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City and County of San Francisco
May 01, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, May 1, 2003
1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Shelley Bradford Bell, Michael J. Antonini; Rev. Edgar E. Boyd,
Lisa Feldstein, Kevin Hughes, Sue Lee, William L. Lee

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: None

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT BRADFORD BELL AT 1:30 p.m.

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald Green - Director; Larry Badiner -Zoning Administrator; Susan Cleveland-Knowles, Deputy City Attorney; John Paul Samaha; Paul Maltzer; Jonas Ionin; Matt Snyder; Mary Woods; Randall Dean; Adam Light; Sara Vellve; Tina Tam; Dan Dibartolo; Geoffrey Nelson; Dario Jones; Matt Snyder; Nora Priego - Transcription Secretary; Linda Avery - Commission Secretary

A. CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

    The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date. The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.

      1. 2001.0062E (T. CHAN: (415) 558-5982)

          491 BAYSHORE BOULEVARD - HOME DEPOT PROJECT - Assessor's Block 5598, Lots 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 21, and 28; PUBLIC HEARING ON DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT. The proposed project consists of demolition of two vacant buildings, totaling 107,346 square feet (sq.ft.), and construction of a home improvement store (Home Depot). The 153,089-sq.ft.-project would consist of a two-story main store with approximately 96,250 sq.ft. on the main floor, 38,405 sq.ft. on the second floor, a 9,888-sq.-ft. enclosed greenhouse and an approximately 8,546-sq.ft. outdoor-garden center. A separate parking garage consisting of two levels plus rooftop parking totaling 550 parking spaces would also be constructed on this 5.73-acre site. The buildings would be approximately 40 feet in height. Vehicular access to the parking garage would be from Bayshore Boulevard, where Cortland Avenue dead-ends into Bayshore Boulevard, and secondary access would be on Loomis and Waterloo Streets. A customer pick-up lane would be provided on the ground level of the parking facility with egress onto Bayshore Boulevard, just north of the Cortland Avenue intersection. Four freight-loading spaces would be provided. The project is located within the Bayview/Hunters Point neighborhood. The site is within the Planning Commission's adopted Industrial Protection Zone (IPZ) and is located in a M-1 (Light Industrial) zoning district and within a 65-J height and bulk district.

          Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required. Public hearing to receive comments only.

          Note: Written comments will be received at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on May 19, 2003.

          (Proposed for Continuance to May 15, 2003)

      SPEAKER(S):

      Re: Continuance

      Angelo P. King - SNJIR/SLUG

      - It is important that Home Depot employ workers from the neighborhood. Otherwise, they are not in agreement with the project.

      Anthony Ross - Young Community Developers (YDC), Inc.

      - He lives in the Bay View.

      - He is the coordinator of Young Community Developers.

      - He is concerned with this project because Home Depot has not included them in the employment aspect of the project.

      - They need to be included in this project.

      Michael Dumetz - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - There are about 25 people here who would like to be part of the Home Depot project.

      Rodolfo Silva - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - He is part of the community and he is in construction training.

      - Home Depot should include part of the community--at least during the construction part of it.

      Bryan Whiker - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - He has lived and worked in the Bayview community for most of his life.

      - He is in favor of having Home Depot in the area.

      - People of the community need to be part of the Home Depot project.

      Bennita Fleming - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - She was born and raised in the Bayview area.

      - She goes to YCD to get trained in construction.

      - She is concerned about finding a job in her community, especially with the Home Depot project being proposed.

      April Crowder - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - She feels that many of the people in YCD should be able to find a job. They will be graduating this month.

      Chasity Hayes - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - She is in agreement with the continuance of this project.

      - Home Depot should be able to employ people of the community.

      - They should not have had to be here because Home Depot should have included them in the development of the project in the first place.

      Latrice Hawkins - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - She has lived in the Bayview for 35 years.

      - She is neutral because she feels that Home Depot should be able to be a part of this community.

      Johnny Davis - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - He has lived in the Bayview all his life and is a part of the YCD.

      - There are a lot of people in the community who are very qualified [for construction] jobs, especially like those in the Home Depot project.

      - Employing us from the community will help us stay out of trouble.

      Cris - CBO/Resident

      - He hopes that the doors will open and they [Home Depot] will provide opportunities for jobs.

      - He has been training in construction and is qualified to work on this project.

      - This will help kids stay off the streets.

      Ronald Flowers - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - He is in agreement with the request for continuance.

      - He as well as a whole lot of other people are qualified to work on the Home Depot project.

      - All he asks for is a chance.

      Elvira Pollard - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - He agrees with the continuance.

      - YCD is all about teaching people skills.

      - All they need are opportunities to have people from the YCD come and use the skills they learned.

      Rodney Hampton, Jr. - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - He is here on behalf of the community. He is in agreement with a continuance of this project.

      - They are demanding that Home Depot come to the table and come up with an understanding of how the employment process will go forward.

      Al Norman - Bay View Merchants Association

      - He is in favor of a continuance.

      - Many of the people here are young adults who are anxious to start working.

      - Home Depot has stated that there is to be an exam in order to provide jobs.

      - They need to be able to put into practice everything they have learned at YCD and give back to their community.

      - They welcome this 60-day extension.

      Dwayne Jones - Young Community Developers, Inc.

      - In order to have a full community meeting with Home Depot, he would like to have the continuance to 60 days instead of to May 15, 2003.

      - It is impossible to have all the issues dealt with in a 15-day period.

      Patricia Vaughey

      - She asks for [a continuance of] 120 days because there are a lot of people who are being ignored.

      Stan Warren - San Francisco Building Trades Council

      - They have an excellent relationship with YCD.

      - YCD does an incredible job employing people from the Bayview area.

      - He is in agreement with a 60-day continuance.

      - It is important to allow some time to have all the parties involved be a part of the project.

