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Forest Knolls "Overlook" Project Seeking Final Appovals

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Last June we showed you a proposed development on the hills of Forest Knolls - a project that called for construction of 12 two-unit buildings and a 10-unit townhouse building on an undeveloped super steep site along the western slope of Mt. Sutro on Crestmont Drive. Housing would include two- and three-bedroom homes for families, as well as a pedestrian walking area and public open space. Neighbors were none too pleased, calling it inappropriate for the hood, and were concerned with increased traffic, parking, geoseismic stability, and density increase. Now the project is up before the Planning Commission tomorrow for its final environmental impact certification and project entitlements.

Turns out, this project is the continuation of a Planned Unit Development dating back to 1963 - those are some major delays! Back then, a development of 105 dwellings, a community center, and a parking garage was approved by the Planning Commission on a larger site. In 1976, the Commission approved modifications that removed the community center and its parking garage, and reduced the approved number of units to 83. Only 48 of the 83 approved units were built - hence the additional units planned today. The neighbor's parking concerns were addressed by adding two off-street spaces per unit, but the Planning Department felt the other concerns weren't applicable because of the previously approved PUD. We'll see what the neighbors have to say about that at tomorrow's hearing.
· Conditional Use Application - San Francisco Overlook [SF Planning]
· Battle Brewing Over Proposed Development in Forest Knolls [Curbed SF]