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Public Hearings 
 

March 18, 2010 Joint Hearing w/ Rec/Park Commission

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION
&
RECREATION & PARK COMMISSION

Notice of Joint Hearing

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

Thursday, March 18, 2010

11:00 A.M.
Special Hearing

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THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
1650 MISSION STREET, 4TH FLOOR RECEPTION

CITY PLANNING

COMMISSION: President: Ron Miguel
                            Vice-President: Christina R. Olague
                            Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; 
                            William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya


RECREATION & PARK

COMMISSION: President: Mark Buell 
                            Vice-President: Tom Harrison 
                            Commissioners: Gloria Bonilla; David Lee; Meagan Levitan; Larry Martin;
                            Michael J. Sullivan

Roll Call

A. 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.

B. CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION – PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

1. 2002.0133E (N. TURRELL: (415) 575-9047)

555 Washington Street (aka 545 Sansome Street) - southwest corner of Washington and Sansome Streets, Lot 033, 035 and 036 of Assessor’s Block 0207 - Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report. The proposed project includes the demolition of two buildings at 501-505 Washington Street and 545 Sansome Street, and the construction of a 38-story, approximately 390 foot-tall building with a mechanical penthouse and architectural screening to approximately 430 feet. The proposed building would contain approximately 332,000 gross square feet (sf) of floor area, and include 248 residential units, 4,640 sf of ground-floor retail space, and four levels of subsurface parking with 215 parking spaces plus 2 car share spaces. The project includes dedication of Redwood Park as a public park. This project lies within a C-3-0 (Downtown, Office) District and within the 120-X and 200-S Height and Bulk Districts.

Please note: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on May 18, 2009. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs. Public comments on the certification may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Comment portion of the Commission calendar.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify the Final EIR

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)





C. SPECIAL CALENDAR



2. 2002.0133E (R. Crawford: (415) 558-6358)

555 Washington Street (aka 545 Sansome Street) - southwest corner of Washington and Sansome Streets, Lot 033, 035 and 036 of Assessor’s Block 0207 - Adoption of California Environmental Quality Act Findings. The project would demolish two buildings at 501-505 Washington Street and 545 Sansome Street, and construct a 38-story, approximately 390 foot-tall building topped with a mechanical penthouse and architectural screening reaching in height to approximately 430 feet. The new building would contain approximately 332,000 gross square feet of floor area, including 248 residential units, 4,640 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and four levels of subsurface parking with 215 parking spaces plus 2 car share spaces. The project would increase the cumulative shadow limits (no net new shadow) for Maritime Plaza and establish a cumulative shadow limit for Sue Bierman Park. The Project would renovate and dedicate Redwood Park as a public park. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within the 120-X and 200-S Height and Bulk Districts.

The CEQA Findings include a statement of overriding benefits and a mitigation monitoring and reporting program (MMRP) associated with approving the proposed 555 Washington Project. They include a rationale for rejecting alternatives identified in the EIR, and a statement of overriding considerations that lists technical, social and economic reasons for approving the proposed project despite identified significant, adverse environmental impacts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt CEQA Findings motion

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)

3. 2009.0302K (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

1) Sue Bierman Park (a.k.a. ferry park) - blocks bounded by the Embarcadero and Washington, Davis, and Clay Streets, Lots 6, 15, 18, and 20 of Assessor's Block 0202 and Lots 013-014 of Assessor's Block 0203, and 2) Maritime Plaza, block bounded by Washington, Davis, Clay, and Battery Streets; Lots 020-022 of Assessor's Block 0204 - Request to Consider jointly with the Recreation and Park Commission an increase of the cumulative shadow limits (no net new shadow) for Maritime Plaza and establish a cumulative shadow limit for Sue Bierman Park, as established in a jointly-approved Section 295 implementation Memo adopted in 1989, in order to accommodate new shadow cast by the 555 Washington Project. Sue Bierman Park includes an area referred to as "Embarcadero Plaza I" in the 1989 implementation Memo. The impacted park sites are located within the C-3-O (Downtown Office) and P (Public) Zoning Districts, and the 200-S, 300-S, and OS Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation (Planning Commission): Adoption of the Resolution raising the cumulative shadow limit for Maritime Plaza and establishing a cumulative shadow limit for Sue Bierman Park.

