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September 8, 2011

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, September 8, 2011

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting

 

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

COMMISSIONERS ABSENT: Borden

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT OLAGUE AT

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: John Rahaim – Director of Planning, Scott Sanchez – Zoning Administrator, Aaron  Hollister, Paul Lord, Kimberly Durandet, Adrian Putra, Aaron Starr, and 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.         2005.0233C                                                                                 (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

49 JULIAN AVENUE - east side of Julian Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, Lot 032 in Assessor’s Block 3547 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 215(a), 175.6(e)(1)(c), 151.1 and 303 to allow the demolition of an existing one-story, industrial building and the construction of a new approximately 10,500-square foot, 50-foot tall, five-story residential building containing eight dwelling units and eight ground floor parking spaces utilizing its  Eastern Neighborhoods Pipeline status per Planning Code Section 175.6(e) to elect to conform to the controls under the former C-M (Heavy Commercial) Zoning District and the 50-X Height and Bulk District, while conforming to Articles 1, 1.2, 1.5 and 2.5, as amended by the Eastern Neighborhoods Controls, or requesting Conditional Use authorization to seek relief from those amended Articles.  The project site is currently in the UMU (Urban Mixed Use) District and a 45-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to November 10, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Continued as proposed

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

 

 

 

2a.        2010.0948XV                                                              (R. CRAWFORD:  (415) 558-6358)

527-529 STEVENSON STREET -south side between 6th and 7th Streets; Lot 012 in Assessor’s Block 3703 - Request for Determination of Compliance pursuant to Planning Code Section 309, with an exception to the requirements for Section 134, Rear Yard.  The proposed project would convert a vacant 42,600 square foot, four-story industrial building to mixed-use with 67 residential units, eight off-street parking spaces, and a 210 square foot ground floor commercial space.  This project is located in the C-3-G (Downtown, General Commercial) District and 120-F Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:   Approval with Conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to September 15, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Continued as proposed

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

 

2b.       2010.0948XV:                                                            (R. CRAWFORD:  (415) 558-6358)

527-529 STEVENSON STREET - south side between 6th and 7th Streets; Lot 012 in Assessor’s Block 3703 - Request for a Variance, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 305 and 140 to allow 40 new residential units that do not face on a public street at least 25 feet in width, a Code compliant rear yard, or Code compliant open space.  The proposed project would convert a vacant 42,600 square foot, four-story industrial building to mixed-use with 67 residential units, eight off-street parking spaces, and a 210 square foot ground floor commercial space.  This project is located in the C-3-G (Downtown, General Commercial) District and 120-F Height and Bulk District.

 (Proposed for Continuance to September 15, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Continued as proposed

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

 

            3.         2011.0532T                                                                    (A. STARR:  (415) 558-6362)        

Uses, Signs, Building Features, Floor Area Ratio, Parking, and Compliance in Specified Use Districts - The Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance [BF 110548] amending the San Francisco Planning Code by repealing Sections 136.2, 136.3, 158, 187, 249.15, 263.2, 263.3, 602.25, 602.26, 607.3 and 607.4 and amending various other Code sections to as well as additional recommendations by Planning staff.  Specifically, the proposed Ordinance would (1) increase the amount of principally permitted parking spaces for dwellings in RC-4 and C-3 Districts; (2) make off-street parking requirements in the Van Ness Special Use District and RC-3 Districts consistent with those of RC-4 Districts; (3) eliminate minimum parking requirements for the Chinatown Mixed Use Districts and North Beach Neighborhood Commercial Districts; (4) allow exceptions from required parking under specified circumstances; (5) amend the restrictions on off-street parking rates and extend them to additional zoning districts, (6) revise sign, awning, canopy and marquee controls in specified zoning districts; (7) increase the permitted use size for limited corner commercial uses in RTO and RM districts, and allow reactivation of lapsed limited commercial uses in R districts; (8) revise the boundaries of and modify parking and screening requirements in the Washington-Broadway and Waterfront Special Use Districts; (9) modify controls for uses and accessory uses in Commercial and Residential-Commercial Districts; (10) permit certain exceptions from exposure and open space requirements for historic buildings; and (11) modify conformity requirements in various use districts; 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.

