Low-Rise Appeal Unsuccessful


Our appeal of the Department of Planning and Development’s (DPD) determination of non-significance (DNS) on legislation affecting low-rise zones was unsuccessful (you can read the whole decision here: W-14-001 DECISION_00001). The Hearing Examiner ruled on the narrow issue of whether DPD had made a mistake by not considering the impact of the proposal’s reduction of housing capacity […]

A Tax for Housing? OK, Sure!


Ok. I give up. Let’s tax ourselves for housing. After all, housing is essential for job and population growth. We should support more of a good thing, right? But here’s the deal, the tax should be legal, equally assessed, and the revenues generated ought to solve our greatest housing need, housing for poor families. And […]

Low-Rise Appeal: Closing Arguments


We’ve submitted our closing arguments for the appeal of the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Councilmember Sally Clark’s efforts to reduce housing capacity in the city’s low-rise zones. We think these arguments are solid and illustrative of the work DPD failed to do in assessing environmental impact. I.          INTRODUCTION The City’s Determination of […]