|Entire neighborhoods where
large-scale offices were never contemplated, never
planned for, are being transformed by office
projects that overwhelm them because the Planning
Department has "defined" away the problem.
The Mission, Potrero Hill and South of Market, which
have already borne the brunt of massive amounts of
"live/work" projects, are being rapidly
transformed. Arts and community-serving non-profit
organizations, neighborhood businesses, and
critically needed businesses which produce, repair
and distribute goods are being forced out of San
Francisco because they cannot afford to compete with
|This cannot continue. The
Initiative to Preserve Proposition M seeks to end
this mess. It
|• Defines offices to include
"dot.com" office uses.
|• Defines live/work as housing.
|• Restates and strengthens
critical neighborhood protection policies.
|• Protects non-profit agencies
and arts uses from having to compete with office
|• Establishes a competitive
process for selecting which office developments
should be approved.
|• Establishes criteria for how
that decision should be made.
|• Provides for new office
development to include space for non-profits.
|• Protects existing businesses
from displacement by office uses.
|• Adjusts the annual limit to
exempt office space developed by government agencies
for government use.
|• Exempts office use at the
Presidio, Pier 70 and Bayview–Hunters Point
Shipyard from the annual limit calculation.
|• Requires the city to develop a
comprehensive plan to protect four areas in Hunters
Point, the northeast Mission, the base of Potrero
Hill and western south of Market. No office use may
be approved in those areas until a plan is complete.
|• Finally, with the possible
exception of one site, no additional office space is
allowed in the Mission.