Mayor pitches development legislation to construction workers 

Mayor Gavin Newsom seems to be spending his day trying to appeal to unions.

After meeting with city labor folks this morning, the mayor joined building and construction union workers for a boisterous rally on the steps of City Hall to support his legislation to expedite development and reignite construction jobs citywide.

The first piece of the legislation streamlines the collection and enforcement of all development impact fees and permitting for development. Under the legislation, developers could defer impact fees that are now paid to The City up front and begin construction immediately.

The biggest part of the legislation gives developers the option of reducing 33 percent of their existing up front affordable-housing requirements in exchange for agreeing to place a permanent 1 percent transfer fee on the property. Every time the property is sold, The City would collect 1 percent of the sales price for affordable housing.

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