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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, June 2, 2011

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting

 

COMMISSIONERS PRESENT: Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT:    Antonini

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT OLAGUE AT: 12:16 P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: John Rahaim – Director of Planning, Scott Sanchez – Zoning Administrator, Erika Jackson, Diego Sanchez, Aaron Starr, Cristina Lamorena, Lisa Gibson, Kirsten Dischinger, 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.         2010.1042C                                                                     (E. JACKSON: (415) 558-6363)

660-670 4TH STREET corner of 4th and Bluxome Streets, Lots 104-160 of Assessor’s Block 3786 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 227(h), 303, and 842.93 to install a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of 10 new antennas and 6 new cabinets on the rooftop on an existing 7 story mixed use building.  The project site is within a MUO (Mixed Use Office) Zoning District and a 85-X Height and Bulk District.

(Proposed for continuance to July, 7, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued as proposed

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

 

            2.         2011.0450C                                                                       (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

55 LAGUNA STREET – (aka 218 – 220 Buchanan Street) – most of the blocks bound by Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets, Lots 1, 2 and a portion of Lot 3 in Assessors Block 0870 and Lots 1 and 1A in Assessors Block 0857 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization per Planning Code Section 303 to modify Conditional Use Motion 17537, Case No. 2004.0773C, relating to inclusionary affordable housing within RM3 and NC3 Districts, the Laguna, Haight, Buchanan and Hermann Streets Special Use District and 40X, 50X and 85XHeight and Bulk Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation:

(Proposed for continuance to July, 7,  August 4, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued to August 4, 2011

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

 

3.         2011.0165C                                                                         (S. YOUNG: (415) 558-6346)    

2424 POLK STREET - east side between Filbert and Union Streets; Lot 020 in Assessor’s Block 0525 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 723.21, 723.41, 723.42, and 303 of the Planning Code to convert a vacant retail space into a full-service restaurant with bar (d.b.a. Revo) and to allow a use size that exceeds 1,999 square feet in a one-story commercial building within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District. The proposed full-service restaurant with bar will contain approximately 2,500 square feet of floor area and will accommodate up to 49 patrons.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for continuance to July, 14, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Continued as proposed

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

 

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

 

4.         2011.0269C                                                                   (E. JACKSON: (415) 558-6363)

524 VALENCIA STREET - west side between 16th and 17th Streets, Lot 003 of Assessor’s Block 3568 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 726.41 to add a bar to an existing full-service restaurant (d.b.a. Limon Restaurant) within the Valencia Street NCT (Neighborhood Commercial Transit) District, and a 55-X Height and Bulk District.  If granted, the Conditional Use Authorization would allow the applicant to seek a Type 47 License from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. This license would permit the sale of beer, wine, and distilled spirits for on-site consumption in association with the restaurant. The size of the restaurant would not change.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

MOTION:           18374

 

 

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.

 

5.         Consideration of Adoption:

·         Draft minutes from Special Meeting of April 21, 2011

·         Draft minutes from Regular Meeting of April 21, 2011

 

ACTION:           Approved

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

 

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 wanted to show you an exciting e-mail. The Administrator for the Region Nine EPA sent out an e-mail yesterday to his staff.  GSA has decided to refurbish the Herman plaza into a platinum building. They are building a new high-rise, of which we definitely need many, in downtown. However, they will basically upgrade the building in place in the process of doing it. This is really, really good news.  Because at a time when we are concerned that green buildings are not necessarily evolving, tear them down, but reinvent them from the inside out. This is very good news. I will be happy to share the details with you and forwarded the e-mail to you. I think this is a good example of what is doable with contemporary high-rises that are 10 or 15 years old but definitely can be refurbished. These are platinum-rated buildings.

