Home is where the houses are

San Francisco must provide nearly 15 percent of the 215,000 new homes needed in the Bay Area in the coming six years, while San Mateo County must provide 7 percent, officials have determined.

The Association of Bay Area Governments released new county-by-county housing figures Thursday, including the number of new homes built between 1999 and 2006 and the number of new homes required by 2014 to help the area meet state housing laws.

Counties don’t face enforcement actions if they fail to meet the quotas, but failing to meet those quotas could expose them to potential lawsuits, according to ABAG Senior Planner Christy Riviere.

The quotas are broken down by the affordability of the homes, with new units needed by a range of income levels as the strong local economy, as well as childbirth, swells the population, Riviere said.

“We do a fairly decent job in this region of producing above-average income units, but we don’t do a very good job of producing housing for middle-class, working families,” Riviere said. “This process requires cities to find ways to plan for working people.”

San Francisco will be asked to create a disproportionately high proportion of new homes because of its concentration of jobs and transit, Riviere said.

San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association Executive Director Gabriel Metcalf said ABAG’s decision makes sense.

“San Francisco is one of the best places to add housing because we have the transit and the infrastructure to support the growth,” Metcalf said. “It’s far cheaper and far better for the environment to put people inside San Francisco than in a new suburb somewhere.”

Dough Shoemaker, a deputy director in Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Housing, said ABAG’s approach makes sense, but he said The City’s share of state funding should increase accordingly.

The City will be able to meet its quotas, in part because large numbers of new homes are expected in Mission Bay, Bayview-Hunters Point, downtown and in the eastern neighborhoods, Shoemaker said.

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The growing Bay Area

San Francisco

17,439: New homes built 1999 to 2006

20,372: New homes required 1999 to 2006

2,197: New homes built in 2007

31,193: New homes required between 2007 and 2014

San Mateo

10,289: New homes built 1999 to 2006

16,305: New homes required 1999 to 2006

1,185: New homes built in 2007

15,738: New homes required between 2007 and 2014

Source: Association of Bay Area Governments

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