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City and County of San Francisco

June 17, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, June 17, 2010

1:00 PM

Regular Meeting

 

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:  Miguel, Olague, Antonini, Lee, Moore and Sugaya

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:  Borden

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT MIGUEL AT 1:14 P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE:  John Rahaim – Director of Planning, Kelley Amdur, Rick Crawford, AnMarie Rodgers, Elizabeth Watty, Elaine Forbes, Tara Sullivan, Corey Teague, Aaron Hollister, Glenn Cabreros, Rick Cooper, Sophie Hayward, and 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.         2008.0395E                                                              (I. NISHIMURA: (415) 575-9041)

2130 Fulton Street - University of San Francisco Center for Science and Innovation - north side, between Golden Gate, Masonic, and Parker Avenues; Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 1145 - Public Hearing on an Appeal of the Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The approximately 80,000-square-foot project site is on the Main Campus of the University of San Francisco, in the existing Harney Green and Harney Plaza area. The proposed project includes removal of Harney Green and Plaza; site excavation; and construction of a three-story with a partial fourth floor, 53-foot high building with a partial basement, which would connect on all floors to the south end of the existing Harney Science Building, and a below-grade, two-level structure, which is also a component of the proposed project.  The roof of this building would serve as a new plaza and pedestrian area.   Together, the new structures would have approximately 60,000 square feet of classrooms, laboratories, instrumentation rooms, and building mechanical/support spaces. The project site is within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and an 80-D Height and Bulk District.  The proposed project would require Conditional Use Authorization for a post-secondary institutional use in an RH-2 District, and for exceeding a building height of 40 feet in an R District.  

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Mitigated Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 22, 2010)

            (Proposed for Continuance to June 24, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued as proposed

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

 

2.         2008.0395C                                                                   (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

2130 Fulton Street  - University of San Francisco Center for Science and Innovation (CSI) - north side, between Golden Gate, Masonic, and Parker Avenues; Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 1145 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 101.1, 209.3, 253, 295, 303 and 304 of the Planning Code to allow the intensification of an existing institutional use (University of San Francisco - USF), a building greater than 40 feet in height in a residential district, and a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to construct an approximately 60,000 square foot academic building of approximately 50 feet in height (excluding stacks) and to reconfigure the approximately 20,000 square foot Harney Plaza within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two Family District) and an 80-D Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 22, 2010)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to June 24, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued as proposed

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

 

3.         2010.0248X                                                                           (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

399 FREMONT STREET - northeast corner of Harrison and Fremont Streets, Lot 002 in Assessor’s Block 3747 - Request under Planning Code Sections 309.1, 825 and 827 to allow a 12-month time extension for a previously approved project within the RH DTR (Rincon Hill Downtown Residential Mixed Use) District with a 85/400-R Height And Bulk Designation.  The approved proposal was to construct a new residential project in a 400-foot building that would consist of approximately 452 dwelling units and up to 238 off-street parking spaces.

(Proposed for Continuance to July 1, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued as proposed

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

 

4.         2010.0393T                                                             (A. RODGERS: (415) 558-6395)

Amendments to the Planning Code Section 151.1: Ocean Avenue NCT. The Commission will consider a draft Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Elsbernd [BF 100530] amending the San Francisco Planning Code by amending Section 151.1 to exclude large retail uses within the Ocean Avenue Neighborhood Commercial Transit District from the requirement to provide delivery or shuttle services when such uses receive conditional use authorization to provide a greater number of off-street parking spaces; adopting findings, including environmental findings, Planning Code Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.

Preliminary Recommendation: pending

                        (Proposed for Continuance to July 8, 2010)

 

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued as proposed

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

 

5.        2010.0184D                                                            (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

527 Howard Street - (south side between 1st and 2nd Streets), Assessor’s Block 3736 Lot 083 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for a Medical Cannabis Dispensary The proposal is to develop a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (dba Igzactly Health Center) on the ground floor of an existing building.  This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District, and within the 20-S and 350-S Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and Approve the Application with Conditions.

                        (Proposed for Continuance to July 22, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     Requested the item be heard today:  Mathew Kumin, Chuck Noll, and Igor Khavin

ACTION:           Continued as proposed

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

 

B.        COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

6.         Commission Comments/Questions

        Inquiries/Announcements.  Without discussion, at this time Commissioners may make announcements or inquiries of staff regarding various matters of interest to the Commissioner(s).

        Future Meetings/Agendas.  At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Planning Commission.

