Friday, February 7, 2014

SF waterfront height limits measure qualifies for June ballot

Posted By on Fri, Feb 7, 2014 at 3:55 PM

The Department of Elections on Friday signed off on the signatures gathered for a June ballot measure by supporters of height-limit restrictions on waterfront developments.

Early last week, environmental and neighborhood groups submitted more than 21,000 signatures in support of the measure. They needed only 9,702 to qualify for the ballot.

If the measure is approved, proposed developments that exceed current Port of San Francisco height regulations would be forced to receive voter approval. Waterfront height limits generally range from 40 to 105 feet.

Some 400 paid or volunteer workers had spent three weeks gathering the signatures. The Elections Department had 30 days to certify them, but did so by Friday.

The ballot measure comes on the heels of voters soundly defeating in November the 8 Washington St. luxury condo waterfront development, which the Board of Supervisors had approved.

The measure, which would apply to the entire waterfront, would most immediately impact the Golden State Warriors’ arena project just south of the Bay Bridge, along with the San Francisco Giants’ development plans near AT&T Park in South Beach.

Arena project organizers announced they have pushed back plans at least a year beyond 2017.

The Waterfront Height Limit Right To Vote Initiative has the backing of the Sierra Club — which is also against the Warriors arena — and the No Wall on the Waterfront coalition, according to supporters.

Both the Giants and Warriors have not publicly taken a position on the ballot measure.


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