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Building Height Limits

March 16, 2019, 1pm PDT
"Jobs-rich area," a new term that targets some suburban regions, is among amendments added March 11 to Senate Bill 50, the reincarnation of Wiener's controversial SB 827 housing bill that died last year.
San Francisco Examiner
March 12, 2019, 2pm PDT
The city of San Jose has the "least distinctive" downtown skyline of the nation's major cities, according to editorial board of The Mercury News. The City Council has a chance to change that.
The Mercury News
February 4, 2019, 11am PST
Civic San Diego and San Diego planning commissioners approved new parking standards that would eliminate minimums and set maximums of one space per multifamily unit. Those reforms and more must still be approved by the City Council.
The San Diego Union-Tribune
January 15, 2018, 8am PST
The State Lands Commission filed suit shortly after San Francisco voters approved Prop. B in June 2014, requiring waterfront developments exceeding height limits to obtain voter approval rather than go through the Planning Commission process.
San Francisco Examiner
May 27, 2017, 11am PDT
Following a similar ordinance signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee last July that dealt with developments that are 100 percent affordable, the new housing density ordinance apples to market-rate developments that have 30 percent affordability.
San Francisco Chronicle
November 19, 2015, 7am PST
The San Francisco Planning Department is proposing a trade-off to neighborhoods to comply with a state density bonus law: Modestly increase height and density limits in exchange for more affordable housing.
Hoodline
December 16, 2010, 5am PST
The city of Vancouver is considering a plan to increase maximum building height restrictions in certain parts of town by 100 feet and more.
The Vancouver Sun
October 20, 2010, 1pm PDT
Responding to a report by the Washington Post that office rents have now topped those in Manhattan, Matt Yglesias says the district's austere zoning is to blame.
Think Progress
July 15, 2009, 1pm PDT
Back in 1971, Alvin Duskin mounted an all-out campaign to limit buildings in San Francisco to 72 feet. Today, he is one of many Bay Area activists reconsidering density.
San Francisco Chronicle
June 17, 2009, 6am PDT
South Walton is considering pass a height ordinance to limit the buildings to 50 feet.
Northwest Florida Daily News
January 22, 2009, 8am PST
Plans for a new school and mixed use development in Brooklyn have neighbors excited about the project filling a need but also disappointed about the new project's height, which they say will ruin their view.
The New York Times
September 26, 2008, 5am PDT
In an effort to recreate sprawling Tysons Corner into a dense urban environment, county supervisors have unanimously approved a plan to build higher, denser, more transit oriented and more walkable.
The Washington Post
July 23, 2008, 12pm PDT
<p>Local officials in Manasota Key, FL tried to preserve the character of their community by putting height restrictions in place, but a thwarted developer has been awarded $500k for the limitations these restrictions imposed on his property rights.</p>
Sarasota Herald-Tribune
July 10, 2008, 8am PDT
<p>Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë has proposed abandoning the city's long-held building height restriction of 37 meters, citing the city's need to grow.</p>
Telegraph