2015 year in review, part two
Before the holiday break, we began looking at the SF Housing Action Coalition’s 2015 year in review, which breaks down the year’s highlights and trends. The former was discussed in our last post; today let’s talk about the trends indicated by the report.
According to the coalition, the year’s most apparent trend is the geography of the new developments springing up throughout the city. “Although our Committee doesn’t review every new development that gets built, it’s no coincidence that our reviewed project list is concentrated on the east side of San Francisco where the City has adopted area plans,” the report reads.“We’d love to review future projects in other parts of the City because we believe every neighborhood needs to do its fair share in providing the housing we so badly need.” With more new housing developments providing higher levels of onsite affordable housing, however, the group believes that this trend is expected to continue for the next few years. The report cites an example of 5M’s attainment of 40 percent affordability “through a mix of innovative approaches” and an 80/20 deal at 1601 Mariposa Street “that builds 20 percent on-site low-income housing.”
The coalition is slated to play a role in the future mayoral group that will explore a ballot measure in November 2016 to change the current inclusionary housing levels of 12 percent on-site, 20 percent off-site or 20 percent in-lieu fee.
Finally, car parking ratios are dropping, the report says, with the Mission Rock development the one exception. “As a Transit-First city, we will do our part to continue this incremental reduction in car parking,” it reads. “Finally, bike parking ratios are increasing. Several projects have set new standards and we believe all project sponsors should consider providing 1:1 bike parking space per bedroom in their buildings.”