Supervisors Farrell & Peskin Reach Consensus On Accessory Dwelling Units Law

SAN FRANCISCO - Today, Supervisors Mark Farrell and Aaron Peskin announced consensus legislation after merging their respective Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) ordinances. The landmark legislation paves the way for the creation of tens of thousands of new permanently rent-controlled residential units, while protecting neighborhood diversity and small businesses.  It gives appropriate consideration to neighborhood noticing and public process, while maximizing the potential for additional density within the existing built envelope of projects.

SUPERVISORS FARRELL & PESKIN REACH CONSENSUS ON ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS LAW

 

SAN FRANCISCO - Today, Supervisors Mark Farrell and Aaron Peskin announced consensus legislation after merging their respective Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) ordinances. The landmark legislation paves the way for the creation of tens of thousands of new permanently rent-controlled residential units, while protecting neighborhood diversity and small businesses.  It gives appropriate consideration to neighborhood noticing and public process, while maximizing the potential for additional density within the existing built envelope of projects.

 

Today’s ADU legislation stems from decades-old efforts to provide for ADUs (commonly known as “in-law units”) in San Francisco, from Supervisors Terence Hallinan, Mabel Tang and Tom Ammiano, to Supervisor Peskin’s effort in 2002 and 2014’s ADU legislation in Districts 3 and 8.

 

“Our housing crisis continues in San Francisco, and I believe we need to do everything possible at the Board of Supervisors to build more housing at every income level,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “This law will help realize thousands of new permanently rent-controlled units, protect and promote neighborhood character and diversity, and will make a meaningful impact in our City’s housing shortage and crisis.” 

 

“This legislation has been a priority for me since I first introduced a similar version in 2002,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin.  “Since then, we’ve improved it through a robust community and legislative process, and I am focused on ensuring that the City does everything possible to incentivize the use of the affordable housing tools we are creating.  I want the City to work with property owners to encourage use of this program, so we start reaping the benefits as soon as possible.”

 

The consensus legislation would allow the unlimited construction of ADUs within buildings that are five units or more and will cap new units at no more than one unit in buildings that are four units or less.  Each new unit constructed would be allowed to be built, or expanded, within a building’s existing envelope. All ADUs would be rent-controlled rental properties, except for ADUs built in existing condominium buildings with no prior eviction history, which would also provide for new home ownership opportunities.

 

“Good things and policies can happen when we are able to work together at the Board,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “I’m grateful that Supervisor Peskin and I were able to come to a compromise on a meaningful citywide housing policy that our entire City can be proud of during our City’s housing shortage and crisis.”

 

“The creation and preservation of affordable housing continues to be one of my top policy priorities, and I’m delighted to have found legislative partners willing to take the time to thoughtfully craft this compromise legislation,” said Supervisor Aaron Peskin.  “I also want to thank Supervisor Farrell for removing his ballot initiative in recognition that these difficult conversations belong at the Board where true policy consensus can be achieved.”

 

The Board of Supervisors is expected to approve the legislation at the Board’s July 19th meeting, and subsequently at its second reading at the Board’s July 26th meeting. Mayor Ed Lee is expected to sign the consensus bill, which would become law 30 days later.

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