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New Legislation Aims to Speed Up Affordable Housing

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Getting a new development approved in San Francisco is almost always a complicated affair, and there have been no exceptions for below market rate housing in this tangled web of approvals and authorizations. That could be about to change. Supervisor Scott Wiener will introduce legislation today streamlining the process for below market rate housing. The proposal could take years off of the process for some affordable housing developments. The legislation specifically addresses the conditional use authorization process, which is required for projects that meet height limits but need exemptions for things like unit size or number of total units. The new process would apply to any projects that are 100 percent affordable to families earning less than 120 percent of area median income—about $122,000 for a family of four. The legislation would also allow below market rate developments built on public land to bypass rezoning.

· Supervisor Wiener to Introduce Affordable Housing Legislation [SF Chronicle]