« BackState scrutinizes SF’s slow housing approvals

August 16, 2022

It takes San Francisco about 15 months to approve a new housing project. Now state housing officials have launched an unprecedented probe to find out why. The Department of Housing and Community Development has launched a housing policy and practice review of the city to find out why it takes so long to approve new residential projects, the San Francisco Business Times reported. The first-of-its-kind departmental investigation comes as the notoriously housing-deprived city takes 450 days, on average, to greenlight housing projects - the longest approval timeline in the state."

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