Russel
I live in Little Hollywood, San Francisco
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Russel

Here a challenge for those interested. I’m going to present you with an undeveloped or underdeveloped lot in San Francisco. The lot may be undeveloped because it’s publicly owned, too small, irregular, and/or deemed “undevelopable” for whatever reason. The challenge will be to think about and report back on how this lot could further the discussion about tiny house in San Francisco.
The first challenge: 430 Leland Ave. The American Indian Baptist Church. A undivided 17,500 sq ft lot with just one small structure (church). Steep terrain North to South. RH-1 zoned. Assessor Block 6244 Lot 70. Located in Visitacion Valley between Leland and Raymond Ave.

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Posted Mar 17, 2016
Dalila Hardwick
Dalila Hardwick
Apr 16, 2016

Hello there,
this is what I wrote a month ago, but received no other inquiries.

""A lot of parcels went unsold last year. Figuring out which ones are usable and uncontaminated might be a lot of work for one individual person. Possibly a group (serious about building tiny homes and investing some money to do so) could feasibly take on the project and figure out which parcels might be good.
Does the auction take place only once a year? Would you be interested in forming/joining a group to explore this option further? ""

Do you have any ideas how to get people together to research available land for auction? Thanks

Posted by Dalila Hardwick on Apr 16, 2016
Russel
Russel
Apr 19, 2016

That's a good question..it seems that the topic of 'tiny houses' has different meanings to different people...and this might not be the best forum for rapid and targeted discussions. From your original question, I'd ask what city/county are you seeing these parcels go unsold? Putting the zoning question aside for now, what parcels on that list would be suitable for a tiny home or a tiny home village. I guess it would help to have a clear idea of what a tiny home village would look like in a urban setting (if that is indeed the goal). Then try to build a group of geographically connected and like minded individuals to dig deeper.

Posted by Russel on Apr 19, 2016
Dan
Dan
Apr 19, 2016

Note that you can up the frequency for daily communication here - neighborland.com/settings

Posted by Dan on Apr 19, 2016
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Russel

Surplus land explored for housing

www.sfexaminer.com/surplus-lan...

By Joshua Sabatini on March 4, 2016 1:00 am

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Posted Mar 4, 2016
Dan
Dan
Mar 4, 2016

Thanks for posting Russel

Posted by Dan on Mar 4, 2016
Chelsea Rustrum
Chelsea Rustrum
Mar 4, 2016

Awesome, thanks Russel :)

Posted by Chelsea Rustrum on Mar 4, 2016
Dalila Hardwick
Dalila Hardwick
Mar 4, 2016

Thanks and keep it up!

Posted by Dalila Hardwick on Mar 4, 2016
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Russel

Dan makes a very important point in that advocates need to fully understand what is possible under current zoning codes. If you understand the barriers you can start to make rational suggestions for code amendments. Right now it appears that a collection of small homes on an single lot would be prohibited so I wouldn't begin to entertain the idea of buying land. There needs to a blueprint (or several depending on goals) so that everyone understands the end product . Is it a village in a semi rural area or a few tiny homes on a urban lot? Temporary (mobile) versus permanent?

Searching and finding possible land won't be as difficult as changing codes and gaining political,departmental and community support.

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Posted Nov 24, 2015
Chelsea Rustrum
Chelsea Rustrum
Dec 7, 2015

Agreed. This has definitely been a huge learning. We're in the process of trying to create new templates to lobby new legal structures to make communities like this possible.

Posted by Chelsea Rustrum on Dec 7, 2015
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Russel

The lot probably hasn't sold because its to small to (profitably)build a typical single family home with the required rear yard. Its zoned RH 1. The subject property is Lot 27 on this Block and Lot map

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Posted Jun 15, 2015
Peter
Peter
Sep 11, 2015

What happened? Did you investigate the lot?

Peter

Posted by Peter on Sep 11, 2015
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