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Public Hearings 
 

November 4, 2010

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, November 4, 2010

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

 

President:  Ron Miguel

Vice-President: Christina R. Olague

                        Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Kathrin Moore;

Hisashi Sugaya

 

Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery

Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at http://www.sfgov.org/planning
or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6422.

Case reports and relevant materials are linked to the items on calendar at the above web site.

 

View the meeting online at:  http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfgtv_index.asp

Or

View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.

And

The re-broadcast on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Cable Channel 26

 

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

 

 

 

Commission Meeting Procedures

Material submitted by the public for Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing should be received by the Planning Department reception counter at 1650 Mission Street, 4th floor, no later than 5:00 PM the Wednesday (eight days) prior to the scheduled public hearing.  Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to: Planning Commission, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA  94103-2414.  Comments received by 11:00 AM on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Planning 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 plus 10 copies. When sending e-mail correspondence to Commissioners, please copy the Commission Secretary at: linda.avery@sfgov.org

 

Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge, in court, (1) the adoption or amendment of a general plan, (2) the adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance, (3) the adoption or amendment of any regulation attached to a specific plan, (4) the adoption, amendment or modification of a development agreement, or (5) the approval of a variance, conditional-use authorization, or any permit, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this no833tice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.

 

Commission action on conditional-uses and reclassification may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors within 30 days.  Call (415) 554-5184 for more information.  Commission actions after Discretionary Review may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 15 days of action by the Central Permit Bureau. Call (415) 575-6880 for more information.  Zoning Administrator action on a variance application may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 10 days of issuance of the written decision.

 

The Commission has instituted a policy that, in most cases, they will not call an item for consideration after 10:00 PM.  If an item is scheduled but not called or introduced prior to 10:00 PM, the Commission may continue the matter to the next available hearing.  Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.

 

Policy on Commissioner’s requests for hearings:  There must be consensus of the Commission (four commissioners) or direction from the President/Chair to schedule a hearing that otherwise would not be scheduled.

 

Cell Phone and/or Sound-Producing Electronic Devices Usage at Hearings

Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision:  The ringing of and use of cell 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 phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).

For more information related to Planning Commission matters, please call Linda D.  Avery, Commission Secretary, at (415) 558-6407.

 

San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance

Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action my be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 21.00-2.160] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300; fax (415) 581-2317; and web site http//www.sfgov.org/ethics.

 

Accessible Meeting Policy

Hearings are held at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, fourth floor, San Francisco, CA.  The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center station located at the intersection of Market, Hyde and Grove Streets.  Accessible curbside parking has been designated at points along McAllister Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving City Hall are the 9 San Bruno and 71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line.  Accessible MUNI Metro lines are the J, K, L, M, and N.  For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142.  Requests for American Sign Language interpreters, sound enhancement systems and/or language translators will be available upon request by contacting Lulu Hwang at (415) 558-6318 at least 48 hours prior to a hearing.  A sound enhancement system will be available upon request at the meetings.  Please contact Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at 557-5533 (TDD) or 557-5534 (Voice) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.  Late requests will be honored if possible.  A person who is deaf or hearing impaired may gain meeting information prior to the meeting by calling 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice).  In addition, the California Relay Service can be used by individuals with hearing and speech impairments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice).  Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats.  If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need.  Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings.  Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-8925 to discuss meeting accessibility.  In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products.  Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

 

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.

 

For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro, Interim Administrator, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 409, by phone at (415) 554-7724, by fax at (415) 554-7854 or by E-mail atsotf@sfgov.org.

 

Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Library and on the City’s website at www.sfgov.org/bdsupvrs/sunshine.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Note: Each item on the Consent or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

   1) Planning Department Case Executive Summary

   2) Planning Department Case Report

   3) Draft Motion or Resolution with Findings and/or Conditions

   4) Public Correspondence

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission St., 4th floor reception.

 

 

 

1:30 PM   _________

 

ROLL CALL:                                                     

                        President:                                 Ron Miguel

                        Vice-President:                          Christina R. Olague

Commissioners:                                                                                                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya

 

 

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.         2010.0716C                                                               (A. HOLLISTER: (415) 575-9078)

1556 STOCKTON STREET - east side between Union and Green Streets, Lot 054 in Assessor’s Block 0116 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to legitimize a Self-Service Specialty Food establishment (DBA Tony’s A Go Go) that would also offer pizza-making classes as a Personal Service use.  The proposed business would occupy approximately 900 gross square feet.  No physical expansion of the existing building is proposed.  This site is within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial Use District, the North Beach Special Use District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

                        (Proposed for Continuance to December 9, 2010)

 

B.         CONSENT CALENDAR

 

All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Planning 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

 

2.         2009.0770C                                                                         (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

678 PORTOLA DRIVE- north side between Woodside Avenue and Sydney, Lot 004 in Assessor’s Block 2892 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.6(c) and 303 to establish a new wireless telecommunication services (WTS) facility by replacing three omni antennas with nine panel antennas to be mounted and concealed within a church steeple, as part of the AT&T wireless telecommunications network in a RH-1(D) (One-family, Residential, Detached) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

C.        COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

Adoption of Commission Minutes – Charter Section 4.104 requires all commissioners to vote yes or no on all matters unless that commissioner is excused by a vote of the Commission.  Commissioners may not be automatically excluded from a vote on the minutes because they did not attend the meeting.