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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 28, 2011)

(Proposed for Continuance to October 20, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Continued as proposed

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

                                                                                

            4.         2011.0533Z                                                                       (A. STARR:  (415) 558-6362)        

Zoning Map Amendments – Washington-Broadway Special Use District 1; Waterfront Special Use District 2 and 3; Special Districts for Sign Illumination; and Special Districts for Scenic Streets - The Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance [BF 110547] introduced by Supervisor Chiu concerning Sheets SU01, SS01 and SS02 of the San Francisco Zoning Map as well as additional recommendations by Planning staff.  Specifically, the proposed Ordinance would amend the San Francisco Planning Code by 1) adding blocks and lots to the Washington-Broadway Special Use District 1; 2) adding blocks to the Waterfront Special Use District 2; 3) deleting blocks and add lots to the Waterfront Special Use District 3; 4) making the boundaries of the Special District for Sign Illumination on Broadway co-extensive with the Broadway Neighborhood Commercial District; 5) deleting the Van Ness Special District for Sign Illumination; and 6) adding The Embarcadero from Taylor Street to Second Street to the Special District for Scenic Streets; adopting findings, including environmental findings, Planning Code Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 28, 2011)

(Proposed for Continuance to October 20, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Continued as proposed

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

 

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

 

5a.        2011.0117CR                                                                 (A. HOLLISTER:  (415) 575-9078)

801-833 MISSION STREET - south side of Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, Lot 067 in Assessor’s Block 3724 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 234.2 and 303 for the expansion of an existing wireless telecommunications service facility operated by Verizon.  The expansion would add up to six panel antennas on an existing penthouse structure.  The facility is proposed on a Location Preference 1 Site (Preferred Location – Public Structure Site) within the P (Public) Zoning District and a 90-X/340-I Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Approved

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

MOTION:        18429

 

5b.       2010.1017CR                                                                 (A. HOLLISTER:  (415) 575-9078)

801-833 MISSION STREET - south side of Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, Lot 067 in Assessor’s Block 3724 - Consideration of a motion making findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 2A.53 regarding the expansion of an existing Verizon WTS facility by adding up to six panel antennas mounted to an existing penthouse structure.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Adopt General Plan Consistency Findings

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Approved

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

MOTION:        18430

 

6a.        2010.1017CR                                                                 (A. HOLLISTER:  (415) 575-9078)

801-833 MISSION STREET - south side of Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, Lot 067 in Assessor’s Block 3724 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 234.2 and 303 for a proposed wireless telecommunications service facility operated by AT&T Mobility.  The facility would include up to eight panel antennas mounted to an existing penthouse structure and rooftop equipment cabinets.  The facility is proposed on a Location Preference 1 Site (Preferred Location – Public Structure Site) within the P (Public) Zoning District and a 90-X/340-I Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Approved

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

MOTION:        18431

 

6b.       2010.1017CR                                                                 (A. HOLLISTER:  (415) 575-9078)

801-833 MISSION STREET - south side of Mission Street between Fourth and Fifth Streets, Lot 067 in Assessor’s Block 3724 - Consideration of a motion making findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 2A.53 regarding the installation of an AT&T WTS facility consisting of up to eight panel antennas mounted to an existing penthouse structure and rooftop equipment cabinets.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Adopt General Plan Consistency Findings

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Approved

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

MOTION:        18432

 

 

REMOVED FROM CONSENT CALENDAR

7.         2010.1084C                                                                    (A. HOLLISTER:  (415) 575-9078)

730 POLK STREET - southeast corner of Polk and Ellis Streets, Lot 018 in Assessor’s Block 0740 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 712.83 and 303 for a proposed wireless telecommunications service facility operated by AT&T Mobility.  The facility would consist of up to nine penthouse-mounted antennas and equipment located in an internal room.  The facility is proposed on a Location Preference 4 Site (Preferred Location - Industrial/Commercial Site) within the NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District and a 130-E Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:  Sheppard Bree, representing Project Sponsor, Jammie Hanna, Jim Ellis

ACTION:        Approved

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

MOTION:        18433

 

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.