There are five bills this week in Sacramento – two sponsors by former Supervisors Amiano and Leno, they are both dealing with winter protection of various kinds. SB184-Leno: establishing the ability of cities to enforce inclusionary housing law that would require affordable rental housing. This is something very important in light of the fact that we're struggling with this issue and there is not clearer guidance on how we should proceed in the next few months, and there is AB265–Amiano: saving tenants from eviction – until recently, someone could be evicted if they paid their rent 24 to 36 hours late, a reasonable time frame.  This is the protection for renters.  There are a couple of others, but those in particular are worthwhile noting.

Commissioner Miguel:

During last week, I met with some people regarding the Presidio, as well as a couple of nonprofits, a senior housing and assisted living, and some of the financial problems they are incurring presently because of HUD, Medical and Medicare, it is starting to hurt them quite badly. I had the pleasure of seeing the Salesforce model featured in the paper this morning. It is an excellent model if people get a chance to look at it. It puts things in perspective. As we know, projects change as they go along, it seems like an interesting beginning.

Commissioner Sugaya:

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending a Japantown planning meeting, the first of four meetings that they are holding this summer.  Director Rahaim was there as well as Paul Lord, and Supervisor Mirkarimi.  The format was to go through three or four topical areas and they are broken up into separate groups, and each group got to spend 20 or 30 minutes addressing each topic. They will be compiling that input from last night.  At the next meeting, and the meeting after that, they will be moving on to three other topics, and the last one will be a summary of all the input they have gathered, and I think -- I do not remember -- they will have forthcoming recommendations for what the plan should have and that will be later in the year, I believe.

 

D.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

7.             Director’s Announcements

 

Director Rahaim:

I do not have much to report. I was going to give the same report that Commissioner Sugaya did on the Japantown meeting.
We will be looking at what type of environmental review will be needed for planning, and if the plan does not come forward with major zoning changes, we are hoping we will be able to do something less than a full blown EIR.

 

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

 

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

Did not meet this week

BOARD OF APPEALS:

Did not meet this week

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION:

Historic Preservation Commission did meet. The only item of interest would be the Inner Mission Historic Resources Survey before them for preservation and possible action. They continued continue it. I did not bring my notes to tell you what the changes were.


 

9.         2011.0118I                                                                    (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)

2 HARRISON STREET - north side of Harrison Street between Spear and Embarcadero Streets; Lot 005 of Assessor’s Block 3744 - Report on the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania Abbreviated Institutional Master Plan (IMP), pursuant to Planning Code Section 304.5.  The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania Abbreviated Institutional Master Plan contains information on the nature and history of the institution, the location and development plans within the RH-DTR (Rincon Hill Downtown Residential Mixed Use) District and a 84-X/105-X Height and Bulk District.  The IMP is available for viewing on the Planning Department's website (from www.sfplanning.org click "Publications & Reports" and then "Institutional Master Plans").

Recommended Action: Informational presentation, no action requested

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Meeting held. PH closed, thereby accepting the AIMP – No Action

           

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.

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

F.         REGULAR CALENDAR                         

 

10.        2011.0422C                                                                   (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)

2 HARRISON STREET -  north side of Harrison Street between Spear and Embarcadero Streets; Lot 005 of Assessor’s Block 3744 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303, 827.21 and 827.30 to establish an Other Institutions use (d.b.a. The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania)  on the 6th floor of an existing office building occupying approximately 36,000 square feet, in excess of the 25,000 square foot use size limit principally permitted for non-residential uses, within the RH DTR (Rincon Hill Downtown Residential Mixed Use) Zoning District and 84-X/105-X Height and Bulk District. 

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     Caroline Herbert

ACTION:           Approved

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

MOTION:           18375

 

11.        2011.0295T                                                                         (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

The Commission will consider an Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Campos concerning historic signs as well as additional recommendations by Planning staff.  Specifically, the proposed Ordinance would amend the San Francisco Planning Code by amending Sections 608.14 of the Planning Code to: (1) delete the requirement that the proposed historic sign be located within a historic sign district; and (2) allow signs that contribute to the visual identity and historic character of a City neighborhood in addition to the City as a whole.

