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January 17, 2002

January 17, 2002

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, January 17, 2002
1:30 PM
Regular Meeting


PRESENT:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT THEOHARIS AT 1:40 p.m.

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning; Larry Badiner -Zoning Administrator; Jonathan Purvis; Mary Woods; Michael Smith; Craig Nikitas, Scott Sanchez; Thomas Wang; 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.          2001.0671E          (CHAN: 558-5982)
222 VALENCIA STREET – Assessor's block 3533, Lot 4. Appeal of Preliminary Negative Declaration. The proposed project includes the construction of nine residential units, approximately 400 square feet (sq.ft.) of ground floor commercial space, and nine off-street parking spaces within a new five-story structure. The site is a fenced private parking lot for approximately 13 cars. A 780-square-foot warehouse is on this 4,590-sqare-foot site. The new building would be approximately 50 feet in height. Vehicular access to the site would be from Valencia Street. The project site is within the Board of Supervisors adopted Mission District Interim Controls. Under the controls, any change of use would require a Discretionary Review (DR) and all market rate housing that does not provide at least 25% affordable units on site would require a Conditional Use (CU) authorization. Therefore, the project requires a DR and a CU. The project site is also within the study area of the proposed Upper Market Better Neighborhood 2002 Program. The project site is located within the C-M (Heavy Commercial) zoning district and within a 50-X Height and Bulk district.
Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration
(Proposed for Continuance to February 7, 2002)

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Continued as proposed
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

          2.          2001.0509D          (CABREROS: 558-6169)
                    3016 PIERCE STREET - east side between Greenwich and Filbert Streets, Lot 019 in Assessor’s Block 0514 - Staff-initiated request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/04/02/5739, proposing to merge an existing two-unit building into a single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and Disapprove the application
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 1, 2001)
                    (Proposed for Continuance to March 28, 2002)

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Continued as proposed
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

3.          2001.0782D          (VELLVE: 558-6263)
3973A – 17TH STREET - south side between Castro and Hartford Streets. Assessor’s Block 3582 Lot 077 - Staff-initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2001/07/05/3023 for a dwelling unit merger from 6 to 5 units for a legal six-family dwelling in a RH-3, Residential House, Three Family, district and a 40-X Height and Bulk district.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and Disapprove the application.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 13, 2001)
                    DISCRETIONARY REVIEW WITHDRAWN

SPEAKER(S):          None

B.          COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

          4.          Proposed adoption of Planning Commission hearing schedule for 2002

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Continued as amended: Cancel the hearing on March 28, 2002 in observance of Passover
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

          5.          ELECTION OF OFFICERS: In accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the City Planning Commission, the President and Vice President of the Commission shall be elected at the first Regular Meeting of the Commission held on or after the 15th day of January of each year, or at a subsequent meeting, the date which shall be fixed by the commission at the first Regular Meeting on or after the 15th day of January each year.

NOMINATIONS FOR PRESIDENT: Hector Chinchilla
ACTION:          Approved
AYES:          Baltimore, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

NOMINATIONS FOR VICE PRESIDENT: William W. Fay
ACTION:          Approved
AYES:                    Baltimore, Chinchilla, Joe, Lim Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

          6.          Commission Matters

Commissioner Theoharis: She would like to have scheduled in February 2002, the Ocean Avenue/Balboa Street Better Neighborhoods 2002.

C.          DIRECTOR'S REPORT

7.          Director's Announcements

- Congratulated new officers and thanked former president Theoharis.

Re: Dinner honoring former President of the Landmarks Board – Daniel Reidy
- On Monday, January 14, there was a dinner honoring Dan Reidy who has resigned from the Landmarks Board. The Mayor issued a proclamation and the Department issued a Resolution.

          8.          Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals
BOS
Re: Appeal of Certification of EIR for De Young Museum
- After listening to further testimony from appellants, the Board upheld the Commission's decision by a +10-1 vote.
- The Board determined that the document the Commission certified was accurate and sufficient.

