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October 21, 2010 - Special Joint Meeting

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

&

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION

 

Minutes of Special Joint Meeting

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, October 21, 2010

10:30 A.M.

Special  Hearing

 

PLANNING COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:  Miguel, Olague, Antonini, Borden, Moore and Sugaya

PLANNING COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:    None

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSIONERS PRESENT:  Chase, Damkroger, Buckley, Hasz, Martinez, and Wolfram

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:     Matsuda

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY Planning Commission President Miguel at 10:45 A.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE:  John Rahaim – Director of Planning, Tara Sullivan, Devyani Jain, Bill Wycko, Tim Frye, and Linda Avery – Commission Secretary.

 

A.            SPECIAL CALENDAR:

 

1.         2010.0080T                                                                     (T. Sullivan: (415) 558-6257)

Amendments to the Planning Code including but not limited to Articles 10 and 11 - Ordinance sponsored by the Planning Department that would amend the Planning Code including but not limited to Sections 121.2, 136.1, 151, 185, 186, 201, 204.2, 205, 205.1, 205.3, 207.2, 209.3, 209.8, 217, 249, 303, 309, 311, 340, 317, 602.25, 602.26, 607.1, 790.44, 803.2, 803.3, 3 890.133, 890.44, 703.2, and Articles 7, 10, and 11 being amended.  The Planning Commission reviewed the proposed amendments on August 5, 2010 and recommended approval with minor modifications of various Code Sections to the Board of Supervisors.  The Historic Preservation Commission reviewed the proposed amendments on July 21st, August 4th, 18th, September 1st, 15, 29th, October 6th, and 15th, and recommended approval with modifications to Articles 10 and 11 to the Board of Supervisors. The Department is bringing Articles 10 and 11 to the Planning Commission with the Historic Preservation Commission’s proposed modifications for discussion and possible modification to Resolution 18157, passed by the Planning Commission on August 5, 2010. 

Please note: both the Planning Commission and the Historic Preservation Commission will forward separate recommendations on Case No. 2010.0080T to the Board of Supervisors.

The focus of this hearing will be on Articles 10 and 11.

SPEAKERS:     Ms. Carlinsky, Espanola Jackson, George Williams, Joshua Arce, Michael, and Mike Filder

ACTION:           Following public comment and commissioner‘s deliberations, the item was continued indefinitely by the Planning Commission.  The Historic Preservation Commission will continue to calendar this item at its regularly scheduled meetings until it takes action.

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Moore, Olague, and Miguel

NAYES:            Sugaya

 

1:30 P.M. – (The following Category B was called at 2:18 p.m.)

 

B.         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.

 

SPEAKERS:     In opposition to the project or certifying the Final EIR: Steve Kendrick, Irma Zigas, Kip Potter, Mike Meniktas, Gill Leakman, Jim Fotenos, Linda Stone, Brenda Osborne, Paul Fisher, Maria Collin, Patricia Collison, Thomas Kehoe, Will Collin, Mike Buhler, Laura Potter, Michael Barrett, David Mullane, Ian Lewis, Sue Hestor, and David Harrington; In support of the project and/or certification of the Final EIR:  Norman Rosenblatt, David Lefkowitz, Walter Keenan, Pamela Duffy, Ray Brown, Stephen Gomez, Stephen Patton, Callahan Fritz Cope, Enrique Landa, and Dana Barbieri; In support of saving the Tonga Room:  Christopher Ver Planck

 

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

 

2.         2008.0081E                                                                             (D. JAIN: (415) 575-9051)

950 Mason Street – Fairmont Hotel Project - Certification of the Final Environmental Impact Report - The project site is located at 950 Mason Street (Assessor’s Block 0244, Lot 001). The proposed project includes: 1) renovation of portions of the landmark 1906 Fairmont Hotel building (City Landmark # 185), including consolidation of up to 60 hotel rooms; 2) reconfiguration of some existing hotel uses; 3) demolition of the 1961 23-story Fairmont Hotel tower above the five-story podium; and 4) construction of a new 160–unit, 26-story residential tower and five-story midrise residential component, both above a five-story podium, on the site of the existing hotel tower and podium (proposed to be demolished). The proposed project would include below-grade parking for about 350 vehicles.  The 113,400-square-foot project site is located in an RM-4 (Residential Mixed-High Density) Use District and the Nob Hill Special Use District (SUD), and in 200-E, 300-E and 320-E Height and Bulk Districts.  The proposed project would require Conditional Use (CU) authorization for height and bulk and for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) including exceptions to the 25 percent rear yard requirement, as well as require Planning Commission approval under the “Large Tourist Hotel Conversion Ordinance,” Administrative Code 41F.3(f), among other approvals. The proposed exterior changes to the historic 1906 Fairmont Hotel building would also require a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Historic Preservation Commission. The Draft EIR found that implementation of the proposed project would result in a significant unavoidable environmental impact on cultural resources, related to demolition of the Tonga Room, which has been identified as a historic resource under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

NOTE:  The action for this item falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Planning Commission

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report.

Note: The public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report ended at 5:00 pm, June 16, 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.

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Following a failed motion to certify the Final EIR (+3 -3 with Commissioners Moore, Sugaya, and Olague voting against the motion), the item was continued to 1/27/2011 with the idea that the Commission will receive a memo (drafted by Mr. Wycko – Environmental Review Officer and Ms. Stacy – Deputy City Attorney) as to the appropriateness of additional analysis, and look at that at a later date; the maker of the motion would have the ability to ask for reconsideration.  If the item is to come before the Commission prior to the proposed 1/27/11 date, the item would have to be re-advertised for another date.