 

Commissioner Moore:

I’d like to mention an article by John King – you may remember last year when we talked about the maintenance of the interim use of empty parcels, he reports in wonderful terms about a garden which has sprung up at the freeway ramp at Market Octavia; and he is also talking about the 45 Lansing Street lot which we have spent a lot of time particularly because it is in an area which has already being populated with people having nothing to look at.  That is a combination of an art and garden project and I am very pleased to hear that the first volunteers are stepping to the line to do this.  I hope there will be many more because we do have quite a few empty lots which are quite unsightly at the moment.

Commissioner Antonini:

Also in the press – I believe it was a week ago Sunday – an excellent article on Mid-Market, a two part series talking about the challenges there.  It was quite insightful and I think he addresses a lot of the causes that are keeping the area in the state it’s in.

Commissioner Sugaya:

Last week we had a presentation at Public Comment from Mission Dolores, Duboce Triangle and other groups about upper Market and some conflicts, or issues they saw with unresolved zoning problems.  I can’t remember if Director Rahaim in response – I can’t remember what he said.  In any case, if we can have staff take a look at that and perhaps get back to us – there were specific lots pointed out; there were specific zoning issues surrounding that.  If we could have that followed up on …

Commission Secretary Avery:

Last week Director Rahaim did say that he would have staff follow up on this.

 

Commissioner Miguel:

Also as to Commissioner Moore’s comments, I had the pleasure of talking to John King regarding that article and I really appreciate the fact that he brought it out to the public.  And that same thing is happening on something that goes back a long time with me and that is the Central Freeway/Octavia Blvd. lots that are going into production right now.  Commissioner Sugaya and I were both attending last night a Japantown meeting regarding the Japantown Task Force.  They are getting together again and starting to move ahead.  Paul Lord was there who has taken over for the Department in that regard.  It was a very nice attendance.  I wanted to mention that Urban Land Institute has just put out an excellent synthesis of what is happening (with SB375) and what may happen and perhaps the best thing about it is the last two pages contain the most extensive bibliography I have yet seen on SB375.  It is very complete.  If you are looking fro anything from development trends to public health, to property values, to job creation – you name it and it is all set out here in very nice form.  I’ll pass it around but would like it back.  I’m sure Kate White at ULI will be happy to supply it to you.  The big book of all the material is about this thick [indicating about 2 inches] and that would cost if anyone wanted it, but basically I thought it was an excellent reference guide on SB375. 

Commissioner Olague:

I lost track of time.  I forgot we started today at 1:00 and I was busy watching Mexico in the soccer game [background laughter].  I want to apologize for that. 

 

C.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

7.         Director’s Announcements

 

Kelley Amdur:

We truly expected Director Rahaim to be able to be here.  We were scheduled to be heard before the Budget Committee early this morning on our budget.  I am not prepared to give a Director’s Report in full.  However, I can report since I was in attendance at the Historic Preservation Commission hearing yesterday that they did take action yesterday – they took a motion of intent related to the North Beach Library on a vote of 4 to 3 to move forward with designation of that structure.  That motion of intent will come back in two weeks before that body.              

 

Director Rahaim (comments were made after item 8):

Sorry I’m late, but I was at the Budget hearing.  The Budget Committee approved our budget within five minutes.  It was quite painless actually [background expressions of congratulations and laughter].  Supervisor Avalos made a point of thanking the Department for the Joint Labor Management Committee, which I mentioned in my presentation.  He was very complimentary on that. 

The only other thing I wanted to mention, and President Miguel asked me about this earlier, was in terms of my own activities, I’ve been involved with a number of Department Heads recently on the high-speed rail proposal.  They are in the process of doing what’s called Alternative Analysis and are asking for comments on their alternatives within the next month or so.  There is a staff-level group that is meeting on a regular basis on technical issues and I am also meeting with Department Heads to look at the alternative alignments and what the potential pros and cons of various alignments are to the city.  They are on a process of doing the draft EIR I believe by the end of this year and the final by the end of next year.  So it’s a pretty fast schedule for such large project.  We had a very constructive meeting with them yesterday and we will be meeting with them over the next few weeks over this alternative issue.

Commissioner Miguel:

Thank you.  The reason I contacted the Director was that I was particularly concerned, as are a number of people in the neighborhoods and others regarding the 16th Street crossing, which is a problem area I guess.  If you could give us an update from time to time regarding the high-speed rail, I’d greatly appreciate it.   

8.         Review of Past Week’s Events at the Board of Supervisors, Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission.

