Here's a link to the variance page: http://sfgov.org/site/planning_page.asp?id=62485
P.S. The incentives are just fine as the agent gets a full commission (2.5 to 3%) for most of the SF developements. Some developers try to do without paying an outside realtor, but find they need us so they start offering commissions pretty quickly. Some realtors will not tell you about those that do not offer commissions but I think they give us a bad name because I believe in showing everything.
this is a blog that covers real estate news/happenings in major metro areas, including SF. that is how i found out about the esprit park development ( which is right in the area of dogpatch). realtors i asked were either not informed or interested in discussing this dev - so i know what you mean.
Personally, I think its a GREAT time to BUILD. In my area (portand, or and Vancouver, Wa), the unsold speculative building is GONE and most of the new construction is build to suit.
Find a realtor, who will find you land in the area you want, and familiar enough with the builders to match you with a builder in your general price range. ...at the very least one who will scan the MLS for "new".
Many of the builders will pay a realtor ONLY if the realtor is present on the first visit. So, find a qualified realtor, committ to them with an agency agreement and committ to the process (when you are ready)
...YOU"ll get what you want. Many people put finding a house first, when finding the right realtor can streamline the whole process and save you TIME and MONEY.
Additionally? I personally think building now is great for our economy, jobs, and putting people to work.