The City Council narrowly approved a measure that would give the Planning Commission greater opportunity to review larger high-density developments that the council had agreed to fast track last summer as part of a broader effort to encourage affordable housing. Since adopting last year’s policy favoring development of smaller units, two such projects had been the subject of nasty council appeals. Councilmember Bendy White suggested some disputes ​— ​involving projects 15,000 square feet or more ​— ​could be resolved sooner if the Planning Commission reviewed the projects.


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