12. 2000.465M (T. OJEDA (415) 558-6251)
HOUSING ELEMENT OF THE GENERAL PLAN - Additional public hearing on the proposed update and amendments to the General Plan put forth in the Housing Element Final Draft for Public Review released February 10, 2003. Proposed revisions will update and amend the Residence Element adopted in 1990 and include an assessment of housing needs, new policies to increase housing production such as higher residential densities along appropriate transit corridors and downtown neighborhoods; encouragement of housing development in neighborhood commercial districts; reconsideration of residential parking requirements; and policies supporting construction of new family housing. The Housing Element Final Draft for Public Review incorporated modifications based on comments and other feedback received by the Planning Department on the first draft published in August 2002.
Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required. Public hearing to receive comments only.
(First Public hearing held on May 1, 2003)
- She believes that this case should be continued because this item was advertised to be hard in the Board of Supervisor's Chambers.
- There are a lot of graduations today and people might not be able to come to the hearing.
Re: Merits of Case
George Williams - SPUR
- SPUR has been working with the Planning Department to approve policies that meet the needs of the City of San Francisco.
- SPUR supports the final draft of the Housing Element.
- SPUR requests that the Planning Commission approve the housing element and the rezoning efforts.
- She is representing Transportation for a Livable City.
- She is in support of the Housing Element because there is a lot in this document that provide solutions to problems and issues facing the City.
- Before the Planning Commission passes this Housing Element it should be changed back to what it was.
- The affordable housing issue should be straightened out.
- It is important to look at what the City is doing and what the City is doing wrong and then start correcting and implementing.
- She lives on Russian Hill.
- Sites with heavy density and no parking already exist throughout the City.
- People have lives outside of what public transportation can provide.
- Providing parking more efficiently is a very important issue.
- If this is not looked at it will seriously damage the quality of life in San Francisco.
- She lives in the Excelsior District. She uses public transportation a lot.
- The density in this district is increasing without having more developments.
- She feels that people are stuck in a "parking hell."
- For neighborhoods to restrict the amount of parking and construct developments without parking will be damaging to the City.
- There should be some accommodation for affordable housing but the proposal is too dense.
- She has been preaching about affordable housing for a long time.
- She suggests building housing along the transit corridors.
- She feels that this can be done.
- This City will be a ghost town if all this planning is not implemented soon.
- If this Housing Element is implemented it will be a disaster.
- Where are the subsidies going to come out of?
- It is important to calculate formulas and not set projections on hopes and ideas.
- She feels that there are flaws in the Housing Element.
- No research has been done on where people that have left the City have moved.
- She believes that these people have purchased homes in other cities of the Bay Area.
- When people purchase homes it provides taxes and these taxes provide money for services.
- This document needs to be looked at more closely.
- He is quite confused with this document because there is no consistency within the tables and charts.
- It seems as if San Francisco is "anti business."
- It is important to let private developers build affordable housing.
- He lives in Potrero Hill and has been involved in housing issues for many years.
- It is important to change the policies as well as televising the hearings because it is a way to educate people.
- Three bedroom units can be built in this city. The problem is that most of the areas don't allow it.
- He has been involved in housing in San Francisco for many, many years.
- It is important to go back to density and not provide so much parking.
- This policy and objective has failed for about 30 years.
- He would like to see more than what is in this document. He would like to have a system in place where a developer wants to build something; goes through the proper procedures and within 9 months they should be able to start construction.
- He is a small builder in San Francisco.
- It is pretty clear that the policies in the past that were implemented did not work, otherwise this item would not be before the Commission.
- Making only eight major changes to the old policies as the way to "fix what is broken here" is really a "pipe" dream.
- She works for Mission Agenda.
- She is concerned that the Commissioners should think about affordable housing and that this document should be implemented.
- It is urgent that affordable housing be implemented because there are a lot of people that live in difficult situations.
- It is important to include housing for families in this Housing Element.
Jan (did not state last name)
- She lives in a hotel in the Mission.
- She would like the Commission to support the Housing Element. She moved here from Hawaii and has been living in an SRO hotel.
- This Housing Element addresses the needs of family housing.
Miriam Munoz - St. Peter's Housing Committee
- She is a mother with four children.
- Landlords take advantage of low-income families.
- She lives in a place where there are cockroaches and rats.
- Tenants are afraid to complain because landlords have very good lawyers.
- Pass the Housing Element.
- She is a homeowner in San Francisco.
- She is speaking on behalf of the Francisco Heights Residents Association.
- The proposed document ignores parking and transit inadequacies and does harm to existing neighborhood character.
- Her organization was not invited to participate in the process of this document.
- She is a native San Franciscan.