      Derek Smith - Marinship Construction Services, Inc.

      - They provide a lot of jobs to members of YDC.

      - They want Home Depot to understand that the entire community supports this project. But parties involved need to be able to sit at the table and discuss issues.

      Dorothy Peterson

      - She lives in the Bayview District

      - She is in favor of a 90-day continuance.

      - She is tired of the people in the Bayview area being treated badly.

      - She feels that Home Depot is racist and classist.

      Bianca Henery - Coalition for Homeless

      - Redevelopment in the Bayview needs to be looked at more closely.

      - She does not understand how all this redevelopment in the area is making people live on the streets.

      Anna Shimko - Cassidy, Shimko & Dawson

      - None of the people who spoke today have spoken on the matter of the environmental aspects of the project.

      - She feels that the continuance date of May 15, 2003 for the draft EIR should remain.

      - They have been working with various organizations in order to provide funding and hire people in construction jobs.

      - Home Depot is doing more here than in any other community to hire people from the neighborhood.

      Mike Abaty

      - He feels that he will be able to prove through performance that Home Depot will hire from the neighborhood.

      - He does not believe that continuing the EIR is a good method.

      - Home Depot is not a racist company.

      Mathew Thomas

      - He has been meeting with community-based organizations.

      - He knows that not everyone will be getting what he or she wants, but Home Depot is not a racists company.

      Dan Conway

      - The Bayshore Boulevard Merchants have signed a petition that is in support of Home Depot.

      - Any delay of this process will hurt the merchants.

      ACTION: Hearing held, item continued to July 10, 2003. Public comment is still open.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      NAYES: Boyd

      2. 2003.0189D (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

          529 21ST AVENUE - west side between Anza and Balboa Streets, Lot 004 in Assessor's Block 1564 - Mandatory Discretionary Review under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of housing demolition, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2002.06.14.9077 proposing to demolish a one-story single-family residence, in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The project also proposes the construction of a new four-story, two-family dwelling on the site.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of March 13, 2003)

          (Proposed for Continuance to May 22, 2003)

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Continued to May 22, 2003

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      3. 2003.0222D (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

          203 OGDEN AVENUE - north side of Ogden Avenue between Anderson and Ellsworth Streets, lot 011 in Assessor's block 5724 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for Building Permit Application No. 2002.11.18.1677 to reduce the number of dwelling units in the two-story over garage structure from two units to one unit in a RH-1 (Residential, One-Family House) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation.

          NOTE: Mandatory Discretionary Review is no longer required and the Department is withdrawing the Discretionary Review.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Item is no longer before the Commission for consideration.

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

      4. Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes April 3 and 10, 2003.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Approved

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

    5. Commission Comments/Questions

      Commissioner Bradford Bell:

      1) She apologized for leaving early last week because of her illness.

      2) She received a letter from staff concerned that Commissioners are leaving early during the hearings. As a result, many cases are being continued because of tie votes. She suggested that Commissioners commit to staying through the entire hearing on Thursdays.

      3) When packages are delivered to her, she instructed that they be delivered to the Planning Department and not the Bay View Opera House.

      Commissioner Boyd:

      1) He asked staff what the continuance calendar looks like.

      2) He suggested the possibility of having an additional hearing date to take care of the entire backlog.

      Commissioner Feldstein:

      - At the April 10th hearing, she requested that the project on 150 Broadway not be continued to May 15. This item is shown on the draft calendar for May 8 as a continuance to May 15.

      Commission Secretary:

      - She responded to Commissioner Feldstein that she will continue the item to another date.

      Commissioner Hughes:

      - Although there were a lot of continuances last week, the Commission has made genuine efforts to take care of cases at each hearing.

      Commissioner Antonini:

      - Is it prudent to add another hearing in the next month or two? He agrees with taking care of the backlog?

      Commissioner W. Lee:

      1) He asked to have the Transportation Authority come and give a presentation by Jose Moscowitz to let us know what are their long-term goals because this will impact parking in San Francisco.

      2) He would also like to have the Redevelopment Agency present what plans they have over the next 5 years.

      3) He would need to know the number of registered cars between 1990 and 2000 in order to understand if there has been a net increase over the years.

      4) There is a need to have the meeting in the Board of Supervisors' chambers to accommodate the pubic so they can articulate their concerns on the Housing Element.

      Commissioner Bradford Bell:

      - She suggested that staff contact the Board of Supervisors to reserve the Board Chambers for the hearing of June 5, 2003. Staff is also to request funding from the Board of Supervisors to broadcast the hearing. At this hearing the agenda would include only the Housing Element of the General Plan. We should have representatives from MUNI and the Redevelopment Agency as requested by Commissioner W. Lee.

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

      6. Director's Announcements

      Acting Zoning Administrator:

      - He feels that adding two meetings in a week is very demanding on staff.

      - He would suggest having a meeting on May 29 because it is currently a canceled hearing date on a 5th Thursday.

      7. Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

      BOS

      Land Use Committee

      Re: Triangle Light Standards

      - The Committee sent to the full Board the Landmark Designation ordinance for the Golden Gate Triangle Light Standards. The historic street lamps, of which there are approximately 189 standing today, are found in the Triangle District, which is the area bordered by Market, Mason and Sutter Streets. This ordinance was actually referred back to the Board in 2001 after both the Landmarks Board and the Planning Commission had recommended approval. It was first carried at the Board by then Supervisor Leno and has now been resurrected by Supervisor McGoldrick and will be up for a vote at the full board this coming Tuesday, May 6.

      Re: 2690 Harrison Street - Conditional Use Appeal

      - The Commission on March 20, 2003 approved this Conditional Use for a 54-unit residential project.

      - The appeal was initiated by the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition through the signatures of five members of the Board (Supervisors Maxwell, McGoldrick, Daly, Amiano, and Gonzalez). It will be heard on Tuesday, May 13, 2003.

