Planning

Millicent Johnson announced on Thursday, July 30 that she was stepping down from her position on the Planning Commission. (Courtesy photo)

Planning Commissioner steps down, giving Mayor Breed another vacancy to fill

Millicent Johnson departing to move to Oakland, start a philanthropic organization

Millicent Johnson announced on Thursday, July 30 that she was stepping down from her position on the Planning Commission. (Courtesy photo)
The Columbus Tower building on Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Francis Ford Coppola to turn part of landmark Columbus Tower into boutique hotel

Famed ‘Godfather’ director speaks about North Beach plans at local hearing

The Columbus Tower building on Thursday, July 30, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A 100-percent affordable housing complex at 1990 Folsom St. is one under construction by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Funding for affordable housing expected to fall short of needs

San Francisco needs $517 million annually to reach its affordable housing goals,…

A 100-percent affordable housing complex at 1990 Folsom St. is one under construction by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco residents invited to provide input on the Bay Area of 2050

San Francisco residents invited to provide input on the Bay Area of 2050

San Francisco residents are invited to give their input on the Bay…

San Francisco residents invited to provide input on the Bay Area of 2050
Balboa Reservoir project appeal filed by CCSF community members

Balboa Reservoir project appeal filed by CCSF community members

An appeal of the Balboa Reservoir project’s environmental review filed by City…

Balboa Reservoir project appeal filed by CCSF community members
The Warriors are proposing a hotel and condo project next door to Chase Center. (Courtesy photo)

Warriors hotel and condo complex wins initial approval

A city commission overseeing the redevelopment of Mission Bay unanimously approved the…

The Warriors are proposing a hotel and condo project next door to Chase Center. (Courtesy photo)
The Warriors are proposing to build a hotel and condominium complex next to the Chase Center. (Courtesy rendering)

Warriors hotel and condo proposal faces key vote

Complex would have 129 hotel rooms, 20,000-square feet of retail and 21 condominiums on top floors

The Warriors are proposing to build a hotel and condominium complex next to the Chase Center. (Courtesy rendering)
The Lucky Penny at Masonic Avenue and Geary Boulevard closed in 2015. The site is set to be redeveloped into housing.                                 Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner

Project wins approval at Lucky Penny site with no affordable housing

Development was originally slated to include 23 percent below-market units

The Lucky Penny at Masonic Avenue and Geary Boulevard closed in 2015. The site is set to be redeveloped into housing.                                 Kevin N. Hume/
S.F. Examiner
A 100-percent affordable housing complex at 1990 Folsom St. is one of three projects under construction by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center.                                Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner

Coronavirus turmoil adds uncertainty to affordable housing pipeline

Current construction continues but future projects could face challenges

A 100-percent affordable housing complex at 1990 Folsom St. is one of three projects under construction by the Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Center.                                Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner
St. Mark’s Lutheran Church near Franklin and O’Farrell streets is seeking to build more affordable housing for seniors on its property. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Legislation would give the state’s blessing to affordable housing on church properties

Senate Bill 899 would allow up to 150 units without requiring rezoning

St. Mark’s Lutheran Church near Franklin and O’Farrell streets is seeking to build more affordable housing for seniors on its property. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
San Francisco debates when, where and how to build affordable housing

San Francisco debates when, where and how to build affordable housing

Prop. E aims to strike a balance by placing new limits on office projects

San Francisco debates when, where and how to build affordable housing
Dennis Richards formally stepping down from Planning Commission

Dennis Richards formally stepping down from Planning Commission

Commissioner took leave in December due to dispute with DBI

Dennis Richards formally stepping down from Planning Commission
The average time for a project to get through the permitting process in San Francisco is nearly four years, according to UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)

How San Francisco’s lengthy permitting process enables corruption

Director of Public Works Mohammed Nuru and his accomplice Nick Bovis shouldn’t…

The average time for a project to get through the permitting process in San Francisco is nearly four years, according to UC Berkeley’s Terner Center for Housing Innovation. (Emma Chiang/Special to S.F. Examiner)
There are some places in San Francisco where it’s just not safe to build, like Edgehill Mountain. (Sally Stephens/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Monster houses don’t belong on SF’s Edgehill Mountain

There are some places in San Francisco where it’s just not safe…

There are some places in San Francisco where it’s just not safe to build, like Edgehill Mountain. (Sally Stephens/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Progressive supervisors call for SF planning commissioner to resign

Progressive supervisors call for SF planning commissioner to resign

UPDATE Dec. 24, 2019: Since this column published Monday night, Supervisor Hillary…

Progressive supervisors call for SF planning commissioner to resign
Dennis Richards is in a dispute with the Department of Building Inspection over work done on a property he owns.

Embattled planning commissioner to take leave of absence

After publicly criticizing the San Francisco Department of Building Inspection and allegedly…

Dennis Richards is in a dispute with the Department of Building Inspection over work done on a property he owns.
Union Station, a locally owned and operated cannabis lounge, was approved Thursday by the Planning Commission at 2075 Mission St. (Cody McFarland/Special to the S.F. Examiner)

Mission cannabis lounge wins planning approval

Union Station dispensary only second equity applicant approved by city

Union Station, a locally owned and operated cannabis lounge, was approved Thursday by the Planning Commission at 2075 Mission St. (Cody McFarland/Special to the S.F. Examiner)
Supervisor Gordon Mar has introduced a resolution opposing legislation to increase housing density in areas near transit hubs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Supes sound off against bill increasing housing density near transit hubs

Senator Wiener calls resolution opposing SB 50 ‘little more than symbolic political theater’

Supervisor Gordon Mar has introduced a resolution opposing legislation to increase housing density in areas near transit hubs. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
A skyscraper proposed for 542-550 Howard St. could rise to 800 feet. (Courtesy photo)

New skyscraper to rise in city’s skyline

A proposed 800-foot tower could soon rise in downtown San Francisco’s rapidly…

A skyscraper proposed for 542-550 Howard St. could rise to 800 feet. (Courtesy photo)
A housing project at 1950 Mission St. will include 40 permanent supportive units for families. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)

Plans in works to build 1,700 supportive housing units for formerly homeless

Nearly 600 homes planned for families without housing

A housing project at 1950 Mission St. will include 40 permanent supportive units for families. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)