Garage-restriction legislation set for approval 

Restrictions on the construction of parking garages in residential buildings in three San Francisco neighborhoods appears set for approval after weeks of debate.

Board of Supervisors President David Chiu’s legislation would prohibit the construction of parking garages in residential buildings in Chinatown, North Breach and Telegraph Hill where there were two or more “no fault” evictions during the past 10 years. It would also add a planning review process for garage applications with a more intensive review for buildings with four or more units. For these buildings types, approval would be based on certain criteria. A parking garage could not, for example, reduce the building’s living space.

The board’s Land Use and Economic Development Committee approved the amended legislation Monday. The full board will vote on it Tuesday.

The legislation has gone through several hearings and changes meant to win over support of the bill. The legislation originally proposed requiring every parking garage project to need a special conditional-use permit, a process that is expensive, which could be appealed to the full board.

Chiu has said that the legislation is “to make sure that we are not creating new garages in my district that is resulting in the eviction of tenants during the worst economic recession since the great depression.”

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