Minutes of Planning Commission Calendars

March 2000

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SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION
Meeting Minutes

Commission Chamber - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, March 2, 2000
1:30 PM

Regular Meeting




PRESENT:  Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT THEOHARIS AT 1:35 P.M.

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning, Mary Woods, Diane Wong, Ken Chin, Kelley LeBlanc, Jana Beatty, Jim Miller, Ellen Miramontes, Edy Zwierzycki, Isolde Wilson, Judy Martin, Linda D. Avery - Commission Secretary

A.        ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

1. 1999.437D                                                                        (BANALES: 558-6339)
250 CLARA STREET, northwest side between 5th and 6th Streets, Lot 206 (formerly Lot 066) in Assessor’s Block 3753 -- A Staff-initiated Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9907464S, proposing to demolish existing auto services structures and construct 16 live/work units in a RSD (Residential/Service Mixed Use District) and a 40-X/85B Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application as submitted.
(Proposed for Continuance to March 9, 2000)
SPEAKER(S):           None
ACTION:           Continued as proposed
AYES:                   Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

2.        1999.771ET         (ROSETTER: 558-5987)
SOMA GENERAL ADVERTISING SIGN PROHIBITION - Consideration of a proposal to initiate an amendment to the San Francisco Municipal Code ("Planning Code") which would amend Articles 6 and 8 to clarify that general advertising signs are not permitted in South of Market Districts.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve Initiation.
(Proposed for Continuance to March 16, 2000).
SPEAKER(S):  None
ACTION:        Continued as proposed
AYES:        Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

3.        1999.310E        (NAVARRETE: 558-5975)
322 - 6TH STREET, Appeal of a Negative Declaration _Assessor’s Block 3754 Lot 3. The proposal is to demolish one existing industrial/commercial warehouse building on the site and construct one building containing 15 live/work units and 15 off_street parking spaces within a 3_story structure (including mezzanines) approximately 50 feet in height. The project site is located in a Service/Light Industrial/Residential (SLR) Mixed Use District, within a 50_X height/bulk district. The proposed project site is within a Mixed Use Housing Buffer area, adopted by the Planning Commission as an interim zoning control.
Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Negative Declaration
(Proposed for Continuance to April 13, 2000)
SPEAKER(S):  None
ACTION:        Continued as proposed
AYES:        Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson


B.        PUBLIC COMMENT
 

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting with one exception. When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes. If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

"The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment. In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:

    responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; orrequesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; ordirecting staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))
SPEAKER(S):
Janeth Baroka, Cow Hollow Neighbors in Action, spoke regarding Long Range Plan for Lombard and Chestnut Streets.

C.       COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

4. Commission Matters
    None
D.        DIRECTOR’S REPORT
 
5.  Director’s Announcements.

Welcome President Theoharis back.
6. Review of Past Week’s Events at the Board of Supervisors & Board of Appeals.

BOS: Doggie Dinner still has not been resolved.
BOA: - 700 Great Highway - upheld the Zoning Administrator--dark tinted windows needed to be removed, it was an urban design issue.

- 146 King Street - wall sign--upheld Zoning Administrator decision.
- 2701 - 16th Street - upheld Zoning Administrator decision

E.        REGULAR CALENDAR

        7.        98.599E        (WONG: 558-5980)

2361 LOMBARD STREET _126_Room Hotel; Appeal of Preliminary Negative Declaration. South side between Scott and Pierce Streets; Lots 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, and 30 in Assessor’s Block 512; within an NC_3 (Moderate_Scale Neighborhood Commercial) zoning district and within a 40_X height and bulk district. Proposed demolition of an existing 24_room motel, a 4,400 square_foot restaurant, an auto repair establishment, and flower stand. A new hotel would be constructed with about 102_126 hotel guest rooms. The new building would be 4 stories, approximately 80,152 square feet, and approximately 40 feet in height. About 85_102 parking spaces would be provided, with ingress/egress on Scott Street and on Lombard Street. One level of parking would be underground.
Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold the Preliminary Negative Declaration.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of January 27, 2000).
SPEAKER(S):
(-) Patricia Vaughey,
-   neighbors concerned about light, air, toxic contaminant, parking and traffic issues.
no light/air studies.
(+) Andrew Junius,
-  apellant has provided no evidence of any signficant impact or physical impact on the environment.
(-) Amy Grant,
- construction of underground garage parking--what that might do to the foundations or the integrity of the buildings adjacent to the project level of toxic content
-  limitation of construction noise
(-) Mary Ann Harrison,
- concerned about size of the project, air and light.
ACTION:  Negative Declaration Upheld
AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson
MOTION No:            15000