      BOA

      1) 1168 Folsom Street (which was heard by the Director of Planning and the Zoning Administrator on September 17, 2003).

      - This is a 20 dwelling unit project with two small commercial spaces. The Director denied the project because the community planning process had not occurred. The project is located in the former IPZ and, at the time, it was not clear where the zoning was going in the future.

      - The Board of Supervisors on October 28, 2002 upheld the Director's decision.

      - At the Board of Appeals last night, staff was in agreement that they overturn the Director's decision and that the project go ahead.

      2) 75 Miraloma, this was another project heard by the Director of Planning and the Zoning Administrator on October 10, 2003.

      - The Director approved this project.

      - The Board of Appeals upheld the decision of the Director.

D. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS WHERE THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CLOSED

    At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the public hearing has been closed, must do so at this time. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

      Re: 3725 Buchanan Street

      Patricia Vaughey

      - The information given by the antenna expert was lacking in data.

      - It is important that a health analysis be done on the dangerous affects these antennas transmit.

      Jacqueline Clemens

      - This is the 8th time they have come before the Commission.

      - She hopes that the Commission doesn't "rubber stamp" this project.

      - There are a lot of people who are opposed to this project.

      Re: 40-50 Lansing Street (aka 35 Guy Place)

      Patrick Malone

      - He would like to have this project denied.

      - Many residents have submitted letters opposing the project.

      - There is no compelling reason to build luxury units in the area.

      - There has been a lot of apartment unit construction built in the area recently.

      Sara O'Malley

      - She displayed photographs of Guy & Lansing Streets showing that the area has blind curves and that traffic would be hazardous. This is a dangerous situation for pedestrians.

      - The loading dock would cause a lot of problems.

      Tule West

      - The building that currently is located at this location has an interior loading area.

      - There has not been proof that there is a need for these units.

      - She would like to have the loading dock be on-site if there is to be 100% lot coverage.

      Drina Boban

      - She urged the Commission to vote against the Conditional Use and the Variances.

      - The girth of the building does not fit in the alley.

      - The area is very dangerous.

      Andrew Junius - Reuben and Alter

      - Today is the 7th hearing on this project.

      - There are about 20 people here who are in support of this project.

      - This is the place for housing and it is a great project.

      2545 Greenwich Street

      Mark Ong

      - He stated the importance to his family to have the merger allowed.

      - None of the neighbors are opposed.

      Patricia Vaughey

      - Every time a unit is lost in San Francisco another one needs to be built and it rarely is affordable.

      - There is a quality of life that is lost when there are mergers.

E. CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION - PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

      8. 2002.0657C (J. IONIN: (415) 558-6309)

      3725 BUCHANAN STREET - west side between Beach Street and North Point Street; Lot 004 in Assessor's Block 0445A - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Section 711.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of eight antennas and related equipment for Verizon Wireless, on the roof of an existing four-story, 45-foot tall, commercial structure within an NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Per the City & County of San Francisco's Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the proposal is a Preferred Location Preference 4 as it is a commercial building in an NC-2 District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

    (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 10, 2003)

      NOTE: On April 10, 2003 the Commission continued this item to April 24, 2003. Public Comment remained open. On April 24, 2003, following public comment, the Commission closed the public hearing and entertained two motions: 1) to approve the project. The motion failed to carry by a vote of +3-2. Commissioners Feldstein, and S. Lee voted No. Commissioners Bradford Bell and Boyd were absent. 2) to continue the item to May 1, 2003, to allow absent Commissioners to participate in the final action, passed by a vote of +5-0. Commissioners Bradford Bell and Boyd were absent.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Approved as amended: 1) make antenna more aesthetically pleasing to the neighborhood by providing a screen around the equipment that will be textured to match the penthouse. 2) Abandonment should apply to both owner and project sponsor and should be unused or otherwise abandoned.

      AYES: Antonini, Boyd, Hughes, S. Lee

      NAYES: Bradford Bell, Feldstein and W. Lee

      MOTION: 16571

      9a. 2002.0446CEKV (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)

      40-50 LANSING STREET (A.K.A. 35 GUY PLACE) - a through lot that faces Lansing Street on its south side and Guy Place on its north side, within the block surrounded by First Street, Harrison Street, Essex Street, and Folsom Street, Lot 11 in Assessor's Block 3749 - Request for Conditional Use authorization for: (1) the construction of a building within a Residential District that would be taller than 40-feet pursuant to Planning Code Section 253(a); and (2) for the construction of a building that would have full lot coverage within the Rincon Hill Special Use District pursuant to Planning Code Section 249.1(b)(1)(B). The building would be 84-feet tall and contain up to 82 dwelling units. The subject property is within a RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Mixed, High Density) District, an 84-R Height and Bulk District and the Rincon Hill Special Use District / Residential Subdistrict.

    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 10, 2003)

      NOTE: On April 24, 2003, following public comment, the Commission closed the public hearing and entertained two motions: 1) to approve the project with amendments. The motion failed to carry by a vote of +3-1. Commissioner S. Lee voted No. Commissioners Bradford Bell, Boyd and W. Lee were absent. 2) to continue the item to May 1, 2003, to allow absent Commissioners to participate in the final action, passed by a vote of +4-0. Commissioners Bradford Bell, Boyd and W. Lee were absent.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Approved as amended: 1) require a schedule for move-ins of tenants to avoid street congestion; 2) require that someone be positioned outside to direct traffic at times of heavy move-in; 3) work with Department of Parking and Traffic to mitigate perceived hazard on the blind curve; 4) provide a space for car share; 5) require that parking be unbundled.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes

      NAYES: S. Lee and W. Lee

      MOTION: 16572

      9b. 2002.0446CEKV (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)

