SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has unanimously passed legislation imposing an 18-month moratorium on all new package delivery services, such as Amazon.
Amazon responded by suspending work on the proposed warehouse at 900 7th Street.
The vote was undertaken in response to Amazon’s plans to build a 725,000 square foot warehouse at the 7th Street location.
The legislation was sponsored by Shamann Walton, chairman of the board of supervisors and representative of the Design District location where the warehouse is planned, and was co-sponsored by supervisors Dean Preston, Hillary Ronen, Connie Chan, Myrna Melgar, Matt Haney, Rafael Mandelman, Gordon Mar and Ahsha Safaí.
Walton said he wanted to explore a permanent moratorium within the next 18 months.
“Over the past decade, there has been a rapid evolution in the parcel service delivery industry with companies like Amazon in San Francisco without adequate community input,” Walton’s office said in a statement. Press release. “This has caused an increase in pollution and traffic, jobs that pay below industry standard wages and, in some cases, facilities with serious health and safety issues in San Francisco.
“This legislation will implement interim 18-month zoning controls to require conditional use authorization and specific findings for proposed uses of the Parcel Delivery Service and require community input on such projects,” continues the press release. “The 18-month period will also allow San Francisco to study and assess the land use impacts of package delivery services and consider new permanent land use controls appropriate for the city. . The legislation will also allow the community to decide whether or not to allow these types of facilities and businesses to enter the community and ensure that incoming facilities will benefit residents living and working in San Francisco.
Walton’s office also faulted Amazon for halting work at the warehouse “instead of working with labor, community and city leaders to reach an agreement.”
For its part, Amazon said “we will continue to evaluate our long-term use of the site, and in the short term we will work with our neighbors to find ways to use the location to serve the community.”