Stories about City Planning

Central Soma Plan shows the problem with large-scale EIRs

Decisions made in 2013 are determining the amount of housing the city can allow five years later, when the situation has radically changed.

SF supes oppose Wiener real-estate bill

Breed sides with Wiener as debate shows clear differences among candidates for mayor

Explosive debate finally shows the candidates as they are

Sparks fly at the Potrero Hill Democratic Club, where candidates could ask each other questions

SF planners blast Wiener housing bill that would upzone entire city

Even a pro-growth, pro-development department has to admit that Wiener's latest housing bill goes way too far (and does nothing for the affordable housing crisis)

The big winner in the mayoral vote …

... Plus: A complex ethics reform sparks opposition from progressive nonprofits. That's The Agenda for Jan 28-Feb 4

Planning Commission rejects condo application after 100-year-old was evicted

In a stunning, unanimous decision, planners say you can't evict a centenarian, lie about it on your condo application, and get a lucrative permit

Will SF allow the owner who evicted a 100-year-old to get a condo conversion permit?

Planning rules don't allow lucrative conversions after evictions -- so how can the Planning Commission allow Iris Canada's apartment to become a condo?

What if the housing crisis is caused by too much growth?

Supes hearing shows that affordable housing numbers are cooked, the crisis isn't getting better -- and part of the problem is too many tech offices

The strange saga of 114 Lyon St

Owner wants to convert four-unit building into single-family home -- because someone else did it illegally years ago. We investigate