From today’s SF Chronicle:
“Parking in downtown San Francisco — an area not known for having very much of it — could get even tougher under a measure being considered today by the Board of Supervisors.
The legislation, sponsored by Board of Supervisors President Aaron Peskin, who represents parts of the city’s downtown, would impose limits where there are none on the number of parking spaces included in new residential buildings.
It also would require that most downtown off-street parking be built below ground and would strictly limit parking built above ground.
On Monday, Peskin said the legislation is intended to cut congestion in an area that has convenient access to public transportation.
“This is the best-served area by public transportation in San Francisco, bar none,” Peskin said. “You can only jam so many cars into a small amount of space, and then you get to the point where you’re clogging up streets and nobody’s going to want to go downtown.”
Mayor Gavin Newsom signaled his opposition to the measure early on. In a letter last month to the Board of Supervisors, Newsom said it overreaches and threatens economic growth.”
Thank goodness that we have Newsom as our mayor. That’s all I’m gonna say. As for what the restrictions actually are:
“The measure would eliminate minimum parking requirements for downtown residential projects. It would cap the maximum number of spaces allowed in new residential buildings at a level of three-fourths of a parking space for each new unit of housing constructed.
The ordinance would limit above-ground parking to one level, but only if it is buffered by commercial uses along all parts of the building that face the street.
It would also establish requirements for bicycle parking and car-share parking spaces in new housing projects.
Buildings larger than 1,000 square feet with two or more bedrooms — potentially homes for families — would have an exemption on the maximum spaces allowed and could have up to one parking space per dwelling unit.”