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City and County of San Francisco




Notice of

Meeting and Calendar


Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

                               Wednesday, April 7, 2010


12:30 P.M.


Regular Meeting



Charles Edwin Chase, President

Courtney Damkroger, Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

James Buckley, Andrew Wolfram


John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Tina Tam, Preservation Coordinator

Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary



Historic Preservation Commission Agendas are available on the Internet at

or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6320


A digital recording of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting is available on the internet at 24 hours after the hearing.







Time:  12:30


ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                       Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:               Courtney Damkroger

                        Commissioners:                                   James Buckley

                                                                                      Karl Hasz

                                                                                      Alan W. Martinez

                                                                                      Diane Matsuda

                                                                                      Andrew Wolfram




At this time, members of the public may address the Historic Preservation Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission except agenda items.  Public comment will be taken on each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.  If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting. 

The Brown Act forbids a commission or board 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, not on an agendized item, the Commission is limited to:   


(1) briefly 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).).




1.         Review and Comment on Draft Motion of the Mission Dolores Neighborhood Association Survey  (T. Tam: 415/558-6325)




2.         President’s Report and Announcements


3.         Consideration of Adoption:

            a.      Draft minutes of Regular Hearing of March 3, 2010


4.         Disclosures


5.         Commission Comments/Questions




6.         2009.1180TZ                                                                   (T. Sullivan: 415/558-6257)

680 California Street, aka Old St. Mary’s Church – Amending San Francisco Zoning Map ZN01 to change the zoning of Block 0241, Lots 011 & 012 from Chinatown Mixed Use District to C-3-O and amendments relating to Planning Code Section 128 to require that proceeds from the sale of transferable development rights from certain Transfer Lots be spent on the rehabilitation and maintenance of the Transfer Lot property.  Ordinance that would amend the San Francisco Zoning Map ZN01 to change the use district of 680 California Street, aka Old St. Mary’s Church from Chinatown Mixed Use District to C-3-O and to amend Planning Code Section 128 (Transfer of Development Rights in C-3 Districts) to require that the proceeds of transfer development rights from a Transfer Lot which contains a designated landmark pursuant to Article 10 of the Planning Code be spent on the rehabilitation and maintenance of the landmark building; making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.

(Continued from March 17, 2010)

(Proposed for Continuance to April 21, 2010)


7.         2008.0312A                                                               (S. Caltagirone: 415/558-6625)

280 Divisadero Street, east side between Haight and Page Streets.  Assessor's Block 1238, Lot 023 - Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to convert the carriage house located at the rear of the subject property to a residential unit, resulting in a de facto demolition of the existing building per the demolition standards set forth in Section 1005(f) of the Planning Code and the construction of a new residential building with attached garage. The carriage house is a contributing feature of the Charles Hinkel House property, San Francisco Landmark No. 190. The site is zoned NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

(Proposed for Continuance to May 19, 2010)




All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Historic Preservation Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing.


8.         2010.0160A                                                               (S. Caltagirone: 415/558-6625)

2727 Pierce Street, west side between Vallejo and Green Streets. Assessor’s Block 0560, Lot 005. Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to remove and replace failed portions of the retaining wall that wraps around three sides of the residence. The Casebolt House is designated San Francisco Landmark No. 51. The site is zoned RH-1 (Residential, House, Single-Family) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval


9.         2010.0077A                                                                    (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

601 Townsend Street (aka 700-768 7th Street, southwest corner of Townsend and 7th Streets, in Assessor’s Block 3799, Lot 001.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install two internally-illuminated tenant signs at the northeast corner of the building just below the cornice.  The subject property, formerly known as the Baker & Hamilton Building, is City Landmark #193.  The subject property is located in an UMU (Urban Mixed Use) District with a 68-X Height and Bulk limit. Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval


10.       2010.0146A                                                                    (P. LaValley: 415/575-9084)

1 South Park Avenue, southwest corner of South Park Avenue and 2nd Street, Assessor’s Block 3775, Lots 001.  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to install one indirectly-illuminated primary tenant sign and one non-illuminated secondary tenant sign on the 2nd Street façade of the building.  The subject property is a contributing structure to the South End Historic District and is located within an SSO (Service/Secondary Office) District with a 65-X Height and Bulk limit.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval


