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Ballot Initiatives Target Affordable Housing

Several supervisors have put forth an initiative for the November 2015 ballot that would give priority to developments of 100 percent affordable housing for projects built on surplus and underutilized public land, restricting the city’s current flexibility in use of that land. San Francisco Business Times’ Cory Weinberg wrote that “The city says it will prioritize low- and middle-income housing, but cautioned that some sites may be better suited for other uses. … Designating more sites for affordable housing instead of market-rate housing could handcuff the possible revenue that those sites could produce for city services like transportation.”

That initiative would join the mayor’s above-mentioned bond initiative on the ballot, along with one that would restrict short-term rentals to no more than 75 nights per year at a unit.

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