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

 

SPEAKERS:     Supervisor Campos, Terry Milne

ACTION:           Approved as amended

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

RESOLUTION:  18376

 

12.        2011.0241C                                                                 (C. LAMORENA: 9415) 575-9085)

663 HAIGHT STREET -  south side between Pierce and Steiner Streets; Lot 075 of Assessor’s Block 0861 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 145.2, 303, and 710.24 to amend Conditions of Approval attached to Planning Commission Motion No. 16327 (Case No. 2001.0914C) to allow the addition of an outdoor activity area (outdoor dining patio) in the rear yard of an existing full-service restaurant (d.b.a. Katz) located within the NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial, Cluster) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     Project Sponsor

ACTION:           Approved per staff recommendations

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

MOTION:           18377

 

13.         2005.1004E                                                                     (L. Gibson:  (415) 575-9032)

Glen Park Community Plan - Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report.  The Glen Park Community Plan covers a plan area bounded generally by Chenery Street; Roanoke Street; San Jose Avenue, Calvert Drive, and Bosworth Street; and Elk Street. The plan would require amendments to the San Francisco General Plan as well as changes to use and height and bulk controls in the San Francisco Planning Code. The plan also includes policies for transportation and infrastructure improvements. Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required

Written comments will be accepted at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on June 13, 2011.

 

SPEAKERS:     Sally Ross and Nicholas Dewar

ACTION:           Public hearing on DEIR – No action

            RECUSED:       Sugaya

 

14.        2011.0060D                                                                   (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)

                        472 CONNECTICUT - west side between 19th and 20th Streets; Lot 008 in Assessor’s Block 4068 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.08.23.9362, proposing a rear horizontal addition and two story deck and spiral stair at the rear of an existing two-family residence.  This project lies within a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and within the 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Abbreviated Discretionary Review

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

 

SPEAKERS:     Tom Banelli, Jerry Wada, Jim Savoy, Ashton Richards

ACTION:           Took DR and approved requiring the project sponsor to continue working with staff on material for the railing

            AYES:              Olague, Borden, Moore, Sugaya

            NAYES:            Fong and Miguel

            ABSENT:          Antonini

            DRA:                0211

 

15.        2011.0265D                                                                    (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)

                        3139 MISSION STREET - west side between Cesar Chavez Street and Precita Avenue; Lot 046 in Assessor’s Block 5501 - Mandatory Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.12.30.7623, proposing to establish a Medical Cannabis Dispensary (d.b.a. Mission Herbal) as defined in Planning Code Section 790.141 at a vacant commercial building within the NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and the 50-X Height and Bulk District.  

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve                                          as proposed

 

SPEAKERS:     In Favor: Mary Gray, Robert Raics, Adriana Nakapaahu, Eric Guest, Rolan Hubinisky, Jane Winslow, Cynthia Sundberg; Opposed:  Ricardo Jimenez, Christopher Scorfina, Antoine St.-Pierre, Katya M. Hope; Neutral: Ofc. William McCarthy

ACTION:           Took DR and approved as amended

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Fong, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini

            DRA:                0212

 

16.                                                                                         (K. DISCHINGER: (415) 558-6284)

MARKET AND OCTAVIA MONITORING REPORT FOLLOW UP HEARING - members of the Market and Octavia Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will follow up on key issues identified and discussed in the Market/Octavia Plan Community Advisory Committee’s Supplemental Report. Staff will be available to respond to questions and comments.

Preliminary Recommendation: Informational item, no action requested.

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Without hearing, continued to 6/16/11

            AYES:              Olague, Miguel, Borden, Moore, Sugaya

            ABSENT:          Antonini and Fong

 

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))

 

None

 

Adjournment: 3:15 PM

 

 

Adopted:  June 23, 2011

 

Last updated: 6/27/2011 9:20:26 AM