        8.        98.599C        (WOODS: 558-6315)

2361 LOMBARD STREET, south side, corner of Scott Street, Lots 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26 and 30 in Assessor’s Block 512 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 121.1, 121.2, 303, 314.1-314.8 and 712.55 for the demolition of an existing motel and the construction of a new hotel in an NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial District) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.              Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.
SPEAKER(S):
Tom Harry, gave a brief architectural presentation.
(+) Steve O’Brian, project will improve the neighborhood.
(+) Ted O’Brian, will be an asset to the neighborhood
(+) Pam Squires, project sponsor, the proposed hotel is the best use for the property.
(+) Brian Caron
(+) Michael Hunter, this project would be a great addition to the commercial district of Lombard St.
(-) Keneth Zankel, concerned about parking.

(+) Faith Raider, in support for the project.
(+) Sal Salma, project would be fantastic for the neighborhood.
(+) Joan Gerardo, concerned about parking.
(-) Patricia Vaughey, concerned about size, parking.

       (-) Amy Grant, potential impact of a bar.
       (-) Jerry Richardson, neighbors need to have more meetings with sponsor and developer to come to a mutual agreement..
       (-) Lynn Mannon, suggested case should be continued.
       (-) Mary Ann Harrison, Lombard Street would become a wall of hotels.
       (-) Tracy Cook, height, size and scale.
       (-) Scott Cook
    (-) Denise Holland, availability of parking, soil contaminant, protection of the structural integrity of their property.
       (-) Robert Holland, construction of the project would affect their business.
       (-) Lloyd Schoegel, over building this area
       (-) Bernand Bower, out of character with the neighborhood, it is too large.
       (+) Gloria Fontinella
       ACTION: Approved as modified:
 
AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Martin, Richardson
NAYES:                   Chinchilla, Antenore, Joe
MOTION No:            15001

9.        1999.862C         (CHIN: 575-6897)
2001 UNION STREET, southwest corner at Buchanan Street; Lot 024 in Assessor’s Block 0541 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 725.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of nine antennas on the existing rooftop penthouse and an equipment room on the sixth floor of the existing six-story commercial building as part of Cellular One’s wireless telecommunications network in the Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a -40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 17, 2000)
SPEAKER(S):
Robert McCarthy, gave an overall description about project.

        In supports of the project:
Mimi Schnur, Katrina Smith, Alice Barkley, Sandra Kidney, Heidi Hunstman, Maureen Edwards

Opposing the project:
John Kelly, Sarah Wilson, John Williams, Ann Crownover, Juliette Kelly, Tracy Hughes

       ACTION: Approved
AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

MOTION No:            15002

10a.        1999.176X        (LeBLANC 558_6351)
235 SECOND STREET, North side of Second Street between Howard and Folsom Streets, with secondary frontages on Tehama and Clementina Streets, Lots 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66 and 67 in Assessor’s Block 3736, __Request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Code) for Determinations of Compliance for a seven_story 90_foot tall building with a total of 244,000 gross square feet including up to 180,000 gross square feet of office space, approximately 40,000 gross square feet of light manufacturing and production, and approximately 24,000 gross square feet of distribution. The project also includes approximately 4,240 gross square feet of open space and 50 parking spaces. Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

       SPEAKER(S):
David Cincotta, gave a brief description about project.
ACTION:  Approved

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

MOTION No:            15003

10b.        1999.176B         (LeBLANC: 558_6351)

235 SECOND STREET, North side of Second Street between Howard and Folsom Streets, with secondary frontages on Tehama and Clementina Streets, Lots 60, 61, 62, 64, 65, 66 and 67 in Assessor’s Block 3736, __ Request under Planning Code Sections 320_325 (Office Development Limitation Program) for one 7_story building with up to 180,000 gross square feetof office space.

Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

This project lies within a C_3_O(SD) (Downtown Office, Special Development) District and within the 200_S and 350_S Height and Bulk Districts. Seven existing one and two_story buildings along Clementina Street would be demolished. An existing 4_story warehouse on Lot 67 (along Tehama Street) would be retained and incorporated with 3 additional stories into the new project. All of the existing buildings on the site are currently vacant.

SPEAKER(S):

David Cincotta, gave a brief description about project.
ACTION:                   Approved

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

MOTION No:            15004

11a.98.902X (BEATTY: 558_6163)

FIRST AND HOWARD STREETS ( four corners of intersection) , Assessor’s Blocks 3720 (Lots 5, 6, and 7); Block 3721 (Lots 10, 11, 35, and 88); Block 3736 (Lots 1, 2, 3A, 4 and 116); and Block 3737 (Lots 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26) __Request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Code) for Determinations of Compliance and Exception including but not limited to building bulk exceptions and loading maneuvering exceptions for four nine_and ten_story buildings including 1,149,000 gross square feet of office space, approximately 47,000 gross square feet of ground floor retail space and approximately 673 parking spaces.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
SPEAKER(S):

(+) Tom Sullivan, gave a description about project.

(+) Richard Springstein, brief description about building design.
(-) Leah Shadam, concerned about parking spaces.
(-) Keith Sagers, would increase pollution, and traffic congestions

(+) Brad Paul, this kind of building you really want encourage for the new economy to build.

(-) Lloyd Schoegel, not well thought from the planning stand point.
ACTION:   Approved

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

MOTION No: 15005

11b.        98.902B         (BEATTY: 558_6163)
FIRST AND HOWARD STREETS ( four corners of intersection) , Assessor’s Blocks 3720 (Lots 5, 6, and 7); Block 3721 (Lots 10, 11, 35, and 88); Block 3736 (Lots 1, 2, 3A, 4 and 116); and Block 3737 (Lots 1, 1A, 1B, 2, 3, 4, 22, 23, 24, 25 and 26) __ Request under Planning Code Sections 320_325 (Office Development Limitation Program) for four nine_and ten_story buildings including 1,149,000 gross square feet of office space.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

This project lies within a C_3_O(SD) (Downtown, Office, Special Development) District and within the 200_S (portions of Parcel 2; Parcel 3), 350_S (portions of Parcel 1) and 400_S (portions of Parcels 1 and 2; Parcel 4) Height and Bulk Districts.

Four buildings are proposed for construction at the four corners of the intersection of First and Howard Streets. The existing structures on site would be demolished, except for the historically significant building at 231 First Street, which would be retained, renovated, and integrated into the new project. These four corners are distinguished as "Parcel 1," "Parcel 2," "Parcel 3," and "Parcel 4," beginning with the northeastern corner and continuing clockwise. The building at Parcels 1 is proposed to be ten stories, with a total height of 160 feet; the buildings at Parcels 2 and 4 are proposed to be ten stories, with a total height of 158 feet; the building at Parcel 3 is proposed to be nine stories, with a total height of 145 feet. All height measurements include mechanical equipment.

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Tom Sullivan, gave a description about project.
(+) Richard Springstein, brief description about building design.
(-) Leah Shadam, concerned about parking spaces.
(-) Keith Sagers, would increase pollution, and traffic congestions

(+) Brad Paul, this kind of building you really want encourage for the new economy to build.

(-) Lloyd Schoegel, not well thought from the planning stand point.
ACTION: Approved

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

MOTION No:            15006

12.        1999.630C         (FALLAY: 558-6387)
130 - 132 TURK STREET, north side of Turk Street, between Taylor and Jones Streets; Lot 006 in Assessor's Block 0339 -- Request for a Conditional Use Authorization to allow a re-establishment (per Section 178 of the Planning Code) of a Commercial use (gymnasium) on the second floor, as required by Planning Code Sections 209.8 and 249.5, and to install a private clubhouse on the third floor per Section 209.4(b) in RC-4 (Residential Commercial, High Density) District within the North of Market Residential Special Use District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 17, 2000)

 PERMIT WITHDRAWN

13.        1999.866C        (MILLER: 558-6344)
1075 CALIFORNIA STREET, southeast corner of Taylor Street, Lot 24 in Assessor’s Block 254 - Request for authorization of a Conditional Use for a Fitness Center/Spa Facility, in an RM-4 (High-Density Residential) District also within the Nob Hill Special Use District, and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION: Approved

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

MOTION No.:  15007
 

APPROXIMATELY 4:00 P.M. THE PLANNING COMMISSION CONVENED INTO A SPECIAL DISCRETIONARY REVIEW (DR) HEARING.