      40-50 LANSING STREET (A.K.A. 35 GUY PLACE) - a through lot that faces Lansing Street on its south side and Guy Place on its north side, within the block surrounded by First Street, Harrison Street, Essex Street, and Folsom Street, Lot 11 in Assessor's Block 3749 - A request for variances from (1) the exposure standard required under Planning Code Section 140; (2) the loading space standard required under Planning Code Section 152; (3) the setback standard for building mass above 50-feet as required under Planning Code Section 249.1(c)(3); (4) the frontage standard that requires at least 50-percent of all frontages be comprised of building entrances and display windows as mandated by Planning Code Section 249.1(c)(1)(C); and (5) the requirement that restricts parking on the first and second levels being any closer than 25-feet horizontal distance from any street grade as mandated from Planning Code Section 249.1(c)(5)(C) . The subject property is within a RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Mixed, High Density) District, an 84-R Height and Bulk District, and the Rincon Hill Special Use District / Residential Sub district.

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 10, 2003)

      NOTE: On April 24, 2003, following public comment, the Zoning Administrator closed the public hearing and continued this item to May 1, 2003.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Zoning Administrator granted the Variances with conditions mentioned in item 9a. He also granted the exception for dwelling unit exposure.

      10. 2003.0113D (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

          2545 GREENWICH STREET - south side between Scott and Divisadero Streets; Lot 021A in Assessor's Block 0944 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of all dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2002.09.12.6333, proposing to merge one unit on the second floor with one unit on the third floor, converting the three-unit building to a two-unit building in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the merger.

      NOTE: On April 24, 2003, following public comment, the Commission closed the public hearing and entertained two motions: 1) to not take Discretionary Review and approve the merger. The motion failed to carry by a vote of +2-2. Commissioners Feldstein and Hughes voted No. Commissioners Bradford Bell, Boyd and W. Lee were absent. 2) to continue the item to May 1, 2003, to allow absent Commissioners to participate in the final action, passed by a vote of +4-0. Commissioners Bradford Bell, Boyd and W. Lee were absent.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      MOTION No. 1: To not take Discretionary Review and approve the merger.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, W. Lee

      NAYES: Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee

      RESULT: Motion Failed

      ACTION: Took Discretionary Review and disapproved the merger.

      AYES: Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee

      NAYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, W. Lee

F. REGULAR CALENDAR

      11. 2002.0475E (R. DEAN: 558-5980)

          O'SHAUGHNESSY DAM DISCHARGE MODIFICATION PROJECT - O'Shaughnessy Dam is located at Hetch Hetchy Reservoir, in Yosemite National Park (Tuolumne County). The area is accessed by Camp Mather Road off Highway 120. Appeal of a Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The project consists of modifying the piping at O'Shaughnessy Dam that controls discharge to the existing 108-inch Canyon Power Tunnel pipeline (or penstock) at the base of the dam, and the downstream water transmission system. The piping modification involves construction of a new 60-inch pipeline to allow withdrawal of water from a higher level in the reservoir, to be used when turbidity in the reservoir is above the allowable level. The project also involves demolition of the lower valve house. The purpose of the project is to improve the water quality and water supply from Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to the City and Country of San Francisco and its water customers by constructing a second higher outlet to the aqueduct from the reservoir.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 3, 2003)

      SPEAKER(S):

      (+) Andrew Nielsen - Professional Mechanical Engineers

      - He is a professional mechanical engineer.

      - He has worked for the Hetch Hetchy project for many years.

      - Lines longer than 60 diameters ones should be used because they will prolong the life of the line.

      - The water from the reservoir is used for clean water.

      (+) Winchell T. Hayward

      - He worked for the Hetch Hetchy project as an engineer for about 20 yeas.

      - He is very familiar with the entire project.

      - He cannot understand how the water in the Hetch Hetchy reservoir could be considered turbid beyond an exceptional point.

      - He believes that there is no turbidity to justify the expense for this project.

      - He thinks that this project should not be done because it is too much money.

      (+) John Rizzo - Sierra Club

      - The Sierra Club supports the appeal.

      - Regarding the question of turbidity, PUC has a capitol improvement plan that is a very large scale plan. This project is not in the plan.

      - This project should be included in the environmental analysis of the whole set of projects from PUC.

      (+) Ron Good - Executive Director of Restore Hetch Hetchy

      - A full environmental impact report and EIS must be prepared under CEQA because this project could have a negative impact.

      (+) Jenna Olsen - Executive Director of the Tuolumne River Trust

      - The trust was founded in 1981. Their mission is to promote the stewardship of the Tuolumne River and it's tributaries to ensure a healthy water shed. They have a long history of cooperation with the City of San Francisco and the Public Utilities Commission.

      - The negative declaration addresses many of their concerns but there are still concerns that remain.

      (+) John C. Carney

      - He has worked for Bechtel for about 30 years.

      - He would recommend that this project not be done.

      ACTION: Negative Declaration was Upheld with amendments to the project description and the water quality sections of the Mitigated Negative Declaration:

          The following language has been added to the project description:

          "The project would involve no construction on the reservoir side of the dam."

          The following language has been added to the water quality description:

          "The proposed project would not involve construction activity on the reservoir side of the dam. Therefore, no project-related impacts associated with water quality of the reservoir, including increased turbidity, would occur."

