Hearing on 100′ zoning change for 160 Folsom
|January 16, 2016||Posted by jamie under Buildings||
Sharing this notice and template for letters as requested by an involved neighbor. Here is a sample letter you may use to base your own letter to the Commission upon: DraftLetterToCommissioners_160Folsom
CRITICAL PUBLIC HEARING ON TUESDAY, JAN. 19TH
NO 100 FOOT HEIGHT LIMIT INCREASE
FOR 160 FOLSOM WATERFRONT LUXURY CONDOS!
On Tuesday, January 19th at 1:00 pm in SF City Hall Room 416, the five members of the Commission on Community Investment and Infrastructure will hold a crucial public hearing on the proposed 160 Folsom luxury condo project. The Commissioners will be deciding whether to increase the height limitfrom 300 feet to 400 feet for the lot at 160 Folsom Street—a block from the waterfront.
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD BEFORE IT’S TOO LATE!
Attend the hearing on the proposed 160 Folsom height limit increase on Tuesday, January 19th at 1:00 pm in City Hall Room 416 and tell the Commissioners:
• Spot zoning is bad planning. Even though the 160 Folsom site was already upzoned after a seven-year public process for a building up to 300 feet high, the developer is now requesting another 100-foot height increase. This would violate the land use planning process and encourage future developers proposing projects to hire powerful lobbyists to help them get the same special spot-zoning exemptions from the law.
• A 426-foot high condo building in this location does not step down to the waterfront as required by city plans. The Urban Design Element states that “The heights of buildings should taper down to the shoreline of the Bay and Ocean, following the characteristic pattern and preserving the topography and views.” Instead, raising the height limit to 426 feet steps up tothe waterfront and creates an eyesore that will permanently stick out close to the waterfront.
• Studies show that, at 426 feet high, 160 Folsom would cast substantial new shadows on Rincon Park along the waterfront. The voter-approved San Francisco Sunlight Ordinance (Prop. K) generally protects public parks from being shadowed by new developments. However, since Rincon Park is a Port-managed park that did not exist when the Shadow Ordinance was enacted, the developer is attempting to exploit a loophole to circumvent a voter-approved law.
• Fails to study environmental impacts. The developer has refused to do a full and current environmental impact report analysis of the significant environmental impacts on the waterfront and surrounding area created by a 126 foot height increase to the 160 Folsom project. That needs to be done so impacts from the project can be fairly and fully evaluated.
• The neighborhood is already being overwhelmed with traffic and congestion. Despite that, the developer of 160 Folsom refuses to do a thorough evaluation of what the real traffic and transit impacts would be of this project at the increased height and instead wants the city to make decisions based on decade-old data. That’s wrong and will only make traffic and congestion problems in the area worse. Tell the Commissioners they should require this study to be done.
For more information call (415) 424-8375 or email: SaveRinconPark@gmail.com