San Francisco may allow property owners throughout The City to create accessory dwelling units, previously called in-laws units, to existing buildings, potentially adding up to 33,000 more homes covered by rent control laws.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced the legislation Tuesday after announcing March 1 he was drafting the proposal.
Peskin’s proposal would also prohibit the newly created units from being used as short-term rentals through services like Airbnb, according to the legislation.
Peskin said his effort is meant to address San Francisco’s affordability crisis.
“These are for real people who live in San Francisco. We are not trying to create 30,000 new hotel rooms,” he told the San Francisco Examiner.
Additionally, property owners couldn’t create these type of units if it would reduce existing commercial square footage in neighborhood commercial corridors.
Buildings with records of evictions within five or 10 years, depending on the type, couldn’t take advantage of the proposed change.
The effort builds on those of other city officials, including Peskin when he previously served as a supervisor, to create more below-market-rate housing.
The addition of accessory dwelling units was recently allowed in District 8 under an effort by Supervisor Scott Wiener and later by Supervisor Julie Christensen in District 3, before she lost her seat on the board last November to Peskin.
“Unlike the [Affordable Housing Bonus Program], we can do something without threatening existing neighborhood character, without the threat of displacement to small businesses or existing residents, all the while increasing the amount of existing rent-controlled housing,” said Peskin on March 1.
The Affordable Housing Bonus Program is a controversial proposal that allows developers who include more below-market-rate housing to build taller or denser buildings, The program is slated to go before the Board of Supervisors for hearings in the coming weeks.
Peskin called his proposal “pragmatic infill strategy.”
In a statement Tuesday, Gabe Metcalf, executive director of public-policy think-tank SPUR, said, “Supervisor Peskin’s legislation aligns with SPUR’s agenda to address the housing affordability crisis in San Francisco. The legislation will add and preserve affordable housing supply to a desperate market.”
Muni training facility
Also Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors postponed a vote on a proposed new costly Muni driver training facility until April 5.
Several board members raised concerns in recent weeks about the deal, which would have the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency paying $2 million more annually to train drivers than currently spent by the agency in leasing a 7-acre site at 30 Tanforan Ave. in South San Francisco.