There is no reason to continue this. He was able to read 12 pages in the last few days.
- It is time to move on.
- He is not in favor of continuing this item.
- There are people who are trapped because there is no affordable housing.
- The people who want a continuance are homeowners and this is not fair for others.
RESULT: Failing to receive a motion to continue, the item will be heard.
Re: Merits of the Project
Susan Brant-Hawley - Representing the Appellants
- She is representing about 15 neighborhood organizations.
- The Commission should carefully look at the facts and expert opinions.
- This project is the exact project that CEQA is designed to review.
- Can the Commission say that there is no possibility that this document will not have significant environmental impacts?
- Even if one cannot predict what the impacts will be, it should not be excused from environmental review.
- What is interesting about this is that every time she goes to a small business area, everyone wants parking. Certain neighborhoods have tourist problems. There are too many greedy landlords. Many people are coming from out of state. There are problems with people who park on sidewalks. It is not possible to change the buying power of Americans and this document does not state any information about that.
Jeremy Nelson - Transportation for a Livable City
- He urges the Commission to support the language of putting more affordable housing options in good transit oriented neighborhoods.
- He requested that the Commission deny the appeal to the Negative Declaration.
Luis Granados - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- The Negative Declaration does not include the amendments recently issued by the Acting Director.
- According to the Director, there is no evidence that the amendments will not create any negative impacts.
- He asked that the Commission deny the appeal.
- The Housing Element by state law requires a work program, not general guidelines.
- Any planner knows how to do statistical analysis.
- Planners don't speculate they estimate.
- It is important to do a work program that is legal and this Housing Element is not legal.
- She urged the Commission to reject the appeal and move forward with the Housing Element.
Kathy Devincenzi - Laurel Heights Improvement Association
- It is a certainty that an EIR is required for this document.
- There are ways to protect citywide impacts.
- If parking were eliminated on transit lines it would be a disaster.
- Reducing parking could cause impacts on noise and pollution.
- There is a good reason to require an EIR because it is a legal analysis.
Barbara Austin - Save Our Neighborhood
- The document is years late. Yet during all that time there was no neighborhood participation.
- The proposed Housing Element does produce serious concerns about polices and housing for people in this City.
- This caused the neighbors to file an appeal.
- She supports an EIR and the rejection of the Housing Element.
John Bardis - Inner Sunset Action Committee
- It is important that an EIR be prepared.
- It is important to also check the procedures of this process since this causes the City a lot of money.
Mary Beth Starzell
- It is important to have a sure sound sense of what is going on.
- Honesty and Respect have been victims of this process.
- The Commission has the power to correct this and give the community the integrity that it deserves.
- He is astounded about what he has been hearing.
- Staff seems to want to have an impact with this.
- Words are being said and are given different meanings.
- He has sat on Commissions and knows what confusion the public has.
Joe Ventresca - SPEAK
- He is president of SPEAK.
- The SPEAK Board voted unanimously to uphold this appeal and to urge the Commission to do a full environmental review.
- SPEAK has submitted substantial evidence on the negative impacts of this Housing Element.
- The Planning Commission should require an EIR.
Petree Knighton - St. Francis Homes Association
- She supports the appeal of the Negative Declaration.
- St. Francis Woods has experiences heavy traffic all because of a poorly planned ramp.
- The policy was adopted and the neighborhood was promised that there would not be any traffic impacts.
- This is something that should have been reviewed by an EIR.
Adena Rosmarin - Lakeshore Acres Improvement Club
- There are two errors with this project.
- Planning has chosen an invalid baseline which in effect makes nonsense of its conclusion.
- Planning takes the 1990 policy as its baseline instead of its 2003 physical environment.
- Planning argues that EIR analysis should be differed until specific projects are proposed. Yet California courts have consistently rejected this referral argument.
Richard Werner - Jordan Park Improvement Club
- The Commission is being asked to approve something that will have an impact on sewer, parking, traffic, pollution, etc.
- This is the reason why it is important to do an EIR.
Jeff Hagan - Francisco Heights Civic Association
- He has grave concerns about the environmental impacts of the proposed Housing Element and therefore supports the appeal of the Negative Declaration. He urges the Commission to compel the Department to prepare a full EIR.
Joan Girardot - Marina
- She supports the appeal of the Negative Declaration.
- An EIR is a decision-making tool for decision makers.
