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Future development in the Mission remains a hotbed of controversy. With encroaching condo developments threatening to gentrify the neighborhood, the city’s Planning Department has released the Mission Action Plan 2020, which aims to “retain low to moderate income residents and community-serving businesses.”

The report, which was released last Friday, is scheduled to go to the Planning Commission for endorsement on March 2nd. It seems the Planning Department did serious research in consulting multiple organizations of various biases including The Office of Mayor Ed Lee, The Day Laborer Program and Women’s Collective, Calle 24 Latino Cultural District and the Health Services Agency.

MAP2020 is a compilation of data and proposed solutions that seeks to “maintain the socio-economic diversity of the neighborhood.” There are seven areas of focus: tenant protections, single room occupancy residential hotels, preservation of affordable units, production of affordable housing, community planning, economic development and homelessness.

The 86-page report candidly addresses the increase in Ellis Act eviction notices:

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Graphic: Mission Action Plan 2020

It also draws attention to the number of Mission residents who spend over 30 percent of their household income on rent:

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Graphic: Mission Action Plan 2020

In the second half of the report, the authors share possible solutions for combatting the housing crisis:

Addressing the role of current market-rate housing

This includes the pace of market-rate development relative to the pace of development of affordable housing and the percentage of inclusionary units produced with market-rate units.

Addressing Area Median Income (AMI) target levels

The current AMI rate is 60 percent for the majority of 100 percent affordable housing projects, 55 percent for inclusionary rental units and 90 percent for inclusionary ownership. If shifted, the AMI levels could limit federal funding for future housing developments.

Improving the public’s platform and voice in responding to the city’s processes for planning

This means providing more timely access to critical information, such as hearing dates and revised project information.

Analyzing the effects of transit projects on at-risk communities

This specifically addresses the recent concerns over the bus-only lanes on Mission and works to serve previously disenfranchised communities.

For those residents who are interested in voicing their own opinions on MAP2020, public comment is open until Sunday, February 19th. Find details on how to submit your feedback here.

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