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by www.savesanfrancisco.org (info [at] savesanfrancisco.org

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Tuesday Oct 3rd, 2000 6:08 PM
The Save San Francisco Initiative (Proposition L) will stem the unchecked office developement which is destroying SF neighborhoods!
Read the exact measure below.
INITIATIVE MEASURE TO BE SUBMITTED FORTHWITH TO THE
VOTERS AT A SPECIAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION

The City Attorney of San Francisco has prepared the following title and summary of
the chief
purpose and points of the proposed measure:

OFFICE DEVELOPMENT CONTROLS: INITIATIVE ORDINANCE

This measure is an initiative ordinance that would:

Amend the Planning Code\'s Priority Policies to link commercial development
to transit capacity and traffic improvements, and discourage displacement of
community services and arts activities
Redefine \"office space\" to include multimedia and computer-based services
such as software development, web design, and electronic commerce
Limit the Zoning Administrator\'s ability to exempt a proposed new use from
classification as \"office space\" through interpretation of the Planning Code.
Provide that the existing cap on office development would not include office
space in certain government buildings, or located at the Presidio, Pier 70, or
the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.
Create a new use category for \"community services,\" such as administrative
services for organizations providing social, economic, or cultural services to
low and moderate income persons, and exclude such space from the definition
of office space.
Limit new office development of over 6,000 square feet to specified areas,
including portions of the Downtown Area, Port property, existing
Redevelopment Project Areas, and the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.
Suspend new office development in certain areas, including portions of South
of Market, the Northeast Mission Industrial Zone, and the Bayview Hunters
Point Survey Area, until those areas are studied and rezoned.
Prohibit new office development in certain areas, including portions of the
Mission District and South of Market.
Require that new office space of more than 6,000 and less than 50,000 square
feet be authorized as a conditional use.
Require that proposed office projects of 50,000 or more square feet be
approved through an annual competitive process.
Direct the Board of Supervisors to consider requiring office developers to
dedicate 10 percent of the floor space in projects in excess of 50,000 square
feet to non-profit organizations providing community services. The developer
would be allowed to exceed limits on total floor area where the space was
dedicated to non-profit community service uses for at least 50 years and was
rented at no more than one-third of the rent charged to commercial tenants.
Classify all live/work units as dwelling units and prohibit the City from
issuing permits for new live/work units, other than accessory uses integrated
with the working space of artists, artisans and other craftpersons. The
measure would also direct the Planning Commission to consider creation of a
new residential use category to be called \"loft housing,\" subject to the same
requirements as all other residential buildings, such as height limits, rear
yards, affordable housing, and payment of fees. The proposal would prohibit
the conversion of existing live/work units to office space.
Require that environmental impact reports address the economic and social
effects of a project on the demand for housing, and displacement of
affordable housing, community services, small businesses, and arts and
cultural institutions
Require that affordable housing, child care and transit impact fees be
\"indexed\" to rise or fall each year with changes in the relevant price index.

The measure would require the City to call a special election to vote on this ordinance.

Notice is hereby given by the persons whose names appear hereon of their intent to
circulate the
petition within the City of San Francisco for the purpose of amending the Planning Code
and
Administrative Code by adopting this Initiative to preserve and further implement
Proposition M
which was adopted by the voters in November 1986. The petition requests that the
initiative be
submitted forthwith to the voters at a special municipal election to be called by the
Director of
Elections.

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