SF SUPES SUPPORT DOWNTOWN PARKING MEASURE

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors today passed a measure that will limit the number of parking spaces for new residential units downtown.
Today's vote came after the board's first reading of the legislation, which was sponsored by board President Aaron Peskin. Supervisors will now clarify a number of issues with the Planning Commission and will vote again on the issue next week.

The measure caps parking spaces for new housing to .75 of a parking space for each unit.

Developers oppose the measure, but supporters claim the legislation will prevent further congestion downtown, which they say is the densest urban area on the West Coast of the United States.

"The downtown area is a part of San Francisco that is best served by public transit," Peskin said, noting that San Francisco Planning Department statistics reveal that 73 percent of downtown households do not own a car.

"It's forward-thinking legislation. Units without parking are more affordable, downtown will be more family-friendly and less congested," Peskin said.

Supervisor Sophie Maxwell said she was at first reluctant to vote in favor the measure, but decided to support it after having her concerns addressed by city planners.

Supervisors voted 9-2 on the legislation. Michela Alioto-Pier and Bevan Dufty opposed the measure.
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