Senate Bill 827 could raise height limits throughout SF, transform city

Deborah Svoboda/Special to S.F. Examiner

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A state bill seeking to solve California’s housing crisis by encouraging denser, taller housing near transit could force a striking, historic rezoning of much of San Francisco.

Senate Bill 827, authored by state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, could allow five- and eight-story buildings to sprout in neighborhoods that traditionally have seen mostly single-family homes and two-unit duplexes.

“One of the fundamental problems is we have enormous swaths of land in California, including in some of the most transit-accessible parts of the state, that are zoned for hyper-low-density housing,” Wiener said. “When you talk about where housing should go, it should go around public transportation.”

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