Re: Conditional Use for an antenna at 2801 California Street
- The Board heard the appeal and after hearing testimony, the Board upheld the appeal and overturned the Commission's approval by a vote of +10-1.
- The Board felt that there was no need for this antenna, that customers of Sprint were still able to receive service. Sprint felt that this site was necessary in order to improve service.

BOA

- The ZA thanked former president Theoharis and congratulated the new officers.

Re: Commissioner Salinas
- Commissioner Salinas is doing better and hopes that he will be here for next Thursday's hearing.

Re: 176 Clipper Street
- The Commission did not take Discretionary Review on this project and approved it.
- The issues that were before the BOA: 1) the peak of the roof had been moved back approximately 7 inches for structural reasons. This is different from what the Commission saw. There was a concern that the building was within 6 inches of the rear yard; 2) there were concerns that the house was too large and that it was out of character.
- The BOA upheld the Commission's decision with tow modifications: 1) The Planning Commission required obscured glass be placed in the windows that face the property line. The BOA felt that obscured glass was not necessary since there were no transparent windows on the adjacent DR filer's property, only an obscured stained glass window. 2) There was a stairway that comes out from the third floor. The project sponsor requested that there be a small roof over that. The BOA agreed.

D.          REGULAR CALENDAR

9.          2002.0037U          (LIGHT: 558-6254)
200 CALIFORNIA STREET (a.k.a. 201 FRONT STREET) - at the northwest corner of Front and California Streets, Lot 006, in Assessor’s Block 0237 - Applicant’s appeal of the Planning Director’s disapproval of sign permit No. 2001/11/03/2089 under Planning Code Section 1111.7(6) for a General Advertising sign on a Category V building in the Front-California Street Conservation District. The lot is located in a C-3-O (Downtown Office) District and a 75-X Height and Bulk District.
          Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold the Director’s disapproval.

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Without hearing, continued to January 24, 2002
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

          10.          2001.0015Z          (WOODS: 558-6315)
                    1052 OAK STREET - north side between Divisadero and Scott Streets, Lot 5 in Assessor's Block 1216 - Request for reclassification of a portion (approximately 3,136 square feet) of Lot 5 (a part of the Touchless Car Wash site) from NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District to RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District. Currently, the entire lot area, approximately 4,199 square feet, of Lot 5 is zoned NC-2. This reclassification is to allow the construction of three new residential units in accordance with Planning Commission Motion No. 16036 relating to a conditional use authorization approved on November 16, 2000 to expand the car wash.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption of the Draft Resolution for Reclassification.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 6, 2001)

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Without hearing, continued to March 21, 2002
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

          11.          2001.1059C          (McGEE: 558-6367)
                    2601 MISSION STREET - at the southeast corner of 22nd Street and Mission Street, Lot 069, in Assessor’s Block 3637 - Request for Conditional Use authorization to: (1) install a total of six panel antennae, one GPS antenna, and associated equipment cabinets, as part of a wireless communication network for Metro PCS, per Sections 712.83/790.80 of the Planning Code; and to: (2) add a use to a lot along Mission Street on a site that is larger than 40,000 square feet, per Board of Supervisor’s Resolution 518-01 (the Mission District Interim Controls), within an NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate-Scale) District, a 50-X/65-B Height and Bulk District, and Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict. The project is Preference 2, a Co-Location Site on which other WTS facilities currently exist, under the WTS Facilities Siting Guidelines.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

SPEAKER(S):
(+) Debra Stein – Project Sponsor
- This antenna will allow improved service to the Mission District.
- Because this is an office building and the tallest in the neighborhood, it is preference 2 location.
- There were notifications mailed to neighborhood associations and residents in three different languages. There were also bilingual community meetings.
- She thanks staff for their great work on this proposal.


