Originally posted to Unfamiliar Terrain
Costs for many office and laboratory projects in San Francisco are poised to increase. On November 5, 2019, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a proposed ordinance that would more than double the Citywide Jobs Housing Linkage Fee (JHLF) rate for such projects. The ordinance now moves to the Mayor for consideration.
As amended by the Board on October 29, 2019, the increased fees would be phased in from the current fee of $28.57 to:
This rate would also apply where a complete Preliminary Project Assessment (PPA) application was filed on or before September 10, 2019, except where a building or site permit is issued as of the effective date of the ordinance, in which case the project would be “grandfathered” and the current fee rate would apply, unless the project is a large capital project subject to a special condition as described above. The fee rate for “small capital” office projects (49,999 gsf or less) under this provision would be $46.98 rather than $52.20.
For laboratory uses, the same phasing requirements would apply (with the exception of the special condition provision described above), with increases from $19.04 per gsf to $31.43, $34.90 and $38.37 per gsf, respectively.
See our September blog post for information about the related nexus analysis and feasibility assessment for the proposed fee increase.