Garage-building proposal gains veto-proof support 

Restricting the construction of parking garages in three San Francisco neighborhoods appears headed for a veto-proof approval under a compromise announced Tuesday.

The amendments of legislation to impose restrictions on building garages — like banning such construction if there were Ellis Act evictions within the past 10 years — are meant to secure support for the bill, which had appeared one vote shy of the eight votes needed to overturn a mayoral veto.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, who introduced the legislation, said one change will eliminate the requirement that to build a garage one would need to obtain a special conditional-use permit. Obtaining such permits is an expensive process and could be appealed to the board. Instead, the permit applications would remain before the Planning Commission and a two-tier system would be created, with an easier approval process for buildings with three or less units than those with four or more.

Supervisor Bevan Dufty was seen as the key vote to determine if the proposal would withstand a possible mayoral veto, and said the amendments ensure his support. Dufty said the proposal, as it stood, was “too onerous” for those who were not the “bad actors.”

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