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EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS COMMUNITY PLANNING - The Planning Commission will discuss and possibly adopt Interim Policies and/or discuss and direct staff to prepare a resolution for initiation of Interim Controls. Planning Department staff will provide a status report on the Environmental Review process for the Rezoning of the Eastern Neighborhoods. The Planning Commission will also schedule a subsequent hearing to review and discuss the work scope of Public Benefit Zoning and Community Impact Report (Socio-Economic Analysis) and to discuss non-conforming uses.
Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt Interim Policies
Michael Yarne - Farella Braun & Martel
- They are involved in the community workshops of Showplace Square.
- They have been exploring the probability of an 800 unit mixed use project.
- He hopes that the EIR can be repaired in the next two years.
- He spoke in favor of interim policies.
- Residential and PDR uses can coexist in the design/showplace square area.
- If the 1 to 4 ratios are enacted, this would impact various projects of his.
- He warns the Commission to look closely at these policies.
Barry Campbell - Bay West Group
- Bay West Group operates the San Francisco Design Center.
- They have participated in every step of the community planning process.
- They are still waiting for an outcome after two years.
- Adding a significant amount of mixed-use housing makes good sense.
- Adopting the interim policies would encourage projects that would make the area safe and a 24/7 district.
- The ratio was never discussed before.
- They fully support the adoption of the policy after modifying the ratio.
Eric Quezada - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- Interim controls have brought them together to discuss important issues.
- They believe that interim controls will allow them not to have to discuss every single project as opposed to policies.
- If there are no interim controls in the next 18 months and the economy gets better, this will get out of control.
- Although they want to look at the goals of the interim controls, the goals of the planning process should be considered as well.
Luis Granados - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- He thanked the Commission for following up on the recommendations made to staff at the previous meeting.
- He is in support of interim controls and not policies.
- PDR businesses will create about 45,000 jobs.
- There is a definite economic business to protecting the businesses.
- He differs from staff on the threshold stated.
- He urged the Commission to direct staff to adopt interim controls.
Charlie Sciammas - MAC
- They are happy that the department is moving forward on the environmental impact analysis.
- The spirit of the rezoning process has been more clearly defined in controls.
- Interim controls are very much needed since currently they have been looking over projects on a case-by-case basis.
My Do - Mission Economic Development Association
- The adoption of interim controls will allow PDR businesses to remain.
- These businesses provide economic viability to the City.
- PDR businesses provide 50.5 million dollars in tax revenue.
Cris Selig (speaking on behalf of Oscar Grande)
- She is in support of interim controls not policies.
- Work upfront will save many hours of work and will cut down long hearings.
- She urged the Commission to move and make a decision tonight. The content can be thought out and explained in the coming months.
Ada Chan - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition
- The Eastern Neighborhoods planning process began because of development that occurred, speculation, and the many battles that took place here both in front of this commission and the previous commission.
- The City and the department has spent over $700,000 of planning staff time to develop the plans today. MAC does not want to be seen as holding developers "hostage."
- They want the small and large developers to have clear guidelines so that no one has to come here again and begin another battle.
- She encouraged the Commission to start the interim controls, defining the legislation in order to schedule a date for that presentation.
Cris Durazo - South of Market Community Action Network
- She encouraged staff to direct staff to pass the resolution.
- She is concerned that she has not heard of a community planning process for West SOMA.
- South of Market faces the most devastation with development if these controls are not imposed and implemented.
Curtis Eisenberger - Mission Coalition for Economic Justice and Jobs
- He thanked staff for their outreach with the Mission Coalition.
- They recently saw the documents so they have not had time to assimilate them.
- He urged the Commission to use caution with the maps of the NEMIZ. The definition of PDR still needs to be worked on, etc.
- If there is a choice with interim controls to interim policies, they would choose policies.
- The NEMIZ should be looked at in a separate way.
Dick Millet - Potrero Boosters
- The document, which is available to the public, has a lot of inconsistencies and errors.
- He does not want any action today because he has not had time to analyze the document.
Dan Kingsley - SKS Investments
- They are owners of various SOMA buildings.
- He received a copy of this document from a neighbor just yesterday.
- It is important to set a standard in sending out these documents, maybe via email.
- There are a lot of concerns with property and business owners about the impacts of non-conforming uses.
- He urged the Commission to accelerate this process.
- He is a property owner in the NEMIZ.
- He thanked Larry Badiner for meeting with them and jump-starting their process.
- He feels that there is a need to continue this issue in order to understand what is going on.
- The Mission should be separated in order to talk about it and understand it better.
- Interim controls have already been in his neighborhood for two years. He believes that this is all they can have.
- It is important to protect the businesses and the jobs.
- She lives and works in the NEMIZ.
- She realizes that the current Commission was not present when all the dialog and inconformity was going on so a lot of the essence was lost.
- The Commission needs to think of what would be the impact of buildings in liquefaction zones.
- He supports interim policies and not the controls.
- Interim controls would especially harm East SOMA because the area already has the most restrictive zoning in the City.
- Further restrictions would prevent anything at all from being built.
- He wants to focus on staff's proposal for the one new square foot of PDR requirement for each floor square feet of new housing. This sounds worthy but he believes that it is flawed and would discourage new housing.
- What is the incentive of building larger units if at the same time more PDR space needs to be built that would require a subsidy by the builder.
Julie Milburn - Facilities Director of the California School of Arts and Crafts
- They have a 24 hours school in a very desolate area.
- There are sad, tragic people moving in after dark.
- She is delighted that this process is moving forward.
- They cannot manage with anything more restricting than what they have now.
- 1:4 for PDR is simply way to high.
Tay Via - Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass
- The one specific point that was confusing to them was that people that were involved in the Western SOMA process were very surprised to see this in the interim controls.
- The Western SOMA has been a very active group.
- She suggests that the Commission delete Western SOMA from this process.
Steve Vettel - Dolbe Laboratories
- On page 8 and 9 of the PDR information handout from staff, it states that PDR doesn't exist. All of a sudden Dolbe Labs would be classified as medium PDR and according to the handout it would become core PDR.
- In overlay districts, core PDR is not permitted.
- He is in favor of interim policies and not interim controls.
- He lives in Eastern SOMA. He supports the policies of Eastern SOMA.
- He wants to continue the policy of DR in the Eastern SOMA.
- He does not want to see this process get further politicized. Everyone has been frustrated with this process.
- Once this document goes before the BOS, there is a possibility that it will be revised.
- The majority of the people of this City have complete confidence in the Commission to take the discretion to decide on policies.
Michael Burke - Elman, Burke, Koffman and Johnson
- His comments are strictly regarding the NEMIZ.
- He read a letter from Lion Enterprises who is the owner of a building at 2525 16th Street. He requests that you retain the M-1 use in that area.
In the NEMIZ, the residents have been subject to interim controls.
- He wants to echo the sentiments of the speakers this evening.
- He wants another opportunity to continue public comment.
- If the new guidelines go from 1 to 200, which is higher density, he believes that it is better to stay with the current zoning.
- 4 to 1 PDR would not allow any banks to support builders.
- Housing is harder than it was a few years ago.
- Interim controls are a disaster.
ACTION: Public Hearing Closed for Today. No Action Taken. Item Rescheduled for November 20, 2003.
AYES: Antonini, Bradford Bell, Boyd, Feldstein, Hughes
ABSENT: Sue Lee and William Lee