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

 

Land Use Committee:

        Informational hearing only on the 12 ordinances for the Bayview Hunters Point shipyard/Candlestick Point Project – This project would create 10,500 new units, 3.7 million square feet of commercial and retail space, a performing arts theater, an artists’ colony, and possibly a new waterfront stadium for the San Francisco 49ers.  The Land Use Committee heard presentations from the Mayor’s Office, the Redevelopment Agency and the Planning Department staff.  This hearing was part of a series of informational hearings that the Land use committee has heard on the project.  This week’s hearing focused on the 12 draft ordinances that will be before them for action.  You heard the draft ordinances under your purview at the June 3rd joint hearing with the Redevelopment Agency Commission.  While your hearing lasted 13 hours, this week’s hearing at the Land Use Committee was only three hours long.  These items will be heard by the Committee on or after July 12 at which time the Committee may be able to take action.

 

Full Board of Supervisors:

        Double Density Bonus – This ordinance was introduced by Supervisor Chiu and would amend Section 209.1(m) of the Planning Code which previously provided a double density bonus if projects include senior housing or housing for people with disabilities.  The amendments will create a definition related to housing for seniors; strike the provision to allow the density bonus for people with disabilities; update the requirements for obtaining double density bonuses by providing senior housing; and require in certain circumstances a conditional use authorization for obtaining a double density bonus for senior housing.  This Commission heard this on October 8, 2009 where you recommended approval.  There was one amendment made at the Land Use Committee that would link the on-site affordable housing provisions to the pending Section 315 legislation.  As amended, the Full Board passed this item on FINAL reading.   Last week this Commission requested some additional information on this item.  In response to your questions, I wanted to share a couple of facts with you and will give the Commission Secretary the staff report from when you heard this last fall.

1.      With regard to the definition of “senior” the legislation created two categories of housing definitions for senior citizens:

        Senior citizen is a person who is 62 years of age or older; or

        If a development has 35 units, then the age limit for a qualifying senior citizen is lowered to 55 years of age or higher.  NOTE:  Therefore, if a proposed development will contain less than 35 units, all of the residents must be 62 years of age or older.  If there are 35 or more units, the residents can be 55 years of age or older.

2.      Projects that could apply for the density bonus would be subject to 311/312 notification and could be subject to Discretionary Review.

        Sacred Heart Church – This was an urging resolution to urge DBI to diligently monitor the status and condition of the Historic Sacred heart Church, seeking re-installation of the exterior stained glass windows and requesting the City Attorney to open an investigation for the purpose of enforcing possible violation of the Building and Planning Codes.  This week the Board chose not to act on the resolution but instead referred  it to the Land Use Committee

 

Introductions:

        Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Dufty and Daly introduced interim zoning requiring conditional use authorization for change in use or reduction of child care facilities – as an interim resolution this would go directly before the Board and permanent controls would come before the Planning Commission at a later date

        Board President Chiu submitted his nominations for the Planning Commission for the term ending July 1, 2014.  Both Commissioners Kathrin Moore and Hisashi (Bill) Sugaya have been nominated for re-appointment.  These nominations will be heard by the Rules Committee in the near future.

  

BOARD OF APPEALS:

           

No report

 

Historic Preservation Commission:

 

See comments from Kelley Amdur under item #7 above.

 

 

9.                                                                                             (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

Interim Discretionary Review Procedures: Proposed changes to staff reports and presentations.  Informational only

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 20, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           None – the item is on calendar in error.  At a prior hearing, the commission continued this item to 7/1/10

 

D.         GENERALPUBLIC COMMENT – 15 MINUTES

 

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.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

 

SPEAKERS:    

Rob Kelley

Re:       3281 16th Street

David Tornheim

Re:       3281 16th Street and

DR review

 

E.                 REGULAR CALENDAR 

                       

10.        2010.0439T                                                                (E. Forbes: (415) 558-6417)

Fee Revisions and Adjustments - Consideration of amendments to Planning Code Article 3.5 to increase most fees 4.65 percent, add a new fee for Conditional Use applications for Wireless Telecommunication Services (WTS) Facilities and Preliminary Project Assessment Fee, increase the Discretionary Review filing fee to $500 consistent with CEQA and Conditional Use appeal fees, and make other adjustments for cost recovery.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with amendments

 

SPEAKERS:     David Tornheim speaking in opposition

ACTION:           following hearing, continued to 6/24/10; the public hearing remains open  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

 

11.        2010.0440T                                                                 (E. Forbes: (415) 558-6417)

Fee Revisions and Adjustments - Consideration of amendments to the Administrative Code to increase fees 4.65 percent, further increase Categorical Exemption Class 32, Negative Declaration and EIR addendum fees for cost recovery, change the timing of EIR payments, add a new fee for mitigation and conditions of approval monitoring, and for MTA and PUC Categorical Exemption Certificates, and to make other clarifying adjustments.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with amendments

 

