During the past few months, the District 1 supervisor has initiated a landmarks nomination process for Lincoln Park. City staff has already been granted a doubling of the time allowed, by code, for a staff report recommending official landmark status for this very complex, large and historic site.
Similar requests for additional time to review and comment on the staff recommendations have been rebuffed by the district’s elected supervisor.
This is a very large assessor’s parcel under consideration that could impact a large number of active users, on site institutions, large adjacent users and neighbors. In fact, the acreage and complexity of uses and users may be a larger area than any historic district in the City of San Francisco. The merits to consider the complete and complex rich history and active uses is undisputed and needed.
Yet, multiple reasonable requests to extend public review and comment on the imminent staff report have tacitly been dismissed by the local supervisor.
Additionally, the sparse public presentation and vetting of this proposal and its potential long-term impacts have been cloaked behind an opaque public process.
There is absolutely no eminent threat to any of the park’s historic character. Any expeditious and less than transparent landmark process does not serve my neighborhood nor citywide interests. This is not good government.
Paul A. Lord, Jr.
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