- What concerns her is that neighborhoods were involved in discussing housing issues, but with this document many neighborhood associations were not involved.
- This document is going to affect a lot of people for a long time.
- She feels that there will be no rent control if secondary units are legalized.
- Perhaps legalizing secondary units would be allowed only in certain districts.
- This document is social engineering.
- He has no problem with low-income housing in San Francisco, but the Housing Element is not the solution.
- You are creating transit corridors that do not have any definition.
-This document will create opportunities for people to take advantage.
- Many jobs have been lost in San Francisco because many large companies have moved out and are not coming back.
- She has lived in San Francisco since 1953.
- She was startled that this document was before the Planning Commission today since she only found out about it two days ago.
- She asks that the Commission direct the Department to give further notice so more people will be notified.
Rosalind Orcutt - Mission Agenda
- She lives in an SRO Hotel.
- If it weren't for Mission Agenda she would not be here.
- She has been able to receive assistance from them.
- There is no affordable housing in the Mission District and it is very much needed.
- She is happy to know that the Commission is looking at this document that will affect the City for the next 10 years or so, and hopes they will adopt it.
Julius Countryman - Mission Agenda
- He moved away from San Francisco many years ago but he has moved back.
- He is currently homeless. It is important to have affordable housing.
- Adopt the Housing Element.
- She grew up in San Francisco.
- She feels that this draft is not ready to be approved until certain amendments are done.
- It is not correct to work on a document internally and then present it to the public as if being complete.
- Having meetings with eight neighborhoods is not sufficient. The Department should meet with all neighborhoods.
- His neighborhood was never contacted to participate in the development of this document.
- If this document is passed the way it is, the Commission will have hearings until midnight.
Aurora Grajeda - Mission Agenda
- The Mission District is a very wonderful neighborhood.
- If the Commission does not do something about affordable housing, this will be damaging to the City.
- She understands that there is no perfect plan but this document has a lot of problems.
Kate White - Housing Coalition
- She is here to urge the Commission to support the Housing Element.
- It is important to have affordable housing for immigrants.
- There are a lot of items that the coalition supports like secondary units, etc.
- This is just a policy guideline document and she realizes that there is still a lot of work to get these items implemented.
Jay Bradshaw - Carpenter's Union
- The Carpenter's Union totally supports the Housing Element.
- The union supports anything that allows affordable housing.
- The union also supports subsidized housing.
David Lupo - Carpenter's Union
- He submitted a binder with a letter from the Executive Director of the Union and with various examples of projects that were constructed by cutting corners. Cutting corners could be dangerous to the people living there.
Herminia Espina - Sixth Street Agenda
- She lives in bedrooms with various families.
- She hopes that the Commission will support housing for seniors and affordable housing.
- She would like the Commission to support affordable housing.
Timothy Tittle - Mission Agenda
- He lives in a place that is infested with cockroaches and rats.
- It is important to take seniors and affordable housing into consideration.
- Adopt the Housing Element.
- Affordable housing is really important in San Francisco.
- The problem is not out there on the streets. The problem is within the offices where decisions are made.
- He hopes that money hasn't dulled hearing or hardened harts.
- The Housing Element should be passed.
- She lives in the Richmond.
- She would like to oppose the Housing Element.
- She does not support increasing density in transit corridors.
- The final draft is not realistic in regards to parking and traffic.
- The Housing Element is a blueprint to converting San Francisco to a real City.
- He feels that San Francisco is a real City and it is a great place to live.
- Families have left San Francisco because there is no affordable housing.
- He believes that the new housing element will continue this pattern.
- He lives in St. Mary's Park.
- He is here to oppose the provisions in the Housing Element.
- The Department has to go back to the drawing board.
- There are a lot of things in this document that will negatively affect the City.
- She lives in St. Mary's Park.
- She opposes the provisions in the Housing Element.
- These provisions are bad for families and will negatively affect the City.
- There is no provision to increase single-family homes in San Francisco. Where are families supposed to go?
Joyce Calagos - San Francisco Organizing Project
- She lives in Crocker Amazon.
- She believes that density can work for a City.
- Affordable housing will allow more jobs because there are other needs.
- Density can be distributed throughout the City; it does not need to be in just one spot.
- She supports the Housing Element.
- He lives in an SRO Hotel.
- He is working with the Mission Agenda.
- The Housing Element should be approved now.
Did not state name
- He supports the Housing Element.
- It is important to have affordable housing for families and seniors.
- He has been living in San Francisco for about 23 years but the rent is too high.
- He is 63 years old.
- It is important to build affordable housing because rents are very high.