- CEQA should assume the maximum build outs that are being proposed.
- This document is a blue print for densification.
- The only way that an analysis can be done on utilities infrastructure is to do an EIR.
- He would like to see the environmental review done on the actual, physical as built conditions of the City.
- Document Number four of the Housing Element is incorrect and is misleading.
- He would like to know how much money was spent on the Housing Element version four?
Greg Scott - Pacific Heights Residents Association
- The Association requests to do a full EIR.
- He carpools his children to school.
- This is the second densest City in the country.
- He could not live without a car.
- This past rainy season, there were many businesses that had sewer damage.
- The City cannot handle what it has now. It cannot handle more.
- He has red the Negative Declaration. He has read many other Negative Declarations and has agreed that there is no need to go further--yet this one he hesitates to approve.
- The sewage system is inadequate and backs up.
- Traffic congestion is an impact to the residents of this city.
- He requests an Environmental Impact Report on this document.
- This has the appearance of a scam on a huge scale.
- Many of the recreation activities that used to be all over the place are now closed because there is not a sufficient population of young people.
- This document is not suitable for families.
- This housing plan will affect everyone's housing property.
Mary Burns - Greater West Portal Neighborhood Association
- The Association requests that the Commission uphold the appeal of the negative declaration.
- There will be many small shops and businesses that will be destroyed with so much density.
- Such a major element of the General Plan should not go forward without an EIR.
Catherine Stefani - Cow Hollow Association
- An environmental Impact Report should be issued.
- This document does not comply with state law.
- The document is controversial because for the prior amendments.
- The document does not address impacts on traffic, utilities, etc.
- She urged the Commission to request a EIR.
Francisco Centurion - Design Zoning Committee of the Russian Hill Neighbors
- He is here to support an EIR.
- Because of land use items that will make so many changes, there is a need for an EIR.
- She brings about 200 requests for the Commission to find the Negative Declaration invalid.
- San Franciscans require a full and intelligent growth.
- The neighborhoods have not recovered from bad policy implementations.
- Placing high density and tall buildings threatens San Francisco's integrity.
- An EIR is imperative.
Cynthia Coleman - Presidio Heights Association of Neighbors
- She is representing 600 households in the Presidio area.
- She requests an EIR.
- She is concerned about the long-term affects to the character of the neighborhoods.
Penelope Clark - Russian Hill Neighbors
- The Housing Element remains a flawed document.
- Increasing housing density without allowing a 1-for-1 parking will be disastrous.
- The majority of households own cars which they will not give up.
- The proposed policy will create housing that is less affordable. At the same time, it will lower the quality of life for San Francisco residents.
Judy Junghans - President of Russian Hill Neighbors
- She has lived in this neighborhood over 20 years.
- If more housing is put on Van Ness it would cause a major impact.
- None is against more housing, yet it should be placed
Robert Bardell - President of the Golden Gate Valley Neighborhood Association
- The association is against the Housing Element.
- What is currently a neighborhood defined by one and two family dwelling will become defined by four unit condominium boxes as developers lusting after density bonuses outbid families hoping to move into existing housing.
- This will destroy the character of Golden Gate Valley.
- More density without off street parking will create more parking on sidewalks.
- The battle is actually for the survival of the City.
- Urban planners seem to be able to get people out of their cars.
- Should the negative declaration stand, sidewalks will be blocked by cars.
- She is in favor of the amendments that the San Francisco Coalition of Neighbors have proposed.
Calvin Welsh - Council of Community Housing Organizations
- He owns a car and lives in the Height Asbury. He parks on the street and not on the sidewalk.
- This is a bit of a civic tragedy.
- Everyone in this room possibly supported the reform that created this Commission. Yet he does not feel ill served by the Commission. The problem is the Planning Department.
- The proposal is not even "10 percent" different from the 1990 element.
- He urges the Commission to deny the appeal of the Housing Element.
- There are no impacts.
- He is here to support the appeal of the negative declaration.
- An EIR is necessary and mandatory.
- The Commission can be replaced with just cause. Deciding on this issue would be a good way to test it.
- Maybe there are some deals or agreements that would cast aside the amendments.
- There are many things that are being ignored.
- She supports the appeal of the negative declaration and requests that the Commission direct the Planning Department to issue an EIR.
- The community was not extensively involved in the Housing Element.
- Many community projects need to have an EIR covering them.