14.1999.653D (MIRAMONTES: 558-6348)

2515 SCOTT STREET,. west side between Pacific Avenue and Broadway, Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 0961 -- Staff-initiated Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9913295, proposing to convert a five-unit building to a single-family dwelling in a RH-1(D) (House, One-Family, Detached) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove application.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 3, 2000).

SPEAKER(S):(+) Alice Barkley, representative for project sponsor.

(-) Dick Millett, loosing housing in Potrero Hill

(-) Heather Fairfalk, concerned about housing

(-) Jim Forbes, housing.

(-) Alexander Gandi, housing.

(+) Judith Duffy

(+) Greg Scott, housing shortage

(+) Jim Hennetter, illegal units.

ACTION:Take D.R. and disapprove project

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

15.1999.754D(MIRAMONTES: 558-6348)

2149-51 NORTH POINT STREET, south side between Scott and Divisadero Streets, Lot 036 in Assessor’s Block 0921 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9913186S, proposing to remove the rear deck and replace it with a two-story addition and add a third-floor addition to a two-unit building in a RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take D.R. and approve application.(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 17, 2000)

SPEAKER(S):

David Cincotta, gave description about project.

Emery Stone, property owner

ACTION:No D.R. Approve as proposed

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson
16.1999.757D(MIRAMONTES: 558-6348)326 - 18TH AVENUE, east side between Geary Boulevard and Clement Street, Lot 033 in Assessor’s Block 1449 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9914207, proposing to construct a new two-car garage in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application with modifications.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take DR, approve project.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 17, 2000).
SPEAKER(S):
(-) Steve Williams, project is too big.
(-) Rob Anderson, neighborhood is been invated by live/work
(-) Susan Clark, completely would dorf every building on the street
(-) Zelma Moro, doesn’t fit with the adjacent structures
(-) Janet Carpinilli, concerned about impact of project in the neighborhood
(-) John Borg, scale is the biggest problem
(-) Joe Boss, reduce size of the building
(-) Anna Budinger
(-) Roy Neyhart, project is detrimental to neighborhood. Should keep the historical significance.
(-) Rex Jones
(-) Phillip Schwartz
 (-) Meb Gordon
 (-) Linda Scott
 (-) TerryTagg
(-) Steve Griffith, height, density of project should be consistence with the neighborhood.
(-) Anna Dominiski, historical preservation of the neighborhood
 (-) Dick Millett, too large, out character
 (-) Tony Dominiski, lower the height
(-) Christopher Cole
(+) Jim Rubin, project sponsor
(+) Joe O’Donoghue
(+) Alice Barkley
(+) Manny Flores
(+) Jeff Gagg
ACTION: Take D.R. Approve project with reduction of 4' 10" and side overhangs.
AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Martin, Richardson

Adjournment:      9:20 P.M.
 

THE DRAFT MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETNG OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2000.
 

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Theoharis, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT: Mills, Martin


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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

Commission Chamber - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodliest Place

Thursday, March 9, 2000

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

PRESENT:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT THEOHARIS AT 1:36 P.M.

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning, Paul Rosetter, Joy Navarrete, Edy Zwierzycki, Jonathan Purvis, Pedro Arce, Isolde Wilson, Paul Maltzer, Linda D. Avery - Commission Secretary.

A.ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

1.1999.897C(CHIN: 575-6897)

6143-6153 GEARY BOULEVARD, southeast corner at 26th Avenue; Lot 035A in Assessor's Block 1519: -- Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 712.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of nine antennas and a base transceiver station on an existing five-story mixed-use building as part of Nextel=s wireless telecommunications network in an NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

(Proposed for Continuance to March 16, 2000).

