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April 2, 2009 - Planning and Historic Preservation Commissions Joint Hearing

April 2, 2009 - Planning and Historic Preservation Commissions Joint Hearing

San Francisco

Planning Commission

&

San Francisco

Historic Preservation

Commission or Committee

Notice of Joint Hearing


Meeting Minutes

Commission Chambers – Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, April 2, 2009

10:00 A.M.

Joint Hearing

PLANNING COMMISSIONERS President: Ron Miguel

PRESENT Vice-President: Christina R. Olague

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden;

William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya


HISTORIC PRESERVATION
Vice-President: Courtney Damkroger

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Commissioners: Karl Hasz; Alan Martinez

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: President: Charles Chase


THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESERVATION COMMISSION SECRETARY AT 12:30 P.M.


STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: John Rahaim –Director, Larry Badiner – Zoning Administrator, Tina Tam – Preservation Coordinator, Tara Sullivan - planner, Sohpie Middlebrook – planner, Linda Avery – Commission Secretary,

A. SPECIAL CALENDAR

(T. SULLIVAN: (415) 558-6257)

Planning Code Articles 10 and 11 - Informational Presentation to discuss policy issues for preservation planning and the rewriting of Articles 10 (Preservation of Historical Architectural and Aesthetic Landmarks) and Article 11 (Preservation of Buildings and Districts of Architectural, Historical, and Aesthetic Importance in the C-3 Districts), and to discuss Board of Supervisors File No. 08-1565, an Ordinance that would rescind Articles 10 and 11 from the Planning Code in its entirety and adopt a new Article 10 and 11 to implement the provisions of the new San Francisco Charter Section 4.135 (Historic Preservation Commission).


Planning Staff identified these topics for discussion and presented the following recommendations:


(1) Under Power K in the Powers and Duties of the HPC, Ms. Sullivan recommended revising the proposed legislation to not create a new HPC review process for Categorical Exemptions. The HPC can retain their power over the Negative Declarations and Environmental Impact Reports;


SPEAKER(S):
GeeGee Platt, Joe Butler, Richard LaCante, Cynthia Servetnick


(2) Regarding the appointment of the HPO, Ms. Sullivan recommended revising the proposed legislation to not create a similar appointment process as for the Planning Director (HPC provide three names to the Planning Director). She cited legal issues (civil service regulations) as well as staff morale as the primary concerns;


SPEAKERS(S)

Jack Gold, GeeGee Platt, Richard LaCante, Mark Paez, Joe Butler, Steve Vettel, Steve Atkinson


(3) For Historic District Designation, Ms. Sullivan recommended revising the proposed legislation to not only require design guidelines or standards, but also setback, height, and bulk controls. Ms. Sullivan also would like input on the definition for  Minor and  Major alteration; and


SPEAKER(S):

Jack Gold, Aaron Goodman, Jim Haas, Zinger Horton, GeeGee Platt


(4) On HPC powers on demolition in historic district;


SPEAKER(S):

Steve Vettel, Aaron Goodman, Shawn Kagren, Jack Gold, Joe Butler, Johanna Street


(5) For multi-entitlement projects, Ms. Sullivan recommended revising the proposed legislation to establish review procedures for Variances and Discretionary Reviews.


SPEAKER(S):
None


Because of time constraint, this item was continued for further discussion.


Ms. Sullivan reminded everyone that the next hearing at the HPC for action is on Wednesday, April 8th and at the CPC for action is on Thursday, April 9th.

ACTION

This is an informational item. No action is required or taken.

Adjournment: 1:40 p.m.

The minutes was proposed for adoption at the Regular Meeting of the Historic Preservation Commission on Wednesday, June 3, 2009.

SPEAKERS: None
ACTION: Approved

AYES: Chase, Damkroger, Hasz, Martinez, Madsuda

Last updated: 11/17/2009 10:00:55 PM