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, W. Lee

      EXCUSED: S. Lee

      MOTION: 16573

      12. 2002.0277C (A. LIGHT: (415) 558-6254)

          150 GOLDEN GATE AVENUE - north side between Jones and Leavenworth Streets, in Assessor's Block 344, Lot 4. Request for a Conditional Use authorization to construct a building exceeding 40 feet in height in an R (Residential) District, to determine an appropriate setback at the top portion of the front of the façade of the proposed building, and to allow an Institutional Use in an RC (Residential Commercial Combined) District. The subject property is zoned RC-4 (Residential-Commercial, Combined, High Density) District, is in the North of Market Special Use District, and is in an 80-120-T Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to demolish an existing four-story, approximately 88-foot high vacant building originally used as a lodge building for the Knights of Columbus, and most recently as office space. The existing building would be replaced with a new five-story, approximately 78'-0" high building that would house administrative and some on-site service functions of the St. Anthony Foundation which provides a variety of services to homeless and other disadvantaged individuals. The proposed facility at 150 Golden Gate would function as part of a larger campus of St. Anthony's and would specifically provide space for administrative offices, counseling, health and job training services, and, temporarily, some dining services, until a new dining and residential structure could be constructed across the street.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of April 10, 2003)

      SPEAKER(S):

      (+) Suheil Totah - Attorney for Project Sponsor

      - The project will enable St. Anthony's to provided much needed services to the City of San Francisco.

      - He was also available to answer any questions.

      (+) Linda Pasquimuca - Administrator of St. Anthony Foundation

      - This project has been a dream for several years.

      - This project will better serve their clients.

      - She hopes that this project will be approved and she can see their dream come true.

      (+) John McNulty - MBH Architects

      - He described the architectural aspects of the project.

      (+) Edward Evans - Community Resources Action Project

      - He does not object to the project.

      - The problem is when people bring in shopping carts and block entrances to the other businesses on the street.

      - He is asking for some type of policing outfit.

      - The foundation has not met up with their requirements to be respectful to the neighborhood.

      (+/-) Jimmy Newell - Mercy Services Corporation

      - He is the property manager for 111 Jones and 205 Jones Streets.

      - 111 Jones has been a long time neighbor for St. Anthony's Foundation, they house seniors and are a non-profit corporation.

      - The issues he has are: traffic, drug dealing, public urination, public exposure, pigeon feeding, etc.

      - They have spoken with St. Anthony's and St. Boniface, and the message from them was that it was not their people who were causing all the problems--basically saying that they were not going to be responsible for the problems going on outside. He cannot understand why the do not want to do anything about it.

      (-) Michael Nulty - Tenant Associations Coalition

      - He is the program developer for this coalition.

      - Many of the buildings of the coalition are located in the Tenderloin.

      - St. Anthony's has failed to reach out to many of the organizations in the area.

      - He requests that there be a continuance of this item until St. Anthony's has reached out to these organizations.

      (-) Craig Larson

      - He owns the building adjacent to 150 Golden Gate Avenue.

      - Procedurally he was not notified from St. Anthony's about this meeting.

      - The project is located in the North of Market Special Use District. He understands that there is no commercial use above the second floor allowed in this Special Use District. It is not just a philanthropic use.

      - He supports what St. Anthony's is trying to do but the line to get into the foundation needs to be inside because it blocks the entrance to his building.

      (-) David Villalobos - Antonia Manor, Residents Advocate

      - This is certainly a need for the homeless. However, he has a dream of a cleaner, safer neighborhood.

      - St. Anthony's needs to take care of the neighborhood problems before this project is approved.

      (-) Elaine Zamora

      - She is a property and business owner on Jones Street.

      - There should be no question that these services are good services, yet it is also a magnet for problems in the community.

      - The historical façade has not been considered for preservation.

      - She is also concerned about the continued negative impacts from the services administered by St. Anthony.

      (-) Lea Curry

      - She lives on Jones Street.

      - There are about 30 drug dealers in a shelter near by.

      - She is willing to help St. Anthony clean up the area because she is part of the community.

      - She wants this project to go in but it needs to be delayed in order to discuss all the issues.

      (-) Terrance Alan - Building Owner

      - He owns a business about 1½ blocks away.

      - Most of his customers come from tourists.

      - Many of his patrons were mugged at night and there have been many complaints about all the problems in the area.

      - If St. Anthony's were a nightclub, the San Francisco Police Department would have closed them down because it would be a nuisance to the community.

      - He urges the Commission to extend their decision because there is need for more dialog.

      ACTION: Hearing held, item continued to July 17, 2003 in order for project sponsor to continue to work with community.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      13. 2003.0220C (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

          495 CASTRO STREET - east side between 17th and 18th Streets, Lot 057 in Assessor's Block 3582 - Request to amend a previously authorized Conditional Use pursuant to Section 303(e) of the Planning Code to modify Condition No. 2 of Motion No. 14332 that limited the use to a yogurt/ice cream store. The new Conditional Use would permit a small-self service restaurant (Bagel Brothers/retail bakery) as described in Section 790.91 of the Planning Code. The project site is within the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

      SPEAKER(S):

      (+) Dan Glazer - Project Sponsor

      - He is very excited about bringing bagels back to the Castro District.

      ACTION: Approved as amended: Conditional Use language should be changed to say: ..."selling bagels and associated products."

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      MOTION: 16574

      14a. 2003.0020CV (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

          2800 TARAVAL STREET - northwest corner of 38th Avenue and Taraval Street; Lot 12 in Assessor's Block 2367 - Request for a Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.3 and 303 to allow the establishment of a day care facility for up to 40 children (Kai Ming Head Start), an institutional use in a building presently used as a community facility for the Knights of Columbus Home Association. The property is located in RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

      SPEAKER(S):

      (+) Karen Lam - Project Sponsor (Kai Ming Head Start)

      - Most of the families who participate in Head Start take public transportation so they would not cause traffic congestion.

      - The white zone would not cause any problems because it is only for drop off and pickup.

      (+) Dr. Phil Jimenez - Knights of Columbus Home Association

      - He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Knights of Columbus.

      - This program will not affect the surrounding neighborhood in any negative way or disrupt the Sunset District.

      - They consider themselves honored to have this facility in their building.

      - This program is widely viewed as a benefit for the community because it has such positive results.