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:Continued as proposed

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin


2.98.703C(BRESSANUTTI: 575-6892)
399 WEBSTER STREET, on the west side of Webster Street, and on the corner of Webster and Oak Streets; Lot 1 in Assessor=s Block 842 -- Request under Planning Code Section 209.2(d) to convert a one-family residence to a bed and breakfast inn with no more than five rooms or suites of rooms, none with cookingfacilities, including allowing accessory private events, in an RM-1(Residential, Mixed Districts, Low Density) and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve the proposed bed and breakfast inn use, with conditions; excluding the proposed accessory events.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 10,2000)
(Proposed for Continuance to March 16, 2000).

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:Continued as proposed

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

3.1999.829C(BRESSANUTTI: 575-6892)

540 VALENCIA STREET, west side between 16th Street and 17th Street; Lot 006 in Assessor=s Block 3568 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow amplified live and recorded music (defined as AOther Entertainment@ by Planning Code Section 790.38) in an existing nonconforming Bar, as required by Planning Code Section 726.48, in the Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions.

(Proposed for Continuance to March 23, 2000).

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:Continued as proposed

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

4.1999.571C (ZWIERZYCKI: 558-6263)

1344 OCEAN AVENUE, northeastern corner of Granada Avenue, Lot 16 in Assessor=s Block 3198 -- Request for Conditional Use authorization under Section 711.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of nine panel antennas on the roof of a four-story apartment building; and storage and maintenance of related equipmentin an existing storage room within the ground-floor garage.Storage of equipment on ground-floor will not result in elimination of parking stalls.The antennas and equipment storage are part of a wireless communication network in an NC-2 (Neighborhood-Commercial, Small-Scale) District; Ocean Avenue Fast Food Subdistrict; and 40-X Height/ Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapprove 

(Proposed for Continuance to April 6, 2000)

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:Continued as proposed

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

5.1999.578C(LeBLANC: 558-6351)

615 HYDE STREET, northwest corner at Geary Blvd; Lot 008 in Assessor's Block 0302 ?? Request for Conditional Use authorization to install a wireless telecommunications facility in an RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined) District and an 80-T Height and Bulk District.


The proposed project is the installation of six panel antennas on the facade of the existing building, and equipment in the basement of the building, as part of a wireless transmission network operated by Sprint Spectrum.
Preliminary Recommendation: Project is still under review.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 3, 2000).
(Proposed for Continuance to April 6, 2000)

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:Continued as proposed

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

6.1999.738D (CHIN: 575-6897)

2131 DIVISADERO STREET, west side between Clay and Sacramento Streets, Lot 004 in Assessor=s Block 1004 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9914768, proposing to raise a portion of the roof to match existing roof at the rear of a three-story, two dwelling unit building in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application as submitted.

(Proposed for Continuance to April 20 April 27, 2000)

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:Continued as amended

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

7.1999.437D(BANALES: 558-6339)

250 CLARA STREET, northwest side between 5th and 6th Streets, Lot 206 (formerly Lot 066) in Assessor=s Block 3753 -- A Staff-initiated Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9907464S, proposing to demolish existing auto services structures and construct 16 live/work units in a RSD (Residential/Service Mixed Use District) and a 40-X/85B Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application as submitted.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 2, 2000).

(Proposed for Continuance to April 20 April 13, 2000)

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:Continued as amended

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

B.PUBLIC COMMENT

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items.With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting with one exception.When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar.Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.


AThe Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment.In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:
(1)responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or
(2)requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or 
(3)directing staff to place the item on a future agenda.(Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

SPEAKER(S):Tom Meyer

Re: List of S.F. Landmark Historic Districts, Structure of Merit, Downtown Plan and California Register Landmarks

Sue Hestor

Re: Inadequacy of the Bryant Square Project Comments and Responses Document

C.COMMISSIONERS= QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

8.Commission Matters

None

D.DIRECTOR=S REPORT

9.Director=s Announcements.

CIntroduced the ATea Cups@ staff from the citywide Policy and analysis unit of the Department

10.Review of Past Week=s Events at the Board of Supervisors & Board of Appeals.

BOS:none

BOA:Planning Commission matters were continued to later dates.

