San Francisco Planning Department

Getting a permit to develop a project in San Francisco is difficult, requiring many steps. (Courtesy photo)

Here’s how to combat San Francisco’s affordable housing crisis

The San Francisco Planning Department is under pressure from all sides to…

 

Bayview landlord Judy Wu has agreed to pay $2 million to settle a city lawsuit alleging she illegally converted eight single-family homes into multi-unit buildings. (Courtesy SF Planning Department)

Bayview landlord to pay $2M to settle city lawsuit over ‘unsafe’ veteran housing

A landlord has agreed to pay San Francisco $2 million to settle…

 

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How do you envision transit infrastructure along the Embarcadero?

Do you commute, walk, skate, bike or drive along the Embarcadero? If…

 

SF to hold 'ugliest lawn' competition in response to drought

Beautifully manicured, green lawns requiring constant watering could win an ugliest yard…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerNeighborhoods such as the Sunset are already tightly packed

Cottage industry: The ups and downs of building backyard homes in SF

The simplest solution to San Francisco's housing crisis, development advocates say, is…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerNeighborhoods such as the Sunset are already tightly packed
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe City's Planning Department has not upheld city building codes for the Academy of Art University. The Planning Department has threatened to start fining the school

SF grants another extension to Academy of Art University over code violations

Earlier this year, it seemed San Francisco code enforcers had finally had…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe City's Planning Department has not upheld city building codes for the Academy of Art University. The Planning Department has threatened to start fining the school
mike koozmin/the s.f. examinerA four-story building that will have 12 new housing units is slated for a 30-foot-wide parking lot near the U.S. Highway 101 offramp at Ninth and Bryant streets.

SF apartment project planned near freeway

The intersection of Ninth and Bryant streets — where U.S. Highway 101…

mike koozmin/the s.f. examinerA four-story building that will have 12 new housing units is slated for a 30-foot-wide parking lot near the U.S. Highway 101 offramp at Ninth and Bryant streets.
cindy chew/2005 S.F. Examiner file photoA medical marijuana dispensary looking to add a location in the Excelsior was put on hold due to concerns from the neighbhorhood about the types of people the businesses attract.

Medical marijuana dispensaries could open in new parts of SF under proposal

The real estate in San Francisco available to medical cannabis dispensaries could…

cindy chew/2005 S.F. Examiner file photoA medical marijuana dispensary looking to add a location in the Excelsior was put on hold due to concerns from the neighbhorhood about the types of people the businesses attract.
Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoMayor Ed Lee announced his executive directive for housing

SF rental stock directive met with some resistance

Early last month, The City’s bureaucratic gears shifted to quicken how regulators…

Mike Koozmin/2013 S.F. Examiner file photoMayor Ed Lee announced his executive directive for housing

Planning officials to study possible teardown of I-280 segment for rail connection

A stretch of Interstate 280, aka the John F. Foran Freeway, dissects…

Courtesy renderingThe Central SoMa Eco-District task force’s sweeping vision for South of Market includes buildings with features such as grey-water systems and green local energy production.

SF explores an ecodistrict idea for South of Market

The city of tomorrow — the future — has a long history.…

Courtesy renderingThe Central SoMa Eco-District task force’s sweeping vision for South of Market includes buildings with features such as grey-water systems and green local energy production.
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. Examiner

San Francisco needs to revitalize Japantown, preserve its cultural identity

<p>Out on Geary Boulevard, not far from Van Ness Avenue, a clump…

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A proposed blueprint for Japantown

S.F.'s parklets program learns from failure, moves ahead

On Haight Street, two new parking spaces where a parklet was recently…

A proposed blueprint for Japantown
A proposed blueprint for Japantown

Neighbors still challenging proposed San Francisco housing development

A 6,300-square-foot space slated for development near Twin Peaks is again meeting…

A proposed blueprint for Japantown
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe Doelger Building is officially historic

Doelger Building in Sunset receives initial landmark approval

  The Doelger Building, the former headquarters of one of the most…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerThe Doelger Building is officially historic
Courtesy PhotoA proposed hotel on Fourth Street would help serve the expanded Moscone Center. Planners have chosen not to include on-site parking in the design.

New San Francisco hotel planned for Moscone Center area

A new, 220-room hotel could spring up in South of Market right…

Courtesy PhotoA proposed hotel on Fourth Street would help serve the expanded Moscone Center. Planners have chosen not to include on-site parking in the design.
Getty Images File PhotoThere are currently 462 projects stuck in San Francisco's planning and approval process. Extra revenue from building fees could help fund additional staff.

San Francisco Planning Department working to clear path for real estate projects

The cranes currently dotting San Francisco’s skyline are just the beginning of…

Getty Images File PhotoThere are currently 462 projects stuck in San Francisco's planning and approval process. Extra revenue from building fees could help fund additional staff.
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerRecognition: The City is considering designating a stretch of homes created by builder Fernando Nelson as a historic landmark.

San Francisco's historic Duboce Park neighborhood could be landmarked

The architectural details on the houses immediately north of Duboce Park reveal…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerRecognition: The City is considering designating a stretch of homes created by builder Fernando Nelson as a historic landmark.
Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerTwitter's co-founder Evan Williams angered neighbors when he submitted plans to rebuild his Parnassus Heights home.

Twitter co-founder’s attempt to raze, rebuild house is riling up neighbors

Twitter co-founder Evan Williams hopes to tear down his $3 million home…

Mike Koozmin/The S.F. ExaminerTwitter's co-founder Evan Williams angered neighbors when he submitted plans to rebuild his Parnassus Heights home.
SF Examiner File PhotoThe appeal against the America's Cup race is by four member groups of the Environmental Council: Telegraph Hill Dwellers

Appeal tangles San Francisco’s plans for America’s Cup

An appeal of the America’s Cup environmental impact report was officially filed…

SF Examiner File PhotoThe appeal against the America's Cup race is by four member groups of the Environmental Council: Telegraph Hill Dwellers