(+) Mary Ann Miller – Tetratech Wiereless
- The placement of the antennas will be flush mounted onto a penthouse screen. These will be painted to be similar to the penthouse.
- The other equipment will be on the basement of the building.
(+) Rober Weller – Licensed Engineer with Hammet and Edison
- His work involves the calculation and measurement of human exposure to radio frequency and electromagnetic fields.
- The energy that is transmitted by these facilities is similar in frequency and content to that of radio and television stations. There is very little difference.
ACTION:          Approved
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas
MOTION:          16329

          12.          2000.520C          (MARTIN: 558-6616)
                    2601 MISSION STREET - at the southeast corner of 22nd Street and Mission Street, Lot 069, in Assessor’s Block 3637 - Request for Conditional Use authorization to: (1) install a total of twelve panel antennae, two GPS antennae, and associated equipment cabinets, as part of a wireless communication network for Nextel Communications, per Sections 712.83/790.80 of the Planning Code; and to: (2) add a use to a lot along Mission Street on a site that is larger than 40,000 square feet, per Board of Supervisor’s Resolution 518-01 (the Mission District Interim Controls), within an NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate-Scale) District, a 50-X/65-B Height and Bulk District, and Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict. The project is Preference 2, a Co-Location Site on which other WTS facilities currently exist, under the WTS Facilities Siting Guidelines.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

SPEAKER(S):
(+) Jason Smith – Representing Nextel
- The installation will be flush mounted and screened by a false screen wall.
- This will cover two service areas therefore eliminating a site in Bernal Heights.
ACTION:          Approved
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas
MOTION:          16330

          13.          2001.1114C          (P.VOLLMAN: 558-6405)
                    2222 POLK STREET - east side between Vallejo and Green Streets, Assessor’s Block 0549, Lot 015 - Request under Planning Code Section 723.45 for Conditional Use Approval for a Liquor Store within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and within the 65-A Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to add a type 20 ABC license for beer and wine sales to an existing retail grocery store known as "Polk and Green Produce." There will be no expansion of or other changes to the existing store.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Approved
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas
MOTION:          16331

AT APPROXIMATELY 4:30 PM THE PLANNING COMMISSION CONVENED INTO A DISCRETIONARY REVIEW (DR) HEARING.



14.          2001.0969D          (P.VOLLMAN: 558-6405)
224 FILBERT STREET - north side between Napier Lane and Darrell Place, Lot 046 in Assessor’s Block 0085 - Staff-initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application number 2001/06/01/0508, for a Dwelling Unit Merger per Commission Resolution No. 16078. The proposal is to legalize construction done to merge the two unit building into a single-family house, in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the building permit as submitted and require the applicant to submit a new building permit to return the structure to two dwelling units.

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Discretionary Review application withdrawn

          15.          2001.1054D          (P.VOLLMAN: 558-6405)
                    260 CHESTNUT STREET - north side between Kearny and Grant Streets, Lot 017 in Assessor’s Block 0055 - Discretionary Review request of Building Permit Application number 2001/07/13/3612, proposing to add a 24-foot rear addition to the existing three story single family house, in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three Family District), and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the building permit as revised.

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Discretionary Review application withdrawn

          16.          2001.0817DD          (TAM: 558-1235)
                    1376-24TH AVENUE - east side of 24th Avenue, between Judah and Irving Streets; Lot 26 in Assessor’s Block 1778 - Discretionary Review request for Building Permit No. 2000/06/06/1858s to construct a vertical addition (third story) and a rear horizontal extension in the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as revised.

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Discretionary Review Application Withdrawn

          17.          2001.527D          (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)
                    115 ELLINGTON AVENUE - southeast side between Mt Vernon and Ottawa Avenues. Assessor’s Block 7043 Lot 003F - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2000/12/18/8198 proposing a one story vertical addition and a 12 foot horizontal addition at the rear of a single family dwelling in an RH-1, (Residential House, One Family) district and a 40-X Height and Bulk district.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the permit with modifications.

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Without hearing, continued to March 21, 2002
AYES:          Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

G.          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))

None

Adjournment: 4:35 p.m.


THE DRAFT MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2002

SPEAKER(S):          None
ACTION:          Approved
AYES:                    Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Lim, Theoharis
ABSENT:          Salinas

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