Notice of Meeting
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, May 12, 2011
President: Christina R. Olague
Vice-President: Ron Miguel
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rodney Fong; Kathrin Moore;
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
View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.
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 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: firstname.lastname@example.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 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//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 at email@example.com.
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.
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 _________
President: Christina R. Olague
Vice-President: Ron Miguel
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rodney Fong; 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.
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
1. 2010.1114C (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)
1796 UNION STREET - northeast corner at Octavia Street; Lot 014 in Assessor’s Block 0529 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303(c) and 725.44, to allow the establishment of an approximately 950 square-foot small self-service restaurant (dba Lite Bite), within the Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
C. COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS
2. 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
3. Director’s Announcements
4. Review of Past Week’s Events at the Board of Supervisors, Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission.
5. 2011.0149I (A. HOLLISTER: (415) 575-9078)
135 MAIN STREET - east side between Mission and Howard Streets; Lot 012 in Assessor’s Block 3717 - Report on Babson College’s Abbreviated Institutional Master Plan (IMP), pursuant to Planning Code Section 304.5. Babson College’s Abbreviated IMP contains information on the nature and history of the institution, the location and use of affiliated buildings, and development plans within the C-3-O (Downtown Office) Zoning District and a 300-S Height and Bulk District. The IMP is available for viewing on the Planning Department’s website (fromwww.sfplanning.org click “Publications & Reports” and then “Institutional Master Plans”).
Recommended Action: Informational presentation, no action requested.
E. GENERAL PUBLIC 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. REGULAR CALENDAR
6a. 2011.0063DV (J. IONIN: (415) 558-6309)
135 El Camino del Mar - south side between 25th Avenue and the western most entrance to the Presidio; Lot 031 in Assessor’s Block 1334 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.01.07.4358 proposing to legalize horizontal additions built without benefit of permit at the southeastern-most rear portion, along the east side and over the garage at the front of the single-family residence within an RH-1(D) (Residential House, One-Family, Detached), Scenic Special Sign District, and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approved as proposed
6b. 2011.0063DV (J. IONIN: (415) 558-6309)
135 El Camino del Mar - south side between 25th Avenue and the western most entrance to the Presidio; Lot 031 in Assessor’s Block 1334 - Request for Rear Yard and Non-complying Structure Variances pursuant to Sections 134 and 188 of the Planning Code to legalize additions built without benefit of permit at the southeastern-most rear portion, along the east side and over the garage at the front of the single-family residence. A portion of the horizontal addition at the rear encroaches into the required rear yard within an RH-1(D) (Residential House, One-Family, Detached), Scenic Special Sign District, and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
7. 2008.0723E (C. FORDHAM: (415) 575-9071)
1275 – 1255 COLUMBUS AVENUE - west side of Columbus Avenue at the southwest corner of the intersection of Columbus Avenue, North Point, and Leavenworth Street; Lot 014 of Assessor’s Block 0028 - Appeal of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The proposed project is demolition of an existing 15,852-square-foot, 32-foot-tall office building built in 1954 and construction of a new 54,420-square-foot, 40-foot-tall, mixed-use building containing 20 residential units and 6,215 square feet of commercial space. The project site is located in a C-2 (Community Business District) Use District, the Waterfront Special Use District No. 2, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration
8. 2008.0723V (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)
1255-1275 COLUMBUS AVENUE - west side of Columbus Avenue at the southwest corner of the intersection of Columbus Avenue, North Point, and Leavenworth Street; Lot 014 of Assessor’s Block 0028 - Request for Variances: 1) Pursuant to Planning Code Section 134 to allow a series of courtyards situated along the rear property line, where a continuous rear yard equal to 25% of the depth of the lot is required; 2) Pursuant to Section 151 of the Planning Code to provide no off-street parking spaces for the proposed retail use, where 12 parking spaces are required, and; 3) Pursuant to Section 155(r) to allow a new 10-foot curb cut to access off-street parking from Columbus Avenue, where no new curb cut is permitted. The proposed project is demolition of an existing 15,852-square-foot, 32-foot-tall office building built in 1954 and construction of a new 54,420-square-foot, 40-foot-tall, mixed-use building containing 20 residential units and 6,215 square feet of commercial space. The project site is located in a C-2 (Community Business District) Use District, the Waterfront Special Use District No. 2, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
9. 2010.0771EC (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)
300, 307 & 311 GAVEN STREET - north and south sides of Gaven Street at the intersection of Boylston Street, Lot 032 in Assessor's Block 5847, Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 5846, Lot 047 in Assessor's Block 5853, and Lots 045 and 046 in Assessor's Block 5860 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.3(g), 303, 304, and 317 to allow a Planned Unit Development (PUD) for a project proposing to demolish a portion of an existing building on the campus of an existing private school (dba The San Francisco School), construct a 40-foot tall and approximately 14,000 gross square foot multi-purpose center, expand the enrollment cap from 268 to 285 students, and to legalize the conversion of two single-family homes from residential use to administrative school uses in the RH-1 (Residential, House-District, One-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. The PUD requires an exception for rear yard (Section 134) and height measurement (Section 260).