- This would prevent neighborhoods from getting major negative impacts.
- She supports the appeal of the negative declaration and feels an EIR is required.
- If there is no adequate infrastructure it will result in negative impacts to the City.
- Many people are concerned with emergency response time.
- Although these might seem minor, for a person with health concerns or children, it is extremely important.
Julie Browne - POWER
- She urged the Commission to oppose the appeal of the negative declaration.
- People from Eastern Neighborhoods who support the Housing Element are calling for affordable housing.
- The process should not be stalled.
- She urges that the Commission not delay this document any more.
- She is opposed to the negative declaration.
- Travel by automobile is becoming most significant.
- Transit in the future fails to close performance gaps.
- She requests to have an EIR because it is necessary to solve these inconsistencies.
- He lives in Glen Park.
- He has witnessed a massive increase in traffic.
- There is no way for people to stop driving their cars.
- If the density is increased in this neighborhood, it will be difficult for fire engines to get to certain places.
- There are already sewage problems associated with the creek located there.
- She requests that the Housing Element be subject to an Environmental Impact Review.
- The Housing Element represents a plan for legislation, which would have dramatic implications for the present and future citizens of San Francisco. It would forever change the nature of this wonderful City.
- It seems like there is a consensus here.
- What is happening here this evening is that everyone who is here represents the best of San Francisco. They are homeowners who pay property taxes, hard working San Franciscans who sacrifice daily, who work for their children and their communities.
- He is here to request that the Planning Commission reject the preliminary negative declaration and that the Planning Department reconsider doing an environmental impact report.
- She has grave concerns about the environmental impacts of the Housing Element.
- There are already dense neighborhood commercial districts.
- There will be a general decline of neighborhood character and quality of life.
- There is wisdom in what everyone is saying tonight.
Rosalind Tolson - Francisco Heights Homeowner's Association
- Many years ago, one could find parking. It was better when there was less.
- She supports the appeal of the negative declaration and urges the Commission to request a full EIR.
Zachary Tolson - Francisco Heights Homeowner's Association
- It does not take anything to see that this will have an negative impact.
- Many MUNI lines are already running at full capacity.
- More density will have an impact on the infrastructure of San Francisco.
- Every single issue that has been spoken here is very valid.
- She has great concerns about the environmental impact that this document will have on her neighborhood.
- A full EIR should be issued.
- There is no safety for pedestrians, accidents, etc.
John Stewart - Francisco Heights Civic Association
- He does not understand why Planning staff stating that there is no need for an EIR.
Kathryn Hecht - Francisco Heights Civic Association
- She is against moving forward without an EIR.
- The environmental impact of the Housing Element related to the data on which it was based is out of date.
- Many things need to be re-examined.
- Everyone who has spoken feels that there is a need for an EIR.
- All the public needs is to have proof that there is no need for an EIR.
Rose Hillson - Jordan Park Improvement Association
- She supports the appeal of the negative declaration.
- She does not trust the document right now.
Patrick Phillips - Laurel Heights Association
- This document will ruin the beauty of San Francisco.
- There is no more capacity for more density.
- Any proposed plan should be halted until an EIR is done.
- The congestion problem will only get worse if this is approved.
Alice Piccus - PHRA
- Four years ago she moved to San Francisco because she liked the lifestyle here.
- She used to live in Shanghai where there is so much density that people cannot even get to work and there is a lot of pollution.
- About 98 percent of the people here wanted a continuance. She thought that this was a democracy.
Ramona Albright - CSFN, Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods, Inc.
- She is concerned with air in San Francisco.
- There is no question that everything will get worse.
- Members of the Coalition passed unanimously to oppose any change to the Planning Code including the Housing Element.
- She respectfully requests that the negative declaration not be upheld because it is inadequate, inaccurate, insufficient, etc.
- Much money has been spent on plans.
- The 1990 EIR checks "yes" for all the impacts that can occur.