11.       2010.0172A                                                                          (A. Starr: 415/558-6362)

1027 Hayes Street,south side between Pierce and Steiner Streets. Assessor’s Block 0823, Lot 014 - Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to demolish a portion of the structure at the rear of the lot constructed between 1946 and 1947. The Queen Ann-style, two-story over basement, four-family residence is a part of the Alamo Square Historic District.  It is located within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval




12.       Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park                                      (T. Tam: 415/558-6325)

Informational Presentation by Recreation and Park staff on the proposed renovation of the existing athletic fields, parking lot, and restroom facility at the western portion of Golden Gate Park.


13.       2010.0108A                                                                          (A. Starr: 415/558-6362)

2113-2115 Bush Street, - south side between Fillmore and Webster Streets. Assessor’s Block 0677, Lot 032 - Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to add new exterior lighting fixtures and deck heaters to the rear of the subject building; security cameras on the subject building and within the rear yard; add corrugated metal weather protection to the underside of the existing deck joists; add additional wood lattice screening to the existing rear deck; add new wood cladding over existing steel fire escape; and a new in-deck hot tub. The Italianate-style, two-story over basement, two-family residence is a part of the Bush Street - Cottage Row Historic District.  It is located within an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval


14.       2006.0536E                                                                     (E. Lovejoy: 415/575.9026)

Lower Crystal Springs Dam Improvements Project Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) - Commission Review and Comment on the Draft Environmental Impact Report.  The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) proposes to implement the Lower Crystal Springs Dam Improvements (LCSDI) project to lift the operating restrictions on Crystal Springs Reservoir imposed by the California Department of Water Resources, Division of Safety of Dams (DSOD), and to restore the reservoir’s historical storage capacity. Proposed improvements to the dam and spillway would enable floodwater associated with the Probable Maximum Flood and other very large and infrequent floods to pass safely over the Lower Crystal Springs Dam. In addition, following completion of the proposed improvements, the SFPUC proposes to modify operations of Crystal Springs Reservoir such that the maximum normal water surface elevation would be 287.8 feet, which is 4 feet higher than the currently restricted level and 4 feet lower than the historical maximum level. All project components are located in an unincorporated area of San Mateo County on lands owned by the City and County of San Francisco.  


This public hearing is intended to assist the Historic Preservation Commission in its preparation of written comments on the Draft EIR.  Comments made by members of the public at this hearing will not be considered comments on the Draft EIR and may not be responded to in the Final EIR.  The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing to receive comments on the Draft EIR on April 8, 2010. Written comments on the Draft EIR will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 16, 2010.

Preliminary Recommendation:  The Commission may direct staff to draft written comments of the Commission.




NOTE:  For information on the next Historic Preservation Commission Calendar, please call 558-6320 on Fridays (before the scheduled hearing) after 5:00 p.m. for a recorded message.


NOTE:  Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.   


NOTE:  Speaker Cards will be available at all hearings.  For your convenience, they may be picked up in advance of the hearing from the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400.


NOTE:  For information related to Historic Preservation Commission matters, please email Historic Preservation Commission Secretary,


NOTE:  Pursuant to Government Code § 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness, Permit to Alter, Landmark or Historic District designation, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Historic Preservation Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.


NOTE:  Material submitted by the public for Historic Preservation Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing, should be received at the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday (eight (8) days) prior to the scheduled public hearing.  Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the Commission at the above listed address.  Comments received by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Historic Preservation Commission at the public hearing.  Otherwise, submit material related to a calendared item at the scheduled hearing for distribution.  For complete distribution to all Commissioners, necessary staff and case/docket/ correspondence files, submit an original and 14 copies.


NOTEIf any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Historic Preservation Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor during normal office hours.



Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision:  The ringing of and use of cells phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Prohibiting the use of cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).




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Note: Each item on the Architectural Design Review and/or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

1) Planning Department Case Report

2) Draft Motion with Findings and/or Conditions

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor Reception.


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