E.REGULAR CALENDAR

11.1999.734ET(ROSETTER: 558-5987)

VIDEO STORE AMENDMENT - Consideration of a proposal to amend the Planning Code (Zoning Ordinance) by amending each of the Neighborhood Commercial District zoning control tables in Article 7 to add a use category called "Video Store" and to require a conditional use authorization for any video store in a Neighborhood Commercial District; and by adding Section 790.135 to define "Video Store".

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 24,2000).

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:Without hearing, continue to 4/6/00

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

12.98.635E(NAVARRETE: 558-5975)

BRYANT SQUARE PROJECT- Certification of Environmental Impact Report.On Assessor=s Block 4080, Lots 7, 11, 12, 13, and 14, the approximate 166,815 gross square foot project would include construction/renovation of about 152,600 gross square feet of office, about 9,550 gross square feet of retail, and about 4,700 square feet of light industrial after demolishing about 34,000 square feet of offices, light industrial, and arts-related uses in three structures and renovating two existing structures.The project site is in two Use Districts: M-1 (Light Industrial) and C-M (Heavy Commercial), and is in a 65-B Height and Bulk District.Note: Public comment and testimony is NOT taken by the Planning Commission hearings for certification of Final Environmental Impact Reports.Public comment on this issue may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Comment portion of the Commission calendar.


Preliminary Recommendation: Certify Final Environmental Impact Report .
SPEAKER(S):None
ACTION:Certified
AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

MOTION No:15008 

13.1999.207C(ZWIERZYCKI: 558-6263)

316-318 LELAND STREET , Lot 052 in Assessor=s Block 6245, north side between Elliot and Delta Streets - Request for Conditional Use authorization to allow for the legalization of an existing 24-bed group housing facility occupying two residential structures on one lot within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 17, 2000).

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval.

SPEAKER(S):In support of the project:

(+) Kenwood Devore, Executive Director, Metropolitan Fresh Star.Met with Board of Trustees, staff, and members of Visitacion Valley TaskForce to hear their concerns.We formed a Neighborhood Advisory Board and met with the InglesidePolice Dept., to alleviate the fears from the community as far as regarding childcare and schools in the area.Our purpose is to do a good deed to re-establish some dignity to our society in San Francisco.All applicants are subject to police background checks.Offered to reduce the number of beds from 24 to 18.Willing to do anything the Planning Commission tells them to do.Wants to operate legally.

(+) Wilford Childress, ex-resident of Fresh Start House.Fresh Stat brought him off of the street and reunited him with his family. Closing this program, with the lack of places like Fresh Start in the community, will be a travesty to all of us--not just the men who live there. Recommends the Commission give Fresh Start an opportunity to make whatever amendments possible to try to meet the qualifications that are needed to keep this program going.

(+) Ora McCoy, real estate broker.Worked with Fresh Start for 11 years.Donated $48,000.00to the program.

(+) Marjorie Ann Williams, Counselor, supports the program.

(+) Paul Grant, resident of Fresh Start.A college graduate.Program enabled him to set up basic foundations--mentally and physically--to become a productive factor in the community.

(+) William Devore, A lot of us are volunteers.We are trying to do something in the community, this program is saving lives.

(+) Ed Williams, Manager of Fresh Start.Came to the program 8 years ago.Learned to deal with people.Hope the Commission approves the program.

(+) Mrs. Donald Augustine, worked for 30 years in a Mission capacity in Washington State and in British Columbia.Do not close the program.Rev. Williams is saving lives.

(+) John Bowers, sent to Fresh Start from the VA hospital.This program gave him a fresh start in life. 

(+) Ellen Gillette, Counselor at Fresh Start.Teaches residents how to feel good about themselves which elevates self-esteem.

(+) Reynaldo Woods, Director of Substances Abuse at Fresh Start.Majority of residents are employed.Transitional part means that they came from a primary drug addict treatment environment already.When they come to us they are ready to go to work and become part of society.The program been there for 2 years and the neighborhood didn=t even know they existed.