ACTION: Negative Declaration Upheld
AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee
20. 2000.465M (T. OJEDA: (415) 588-6251)
HOUSING ELEMENT OF THE GENERAL PLAN. The Commission will consider a resolution to adopt proposed amendments to the Housing Element of the General Plan under the provisions of Sections 340 and 306.3(b)(3) of the Planning Code. Proposed revisions will update the Residence Element adopted in 1990 and include an assessment of housing needs and new policies to increase housing production in higher residential density areas near downtown and along transit served neighborhood commercial districts; reconsider residential parking requirements; and support construction of new family housing. The Proposal for Adoption of the Housing Element of the General Plan incorporates comments received by the City Planning Department at public hearings conducted on March 27, 2003; May 1, 2003; June 5, 2003; July 21, 2003; and October 9, 2003. Copies of the Proposal for Adoption of the Housing Element are available and can be picked up free of charge at the Planning Department, 1660 Mission Street, 5th Floor on April 26, 2004. Please call Teresa Ojeda, 558-6251, regarding the Proposal for Adoption of the Housing Element if you have any questions.
(Continued from Cancelled Meeting of April 29, 2004)
Patricia Voughey - Cow Hollow Neighbors In Action and Planning Association for Divisadero
- This was almost word for word in what was presented in the late 80's, but it was rejected.
- This document call more for market rate housing instead of affordable housing.
- The addendum does help a lot to balance it out some.
- By just having a negative declaration, if a variance is requested it will be issued. There should not be a Housing Element anyway.
- If staff continues to work this way and write things so badly, there will not be any tourism or any people living here anymore.
Barbara Meskunas - CSFN -- The Coalition for San Francisco Neighbors.
- Much of their problem with the Housing Element is the lack of involvement.
- They are glad that their concerns were included in the document.
- She requested that the Commission pass the document with the amendments.
- The 40 city wide member coalition voted to withdraw their request for the legal proceedings for an EIR.
- An EIR is going to cost about 1 or 2 million.
- The compromises are terrific and keeps things more status quo.
Judy Berkowitz - CSFN
- Density should be aimed at places where it can be taken.
- The amendments retain the language of the policy of the 1990 Residence Element with a few "tweaks and touchups".
My Do - MEDA
- A lack of affordable housing is a citywide problem. So there should be a citywide solution.
- Every neighborhood should do their share to solve this problem.
- She learned tonight that San Francisco is the second most populated city in the nation.
- She urges the Commission to adopt the Housing Element before the amendments.
Joaquin Turner - MEDA
- He submitted MEDA's recommendations for the Housing Element. He submitted these a few months ago and they have not been taken into consideration.
- More affordable rental housing is needed in San Francisco.
- Inclusionary housing targets 100 or 120 AMI. If one falls below 100, there will not be access to affordable housing.
- He hopes that the Commission will read the recommendations and include them in the Housing Element.
- The Housing Element is a well written document.
- It is a good beginning but it is not a work program.
- This is a new Commission and a new administration so they need to do the right thing.
- This staff needs to get financial [help].
- The Housing Element must explore for the Mayor, the alternative means of underwriting his affordable housing efforts.
- He asked for an amendment for policy one on page 133. He asked that objective one be returned to the 1990 wording: "identify and maximize opportunities to increase the supply of housing particularly permanently affordable housing in appropriate locations citywide."
- He was assured that this language would be included and it is not.
- He hopes that with this amendment, everyone can go forward with the Housing Element.
Jim Chappell - SPUR
- SPUR is in agreement with the amendments recently presented. Far too much time has been wasted on something where there isn't community consensus.
- SPUR will continue to advocate for density in transit corridors, etc.
- It is important to move forward on the Transbay and Mid Market Redevelopment projects. The Housing Element needs to be adopted tonight.
- He thanked the Coalition for their input.
- He supports the Housing Element and the proposed amendments.
Hiroshi Fukuda - Richmond Community Association
- This is certainly not perfect.
- He is concerned about the language related to neighborhood support. He does not know what that means.
- He hopes that before the next Housing Element that this is clarified.
Paul Wermer - Pacific Heights Residents Association
- He asked that in addition to the very constructive amendments, that the Commission ask staff to add one more policy to assess neighborhood support for the local area plans that are consistent with the neighborhood character and neighborhood directions.
- Also add implementation plans for this.
Oscar Grande - MAC and PODER
- He is a lifelong San Francisco resident.
- He asked that the Housing Element be adopted but without the amendments recently issued by the Acting Director.
- The affordable housing needs will never be met if it does not come from neighborhoods citywide.
- They are troubled with the Coalition for San Francisco Neighbors for wanting to remove language containing density, transit corridors, NIMBYISM, etc.
- Director Badiner is yielding to the Coalition's one sided conservative special interest.
- It seems that there is the same "Willie Brown Back Room Deals."
