Biography

Katy Tang is a land use analyst in Farella Braun + Martel’s Real Estate and Land Use Department.

Prior to joining Farella, Katy served on the San Francisco Board of Supervisors as the District Four Supervisor representing the Sunset and Parkside neighborhood for six years. She was appointed to the Board of Supervisors in 2013 by then-Mayor Ed Lee. In a special election that November, Katy was elected in her own right and won re-election in 2014. During her tenure, she served as chair of the Land Use and Transportation Committee. Prior to serving on the Board of Supervisors, she was a legislative aide to former Supervisor Carmen Chu and, before that, a staffer in then-Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Public Policy and Finance.

Katy was instrumental in creating and launching San Francisco’s local density bonus programs, called "HOME-SF," which provides incentives to developers to build low- and middle-income housing. She spearheaded the “Home Match” program, matching homeowners with low-income renters to help alleviate the housing shortage. Throughout her time in office, Katy also sponsored legislation to streamline the permitting process for Accessory Dwelling Units and to support new and existing businesses both in her district and in San Francisco broadly.

Firm Highlights

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California's Changing Approach to Housing Policy

Hardly a day goes by without news headlines reminding us that California is in the midst of a severe housing crisis. As with any crisis situation, questions abound. How did we get here? How...

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San Francisco COPA Program Rules Released

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) released program rules for the Community to Purchase Act (COPA) on September 3, 2019. The recently enacted COPA program (codified in Chapter 41B of the...

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Attorney General Finds Impact Fees on Density Bonus Projects Invalid

In response to questions from a variety of cities across the state regarding the application of “public benefit fees” to density bonus projects, the State Attorney General’s Office published an opinion on April 9...

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Accessory Dwelling Units Authorized in New Construction

New legislation passed by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on June 18 now authorizes the addition of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in new construction projects for single-family homes and multi-family buildings. The City...

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California Legislators Tackle Affordable Housing with Flurry of Proposed Bills

The California legislative session is currently underway, and several bills related to housing creation are being considered through the committee hearing process. Legislators representing San Francisco and other Bay Area cities and counties have...

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A Watershed Moment for Renter Protections

It is tough to recognize when a watershed moment has occurred while one is in "the moment," but it won't take long for many to recognize that California is currently in the midst of one...

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