A decision on the CEQA appeal of the proposed luxury skyscraper at Oak Street and Van Ness Avenue was postponed for one week at the Board of Supervisors as negotiations will continue among city officials, the developer and appellants.
The 40-story tower is slated to include 304 condos and 136 parking spaces, and appellants have argued, in part, that the intersection could turn into a traffic nightmare because a city analysis of the project left out data on ride-hail vehicles like Uber and Lyft.
If the appellants win, it could set a precedent in having city planners factor in ride-hail trips when analyzing traffic impacts of new developments.
“[Transportation Network Companies] are omitted from the city’s transportation analysis despite upwards of 45,000 operating in the city on a daily basis,” reads the appeal. “Lack of understanding of TNC impacts on cyclists, pedestrians, and transit means the EIR is inadequate in identifying impacts and necessary mitigation. The EIR must discuss stronger mitigation for loading impacts for residential online shopping and TNC passengers.”
Board President London Breed, who represents the area where the development is proposed, requested the one-week continuance.
“I have convened several meetings with the appellant as well as the developers and other community stakeholders along with the Planning Department,” Breed said. “I would like to request a one-week continuance so that we can continue conversations to get to a point where we can all be hopefully on the same page.”