      ACTION: Project approved making the following modifications to the draft conditions of approval:

          1. Extend hours of operation from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., rather than to 5:00 p.m. (Condition #2)

          2. Eliminate statement about noise from the day care facility shall be contained within the premises (property) so as not to be a nuisance to nearby residents or neighbors (Condition #4).

          3. Eliminate statement about Project Sponsor shall take all reasonable measures to prevent loitering by students during break times or before and after classes in adjacent residential areas.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      MOTION: 16575

      14b. 2003.0020CV (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

          2800 TARAVAL STREET - northwest corner of 38th Avenue and Taraval Street; Lot 12 in Assessor's Block 2367 - Request for a Parking Variance pursuant to Planning Code Section 151 to allow no parking on the subject property whereas a total of two (2) off-street parking spaces are required for the proposed project.

      SPEAKER(S): Same as those listed in item 14a.

      ACTION: The Zoning Administrator closed the public hearing and granted the Variance

    G. DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

    Approximately 6:00 PM the Planning Commission convened into a Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing to hear and act on Discretionary Review matters.

      15. 2003.0182D (D. DiBARTOLO: (415) 558-6291)

          1725 KEARNY STREET - west side between Lombard and Chestnut Streets; Lot 029 in Assessor's Block 061 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of all dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.01.23.5809S, proposing to merge one unit on the first floor with one unit on the second floor, converting the six-unit building to a five-unit building. The project also proposes twenty-five square foot lateral additions on both the first and second stories. The site is in an RM-2 (Residential Mixed, Moderate-Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the merger.

      SPEAKER(S):

      (+) Mark Petroni

      - He would like to have his girlfriend and her children come to live with him. That is why he would like to merge the units.

      (+) Val Rabichev - Project Designer

      - This merger will benefit the entire building, the structural integrity, and improve mechanical and electrical systems.

      MOTION: To not take Discretionary Review and approve merger.

      AYES: Antonini

      NAYES: Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      RESULT: Motion Failed

      ACTION: Hearing held, item continued to May 15, 2003 in order to provide more documentation to the Commission.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      16a. 2002.1056DV (G. NELSON (415) 558-6257)

          1235 3rd AVENUE - west side between Hugo Street and Lincoln Way; Lot 008 in Assessor's Block 1747. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2002.05.28.7531, proposing to add a three-story horizontal addition to the rear of an existing three-story single-family dwelling, and to add a partial fourth floor. The proposal is also to add one additional off-street parking space within the ground floor, and widen the existing garage door opening, within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. This project is also seeking a Variance (Case No. 2002.1056V) to the rear yard requirements of the Planning Code to allow the proposed expansion.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Without hearing, item continued to May 15, 2003.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      16b. 2002.1056DV (G. NELSON (415) 558-6257)

          1235 3rd AVENUE- west side between Hugo Street and Lincoln Way; Lot 008 in Assessor's Block 1747. Request for Variance to the rear yard requirements of the Planning Code to allow the addition of a three-story horizontal addition to the rear of an existing three-story single-family dwelling, and to add a partial fourth floor, within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Portions of the proposed addition would encroach into the required rear yard at every floor level above the ground floor by up to 14'-8". This project is also the subject of Discretionary Review Case No. 2002.1056D.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Without hearing, Zoning Administrator continued item to May 15, 2003.

      17. 2002.1267DD (D. JONES: (415) 558- 6477)

          686 28TH STREET - north side between Douglass and Diamond Streets, Lot 015 in Assessor's Block 6605 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2002.10.02.8026, proposing to construct a three-story rear horizontal extension, and to modify the existing pitched roof to a flat roof towards the rear of the three-story single-family dwelling located in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

          (Continued from Regular Hearing of March 27, 2003)

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Without hearing, item continued to May 8, 2003.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

      18. 2003.0312D (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)

          761 KANSAS STREET - east side between 19th Street and 20th Street, Lot 17 in Assessor's Block 4073 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2002.10.25.0003 proposing to construct a vertical and rear horizontal addition, as well as a new front facade. The property is within an RH-2 (House, Two-family) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.

      SPEAKER(S): None

      ACTION: Without hearing, item continued to May 8, 2003.

      AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes, S. Lee, W. Lee

At approximately 7:00 p.m., the Commission heard the following matter:

      19. 2000.465M (T. OJEDA (415) 558-6251)

          HOUSING ELEMENT OF THE GENERAL PLAN - Public hearing on the proposed update and amendments to the General Plan put forth in the Housing Element Final Draft for Public Review released February 10, 2003. Proposed revisions will update and amend the Residence Element adopted in 1990 and include an assessment of housing needs, new policies to increase housing production such as higher residential densities along appropriate transit corridors and downtown neighborhoods; encouragement of housing development in neighborhood commercial districts; reconsideration of residential parking requirements; and policies supporting construction of new family housing. The Housing Element Final Draft for Public Review incorporated modifications based on comments and other feedback received by the Planning Department on the first draft published in August 2002.

          Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required. Public hearing to receive comments only.

      SPEAKER(S):

      Re: Continuance

      Marilyn Amini

      - It is very important that the Commission continue this item because there has been inadequate notice. A lot of people do not know that this item is on the agenda.

      - There have been eight neighborhoods that have been included in the Better Neighborhoods Program, but there are a lot of other communities that have not been included.

      - This is something that has major impacts and the citizens of San Francisco need to be able to respond to this.

      - When there are cumulative negative affects, there should be an EIR issued.

      Carlista Shay

      - She was here for another reason and she just found out about this. She lives in the corridor in question.

      - She feels that more time is needed to notify all of the residents in this area.

      Steven Currier - Outer Mission Neighborhood Association

      - His organization deals with a lot of housing and code violations.

      - His organization pays close attention to issues related to planning.

      - He just found out about this and would like to have it continued.

      Mike DeCastro

      - He just found out about this about one week ago and the rest of his neighborhood has not been notified either.