 

            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.

 

D.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

            Director’s Announcements

           

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

 

            3.         ERO Response to Questions Raised During Fairmont Tower FEIR  Certification Hearing – Informational only.

 

E.         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.

 

F.        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.

 

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

 

4.        2007.0519CEK                                                            (B. BOLLINGER: (415) 575-9024)

1645 PACIFIC AVENUE - assessor’s Block 0595 Lot 013 – Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report. The project site is a 15,959-square-foot parcel located on a block bounded by Pacific Ave., Polk St., Jackson St., and Van Ness Ave. in the Russian Hill neighborhood. The proposed project would demolish the existing commercial building and replace it with a new 65-foot high building with 48 residential units, ground-level retail uses, and 49 parking spaces. The project site is within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District (Polk NCD) and 65-A Height and Bulk District.

NOTE: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on January 19, 2010. 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 Regular Meeting of October 28, 2010)

 

H.            REGULAR CALENDAR 

 

5.        2007.0519CEK                                                                        (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

1645 PACIFIC AVENUE - south side between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue; Lot 013 in Assessor’s Block 0595 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 121.1, 271, and 303 to grant exceptions to bulk requirements and to allow development of a lot larger than 10,000 square feet, within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District, and the 65-A Height and Bulk District, and the adoption of findings under the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposed project is to demolish an existing building containing automotive repair and parking uses and a portion of another automotive repair building, and to construct a new six-story over basement building containing approximately 39 dwelling units, 40 off-street parking spaces, and approximately 3,200 square feet of ground-floor commercial uses.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

(continued from Regular Meeting of October 28, 2010)

 

6.        2010.0908T                                                                            (D. Sider: (415) 558-6697)

Consideration of an Ordinance related to Mobile Food Facilities and Temporary Uses - Initiated by Supervisor Bevan Dufty under Board File Number 101351, this Ordinance would make amendments to the Planning Code including adding Section 102.31 to define a Mobile Food Facility, amending Section 205 and adding Section 205.4 to establish a new category of temporary uses, and amending Sections 212, 790.91, 790.93 and 890.90 to clarify that Mobile Food Facilities need not be conducted within enclosed buildings.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

 

7.        2010.0837T                                                                   (S. WERTHEIM: (415) 558-6612)

AMENDMENTS TO THE SOUTH OF MARKET YOUTH AND FAMILY SPECIAL USE DISTRICT- The Planning Commission will consider a Planning Code Amendment to Section 249.40A, as proposed by an Ordinance introduced at the Board of Supervisors (Board of Supervisors File No. 101093 (Daly)).  The proposed Ordinance would increase affordable housing requirements in the SoMa Youth and Family Special Use District, bounded generally by Natoma Street on the north, Harrison Street on the south, 4th Street on the east, and 7th Street on the west. The increase would be from the City’s baseline affordable housing requirements (15% on-site or 20% off-site/in-lieu) to the Eastern Neighborhoods “Tier C” affordable housing requirements (22% on-site or 27% off-site/in-lieu) for projects tangent to the following streets within the Special Use District: 4th St., 5th St., 6th St., 7th St., Howard St., Folsom St., and Harrison St.

Preliminary Recommendation: Recommend disapproval of the proposed Ordinance.

 

8.        2010.0833T                                                                    (A. RODGERS: (415) 558-6395)

PROPOSED COMMISSION-SPONSORED PLANNING CODE AMENDMENTS RELATED to the Upper Market Street Neighborhood Commercial District - The Planning Commission will consider a Resolution to recommend adoption of amendments to the Planning Code. The amendments are intended to apply new development impact fees and design controls to the existing neighborhood commercial district.  The draft ordinance would amend the San Francisco Planning Code including amendments to Sections 134, 145.4, 151.1, 155, 207.7, 207.8, 263.20, 401, 416 et seq., 421.1, 421.3, 421.5, 721, and 721.1 as the sections relate to the Upper Market Street Neighborhood Commercial District (Upper Market NCD) and to extend the Market and Octavia Community Infrastructure Fee area to include the Upper Market Street Neighborhood Commercial District lying outside the Market and Octavia Plan area.  The controls will amend the parking and loading requirements; require ground floor commercial on this portion of Market Street; amend certain design requirements; and make other amendments; adopting findings, including environmental findings, Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

