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August 30, 2007 - Special-Joint Building Inspection Commission

August 30, 2007 Special-Joint Building Inspection Commission

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

AND

DEPARTMENT OF BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION

SPECIAL JOINT HEARING MINUTES

Board of Supervisors Chambers - Room 250

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, August 30, 2007

5:00 PM

Special Meeting

PLANNING COMMISSION

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Alexander, Olague, Antonini, S. Lee, W. Lee, Moore and Sugaya

COMMISSIONER ABSENT: None

BUILDING INSPECTION COMMISSION

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Walker, F. Lee, Grubb, Hirsch, Murphy, Romero and Theriault

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: None

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT WALKER AT 5:08 P.M.

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Dean Macris – Director of Planning, Larry Badiner – Zoning Administrator, Amit Ghosh – Chief Planner, Linda Avery – Commission Secretary.

The calendar was slightly changed to allow public comments at the beginning in addition to the end of the calendar.

SPEAKERS

Jeremy Paul

- In 2005, I had the opportunity to participate in an important project that put San Francisco on the map in the sense of an innovative construction that was called  Scrap House.

- It was shown that a beautiful demonstration building could be made entirely out of reclaimed materials.

- I am here to tell you about a project that is not a demonstration but a remodel of a 2-unit home that is going to be one of the LEED certified homes in the country with the possibility of being the first platinum level.

- I invite the Commissions to be present at 3027 25th Street and Alabama at 8:30a.m. The Winter Bind Generator is going to be installed at this site.

- Thanked to both Departments for making this happened.

Silvia Johnson

- I just want to get instructions on the 400 impacts of reestablishing and the 1,000 impacts for producing.

- There are areas needing housing, remodeling, air control and to produce the impact of environmental society and to inform from the state of the market value.

- There is a procedure with patience and what the medical and industries being processed as far as establishing different costs.

- This is going to be different for the world and in 2 or 3 years we would go around the world.

Sue Hestor

- I am passing around a copy of intent to adopt mitigated negative declaration for 3120 3rd Street. This is a challenge to both of the Commissions.

- The University of California is proposing to let a private developer build a building outside of the area. University of California Hasting is exempt form City's processing as long as they own the site and they do not own this one.

A. SPECIAL CALENDAR:

1. Update on Business Process Reengineering (BPR), interdepartmental computer system(s), and departmental processes. Discussion regarding future action steps for ongoing collaboration between departments.

SPEAKERS

[Inaudible], Co-Chair of the Plan Review Committee

- The stakeholders process really, clearly and very candidly showed the pitfalls and the successes are on both Departments.

- You should consider that while the Director mentioned that there are administrative issues, there is some overlap to the entitlement process.

- There are recommendations that we are making to make sure that you capture certain things early in the process.

- Finally, there is one other thing that plugs both Commissions into this process because you are going to recognize that there are budget concerns.

- We have learned that we are not taking every opportunity for fees and we are making recommendations to scoop that.

- When the next fiscal year budget comes forward, ask the Directors where is the staffing for this BPR because that is the only way that is going to succeed.

Silvia Johnson

- I have being wanting to speak about the computers. They are taking Mr. Brown to coordinate and preparing for the freedom.

- Consider a lot of things that have been going on around miracles in other counties with the proceedings and inspections to make a difference.

- Many people are very disrespectful of my intelligence.

Henry Konolowitz

- I sit on the Inspection Committee for BPR and see participations from the public and stakeholders. It is wonderful and incredible how many people are participating.

- Thanked the Director because it is a wonderful democratic way to do this.

John O'Connel

- We are moving forward and hopefully by the end of the process we will have a much more efficient process.

- Thanked the Director for the invitation to participate.

NO ACTION IS REQUIRED OF THE COMMISSIONS

2. Update regarding seismic safety, tall buildings, and discussion for possible BIC action to determine fire safety measures, Peer Review process, and emergency response.

SPEAKERS

Bernie Choden

- The City needs to achieve standards already established by the State.

- Dragging it out further is an endangerment to public safety.

Silvia Johnson

- The Fire Department needs to know to cut the trees for fire to not go into the woods.

- In terms of safety, I was talking about areas where you are driving for techniques and I have been talking to the Police Department on that.

Kalmic Collins

- On December 7 the CAPS issue came out and since then we have a new management at the head of DBI.

- Is the CAPS revitalization included in the plan? It was removed from the Mayor's Office without any explanation.

- The new administration has been here for two years and nothing has happened.

NO ACTION IS REQUIRED OF THE COMMISSIONS

3. Overview of new International Codes to become effective in January, 2008.

SPEAKERS

Silvia Johnson

- I have something different but I have not worked it out yet.

- I have been working on the airport construction and I am looking into different types of airports that would be much easier for travelers.

Kelmic Collins

- Why San Francisco Codes, Planning and Building, do not allow prefabricated buildings to build in the City? It is much cheaper and less annoying for the neighbors.

- We have very expensive plumbing codes in the City and I think that this is part of some union political interference.

- I would like to know if this International Code has any relation with the so called insurance industry.

- Another issue is the cost of living in the City that needs to be addressed.

NO ACTION IS REQUIRED OF THE COMMISSIONS

4. Public Comment: The BIC and Planning Commission will take public comment on matters within the Commissions' jurisdiction that are not part of this agenda.

SPEAKERS

Silvia Johnson

- I just wanted to mention that some of the insurance we have on our products and our industry procedure, I was wondering if we can put that all together for cars?

- As far as drivers license issues, we have accessory to drivers instruction. If we can have everything in one place, we do not waste our time to go around the world trying to find a thing.

Kelmic Collins

- Thanked DBI for the lunch time seminars. They were very welcoming and please continue that work.

- To the Planning Commission, I raised the issue on July 19 about saving electricity in the City and if all the apartments approved get [individual] electrical meters or not. I have not gotten any answers.

- On the papers there are ads that cost millions of dollars to talk about saving water and instead the new apartments should be metered.

- The capacity fees imposed from DBI when the developer applies for a permit should be revised.

Adjournment: 6:37 P.M.

THESE MINUTES WERE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, September 27, 2007.

SPEAKERS: None

ACTION: Approved

AYES: Olague, Antonini, S. Lee, W. Lee, Moore and Sugaya

ABSENT: Alexander

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