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Housing Moratorium Lifted: Now What?

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Now that the Eastern Neighborhoods Plan has been approved by the San Francisco Planning Commission and awaits approval from the Board of Supervisors— we can just imagine the collective lip-licking at City Hall— a moratorium has been lifted on the development of 2,000 housing units in those neighborhoods. Until now, said units have been languishing in planning limbo due to their inclusion of light industrial development (a.k.a. production, distribution, and repair, or "PDR"). Until recently, there was no real definition of PDR. Now that there is, however, builders can begin to once again move forward with the early phases of the Eastern Neighborhood Plan, including a 20-unit project at 129 Ninth Street and a 41-unit condominium development at 1717 17th Street that includes 10,000 square feet of PDR.

Unfortunately, these projects, some of which filed for permit as far back as 2004, will come to fruition in today's vastly different housing market. As a result, some developments that could have been occupied by now may lie dormant due to financial woes. While a few projects will start construction at full speed, other builders are less optimistic, noting that the plan still needs Board approval— and as we know, everyone likes to have their say in San Francisco politics, so ... Keep holding, eastern neighborhoods.
· S.F. housing projects emerge from deep freeze [Examiner]
· Curbed Explains: Eastern Nabes and "Light Industry" [Curbed SF]
· Brace, NIMBY's: Eastern Neighborhood Plan Approved Today [Curbed SF]