SPEAKERS:     David Tornheim speaking in opposition

ACTION:           following hearing, continued to 6/24/10; the public hearing remains open  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

 

12.       2010.0273T                                                              (T. SULLIVAN: (415) 558-6257)

Amendments to the Planning Code Section 715: Castro Neighborhood Commercial District Eating & Drinking Definitions [Board File No. 10-0434]-Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Dufty amending Planning Code Sections 715.1 (Zoning Control Table), 715.42 (full-service restaurants), 715.43 (large fast food), 715.44 (small self-service restaurants), and 715.69A (specialty food, self-service) to allow new full-service restaurants, small self-service restaurants, and self-service specialty food establishments with a Conditional Use Authorization, and to prohibit new large fast food establishments; adopting findings, including environmental findings, Planning Code Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.

 

SPEAKERS:     In support:  Stephen Adams – Merchants of upper Market & Castro

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

RESOLUTION:   18107

 

13.       2006.1348EKC                                                           (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-6081)

246 RITCH STREET - west side between Bryant and Brannan Streets, Lot 092 in Assessor's Block 3776 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303, 817 and 890.88(c) to construct a five-story residential building with 19 Single Room Occupancy (SRO) units and four ground floor parking spaces in the SLI (Service/Light Industrial) District, and 55-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is subject to the Eastern Neighborhood "Pipeline" controls of Planning Code Section 175.6 and, therefore, the original land use controls that existed on the application filing date.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

 

SPEAKERS:     Brett Gladstone – representing the Project Sponsor, Gary Gee – Project Architect, and Jim Meko speaking in support

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

MOTION:           18108

 

14.        2009.0562C                                                                           (S. Lai: (415) 575-9087)

3281 16TH STREET (AKA 3589 16TH STREET) - south side, between Dolores and Guerrero Streets, Lot 034 in Assessor’s Block 3567 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 209.6 and 303, to install a new wireless telecommunication services facility, consisting of four antennas and associated equipment, located on the tower of a church with a maximum height of 63-feet, as part of T-Mobile’s wireless telecommunications network within the RM-1 (Mixed Residential, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. 

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Prior to hearing, the project was withdrawn, therefore removing the item from Commission consideration  

 

15.       2009.0620C                                                              (A. HOLLISTER:  (415) 575-9078)

530 Bush Street -north side between Stockton Street and Grant Avenue, Lot 027 in Assessor’s Block 0271  - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 227(i) and 303 to expand an existing wireless telecommunications service facility by adding three new panel antennas on the penthouse of an existing nine-story office building as part of Verizon Wireless’ telecommunications network.  The antennas are proposed on a Location Preference 2 Site (Preferred Location – Co-Location Site) within the C-3-G (Downtown, General, Commercial) Use District and 65-A Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions          

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 27, 2010)

NOTE: On May 27, 2010, following public testimony, the Commission entertained a motion to approve.  The motion failed (+3 -1 with Sugaya voting against and Moore, Borden & Olague absent).  The item was continued to 6/17/10 and the public hearing will remain open.

 

SPEAKERS:     Jonas Hilton – representing Verizon Wireless

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Olague and Miguel

NAYES:            Sugaya

ABSENT:          Borden and Moore

MOTION:           18109

 

16.       2008.0494C                                                                   (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

2115-2117 TARAVAL STREET - south side between 31st and 32nd Avenues; Lot 046 in Assessor’s Block 2394 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 161 (j) and 317, 711.39, and 790.86 to demolish a mixed-use building, including two dwelling units and construct a new, four-story, mixed-use structure with two commercial spaces and two dwelling units, without on-site parking, within the NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial – Small Scale), Taraval Street Restaurant and Fast-Food Sub-District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 10, 2010)

NOTE: On April 8, 2010, following public testimony and some commission deliberation, the item was continued to 6/17/2010 for continued design work by a vote of +7 -0.   The public hearing will remain open.

 

SPEAKERS:     Mr. Lum – representing the Project Sponsor

ACTION:           Approved  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

MOTION:           18110

 

17a.     2006.0674D                                                                   (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

                        634-636 PLYMOUTH AVENUE  - at the southeast corner of Montana Street; Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 7067- Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 317, of Building Permit Application No. 2007.10.18.5819, proposing the demolition of a single-family dwelling within the RH-1 (Residential House; One-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation: D o not take Discretionary Review and approve demolition as proposed

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 10, 2010)

 

SPEAKERS:     Bruce Baumann – representing the Project Sponsor

ACTION:           The commission did not take discretionary review and approved the project  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

DRA:                0154

 

17b.     2008.0624D                                                                   (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)

                        634-636 PLYMOUTH AVENUE - at the southeast corner of Montana Street; Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 7067- Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 317, of Building Permit Application No.'s 2007.10.18.5832, 2007.10.18.5830, 2007.10.18.5828, 2007.10.18.5826, 2007.10.18.5823, and 2007.10.18.5820, for the new construction of six (6) single-family dwellings (one on Montana Street and five fronting Plymouth Avenue) in the RH-1 (Residential House; One-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.   