 

8.         Consideration of Adoption:

                       

·         Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of August 4, 2011

·         Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of August 11, 2011

 

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Approved

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

 

9.         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 just wanted to bring to the Commission's attention the September issue of "Scientific American" magazine under the title Better Cities.  I strongly recommend that you acquire this magazine and read it. It is not so much about policy, but rather general reflections on the City.

Commissioner Antonini:

I would like to ask that we adjourn tonight meeting or today's meeting in memory of a couple of individuals who died in our absence. First is Don Casper. He was a longtime Civil Service Commissioner, an attorney, a leader in the community and the Columbus Day celebrations and active in San Francisco politics and tragically was hit by a hit-and-run driver on the Russian River on his nightly run that he would take for years and years.  And unfortunately, the individual involved has not been apprehended. There is a reward fund.  The second individual was Gasper “Tro” Puchitzek.  He was a 22 year old gentleman who was working two jobs to support his wife and two children. He would work at night in a restaurant and he would work as a baker in the morning, he was taking a break between his two jobs, and he was shot and killed because he was mistaken to be a member of a gang, which he was not, as far as we know. Fortunately, there has been a reward fund set up at Wells Fargo Bank. I think the restaurant will also have an event in his honor. But I think this is totally unacceptable, this kind of behavior in our City or anywhere. Hopefully, there will be a reward fund set up in this instance as well because this is a way to stop this – if somebody comes forward and arrests are made. Anyway, those are the two individuals I would like to adjourn the meeting in their memories.

Commissioner Olague:

If you could be sure to give me the spelling of their names, at the end or during the break, I also wanted to include in that Eric Quezada, who passed away during the break (the Commission’s summer Hiatus). He was a very valuable member of the Mission community. He has been sick for a number of years, and he leaves behind a wife.

Commissioner Miguel:  

Over the break, I ended up talking to more people than I thought I would on a break. I had a meeting with the Port regarding their involvement in 8th and Washington and Seawall lot 41. I had an interesting conversation with Dan on the Veterans Affairs Medical Center. There was an excellent meeting that I helped chair regarding the Market Street Redesign that is coming up. I met with some people regarding the Recreation and Open Space Element of the General Plan, particularly in regards to Golden Gate Park. I have met with a number of people on CPMC as well as the budget analyst on their work with the Department. I also was updated on the Safeway redesign proposed out at Ocean Beach as well as a couple of meetings regarding an item that is on our calendar today.

Commissioner Olague:

I just wanted to finish my comments. He (Eric Quezada) leaves behind a wife and daughter, and quite a legacy in the Mission. He led a lot of the Mission advocates.  He was an activist and really fought hard for everyone across the border or boundary of residence. Latino families, LGBTQ communities, and he was a valuable member of the District and Community, so it is quite a loss, an irreplaceable loss.

Commissioner Sugaya:  

 I would like to echo Commissioner Olague’s sentiments. I was not a personal friend of his, but the only time I think I really saw him here was at Commission meetings, and he was always a very forceful advocate for housing and community affairs in the Mission District. I think he was also a fair person. I think it is quite appropriate that we adjourn in his memory.

There was an article in the paper about Hunters Point Shipyard and the Navy's cleaning process, which I think they are saying at least in the paper would take until at least 2017, but there was another article in the paper that said that HUD or one of the Federal Agencies had granted some additional money for the project for the corporation to start to move ahead. I assume that the Navy clean up will affects only certain parts of the neighborhood. Maybe we could have a little short report on where the Navy's activities are preventing development from moving ahead. Lastly, there was also another article in a different -- you might characterize it progressive -- paper about the twitter deal, so-called, and the fact that in the development of the agreements, there were -- community benefits were not discussed up front or something to that matter, and it was still on the table with respect to a Committee or somebody that is supposed to determine what the community benefits would be for various corporations and others coming in to the neighborhood. since -- who is it? since somebody or other just moved into Mid-Market. I wonder what the process is here to talk about community benefits.