(+) Douglas Clay, Chef.Has been at the house for about a year.He is there because of family problems-- not drug problems.The program has helped him in so many ways.
(+) Barney Wong, in the program since 10/27/99.Never had any problems with neighbors.
Opposed to the project:
(-) Fred McNeill, Opposes the program, this a single family dwelling, with an illegal unit in the back.It has a property profile dated 1/3.Metropolitan claiming that the majority of Visitacion Valley neighborhood approves the program is questionable. The argument that 600 people had been processed thru Metropolitan--it wasn=t at the Leland St. site.

(-) Mary Shambree, Opposed to program.Wouldn=t live a neighborhood that has halfway house. Would feel threatened.She feels for the children that have to go there for school or day care. What is the potential for problems for recovering drug addict?Is there a guarantee that all residents are going to have a background check.?

(-) Shu Quin Chin, Opposed program, people who recommend approval of this program, do not live there.Reason why people do not attend meetings is because the majority of homeowners are Asian and they do not read the information that was sent out.Is not a proper location for them to be there--too close to schools and residential.Recommend they relocate.

(-) Sal Wong, Concerned for her grandchildren=s safety.

(-) Helen Quain, Who is going to be responsible if something happened to anybody?

(-) Quin Chin, requested a translator

(-) unidentified speaker, live in Visitacion Valley for 6 years.Several neighbors have complained about the program. Do not know how to express them.Many of them do not speak English.Need a translator.

(-)Mr. Seto, lived in Visitacion Valley for many years, heard a lot of peoples complaints.Neighborhood need a center to help the new comers.Oppose the program.Moved it to another site.It is too close of an elementary school.

(-) Kenneth Chin, moved from the area 5 years ago.Didn=t feel safe.

STAFF COMMENTS:

Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning, unfortunately there is so much misunderstanding about what is going on the premises, also it is unfortunate that the Project Sponsor, while they were contacted and notified before they started that they needed to have this conditional use authorization.Might represent that as a demonstration a significant need for this type of activity.When this item was before you, as a 24 bed facility, we didn=t dispute that there is not a need for a facility of this nature, especially a facility in a residential setting.A 24 bed facility also required a variance.This is too large of an operation for this specific site.As part of a continuance, we intended to work with project sponsor to see if there were other alternatives.That information was not provided to us until just recently.They preferred rather than 24, they could live with 18 beds.It is possible that this facility could accommodate 12 possibly up to 18, but doing so, we=d asked the Commission to restore this property back to some resemblance to what it was before.There should be off-street parking.Our initial recommendation was based upon a facility for 24 beds.We do not support 24.Can support a facility up to 18 with conditions, that the parking be restored, and there be no consideration for variance.

Anita Theoharis, Commission President, to the neighbors who do not want any facility, they must know, that the City is in a great need for group housing.Group housings should and will be located in all neighborhoods.I am supportive of this facility being in the neighborhood, but can=t support more than 13 residents because then we won=t have the proper balance between the R-2 neighbor and the group housing facility.


ACTION:Public hearing closed.Following Commission discussion, Commissioner Richardson made a motion of a intent to approve a 15 bed facility with conditions that include: off-street parking would be restored; there would not be any consideration for a variance; that the property be brought back to a code conforming status; establish a community liaison person; and establish the good neighbor policy.Commission Antenore seconded the motion.Final language 3/23/00
AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson
ABSENT:Martin
14.2000.030C(PURVIS: 558-6354)

2965 24TH STREET, south side between Harrison and Alabama Streets; Lot 37 in Assessor=s Block 4270:Request for Conditional Use Authorization under section 727.21 of the Planning Code to merge three commercial storefronts into one for use as a retail grocery with gross floor area of approximately 3,200 square feet, in the 24th Street-Mission Neighborhood Commercial District, and the 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions.

SPEAKER(S):(+) Armando Sandoval, project designer.The gates are not going to be seen during daytime.They are going to be fully open.At nighttime, for security reasons, they are going to be pulled down.Will work with the Planning Commission to get the proper gates.

(-) Vincent, property owner next door from proposed project.Opposed the loading dock on Alabama St.It will cause chaos around the neighborhood. 

(-) Mr. Wolfin, Opposed the project.Alabama St. is very narrow. Loading dock will cause lots of traffic problems. 

