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Van Ness Mini Golf; Divis and Fillmore Get Neighborhood-y; Rising Rents and Transit Infrastructure; More!

Welcome to Curbed's new series City Hall Roundup, where we follow-up on the Board of Supervisor and Planning Commission votes of the week. We sit through the hearings so you don't have to. Did we miss an item you're curious about? Let us know in the comments!


Model of 1906 Earthquake-themed mini golf hole at Planning Commission [Photo: SFGovTV]

THE MISSION: The indoor mini golf course on South Van Ness was approved unanimously, with the project sponsor supplying so extra details like a 1906 Earthquake-themed hole that would "shake and shimmy, and then rebuild itself." Ah-mazing.

HUNTERS POINT: The Hunters Point Shipyard Redevelopment got a few amendments from the Planning Commission, with some density increases on certain blocks (but keeping the dwelling unit total of 1600, just redistributing them to new places).

DIVIS: Supe. Breed revised the formula retail ban in the Divisadero Neighborhood Commercial District to allow it in rare instances, but the Planning Commissioners waxed poetic on formula retail anyway for over an hour. In the end, the Neighborhood Commercial District was approved.

FILLMORE: The Fillmore Neighborhood Commercial District convo was more of the same (see above).

CITYWIDE: Mayor Lee didn't really address the rising rental rates issue at the Board of Supervisors, instead saying he won't apologize for bringing jobs to the city, but confirmed that the city's strong anti-displacement policies will remain iron-clad.

CITYWIDE: Supes approved condo conversion legislation that would allow about 2,200 tenancy-in-common unit owners who are currently on a waiting list to pay a $20,000 conversion fee that would go toward an affordable housing fund, and would prevent the lottery from resuming until 2024.

CITYWIDE: Sup. Wiener brought up the issue of supporting new development with already struggling transit infrastructure, using the Upper Market building boom as an example. He plans to introduce legislation that will take what to do, what kind of timetable it'll require, how to pay for bolstering transit to meet needs of the future.