      - He requests to have this item continued and notify people properly.

      Hiroshi Fukuda

      - He presented a notice from Supervisor McGoldrick of a town hall meeting regarding this item on May 7.

      - This is a very important item and it should have been presented a long time ago.

      - Many groups know about this but once the general public knows about this they will be very concerned about it.

      Judith Berkowitz

      - She hopes that this will be one of many hearings on this item.

      - There should be more discussion about the different points within the element.

      Ted Williams

      - This is such an important item that if everyone involved would be notified, the Civic Auditorium would have to be used for the hearing.

      - It is imperative that the Commission require a more through review on the negative impact this item will have for all San Francisco residents.

      Bill Sonsini - West of Twin Peaks Central Council

      - He would like to have this matter continued for at least 60 days.

      - They were not noticed about this item.

      - Although they were privileged to hear Dr. Ghosh speak to them about the element, they were not aware of the process.

      - There is no need to rush forward on something that will cause so much impact.

      Marylou Lescarry

      - She agrees that this should be continued.

      - There are no more of the reports at the Planning Department, and there should be more readily available to the public.

      Philip Darsey

      - He was not aware of this and it will have a major impact where he lives.

      - He agrees to a continuance.

      Maureen Bender

      - She is concerned because San Francisco is such a beautiful city where there are a lot of residential communities for families.

      - It would be terrible to spoil these neighborhoods.

      - She hopes that the Commission continues this item.

      Joan Gerardo

      - She favors a 60 days extension.

      - There has not been a housing element for 12 years.

      - It is not the responsibility of volunteer neighborhood associations to do the job of the Planning Department to notify people.

      Ramona Albright

      - She is in agreement with a continuance.

      Thom McDonough

      - It is wise to get more information on this matter and consult all community groups.

      - There is a need for housing in San Francisco.

      - He is in agreement with a continuance.

      Joe O'Donaghue

      - He supports a continuance to this item.

      Fred Snyder

      - He agrees with a continuance because more people need to be notified.

      - There should be more scrutiny in the paper that the Planning Department issued.

      Jill Kent

      - There are still a lot of people who do not know about this item.

      - She requests that this item be continued until there has been proper notice to the residents of San Francisco.

      (Name unclear)

      - If there is another draft then the Commission has no choice but to have this item continued.

      MOTION: Continue item to July 10, 2003.

      AYES: Antonini, Hughes, W. Lee

      NAYES: Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, S. Lee

      RESULT: Motion Failed, item will be heard today.

      Re: Merits of Project

      Darryl Higashi

      - There will be funding for the housing element plan.

      - San Francisco does not have an acceptable and/or complete housing element.

      - There are other jurisdictions that have met their deadline.

      - As the Commission has these meetings and/or debates, they will continue to implement comments to the housing element.

      Joyce Calagos - San Francisco Organizing Project

      - Housing is imperative in San Francisco.

      - There is a great need for senior housing.

      - She would like to speed up this process.

      Hiroshi Fukuda

      - There is more updated information/data on housing that the housing element could be based on.

      - If the housing element is based on not updated information, everything will start wrong.

      - "Garbage in, garbage out"

      - This document needs to be redone and projections need to be redone.

      Ramona Albright

      - The state mandated targets need to be revisited.

      - Even though Prop M is always being violated, it should still be kept in mind.

      Chris Durazo - South of Market Community Action Network

      - There are some points in the Draft Housing Element plan for the South of Market area.

      - Affordability needs to be in the SOMA area.

      - She hopes that the Commission moves this forward quick and it gets amended appropriately.

      Eric Quesada - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition

      - He would like to see working class people be represented in the housing element.

      - In San Francisco there is not just a housing crisis but also an affordable housing crisis.

      - This needs to be moved forward quickly.

      - Other parts of the housing element need to be implemented and meet the needs of the people.

      Ada Chan - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition

      - She is here to support the approval and the timing of the housing element.

      - It is nice to see on paper all the issues they have been presenting to the Planning Commission.

      - Affordable housing means that waitresses, janitors, etc. would be able to afford housing in their neighborhood.

      - She encourages the Commission to adopt zoning in the Eastern Neighborhoods.

      Stephen Johns

      - He would like to ask why so many people were not noticed and urged that [staff/commission] try to fix this problem in the future.

      - He feels that this is being rushed.

      - He does not feel that affordable housing will come out of the housing element.

      - The July 1 deadline is not enough time to notify everyone in the City.

      David Lupo - Carpenters Union

      - Affordable housing and jobs are needed in San Francisco.

      - As this moves along, there should be restrictions on who gets to do the jobs. When there are construction jobs in neighborhoods, people from their neighborhood should be able to work at these construction jobs.

      Jim Fabris - CEO San Francisco Association of Realtors

      - The housing element is silent on how housing will be developed.

      - The housing element avoids differentiating between renting and ownership.

      - Nothing is said about ownership housing.

      - Home ownership has its rewards.

      Eve Back - Arc Ecology

      - She has been working with organizations in the Bay View.

      - She hears complaints from the people who are well housed yet there are people who are being threatened to move out of the City.

      - People who can afford market rate housing are doing well here.

      - There should be a commitment to use the land available and come up with programs to meet the needs that have not been met.

      Peter Holden

      - He just found out about this housing element.

      - The new parts of the housing element seem to be very innocuous

      - This document states very little about home ownership.

      Pauline Pill

      - She is in favor of both market rate and affordable housing.

      - Although people need quality affordable housing, they don't want to lose their quality of life.

      - Parking is becoming a big issue in the Bay View.

      Eileen Bender

      - She found out last week about Commissioner Feldstein's membership with SPUR.

      - She respectfully requests that the Commissioner be excused from this item.

      - It is incumbent that the Planning Department notifies residences within 300 feet of proposed items.