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.
10a. 2010.0137D (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)
2454-2456 BUSH STREET - north side between Pierce and Scott Streets, two interior lots with access to Bush Street by an easement; Lots 011 and 011D in Assessor’s Block 0657 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 317(e), of Building Permit Application Nos. 2010.09.20.1221 and 2010.09.20.1225, proposing to merge two existing one-story, one-unit residential buildings to one, one-story, single-family building within the RH-3 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Staff Analysis: Full Discretionary Review
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve
10b. 2010.0137V (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)
2454A-2456A BUSH STREET - north side between Pierce and Scott Streets, two interior lots with access to Bush Street by an easement; Lots 011 and 011D in Assessor’s Block 0657 - Request for Rear Yard and Noncomplying Structure Variances pursuant to Sections 134 and 188a of the Planning Code for the construction of a 17’ long by 3’ wide 1-story horizontal addition between the two existing one-story, one-unit structures and the construction of an approximately 4’ long by 6’ wide 1-story horizontal addition at the rear of the building furthest to the north within the RH-3 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.
11. 2010.0556D (A. Hollister: (415) 575-9078)
1500 GRANT AVENUE - northeast corner of Grant Avenue and Union Street, Lot 024 in Assessor’s Block 0104 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.10.15.9053, proposing to add a T-Mobile micro wireless telecommunications service facility consisting of a panel antenna shrouded inside a faux vent pipe structure and equipment cabinets. The faux vent pipe would be mounted on the rooftop of the subject building, while the equipment cabinets would be mounted to the wall of an existing penthouse stair structure. The subject property is located in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District, the North Beach Special Use District, the Telegraph Hill-North Beach Residential Special Use District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.
Staff Analysis: Full Discretionary Review
(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 17, 2011)
12. 2011.0194D (S. LAI: (415) 575-9087)
4090 26TH STREET - north side between Noe and Sanchez Streets; Lot 020 in Assessor’s Block 6553 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.10.05.2258, proposing to replace the existing deck and shed structure with a 3-story horizontal rear extension that measures approximately 10 feet deep by 25 feet wide, to the existing three-story, single-family dwelling, located in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-units per Lot) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Staff Analysis: Abbreviated Discretionary Review
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve
13. (E.WATTY (415) 558-6620)
CALIFORNIA PACIFIC MEDICAL CENTER (CPMC) LONG RANGE DEVELOPMENT PLAN OVERVIEW - This is the second of four scheduled informational hearings that will provide an overview of CPMC’s development projects. Specific topics to be discussed at this session include an overview of the architecture, urban design, and public realm improvements proposed at the Van Ness and Geary Campus, St. Luke’s Campus, and Davies Campus, and an overview of the requested entitlements. California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) is made up of four medical centers in San Francisco, consisting of the California Campus (previously known as the Children’s Hospital of San Francisco), Pacific Campus (previously known as the Pacific Presbyterian Medical Center), Davies Campus (previously Ralph K. Davies Hospital), and St. Luke’s Campus. Three of CPMC’s four acute-care hospitals (California, Pacific, and St. Luke’s Campus’) must be rebuilt or de-licensed in order to comply with state law about the seismic stability of hospitals. CPMC proposes to consolidate the acute-care services currently located at the California and Pacific Campuses, and locate them at a new medical center at Van Ness Avenue and Geary. The Van Ness and Geary Medical Center would include a hospital on the west side of Van Ness Avenue ((Block 0695, Lots 005, 006) and a new Medical Office Building on the east side of Van Ness Avenue (Block 0694, Lots 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, 009A, 010). The sites are bounded by Franklin Street, Post Street, Van Ness Avenue, Cedar Street, Geary Street, and Geary Boulevard. At the St. Luke’s Campus, CPMC proposes to construct a new hospital that will be located adjacent to the existing hospital tower on Cesar Chavez Street (Block 6576, Lot 021). The existing hospital tower on St. Luke’s Campus (Block 6575, Lots 001, 002) would be demolished after the new hospital is built, operational, and patients have been transferred. In a subsequent phase, a replacement medical office building/expansion building would be built at the corner of Cesar Chavez and Valencia Streets. CPMC also proposes to reauthorize their previously approved Conditional Use for the Davies Neuroscience Institute (aka Noe Street Medical Office Building) located at 601 Duboce Street (Block 3539, Lot 001).
Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Requested. Informational Discussion Only
G. 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))