Commissioner Moore:  

I would ask the Director to give us an update about redevelopment on the Bayview/Hunters Point, because an article I read seemed to imply that although all the projects were important to us, this will be, because of the change in the development, the last one to be realized. I am very disturbed about hearing as to whether or not what I am seeing and quoting is rumor or whether or not there's factual basis to it. I very much appreciate all of us getting a thorough update, including how it attaches to Commissioner Sugaya’s comment about the cleanup. If I understand correctly, it has to be completed prior to any activity on that portion of Bayview-Hunters Point. I think there is a much larger issue including Eastern Neighborhoods, etc., so I think we would all be well informed getting an update from you if you can.

 

Commissioner Antonini:  

In keeping with Commissioner Sugaya’s remarks, it tweaked my memory that I also read the article on Hunters Point and I talked to the author. I thought he did a really good job, but what it did not specify is that parts of the cleanup are finished and will be ready for development as early as 2012, and those parts include the possible stadium site, the park area around it, and parking areas in whatever parcel that is. I think the comment that everything was going to be ready by 2017 was a little bit exaggerated. He May write a follow-up on that, but I just wanted to clarify that. It was a little confusing to me.

Commissioner Fong:

I just wanted to say that I did take a meeting with the Buddhist Center and did have a meeting with the operators at a restaurant.

Commissioner Olague:  

I spoke with Commissioner Borden and a few members of the African-American Community, and I believe there is interest in having a hearing to follow up on the task force findings on the out migration of African-Americans from San Francisco. We will work on that. Commissioner Borden is in support of having this because the task force came up with these findings.  And then we want to look at what is next on that or not, or how is the City being accountable to the findings of that report?  And what additional information needs to be gathered that maybe we should advocate?  But we would definitely like a report on that.

 

D.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

10.        Director’s Announcements

           

John Rahaim – Director of Planning:

I hope everyone had a long, restful break – August recess. I know it was something that several of us needed. I hope you are ready for a very busy fall, because the calendars are very busy for the next few weeks. Regarding the Hunters Point Project, I think it is a good suggestion that we pull together information. I think there was support of a substantial grant from HUD that will allow the project to go forward, but we will certainly give you more updated information on that, certainly with respect to the cleanup and the status of the Redevelopment Agency. The only other thing I wanted to mention was that yesterday there was a press conference at the Transbay terminal site. It was to celebrate the completion of demolition of the old Transbay terminal and the start of construction of the new Transit Center District. In a heads up that at the end of this month we will release the draft for the Transit Center District Plan. We have been working on this plan for the past couple of years, and we are scheduling a couple more informational hearings before the end of the year as this process moves forward. Currently we're looking at an early November date for hearing at the Commission. With that, that is it for me, unless there are any questions.

 

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

 

LAND USE COMMITTEE:  cancelled this week

 

                                                          

FULL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

 

§  Limited Live Performance.  Commissioners, you heard this item sponsored by Supervisor Mirkarimi on July 7.  This Ordinance would to create a Limited Live Performance Permit for indoor locales whose primary function is not presentation of live performances.  At that time, you recommended approval with modifications. You requested that the Ordinance be amended to extend the opportunity for small-scale entertainment to be considered an accessory use in the SOMA, West Portal, and Pacific Avenue districts.  At the Land Use hearing Supervisor Mirkarimi incorporated all of your modifications, except one.  On the request of Supervisor Kim, he has amended the Ordinance so that it allows this entertainment use in the SoMa Districts—but only in the areas not involved in the Western SoMa Community Planning Process.  At the first Full Board hearing, Board President Chiu and Supervisor Farrell introduced amendments for their districts that would not permit an extension in hours beyond 10pm for the Union Street, Chestnut, North Beach and Polk St Commercial Districts[1].  Supervisor Farrell also added a noticing provision where interested parties could “opt-in” and request notice about LLE permits.  With these amendments, this week the Full Board passed the Ordinance on FINAL reading.

