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Notice of Meeting



Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, April 28, 2011

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting


President: Christina R. Olague

Vice-President:  Ron Miguel

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

Hisashi Sugaya


Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery

Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at
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:


View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.


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





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 9:30 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:


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 notice, 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//

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 at


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


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.



12:00 PM   _________


ROLL CALL:                                                     

                        President:                                 Christina R. Olague                                           

                        Vice-President:                          Ron Miguel

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




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.




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


1.         2010.0277C                                                                         (S. Young:  (415) 558-6346)

2020 LOMBARD STREET - north side between Webster and Fillmore Streets; Lot 006 in Assessor’s Block 0492 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 161(j) and 303 of the Planning Code to allow the elimination of a residential off-street parking space on the ground floor of a three-story mixed use building within the NC-3 (Moderate-Scale) Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.  The residential off-street parking space, with approximately 150 square feet in floor area, is proposed to be converted to a retail commercial space. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


2.         2009.0718C                                                                               (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

123 TOWSEND STREET - east side between 2nd and 3rd Streets, in Assessor’s Block 3794 and Lot 010 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections  227(h), 842.93 and 303 to install up to six panel antennas and associated equipment cabinets on the building known historically as the Southern Pacific Warehouse and as part of a wireless transmission network operated by T-Mobile on a Location Preference Four (Preferred Location – Industrial or Commercial Structures) according to the Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Siting Guidelines, within a MUO (Mixed Use, Office) Zoning District and a 105-F Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions




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.


3.         Consideration of Adoption:


·         Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of April 14, 2011.


4.         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.




5.         Director’s Announcements


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




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.




7.         2010.1121T                                                                   (A. Rodgers:  (415) 558-6395)

Parking in South of Market and Mission Bay -  The Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Daly amending the San Francisco Planning Code by amending Sections 151, 151.1, 155, 161, 249.1, 249.23 and Part VII of Article 9 (1) to remove minimum parking requirements and establish maximum parking limits in M-1, C-M, and South of Market districts and the Folsom and Main Residential/Commercial and Fourth and Freelon Streets Special Use Districts to make them consistent with those of neighboring districts, (2) to require that non-residential and non-hotel parking in C-3 in the South of Market Mixed Use districts adjacent to Downtown maintain a fee structure which discourages long-term commuter parking, (3) to make parking controls in the Mission Bay Districts that are subject to the Planning Code consistent with requirements of neighboring districts; and adopting findings, including environmental findings, Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications of Proposed Ordinance to Board of Supervisors.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 10, 2011)


8.         2010.1162C                                                                    (E. Jackson:  (415) 558-6363)

741 VALENCIA STREET - east side between 18th and 19th Streets; Lot 090 in Assessor’s Block 3589 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 121.2, 303, 316, 726.24, and 726.41, to convert an existing single-story office building to a new Full-Service Restaurant & Bar Establishment with an Outdoor Seating Area (dba Tacolicious) that exceeds the use size limitations for the Zoning District.  The Project is approximately 4,064 square feet, including the Outdoor Activity Area.  The project is located within the Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District (Valencia NCT), a 55-X Height and Bulk District, and the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


9.         2011.0085C                                                                 (R. Crawford:  (415) 558-6358)

1760 OCEAN AVENUE - north side of Ocean Avenue at Dorado Terrace, Block 3283, Lot 195 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 121.2, and 737.21, use size and 703.4, formula retail to allow a 15,312 square foot, formula retail establishment, CVS Pharmacy store, to be developed in the existing building within the Ocean Avenue Neighborhood Commercial Transit Oriented District, and 45-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


10.        2011.0084C                                                                 (R. Crawford:  (415) 558-6358)

701 PORTOLA DRIVE - south side of Portola Drive, Block 2901C, Lot 001 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 121.1 and 710.11, lot size, 121.2 and 710.21, use size, 703.4, formula retail and 228.2 service station conversion to allow demolition of a service station and a 10,000 square foot, formula retail establishment, CVS Pharmacy store, to be constructed on a 7,800 square foot lot within the NC-1, Neighborhood Commercial Cluster District, and 26-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions


11.        2010.1118DD                                                              (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

952 MISSION STREET - north side between 5th and 6th Streets; Lot 017 in Assessor’s Block 2704 - Mandatory Discretionary Review for a Medical Cannabis Dispensary, pursuant to Planning Code Section 217(k) of Building Permit Application No. 2010 1222 7171, proposing to develop a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (dba Grass Roots Cannabis) on the ground floor of an existing building.  This project lies within a C-3-G (Downtown, General Commercial) District, and within the 160-F Height and Bulk District.  A separate request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the project.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve


4:00 PM





            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.




12.        2006.0868E                                                                      (M. JACINTO: (415) 575-9033)

800 PRESIDIO AVENUE - southeast corner of Presidio Avenue and
Sutter Streets (Assessor's Block 1073, Lot 13) - Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report - The project sponsors, Booker T. Washington Community Services Center and Equity Community Builders, LLC, propose to demolish the existing 12,600-square-foot Booker T. Washington Community Services Center building, presumed an historic resource for purposes of environmental review, and to construct a mixed-use structure, which would replace and enlarge the community/recreation center and include new residential uses. The project would encompass about 68,206 square feet of space on six levels, five above grade and one below at a height of 55 feet along Presidio Avenue. The roughly 20,726 square-foot community center space would accommodate the center’s current and future programs and would include a gymnasium, meeting space, and several classrooms. The project also comprises a total of 50 affordable residential units, including 24 units for emancipated foster youth, 24 affordable units for persons earning up to 60 percent of area median income, and two units for onsite building managers. The project proposes 21 parking spaces in a basement garage accessible from Sutter Street. The project requires amendments to the Planning Code to establish a “Presidio-Sutter Affordable Housing Special Use District,” subject to approval by the Board of Supervisors to reclassify the site’s height limit from a 40-X height and bulk district to up to a 55-X height and bulk district, and to increase the residential density beyond permitted limits established by the Planning Code. The project would also request exceptions to Planning Code provisions related to street trees, rear yard, usable open space and dwelling unit exposure through a Planned Unit Development subject to Conditional Use authorization by the Planning Commission.

Preliminary Recommendation: certify the Environmental Impact Report

NOTE: The public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report is closed. 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.




13a.      2006.0868CEKTZ                                                        (G. Cabreros:  (415) 558-6169)

800 Presidio Avenue - east side between Sutter and Post Streets, Lot 013 in Assessor's Block 1073 - Consideration of a proposed ordinance introduced by Supervisor Farrell requesting Rezoning and Text Amendments to the Planning Code and Zoning Map to establish the Presidio-Sutter Special Use District (SUD) in association with a proposed community center and affordable housing project pursuant to Planning Code Sections 302 and 306.  The Planning Code Text Amendment would establish the Presidio-Sutter SUD by adding Planning Code Section 249.53.  The SUD would allow dwelling unit density and building height bonuses for projects with an affordable housing component beyond the amount required by the Planning Code.  Zoning Map Amendments would include (1) establishing the Presidio-Sutter SUD at Lot 013 in Assessor’s Block 1073 on Zoning Map Sheet SU03 and (2) amending the height limit from 40-X to 40-X/55-X on Zoning Map Sheet HT03. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Recommend Adoption


13b.      2006.0868CEKTZ                                                        (G. Cabreros:  (415) 558-6169)

800 Presidio Avenue - east side between Sutter and Post Streets, Lot 013 in Assessor's Block 1073 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 303, 304 and 306 to demolish the existing community center (Booker T. Washington Community Services Center) and to construct a Planned Unit Development including a new community center and an affordable housing residential building.  The project proposes a 55 foot, 50-unit residential building with a basement level garage and a community center with mixed uses including a gymnasium within the RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District, the proposed Presidio-Sutter Special Use District and a proposed 40-X/55-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions




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))




Last updated: 4/22/2011 1:17:38 PM