REPORT: San Francisco Board Defies Mayor London Breed, Passes Housing Density Law

San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors on Tuesday overrode Democratic Mayor London Breed’s veto, the San Francisco Standard reported.

Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced legislation that would limit the number of new homes built in San Francisco’s historic districts. Despite the mayor’s veto and the three other supervisors’ opposition to the bill, the board strongly supported Peskin’s legislation in an 8-3 vote. according to San Francisco Standard.

“This is not only well thought out, but recommended by our planning department,” Peskin said, as reported by the San Francisco Standard. “This is not a policy debate. This is a political debate.” (Related: San Francisco Mayor, California Democrat Becomes Latest to Back Ballot Measure That Tightens Penalties for Retail Crimes)

Peskin’s housing density bill is aimed at high-rise projects that could change the look of historic neighborhoods. This will affect major developments, including a 24-storey building planned for a local street and a 17-storey project planned to replace a 100-year-old office building, the newspaper added. Ta. Supporters of the bill say it aims to protect special areas of San Francisco without hindering housing growth citywide. Supervisor Ayesha Safai pointed out that the bill has limited scope.

“Narrow laws are modest in scope,” Safai said, the newspaper reported. “We have to preserve the character and history of the city.”

VARIOUS CITIES – FEBRUARY 20: San Francisco Mayor London Breed speaks on stage during the inaugural reception for the Consulate General of Sweden in San Francisco at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on February 20, 2024 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images)

This legislative victory for Peskin and his allies was not without controversy. Breed says this is a blow to his housing project and is calling for decisive action to solve San Francisco’s housing shortage, the paper said. She points out that these restrictions conflict with the city’s pledge to build more than 80,000 new homes by 2031, a goal she believes is jeopardized by these policies.

“The new housing limit is contrary to the goals of the housing element that the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved just over a year ago,” Breed said. I have written In her veto letter, the San Francisco Standard reported. “It also goes against what we must do to make this city a place that creates new housing opportunities for people in need now and for future generations who will grow up in San Francisco.”