AYES:              Antonini, Borden, Sugaya and Miguel

NAYES:            Moore and Olague

 

D.            SPECIAL CALENDAR:

 

3.         2008.0081ACEKU                                                                  (T. FRYE: (415) 575-6822)

950 MASON STREET - Bound by Mason, Powell, Sacramento, and California Streets, Lot 001; Assessor’s Block 0244. Adoption of California Environmental Quality Act Findings - The Project includes: 1) renovation of portions of the landmark 1906 Fairmont Hotel building (City Landmark # 185), including consolidation of up to 60 hotel rooms; 2) reconfiguration of some existing hotel uses; 3) demolition of the 1961 23-story Fairmont Hotel tower above the five-story podium; and 4) construction of a new 160–unit, 26-story residential tower and five-story midrise residential component, both above a five-story podium, on the site of the existing hotel tower and podium (proposed to be demolished). The proposed project would include below-grade parking for about 350 vehicles.  The CEQA Findings include a statement of overriding benefits and a mitigation monitoring and reporting program (MMRP) associated with approving the proposed 950 Mason Street 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.

NOTEThe action for this item falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Planning Commission

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt CEQA Findings Motion

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Because the Planning Commission did not certify the Final EIR, but instead continued that item to January 27, 2011, action on this item could not be taken.  This item may be placed on calendar for Planning Commission consideration on 1/27/11 or another date following the certification of the Final EIR.

 

4.         2008.0081ACEKU                                                                  (T. FRYE: (415) 575-6822)

950 MASON STREET - bound by Mason, Powell, Sacramento, and California Streets, Lot 001; Assessor’s Block 0244 -  Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for the exterior rehabilitation of portions of the California Street elevation; the restoration and the rehabilitation of the exterior of the building at the location of the Venetian Room (east elevation); seismic work as it relates to the exterior of the historic building at the location of the new podium, mid-rise component, and tower; removal of the existing connections that lead from the historic portion of the hotel to the 1961 podium and tower and the introduction of new connections; and exterior alterations to a loading dock on the Sacramento Street elevation.  A portion of the lot is City Landmark No. 185, the Fairmont Hotel.  The subject building is located at 950 Mason Street, within the Nob Hill Special Use District, and a 200-E-2/300-E-2/320-E Height and Bulk District.

NOTEThe action for this item falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Because the Planning Commission did not certify the Final EIR, but instead continued that item to January 27, 2011, action on this item could not be taken.  This item may be placed on calendar for Historic Preservation Commission consideration on 1/27/11 or another date following the certification of the Final EIR.

 

5a.        2008.0081ACEKU                                                                  (T. FRYE: (415) 575-6822)

950 MASON STREET - bound by Mason, Powell, Sacramento, and California Streets, Lot 001; Assessor’s Block 0244 - Request for Authorization for the conversion and consolidation of up to 286 tourist hotel rooms pursuant to the Large Tourist Hotel Conversion Ordinance, Chapter 41f of the Administrative Code. A portion of the lot is City Landmark No. 185, the Fairmont Hotel.  The subject building is located at 950 Mason Street, Lot 0244 in Assessor's Block 001, within the Nob Hill Special Use District, and a 200-E-2/300-E-2/320-E Height and Bulk District.

NOTEThe action for this item falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Planning Commission

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Because the Planning Commission did not certify the Final EIR, but instead continued that item to January 27, 2011, action on this item could not be taken.  This item may be placed on calendar for Planning Commission consideration on 1/27/11 or another date following the certification of the Final EIR.

 

5b.       2008.0081ACEKU                                                                  (T. FRYE: (415) 575-6822)

950 MASON STREET - bound by Mason, Powell, Sacramento, and California Streets, Lot 001; Assessor’s Block 0244 - Request for a Conditional Use Authorization for a Planned Unit Development and the consolidation and conversion of tourist hotel rooms to residential pursuant to the Large Tourist Hotel Conversion Ordinance, and pursuant to sections 263.5, 238, 303, 304, of the Planning Code, with specific modifications to Planning Code regulations related to Height & Bulk, Rear Yard, and Permitted Obstructions with respect to a proposal to demolish the existing 1961 podium and tower structure and remove up to 226 and consolidate up to 60 tourist hotel rooms and construct a new 26-story and a 5-story mid-rise component that are located on a 5-story podium structure (for a total height of 317-feet excluding mechanical appurtenances) with up to 160 residential units, the addition of up to 185 off-street parking spaces (for a total of 350 independently-accessible off-street spaces).  A portion of the lot is City Landmark No. 185, the Fairmont Hotel.  The subject building is located at 950 Mason Street, Lot 0244 in Assessor's Block 001, within the Nob Hill Special Use District, and a 200-E-2/300-E-2/320-E Height and Bulk District.

NOTEThe action for this item falls under the exclusive jurisdiction of the Planning Commission

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Because the Planning Commission did not certify the Final EIR, but instead continued that item to January 27, 2011, action on this item could not be taken.  This item may be placed on calendar for Planning Commission consideration on 1/27/11 or another date following the certification of the Final EIR.

 

Adjournment:    4:41 p.m.

 

Adopted:       January 20, 2011

 

Last updated: 3/17/2011 9:44:30 AM