Senator Wiener Praises Board of Supervisors Passage of Major Housing Reforms To Comply With State Law

December 5, 2023

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed Mayor London Breed’s package of housing reforms, bringing the City into compliance with state housing law as enumerated in a recent report from the state housing department. The package includes over a dozen different reforms that expedite housing permitting and reduce the ability of opponents to obstruct new homes. The result is that San Francisco’s housing permitting process will be utterly transformed, making it much easier to build new homes and meet San Francisco’s state housing goals.

San Francisco currently has, by far, the longest housing permitting time of any city in California. This housing reform, combined with Senator Wiener’s SB 423 -- a new law that also accelerates permitting in San Francisco -- will put an end to that badge of shame.

Senator Scott Wiener, (D-San Francisco) issued the following statement:

“For a half century, San Francisco erected barrier after barrier to building the new homes we so desperately need. The tragic result is increased homelessness, the hollowing out of our middle class, and major housing struggles for so many. Today’s action by the Board of Supervisors, combined with our work at the state level, is the beginning of a new day for housing in our City.

“I congratulate the Board of Supervisors for seeing the need for change and working in partnership with the State. We owe Mayor Breed and Supervisors Dorsey and Engardio a debt of gratitude for championing this important ordinance, and to Supervisor Melgar for shepherding it through the Land Use Committee.”