 

§  660 4th Street Cat Ex Appeal- This appeal is about the CEQA determination for wireless antennas at 660 4th Street.  Commissioners, on July 7, you heard the associated Conditional Use authorization relating to this project.  While the CU was not appealed, it is interesting to note that there were no speakers against the CU and only 2 letters were received in opposition.  For this CEQA appeal, the appellant argued that the Department did not consider potential health impacts in our review of this installation.  Under CEQA’s purview, when exploring potential health impacts, the question is does the proposal comply with the health guidelines established by the FCC?  For this project, the answer was clearly yes.  Once that question has been answered, CEQA is satisfied.  At the appeal hearing this week, the sole speaker of content was the appellant.  Staff explained how the radiofrequency exclusion zones on the roof were not publicly accessible.   After short presentations from the Department and the project sponsor, the Board upheld the Cat Ex 11-0.  Two Board members (Supervisor Kim and Campos) asked staff questions at the hearing that were outside of CEQA. 

o    Supervisor Kim would like a copy of DPH’s report on the actual RF levels after antennae installation.  At the hearing, Planning staff explained that typically the projected levels are conservative and the actual RF levels will most likely be lower.  And, further we explained that the City, through DPH, has the authority to order immediate compliance with FCC regulations if the FCC standards are exceeded. 

o    Second, Supervisor Campos had specific questions about how rooftop workers would be informed of the exclusion zones and specifically how they would be informed about the proper steps that would need to be taken if they needed to work in this area.

o    Planning has committed to work with DPH to get this information to both Supervisors.

 

 

INTRODUCTIONS:  NONE

 

Board of Appeals:

The Board of Appeals has been on a long recess, much as the Commission has. They will be meeting again next week. The last hearing was on August 17. There were two items of interest from that hearing. The first was 1633 Haight Street, a permit to reinstall general advertising sign at the location. It ultimately led to the removal of the sign. This permits sought to restore it. The Department denied that. The Board of Appeals did uphold the Department's decision to deny that replacement. The second item was a discretionary review that the department had brought before the Commission. The project sought to add a third floor to a single-family dwelling and the Department recommended a 15-foot front setback and a four-foot rear setback. The Board of Appeals did unanimously overturn the Commission's decision to allow the project to move forward as they originally proposed. There was actually no neighborhood opposition on that project. There was significant public support for their project.

 

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION:


They did not take a summer recess and there were only two items on calendar that might be of interest to you. One was 1460 Montgomery Street – a request for a Certificate of Appropriateness. They had met before and were always concerned about the design and how they were impacting the open space. The Commission actually felt the open space would be impacted, and they were not inclined to grant the Certificate of Appropriateness. They did allow, and actually there was a motion on the floor to disapprove it, but they were then given an option to go back and redesign it to try to mitigate the invasion into the open space area. The item was continued before the HPC to a date to be determined, but it was directed to go before the Architectural Review Committee for the Commission at its next meeting. The last item was Articles 10 and 11. I will note that Supervisor Wiener sent his proposal for revision of Articles 10 and 11, but the Commission stated they have not had an opportunity to review his proposals, so did not consider them at the meeting yesterday. They did however pass a motion of intent to make changes to Article 10. They will bring them back at their next hearing when they consider Article 11.

 

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.

 

SPEAKERS:     Kathleen Johnston, Mark, Channing Moore and John Prior

                        Re: 1731 15th St.

                       

F.            REGULAR CALENDAR 

 

12.        2008.0877ETZM                                                                    (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)

Western SoMa Community Plan - Informational Presentation - Since publication of the Western SoMa Community Plan – Draft for Citizens Review on August 14, 2008, a lot of work has been carried out by members of the Western SoMa Citizens Planning Task Force (the TF), City family and the Planning Department staff. The purpose of this first presentation, in a series of two informational presentations, is to provide the Planning Commission and the public with updates on this planning process well in advance of adoption hearings in 2012.

