Bay Area/ San Francisco/ Politics & Govt
Published on April 08, 2014
Supervisors Approve Wiener In-Law Unit LegislationTops of Castro homes (flickr/torbakhopper)

In a unanimous vote today, the SF Board of Supervisors approved Supervisor Scott Wiener's legislation to allow the construction of new in-law units (or accessory dwelling units) in the Castro area. New units must be fully functioning with a bathroom and kitchen and be no smaller than 220 sqft and no larger than 750 sqft. The legislation applies only to properties within 1750 feet of the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District. During last month's discussion of the newly passed legislation, the Planning Commission encouraged Supervisor Wiener to consider including verbiage from Supervisor David Chiu's legislation which is looking to legalize existing in-law units that meet code requirements throughout the city. It is not clear from the Supervisor's press release whether or not considerations were made. When we communicated with Supervisor Wiener last month, he mentioned that some neighbors had approached him with interest in building in-law units into their properties, but was not sure how many homeowners would participate and thus how many new units would be made available or how soon. With the city's current housing crisis, any little bit helps. Hopefully the Board of Supervisors have some more plans up their sleeves to help relieve the city's housing woes.