Myriane Zamora - St. Peter's Housing Committee
- There is a great tragedy in her community because there are a lot of people with bad health, mistreated by landlords, and don't live in decent housing.
- She works for the St. Peter's Housing project and she sees a lot of people being abused.
- All this is based on the scarcity of affordable housing.
- Don't delay in passing the Housing Element.
Rosa Cerda - St. Peter's Housing Committee
- The situation where she lives is very difficult. She realizes that sometimes it is not the fault of the landlords, but the people who write up the contract with these landlords.
- It is important to have inspectors to come and look at these living situations and fine people that allow these living conditions.
Bill Murphy - Mission Agenda
- He works with Mission Agenda.
- He is here to support the Housing Element.
- He lives in an SRO hotel.
- It is important to promote affordable housing, allow zoning amendments, and residential developments along transit corridors.
- There is no need for luxury condos.
Catherine Edney - Sixth Street Agenda
- She is ashamed of her City. She currently works as a social worker.
- She strongly urges the Commission to support the Housing Element.
- She does not understand what the delay is to implement this document.
- He supports the Housing Element and hopes the Commission will approve it and implement it as soon as possible.
- Increased density does not automatically become affordable housing.
- There are a lot of neighborhoods where the real working class is living.
- There are issues that are current and not future.
Ana Gutierrez - San Francisco Organizing Project
- San Francisco has been lacking one of the very basic commodities - housing.
- People who cannot afford decent housing get traumatized, especially children.
- San Francisco is a City for all.
- Allow density, but affordable.
Rick Nichols - Mission Agenda
- He is in support to affordable housing as well as the Housing Element.
- He lives in indecent conditions and there are a lot of seniors who live that way also.
- He supports affordable housing.
Monica Losa - Mission Agenda
- She works with Mission Agenda.
- She hopes that the Commission will concur with a lot of provisions in the Housing Element.
- He read a letter from an activist who is in support of the Housing Element.
- The refining of the Housing Element should start now to address the ambiguities.
- If this is delayed, the same testimonies will be heard over and over.
- Low income people are the ones who will be paying for the delays of the Housing Element.
- Staff needs to put aside project specific zoning and stop processing these projects and start getting this Housing Element implemented.
Marty Borrego - Mission Agenda
- He has been in different housing, different programs, etc.
- There are places where there are 5 or more people living there.
- He hopes that the Commission has heard the voices of all the people who have testified that need affordable housing.
Heidi Gregorio - Mission Agenda
- She used to be a homeowner but now she does not have that any more and has to start all over.
- She lives in an SRO hotel and has discovered how difficult it is for people who want to own their home.
- She supports this document and hopes that the Commission will approve it as soon as possible.
Barbara Meskunas - Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods
- She does not support any provisions in this Housing Element.
- Some of the Commission attended community meeting in her neighborhood.
- She urges the Commission to look at this more closely.
Ada Chan - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- People fear change and Planning is a long time endeavor.
- The Commission has heard at this hearing that about 2/3 of the population of San Francisco needs affordable housing.
- People have been struggling to keep the middle class in the City.
- She urges the Commission to vote for family housing.
Eric Quezada - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- All housing is not good housing, and all density is not good density.
- There should be community benefits if there will be allowable density.
- He supports this Housing Element and he is proud of all the people that spoke today.
Charles Pits - Mission Agenda
- This plan should be moved forward. However, nothing is mentioned about blighted housing.
- If something has not been occupied for a year, something should be done with that.
- If a loft is built and it cannot be rented out within a year, then something should be done with that also.
- She is here representing the Mission District and the Coalition for San Francisco Neighborhoods.
- She would like to thank the Commission for attending the many meetings held regarding the Housing Element.
- She is here to speak about the environmental review process.
- It is inadequate to not have an EIR for the Housing Element.
- She would like to have a timeline on the environmental review process. She suggests that the environmental review be completed before the next hearing on this issue.
- This has been a long hearing--appropriately so since there is a housing crisis.
- It is disappointing to see that the hearing would be convened and not have something specific in regards to an action on the Housing Element.
- It is unfortunate that there is a process that has been going on today for about five hours and most of these hours have dealt with various departments giving their presentations. This is quite unfair.
- He urges the Commission to have the environmental review process completed.
Carolyn Wood - Miraloma Improvement Club
- It is has been instructive listening to the testimonies.
- She read a letter from the Improvement Club stating the needs of the neighborhood and the importance of an environmental review process.
- Regional transit is very important and should be included in the Housing Element.
- As she was looking at the Housing Element she noticed how the publicly assisted or subsidized housing has not been included in the numbers.
- There is still a lot of information that needs to be included in this document.
ACTION: Public Hearing closed for today. The public hearing remains open for future hearings.