Senator Wiener Proposes Bill to Obliterate Zoning Rules Near Transit

Purple areas correspond to “transit-rich” zones (Courtesy Metropolitan Transportation Commission)

Senator Scott Wiener has introduced a controversial new bill, SB 827, which would prohibit cities from enforcing zoning restrictions near transit hubs, such as density and height restrictions, in order to make it easier for developers to build housing. Given the definition of “transit hub,” the bill would cover nearly the entire city and could radically (and permanently) alter the landscape and character of San Francisco.

Senator Wiener is holding a Town Hall Meeting on Saturday, February 3 from 12-2 PM at Taraval Police Station where his constituents can express their views on this proposed legislation.

For more information about the bill, see:

“California bill would mandate denser, taller housing near transit,” Curbed.com

“Sen. Scott Wiener explains plan for taller, denser housing near transit,” Curbed.com

“Letter: SB 827 threatens cities’ rights, livability, future,” The Mercury News

Text of SB-827 Planning and zoning: transit-rich housing bonus

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