UPDATE; The public hearing for 3055 Clement has been rescheduled to Jan. 13, 2022.
‘I just got word of a proposed six-story, 60-foot-plus-tall building at the southeast corner of Clement Street and 32nd Avenue. (Reference: Public Hearing for 3055 Clement St. Project, record # 2019-022830AHB)
There are many issues with the proposed project itself; the fact it is being pushed through approval on seemingly invalid merits and in a stealth-like manner only adds to the gravity of the matter.
The project does not meet a number of critical Planning Code requirements and Planning Guidelines. For one, it is not a Tier Three HOME-SF project. The total number of inclusionary units is less than 30%, the minimum required. This is particularly problematic on multiple fronts. For the sake of space, I will only mention one.
The project is seeking a HOME-SF Authorization. The tier three designation grants a bulk limit exception in the form of a development bonus of two additional stories, each 10-feet tall. The project is on zoning district NC-1 40-X, which limits building heights to 40 feet. As such, the project — over 60-feet tall and gravely incompatible with the neighborhood — is about to be approved on invalid merits.
The project has been in the works for more than a year – the initial application was filed on June 12, 2020 – and the (final) public hearing for its approval is scheduled for tomorrow, Nov. 18, 2021. A large number of residents who will be adversely impacted by the proposed project, including me, were not informed of, or consulted about, the proposed building. We learned about it fortuitously.
The need for housing — and affordable housing, in particular — is a serious issue besetting our community. But the project does little, if anything, to address the need and a lot to highlight serious weaknesses with the city’s planning process and the commission’s seeming disregard for our community and priorities.
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