Maxwell would expand inclusionary housing ordinance
January 25, 2006
San Francisco's inclusionary housing ordinance would be expanded
under legislation introduced yesterday by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell.
The District 11 supervisor explained the measure during Roll
Call for Introductions Tuesday of the Board of Supervisors 2:00
"Clearly we are not meeting the needs of our residents,"
"Number one, under current law there is no standard process
by which developers market their affordable units. And there are
questions as to whether or not everyone is getting a fair shot
at these units.
"This ordinance would address that issue by requiring the
use a public lottery at the initial offerings of affordable housing
units in a project, and a list maintained by the Mayor's Office
of Housing whenever units become available in the future.
"Currently developers who choose to meet their inclusionary
housing obligations by building units off-site have the ability
to place those units anywhere in the city.
"As a result we are seeing the economic segregation of our
city with isolated market rate units in one neighborhood and isolated
affordable units in another neighborhood.
"This ordinance would address that problem by requiring
that all off-site units are located within one mile of the project.
"Number three, under current law developers may choose how
to meet their inclusionary housing requirements including the
units onsite, off-site or paying the fee as late as when they
pull building permits.
"This creates uncertainty for the city and hinders our ability
to plan for our affordable housing needs.
"This ordinance will address that issue by requiring that
project sponsors disclose how they plan to meet their inclusionary
housing obligations when they appear before the Planning Commission
for project approval."