      - Parking and traffic has become a real issue in the City.

      - Public transportation has been denied in San Francisco.

      Joe Butler, AIA

      - He is concerned with affordable housing and retaining sound housing.

      - Part of the reason people are being driven away from San Francisco is the demolition of sound affordable housing.

      - Putting new housing in neighborhood commercial districts is a good idea.

      Joe O'Donaghue

      - Why have we not gotten affordable housing or housing in general? That is the question that needs to be addressed.

      - The reason why we have not met all the residents' needs, is because as we downzone the city, as we put restrictions on demolitions, and create moratoriums and put builders out of work, the affordability decreases.

      - The problem is also that we are looking at the wrong model and this is bringing the City into bankruptcy.

      Donna Crowder

      - More homeownership opportunities need to be added in the housing element.

      - A neighborhood could be respected and still build affordable housing.

      - Vacant lots should be able to be developed on.

      Judy Berkowitz

      - She hopes to continue discussions with Dr. Ghosh and include their concerns and suggestions in the housing element.

      - Without a land use element there will be no maps.

      - This element should have been released a long time ago.

      - There should be an EIR issued.

      - Cars are a part of life. People who cannot afford a house will save to buy a car.

      (did not state name)

      - He has been working very hard in the South of Market Redevelopment area.

      - When there are meetings after meetings, people stop coming and then things are rushed through.

      - If this meeting were transmitted via television, more people would be able to find out about this item.

      Joe Cassidy - Residential Builders

      - He has not been able to read the entire element since he just found out about it.

      - This document has a lot of holes in it.

      - The numbers are very flawed.

      - More time is needed to analyze this.

      Kepa Askinazy

      - She hopes that the community will be able to bring to the Commission current and adequate numbers and analyses.

      did not state name

      - He does not know how San Francisco will be able to do reasonable housing.

      - The prior policy up until now is not working. That is why the City is in this situation.

      - Realistic planning needs to be developed to come up with the results this report states.

      Sean Gorman, AIA

      - San Francisco is currently running a deficit of about 1,000 units per year.

      - Cities evolve, so housing needs to be produced. There are a lot of ways to do it.

      - There is a flaw in the document because it states that there is no more need for market rate housing.

      - The deficit has been going on for many years.

      - Going forward, there is a need for a lot of housing. It is important to educate people that the quality of life in San Francisco depends on affordable housing.

      (name unclear)

      - People should have the opportunity to buy their own homes.

      Milton Gaynes

      - His request would be to turn to the private sector and get their opinion. It might help in this process.

      - This is not about racism; it's about working together.

      Jim Keith

      - He has not been able to go through this document because he just found out about it.

      - He is a builder and the costs he has heard of seem to be generated from non-profits.

      - There is great disparity with the policies that are in the document and the policies that are put in place.

      - The supply of housing needs to be increased.

      - This document needs to have a thorough look.

      - The rental market is softening.

      Charles Bretinger

      - The real cost of the housing crisis is the growth of employment in San Francisco. If you want the jobs, you need to increase the housing.

      - If new buildings are being built, then housing needs to be built.

      - The words affordable housing in the housing element should be changed to subsidized housing.

      Alice Barkley

      - A lot of work needs to be done on this document.

      - What is missing is putting all the pieces in a very cohesive manner so that people can understand.

      - Families need more space in homes than before.

      Ron Lietky

      - The housing element does not deal with the diversity of the neighborhoods in San Francisco.

      - There are days and nights when he cannot park his car.

      Lou Robanno

      - His issue is the length of time it takes a permit to be issued in San Francisco.

      - Nothing seems to be done about this.

      - Buildings do wear out.

      - Subsidized housing should be allowed on vacant lots.

      Marilou Lescarry

      - She is glad that the Commission supports public comment for as long as it takes.

      - The copies of this document at local libraries are to be read there and cannot be taken home.

      - She wanted to get more than two copies of the document but was not allowed.

      - She volunteers to come to the Planning Department and take as many copies as she is allowed and distribute them to local organizations.

      - This documentation needs to be in front of people.

      Archie Kipenty

      - He is a developer and has been developing in San Francisco for many years.

      - It is just absolutely impossible to build affordable housing in San Francisco.

      Grace Kiely

      - Everyone involved in building housing should be included in this forum.

      - This needs to be taken back to get more information.

      - The housing element does not have all the information.

      - This is a seriously flawed document.

      Steven Hiello

      - The Commission has a very difficult job.

      - The process of getting a permit in San Francisco is ridiculously difficult--like Discretionary Reviews.

      - He believes in a certain amount of rules and regulations.

      - Everyone's testimony has stated how difficult it is to build housing in the City.

      Brian McGee

      - He is a native San Franciscan.

      - The reason why people have left San Francisco is because there is no affordable housing. The reason there is no affordable housing in San Francisco is because of the square footage. It is expensive to buy a lot in this City.

      - It is important to listen to people who do this for a living.

      Sue Hestor

      - There used to be a member of the Commission who was an expert in transit. It helps to have someone to understand. This is a large part of what the fear is.

      - In low income neighborhoods, people do not have cars.

      Sean Kriegan

      - He was born and raised in San Francisco.

      - This document fails to address market rate housing.

      - There is a need for affordable housing, one-bedroom units, etc.

      MOTION: Hearing held, no action required. Next Pubic Hearing to be held June 5, 2003.

H. 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.

    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:

    (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))

    Emeric Kalman

    - He would like to know how the Housing Element was funded.

    The Zoning Administrator responded that it was funded mostly by the General Fund.

    Sue Hestor

    - There are huge items scheduled in the next couple of hearings.

    - The agendas need to be looked at more closely and organized better.

Adjournment: 11:00 p.m.

THESE MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, JUNE 5, 2003.

SPEAKERS: None

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, S. Lee, W. Lee

ABSENT: Hughes

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