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)

4. 2002.0133KMZXV (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

555 Washington Street(AKA 545 SANSOME STREET) - Request to Consider, with a recommendation of the General Manager of the Recreation and Parks Department in consultation with the Recreation and Parks Commission, whether the shading or shadowing on Sue Bierman Park and Maritime Plaza from the proposed project will be significant or adverse, pursuant to Planning Code Section 295 (The Sunlight Ordinance). The proposed project would demolish two buildings at 501-505 Washington Street and 545 Sansome Street, and construct a new mixed-use building containing approximately 332,000 gross square feet of floor area, including 248 residential units, 4,640 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and four levels of subsurface parking with 215 parking spaces plus 2 car share spaces. The finished roof of the building would reach a height of approximately 400 feet, while the rooftop architectural screen would reach a height of approximately 430 feet. The project site is located within the C-3-O (Downtown Office) Zoning District, and the 200-S Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption of the Motion finding that net new shadow from the project is not adverse, and authorizing the allocation of the cumulative shadow limits for Sue Bierman Park and Maritime Plaza to this project.

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)

5. (Rec/Park staff)

555 WASHINGTON STREET PROJECT - Discussion and possible action to conditionally recommend to the Board of Supervisors that the Board of Supervisors approve and authorize the execution of the documentation effectuating the expansion, renovation, improvement and subsequent dedication of Redwood Park to the City, and (b) accept the dedication of Redwood Park pursuant to such documentation. (RECREATION AND PARK COMMISSION ACTION ITEM)

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)

NOTE: Following items 2, 3, 4, and 5, the Recreation and Park Commission will adjourn, and the Planning Commission will remain in session to consider items 6, 7, 8, and 9.



6. 2002.0133R (R. Crawford: (415) 558-6358)

555 Washington Street (aka 545 Sansome Street) - southwest corner of Washington and Sansome Streets, Lot 033, 035 and 036 of Assessor’s Block 0207 - Consideration of a Motion making General Plan consistency findings pursuant to San Francisco Charter § 4.105 and San Francisco Administrative Code § 2A.53 and making a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors regarding the consistency of the vacation of Mark Twain Alley and the conveyance of Redwood Park to the City and County of San Francisco and related Project documents and actions with the General Plan of the City and County of San Francisco and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt General Plan Consistency Findings.

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)

7. 2002.0133ZMKXV (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

555 Washington Street (aka 545 Sansome Street) - southwest corner of Washington and Sansome Streets Lot 033, 035 and 036 of Assessor’s Block 0207 - Request for Amendment of the Height and Bulk Map HT101 to change the Height and Bulk district for the property from 200-S to 400-S, and for Amendments to the General Plan to be consistent with the proposed height district - The project would demolish two buildings at 501-505 Washington Street and 545 Sansome Street, and construct a 38-story, approximately 390 foot-tall building topped with a mechanical penthouse and architectural screening reaching in height to approximately 430 feet. The new building would contain approximately 332,000 gross square feet of floor area, including 248 residential units, 4,640 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and four levels of subsurface parking with 215 parking spaces plus 2 car share spaces. The Project would renovate and dedicate Redwood Park as a public park. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within the 120-X and 200-S Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Recommend Adoption of the Amendments to the Board of Supervisors

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)

8. 2002.0133ZMKXV (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

555 Washington Street (aka 545 Sansome Street) - southwest corner of Washington and Sansome Streets Lot 033, 035 and 036 of Assessor’s Block 0207 - Request under Planning Code Section 309 for consideration of a downtown project with exceptions from: Section 148, reduction of ground level wind currents, Section 151.1, off-street parking, Section 152.1, off street loading, Section 134 rear yards and Section 263.9 upper tower extensions (architectural roof screening) - The project would demolish two buildings at 501-505 Washington Street and 545 Sansome Street, and construct a 38-story, approximately 390 foot-tall building topped with a mechanical penthouse and architectural screening reaching in height to approximately 430 feet. The new building would contain approximately 332,000 gross square feet of floor area, including 248 residential units, 4,640 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and four levels of subsurface parking with 215 parking spaces plus 2 car share spaces. The Project would renovate and dedicate Redwood Park as a public park. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within the 120-X and 200-S Height and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)

9. 2002.0133ZMKXV (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

555 Washington Street (aka 545 Sansome Street) - southwest corner of Washington and Sansome Streets Lot 033, 035 and 036 of Assessor’s Block 0207 - Request under Planning Code Section 305 for a Variance from Section 135, the Usable Open Space requirement for dwelling units - The requested Variance from Section 135 would allow 3,400 square feet of common usable open space for dwellings where 9,408 square feet are required. The project would demolish two buildings at 501-505 Washington Street and 545 Sansome Street, and construct a 38-story, approximately 390 foot-tall building topped with a mechanical penthouse and architectural screening reaching in height to approximately 430 feet. The new building would contain approximately 332,000 gross square feet of floor area, including 248 residential units, 4,640 square feet of ground-floor retail space, and four levels of subsurface parking with 215 parking spaces plus 2 car share spaces. The Project would renovate and dedicate Redwood Park as a public park. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within the 120-X and 200-S Height and Bulk Districts.

(Continued from Joint Meeting of February 11, 2010)

Adjournment:

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