                       

PRESENTERS:  Jim Meko, Toby Levine, John Elberling, Tom Radulovich, Chester Fung, Megan Weirr

SPEAKERS:  None

ACTION:        Informational only – No action required

 

13.        2009.0342C                                                                  (K. Durandet: (415) 575-6816)

2516 MISSION STREET - west side between 21st and 22nd Streets; Lot 061 in Assessor’s Block 3616 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 736.24, to allow an outdoor activity area accessory to an existing restaurant, bar and other entertainment venue (d.b.a. Medjool) within the Mission Neighborhood Commercial Transit (NCT) District and a 55-X/65-B Height and Bulk District.  The outdoor activity area will be located on the roof of the four-story building.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:  Pasadini, Dough Boszhardt, Alfredo Pedroza, Mike Smith, Joel Goodrich, Richard King, Irene Riley, Jacob Rhalik, Walter Brown, Singhashri Gazmuri, Suvanna Cullen, Padmatara, Eddy A. Martinez, Fred Ateyeis, Tom Hsieh, Ralph Tasxhijian, Andrew Faolta, Claudia Ponath, Ken Fingerg, Charles Botton, Dr. Clara Shajevich, James Durfee, Dr. Nourredine Azouaou, Mark A. Caimaio, Ali Ibrahim, Mary Solome, Karen Degannes, Robert Boyle, Megan Drace, Roberto Hernandez, Mark Rhoades, Monadel Herzallah, Sam Ruiz, Dawn Pauli, Robin Ryan, Myra Bicknell, Deborah A. Jue, Randall Coard, Richard Brent, Dalo, Mohammed A. Hijazi, Leah Shawn, Paul Wermer, Ted Strauser, Justin Fraser, Erick Arguello, Rita Alvian, Donna Sachet, Sue Hestor, Nancy Andug, Viveka Chen, Miguel Bustos

ACTION:        Approved as amended to allow a maximum of 175 persons; a six-month review to the commission; evening cell phone access to the project sponsor or designee; visibly post signage to inform customers to respect the neighbors and be quiet; continue to work on reducing sound; continue working with the Buddhist Center and other neighbors with the help of Department staff and the District Supervisor on outstanding issues

            AYES:           Olague, Miguel, Antonini, Fong, Sugaya

            NAYES:         Moore

            ABSENT:       Borden

MOTION:        18434

 

         14.           2011.0082D                                                                         (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

                        655 ALVARADO STREET - south side between Diamond and Castro Streets; Lot 028C in Assessor’s Block 2803 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.12.11.3061, proposing to construct a three-story horizontal rear extension that involves adding a rear addition at the existing first floor and basement level, creating a new second basement level (under the proposed basement extension), and constructing a one-story vertical extension to a two-story over basement, single-family dwelling within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

SPEAKERS:  John Schleisinger, Project Architect, Mary Ferretti, Bill Yenne, Nathaniel Weiner, Carol Yenne, John Ferretti, Bob, Jonathan Kaplan,

ACTION:        The Commission did not take Discretionary Review and approved the project while urging the project sponsor to continue dialog with the DR requestor; and continue working with staff on color and bird-safe conditions                                    

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

DRA:             0225

 

15.           2010.0479D                                                                         (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

1456 CHESTNUT STREET - north side between Gough and Franklin Streets; Lot 003E in Assessor’s Block 0480 - Staff Initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.06.16.4608, proposing to construct a new four-story, three-unit building, following the demolition of the existing two-story, one-unit building, within the RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.  A Request for Discretionary Review has also been filed by a member of the public against the proposed project.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Take Discretionary Review and approve with modifications

 

SPEAKERS:  Bill Ols – DR requestor, Doug Basart, Stella Chue, Rosemary Dummer, John Schlesinger – project architect

ACTION:        The Commission did not take Discretionary Review and approved the project as proposed by the project sponsor.

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

            ABSENT:       Borden

DRA:             0226

 

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: 7:17 pm

IN MEMORY OF:  DON CASPER,

                           GASPER “TRO” PUCHITZEK

   ERIC QUEZADA

 

 

Adopted:             September 22, 2011


 

[1] The ordinance would initially limit performances to 10pm, however, after 1 year a Limited Live Entertainment Permittees may ask the Director of the Entertainment Commission to extend the hours of performance. 

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