ACTION:Approved with modified conditions:

-Operator will be responsible for cleaning and sweeping all surface areas on 24th street and Alabama St.

-Work with staff on design and material of gate.

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

MOTION No:15009

15.2000.127(ARCE: 558-5986)

MISSION BAY SOUTH BLOCK 26A. -- Request under Planning Code Section 321(Office Development: Annual Limit) for a determination of the design quality of the proposed office development for a six story building including 305,718 square feet of office space and 6,938 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail space, pursuant Resolution No.14702 by which the Planning Commission adopted findings pursuant to Planning Code Section 321 (b) (1) that office development contemplated in the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan in particular promotes the public welfare, convenience and necessity, and in so doing, considered the criteria of Planning Code Section 321(b)(3)(A) through (G).

TheProject Site lies within the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Area and is classified as a Commercial Industrial district, as defined in Section 302.3 of the Mission Bay Redevelopment Plan, and is within the Height Zone 5 (HZ-5) and a special height district that limits the maximum height of buildings to 90 feet. The area of the Project Site is approximately 80,619 square feet


The 312,656 square feet development of Block 26a would be the first phase of development in a proposed 1.3 million square feetMission Bay South office campus on Blocks 26, 26a, 27 and 28. This proposal focuses on the first phase of office development in Mission Bay South. It consists of 305,718 square foot Class A office space and of 6,938 square feet of supporting retail uses. The proposal includes the development of the Avara@ public access and utilities easements bordering Block 26a, approximately 18,700 square feet of open space that includes a plaza and landscaped areas, and a temporary surface parking area in the future Mission Bay South Blocks 10 and 10a, located north of the Site.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.
Pursuant to Code Sections 314, the project, which the Department has determined would result in the addition of 298,646 square feet of office use gross floor area, would require the provision of Child Care facilities. Any person may appeal this initial determination by delivering an appeal in writing to the Department within 15 days of this notice.

After opening comments by staff:

Comm. Antenore, concerned about authorizing in the amount of square footage.

Comm. Chinchilla, voiced concern that the Resolution are a little broader than they have to be.They seem to address development of Block 26a as one building on the block.

Pedro Arce, Planning Department staff planner.Explained parameters that were used to determine the compatibility of the building with the Mission Bay South design for development documents.

SPEAKER(S):Tiffany Bohee, project associate with Redevelopment Agency.Explainedthe owner=s participation agreement between the Red. Agency and Catellus Dev. Corp.Also explained the interagency cooperation agreement between the agency and other City Depts. that establishes the protocol for development in Mission Bay South.

Jessie Blackwood, Mayor=s Office of Community Development and Project Manager for Mission Bay.Mayor=s Office supports the project.

Doug Gardner, President of Catellus Mixed Group.Gave an overviewof plans forBlock 26a as well as the whole project.

ACTION:Approved as amended: Draft Resolution, pg 4, first paragraph:BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That the Planning..., having reviewed the design of the specific office development building proposed for Mission Bay South Block 26a using..., does find the proposed developmentoffice building of Mission Bay south Block 26a consistent...; 

page 4, second paragraph: BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT THE planning commission HEREBY APPROVES THE project authorization of 277,046 280,000 gross square feet of floor area of office development on Mission Bay south Block 26a.;

Add the CEQA findings from the September 1998 authorization.

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

RESOLUTION No:15010

AT APPROXIMATELY 3:304:15 P.M.THE PLANNING COMMISSION CONVENED INTO A SPECIAL DISCRETIONARY REVIEW (DR) HEARING. 

16.2000.181D(WILSON: 558-6602)

53 ROCKAWAY AVENUE, south side between Rockwood Court and Rock Alley, Lot 15 in Assessor=s Block 2936A -Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9926281, proposing to construct a vertical addition to a two-story dwelling located in the Edgehill Mountain Slope Protection Area, in a RH-1(D) (Residential, House, One-Family, Detached) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application as submitted.

SPEAKER(S):None


ACTION:Approved staff=s preliminary recommendation: Did not take Discretionary Review and approved the project as submitted.
AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson
ABSENT:Martin
THE DRAFT MINUTES WERE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2000

ACTION:Approved

AYES:Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:Martin

Adjournment:4:20 P.M.

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