Recommend: Approval with Modification

 

9.        2010.0839T                                                                      (T. SULLIVAN: (415) 558-6257)           

Amendments to the Planning Code Residential Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program.  [BOS FILE NO. 10-1095] -  Hearing of a proposed Ordinance that would amend amending the Residential Inclusionary Affordable Housing Program, Planning Code Sections 415 et seq. to exempt certain Qualified Student Housing Projects, as defined, if the project meets certain requirements; and making findings including environmental findings.  The Commission will consider an Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Dufty that would amend the Planning Code as described with additional modifications as recommended by the Planning Department and making various findings including environmental findings, Planning Code Section 101 and 302 findings, and General Plan consistency findings.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications

 

            10.                                                              (J. SWITZKY: (415) 575-6815/M. YARNE: 554-6512)

PARK MERCED MIXED-USE PROJECT OVERVIEW AND DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT – INFORMATIONAL ONLY – Parkmerced is generally bounded by 19th Avenue to the east, Lake Merced Boulevard to the west, Holloway Avenue to the north, and Stanley Boulevard to the south.  The proposed project includes those lots owned by Parkmerced Investors, LLC, and includes Assessor’s Blocks 7303, 7303A, 7308-311, 7314, 7316, 7319-26, 7330-45, 7333 A-B, 7333E & 7353-7373.  Parkmerced is a rental housing complex constructed between 1941-1951 consisting of approxmiately 3,200 existing residential units and owned by Parkmerced Investors, LLC.  Informational Hearing to provide an overview of the proposed project components and draft Development Agreement. The project, which would be implemented over 20-30 years in multiple phases, includes the addition of approximately 5,700 net new residential units, the demolition and replacement of approximately 1,800 existing units which would remain subject to the San Francisco Rent Stabilization Ordinance, rent-protections and relocation rights for existing tenants, re-alignment and re-design of streets and blocks, re-alignment and improvement of the M Ocean View light rail line, the addition of new neighborhood serving retail and office space, new and re-configured public open spaces including neighborhood parks, pedestrian and bike paths, athletic fields, a new organic farm, and community gardens, overall transportation improvements, ecological hydrology improvements, and provision of renewable energy and water infrastructure. The draft Development Agreement would become the binding legal contract between the City and the Developer and would memorialize all of the public benefits and obligations of the Developer and associated agreements between both parties toward implementation of the Project.

Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Requested. Informational Discussion Only.

           

            11.       2010.0583C                                                                      (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

3575 GEARY BOULEVARD (THE INSTITUTE ON AGING) – south side between Arguello Boulevard and Stanyan Street; Lots 010 and 011 in Assessor’s Block 1084 (formerly Block 1083, Lot 2 and Block 1084, Lot 4) - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 174 and 303 of the Planning Code to modify a Condition of Approval (#D(3)) as previously imposed under Planning Commission Motion No. 17219 relating to a Conditional Use authorization for Case No. 2003.0410CEK! approved on April 6, 2006, and modified by the Board of Supervisors in its Motion No. M06-55 on May 23, 2006, which approved the demolition of the Coronet Theater and the construction of a six-story mixed use project that includes 120 affordable dwelling units for seniors, 30 supportive housing units for seniors with special needs, office, meeting and senior health services space and 95 off-street parking spaces in an NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and an 80-A Height and Bulk District. The current proposal is to modify the previously-imposed condition to eliminate the requirement for 28 valet parking spaces, for a total of 67 spaces. Valet parking will be provided for large meetings/conferences with 50 or more attendees.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

            12.       2010.0768D                                                              (S. CALTAGIRONE: (415) 558-6625)

2220 BEACH STREET- north side between Broderick and Baker Streets; Lot 007 in Assessor’s Block 0915 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2008.0905.0930, proposing to construct a one-story vertical addition at the roof of the existing two-story, single-family house and to install decks on the roofs of the second and third floors at the rear of the building located within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve.

 

            13.        2010.0802D                                                                 (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

2774-2776 Filbert Street - north side between Baker and Broderick Streets; Lot 014A in Assessor's Block 0942 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.09.09.6467 proposing to construct a one-story vertical addition to the existing three-story, two-unit building resulting in a four-story, two-unit building in an RH-2 (Residential House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis: Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve.

 

14.       2009.0828D                                                                 (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

335 Marina Boulevard - south side between Casa Way and Fillmore Street; Lot 027 in Assessor's Block 0419A - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.02.17.2166 proposing to construct three-story front and side horizontal additions and a two-story rear addition to the existing three-story, single-family residence in an RH-1 (Residential House, Single-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis: Abbreviated Discretionary Review

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve.

 

I.         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))

 

 

 

Adjournment:

 

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