Saturday, March 14, 2015

Living in limited space: back yard houses next, San Francisco

Little backyard bungalows are my fave
Perfect quiet neighborhood location
for one or two people, who have
not accumulated much "stuff."
The Examiner (San Francisco), Chris Roberts, 3/5/15.  "Cottage industry: the ups and downs of building backyard hones."

"The simplest solution to San Francisco's housing crisis, development advocates say, is to build more housing units and more buildings to house those units.

But in a city with strict height controls, little undeveloped land and nowhere to expand, that solution — and Mayor Ed Lee's goal of getting 30,000 new housing units on the market by 2020 — begs a simple and often stumping question: Where? For an answer, a growing number of city officials and housing activists are looking at backyards.

 ...."..."Tuesday, Supervisor Katy Tang, who represents the Sunset, asked the City Attorney's Office to craft a law to legalize backyard cottages in areas zoned for single-family homes. That could mean cottages would be allowed in much of the Sunset and Richmond, along with Ingleside, Excelsior, Visitacion Valley and Bayview-Hunters Point."  Read article.

Note:  photograph from You are my, "Little backyard bungalows are my fave."

Posted by Kathy Meeh

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While this idea might provide some relief to the housing shortage, it will undoubtedly result in even more difficulty with parking. In a city already beset with parking issues, any increase in population would mean additional cars to some degree.

Consider the impact in Pacifica if only two houses per block in Linda Mar were to be allowed backyard cottages. What impact would that have on parking and on traffic?