Update on San Francisco Housing Element Implementation

On April 28, 2023, the Planning Commission received an informational presentation from Planning Department staff regarding its work to implement the City’s recently adopted Housing Element Update. (See earlier posts regarding the City’s Housing Element here and here.)

As part of its Housing Element implementation, the Planning Department is working on legislation that would rezone neighborhoods to increase residential density and increase building heights primarily along transit corridors, commercial corridors, and on identified key sites. Areas of study for the rezoning program include portions of the Richmond and Sunset districts, and along Van Ness Avenue and Lombard Street.

Consistent with the Mayor’s Executive Directive, the Housing Element implementation efforts also include Code changes and permitting improvements to more efficiently allocate staff time and reduce overall permitting timelines.

We will continue to monitor the City’s Housing Element implementation efforts.