- He is a student at Mission High School.
- Everyone needs to live in affordable housing just like he has.
- It is sad that a student like himself has to educate the Commission on affordable housing issues.
- Every neighborhood should have affordable housing. People should be able to live in a neighborhood they can afford.
Charlie Sciammas - MAC
- Adopting a strong Housing Element will help the affordable housing needs.
- He feels strongly that this Housing Element should be provided in neighborhoods around the city that can support it. This means East side and West side.
- There is a double standard right now with the recently issued amendments.
- He thanked the Long Range Planning staff for their efforts because they have come up with good solution.
- The real housing element should be taken into consideration first and reject the amendments by Director Badiner.
- The Planning Department has divided the City when this was a good opportunity to unite it.
- This is a really important issue.
- She came from Houston not knowing how the housing situation was.
- She has lived in an SRO hotel that did not have a wheelchair accessible bathroom and an elevator that did not work half of the time.
- She has been active in trying to do something for housing.
- There are people that are dying in the City but yet there are people who are worrying about getting a parking space.
- He is a member of Local 22 Carpenter's Union.
- He cannot work without his truck. Parking is a problem for everyone.
- He lives in an SRO in the Mission and he likes it.
- Transportation is being worked on.
- Families are growing, the city is growing.
Sean Williams - Mission & 6th Street Agenda
- He was here last year telling the Commission about his situation.
- He still lives in an SRO hotel.
- He does not need his children to see what he sees today - everyone out on the street struggling.
- He is a recovering addict and where he stays is detrimental to his health.
- He wants his children to be in a place that is safe and affordable.
James Collins - 6th Street/Mission Agenda
- He has some recommendations for the Housing Element.
- The Housing Element should be passed without Director Badiner's amendments.
Marty Borrego - Mission Agenda
- This has been the 6th Housing Element meeting and nothing has been done.
- For three years, they have worked to get people housing on a fixed income.
- He is a recovering addict and right now he lives in an SRO and has two jobs.
- He does not want to have his children to come to his place and see drugs.
Kathy Devincenzi - Laurel Heights Improvement Association
- They oppose the Housing Element because they understand what it is.
- The Housing Element is the supreme law for future development.
- If you read the Housing Element, it is replete with suggestions that staff will rezone the City.
- Once this plan is passed, the Planning Department will not be able to propose zoning for low density in the areas identified by this plan.
- Any zoning ordinance will have to be evaluated for conformity with the General Plan.
- She also takes issues with some of the issues that have been stated before related to zoning.
- Many elements hang from the Housing Element.
- The Housing Element is a really important document.
- At the Coalition meeting there was a vote that if the amendments were passed the appeal would be dropped. However, there are other appellants that will not be dropping out of the appeal.
Jeff Hagen - FHCA
- He is being accused of being white, racist, and privileged but at the same time nothing that he has asked for from the Commission has been granted.
- It seems that now everyone is united since everyone is angry about this.
- It is hard for the Commission to be in the position they are in.
- If this situation wasn't so said it would be funny.
- He is a San Francisco native.
- He lives in a neighborhood where half a block away from him, he will be affected.
- There is a development which will be built with 100+ units, 25 parking spaces, subterranean parking, etc.
- His neighborhood will no longer be able to see Sutro Hill or the Bay. Parking will become an issue. His children will not be able to park on the street any more.
- These are issues that the Housing Element will change.
- This is worse than the 1990 Housing Element.
- Downtown cannot handle the density.
- He is insulted by the responses of this evening.
- The Housing Element is filled with vague statements.
- Living without cars? Cannot happen. People cannot live without their cars.
- This job is so poorly done that there will be a need to fix it and not to adopt it.
- He asked the Commission to look at the memorandum he submitted on whether the Housing Element process is appropriate.
- A ballot measure was passed to reform the Planning Commission, and you have an opportunity to show reform but instead there is the same thing. It is worse now because there is no Planning Director.
Bob Bardell - Golden Valley Neighborhood Association
- The association is against the Housing Element because the policies will encourage the Planning Department to advocate for developers to take advantage of all the density bonuses.
- Over time, this will cause developers to outbid families thereby increasing density. Developers will be building condominiums, etc.
- She would have preferred more time to read the amendments.
- She is reluctantly requesting approval of the Housing Element with the amendments.
- She requested the approval of the Housing Element without Director's Badiner's amendments.
