City Hall Watch: Garage restrictions approved 

Building parking garages in three San Francisco neighborhoods has become more difficult.

Legislation imposing restrictions on the construction of parking garages in residential buildings located in North Beach, Telegraph Hill and Chinatown was unanimously approved Tuesday.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who introduced the legislation, said the restrictions are intended “to make sure that we are not creating new garages in my district that is resulting in the eviction of tenants during the worst economic recession since the Great Depression.”

Chiu made a number of amendments to gain the support of all his colleagues, including eliminating a provision that would have required all parking garage projects to obtain a special conditional-use permit, which is expensive and could be appealed.

The legislation, adopted in a 10-0 vote, prohibits the construction of parking garages in residential buildings where there were two or more “no-fault” evictions during the past 10 years. A planning review process for garage applications goes into effect, with a more intensive review for buildings with four or more units. Approval of garages would be based on certain criteria. A parking garage could not, for example, reduce the building’s living space.

It’s thought the restrictions may be expanded in the future to include other areas of The City.

 

IN OTHER ACTION

  • Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi introduced a resolution calling on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to create a youth lifeline discount Fast Pass for qualified low-income youth at a rate of $10 a month.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

 

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