Preliminary Recommendation: D o not take Discretionary Review and approve the new construction as proposed

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of June 10, 2010)

                       

SPEAKERS:     Bruce Baumann – representing the Project Sponsor

ACTION:           The commission did not take discretionary review and approved the project  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

DRA:                0155

 

18.       2009.0535D                                                           (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

2296-2298 VALLEJO STREET - northeast corner at the intersection with Fillmore Street; Lot 014 in Assessor's Block 0557 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2008.04.07.9049 proposing various interior and exterior alterations, including enclosure of existing stairs along the Fillmore Street facade and construction of rooftop dormers and structures, to a three-story-over-two-basement, four-unit building in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           The commission did not take discretionary review and approved the project  

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Olague and Miguel

NAYES:            Moore

RECUSED:       Sugaya

ABSENT:          Borden

DRA:                0156

 

 

5:30 P.M.

 

19.       2008.0021E                                                               (R. COOPER: (415) 575-9027)

PARKMERCED PROJECT –3711 Nineteenth Avenue - Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report - The project site is located on about 152 acres of land adjacent to Lake (Assessors Block 7303, Lot 1, 7303A, Lot 1 7308-7311, Lot 1, 7314, Lot 1, 7316, Lot 1, 7319-7326, Lot 1, 7330, Lot 1, 7331, Lots 1-5, 7332, Lots 1-4, 7333, Lots 1-3, 7345, Lot 1, 7333 A-B, Lot 1, 7333E, Lot 1 and 7353-7370, Lot 1). The Proposed Project would increase residential density, provide new commercial and retail services, modify transit facilities, and improve utilities within the site. A new Pre K-5 school and day care facility, a fitness center, and new open space uses, would also be provided. About 1,683 of the existing apartments located in 11 tower buildings would be retained. Over a period of approximately 20 years, the remaining 1,538 existing apartments would be demolished and replaced, and an additional 5,679 net new units would be added, resulting in a total of about 8,900 units on the site. The transportation system modifications would include rerouting the existing Muni Metro M Ocean View line through the development. Infrastructure improvements would include the installation renewable energy sources, such as wind turbines and photovoltaic cells.  The Proposed Project would require amendments to the San Francisco Planning Code and the San Francisco General Plan.  The Planning Code amendments would change the Height and Bulk District Zoning Map and would add a Special Use District (SUD) applicable to the entire Project Site.  A Development Agreement is also proposed, which would be accompanied by the proposed Park Merced Design Standards and Guidelines with specific development guidelines. The transportation improvements would require approval of the San Francisco Municipal Transit Authority, the California Public Utilities Commission, and Caltrans. The DEIR identifies potentially significant, unavoidable environmental impacts on aesthetics, historic architectural resources, transportation, noise, air quality, wind and biological resources. 

 

SPEAKERS:     In support of DEIR/project:  Bernard Choden, Arne Larsen, Dan Weaver, Bert Hill, Jacklynn Jweinat, Mary Beth Sanders, Fred Kreibel; David Meckel, Jim Coppfer, David Phillips, Joel Koppel, Devin McDonough, Michael Pappas, Kate Lefkowitz, Jeanne D’Arcy, and Jeanie Scott; Against DEIR/project:  Cathy Lentz, Elizabeth Ranieri, Aaron Goodman, Julian Lagos, Linh Le, Jeremy Satzer, MaryElana Guerrero Engner, Denis J. Herrington, Mitchell Omerberg, Dr. Terrance Faulknal, Dean Preston, Inga Horton, Mary Ann miller, Judith Flynn, Maria-Elena Mestayer, Nan Roth, and John Kim

ACTION:           This was a public hearing on the Draft EIR to receive comments from the public and the commission on the adequacy of the document.  The commission did not take a formal action on the adequacy of the document.  However, procedurally, the commission did extend the written comment period to close of business on Monday, July 12, 2010.

AYES:              Antonini, Lee, Moore, Sugaya, Olague and Miguel

ABSENT:          Borden

 

F.        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))

 

SPEAKERS:     None

 

Adjournment:    7:47 p.m.

 

Adopted:           July 1, 2010

Last updated: 9/3/2010 3:07:18 PM