- He is an honorably discharged marine.
- He has served his country, his fellow man and his God.
- San Francisco is a world class city and everyone is looking to this City as a guide.
- The Mayor needs a courage Commission to make decisions that follow their hearts.
- Someone needs to give the people a plan they can believe in.
Cristina Olague - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- She urged the Commission to vote for the original Housing Element (the one in the read cover) and exclude the amendments by Acting Director Badiner.
- It is unfortunate that the voices of 100 have been ignored as opposed to the voices of four members of the Coalition who had a private meeting with Mr. Badiner.
- It would be nice to just pick up the pone and call Mr. Badiner and schedule a private meeting with him.
Angelica Cabande - SOMCAN
- They demand that the original Housing Element be passed without the amendments.
- The public did not have time to see and comment on these amendments.
- He is a fourth generation San Franciscan.
- He opposes the amendments issued by Director Badiner.
- There has not been comment on these amendments.
- The wording of the amendments leave out affordable housing, transit corridors, etc.
-He recommends that the Housing Element be passed without the amendments.
Richard Marquez - Mission Agenda
- He knows that the Housing Element will be passed and that this is a done deal.
- As a native he knows that there has been a great divide in this City.
- The Housing Element has been postponed so many times.
- Maybe this is a play by Director Badiner to become the permanent planning chief.
Serena Bardell - Golden Gate Valley Neighborhood Association
- She has been very impressed on the people speaking of the opposite side.
- It seems that the point of the matter is will San Francisco build housing for everyone that lives here and who does not earn enough to buy affordable housing and say forget about the look of the City even though they make everyone feel guilty and ashamed?
- She does not envy the member of the Commission.
- She does not feel very good about the situation.
Cris Durazo - South of Market Community Action Network
- She asked that the Housing Element be passed without the amendments.
- The plan is supposed to guide development. It is disheartening to read that it proposes to eliminate transit.
- The public deals with all this. This is the hardest part.
- She is upset about this because they were not asked to participate in these meetings.
- She is not afraid and concerned about the law and due process because it has been compromised in this process.
- She does not like negotiations without full disclosure.
- She is opposed to the Housing Element with or without the amendments.
- If one of the major concerns of the amendments to the Housing Element is to increase affordable housing, the percentage of new affordable units should be greater than the percentage allowed for in the amended Housing Element.
- New development should not be proposed on transit lines until transit is improved.
Mary Beth Starzell
- This public hearing was virtually unnoticed.
- The rush for approval for something that was not properly noticed is very negative.
- It is possible to ruin a City and it takes a long time to bring it back.
- Why not begin the process all over again and do everything right and craft a Housing Element the way it should be?
Cynthia Coleman - Presidio Heights Association of Neighbors
- Everything has been covered so she does not need to repeat it.
- There is no real meaning for "neighborhood support".
- There is a long way to get this properly amended.
Karen Niglio - Merced Manor
- She did not get any notice of the Housing Element's red book and its amendments.
- There were a selected few people who were chosen to participate and make decisions.
- To go forward and do amendments without real public input is negative to due process.
- If there is going to be an increase in density, everyone should understand what the impacts are.
- The negotiation was done by a few people and only 11 out of a 40 member association voted for the amendments.
- The notification for this issue was not done correctly.
- SPUR said they would continue to work for density along transit corridors when they were the group that designed this whole General Plan.
ACTION: Approved as Amended:
1. Memorandum from Lawrence Badiner to the Planning Commission dated April 20, 2004, which revised the Housing Element Proposal for Adoption, May 2004.
2. The amendment also adopted by the Planning Commission at the hearing on May 13, 2004 which reverts Objective 1 ("IDENTIFY AND MAXIMIZE OPPORTUNITIES TO INCREASE THE SUPPLY OF HOUSING IN APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS CITYWIDE.") to the language of the 1990 Residence Element Objective 1:
"TO PROVIDE NEW HOUSING, ESPECIALLY PERMANENTLY AFFORDABLE HOUSING, IN APPROPRIATE LOCATIONS WHICH MEETS IDENTIFIED HOUSING NEEDS AND TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE DEMAND FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING CREATED BY EMPLOYMENT DEMAND"; and
3. The Housing Element Proposal for Adoption, May 2004, as revised by 1 and 2 above.
AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, S. Lee, W. Lee
ABSENT: Boyd and Hughes