Proposition B:

Voter Approval for Waterfront Development Height Increases

Summary

Question
Shall the City be prevented from allowing any development on Port property to exceed the height limits in effect as of January 1, 2014, unless the City's voters have approved a height limit increase?

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what your vote means

Yes

If you vote "yes," you want to prevent the City from allowing any development on Port property to exceed the height limits in effect as of January 1, 2014, unless the City's voters have approved a height limit increase.

No

If you vote "no," you do not want to make this change.

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tax rate statement

City Controller Ben Rosenfield has issued the following
statement on the fiscal impact of Proposition B:
Should the proposed measure be approved by the voters,
in my opinion, it would in and of itself, have no
direct impact on the cost of government.
Approval of the measure would change certain land
use processes on Port of San Francisco property.

Currently, projects proposed for Port property generally
require approval by the Planning Commission and
the Board of Supervisors following required public
consideration processes. These approvals can include
adoption of increases to existing height limits deemed
necessary or desirable to enable a given proposed
project. The proposed measure would instead require
voter approval for any changes to existing height limits
before a project could be permitted. Proposed--but
not yet approved--projects affected by the measure
include possible development plans for Pier 30+32,
Pier 48, and Pier 70.

In a number of cases, given the condition of various
Port properties, increases to existing height limits will
likely be required to generate sufficient property value
to cover required project and infrastructure costs. The
proposed measure, if approved, will increase the time,
cost, and uncertainty that proposers and the Port can expect for future development efforts on certain Port
property. To the extent that the proposed voter
approval requirement, over time, results in fewer such
increases, it will reduce tax and other revenues to
both the City's General Fund and to the Port of San
Francisco.

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Additional information

Required to PassMajority Approval Required

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