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October 20, 2011 - Regular Meeting

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Meeting Minutes

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, October 20, 2011

1:00 PM

Regular Meeting

 

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

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT OLAGUE AT 1:06 p.m.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: John Rahaim – Director of Planning, Scott Sanchez – Zoning Administrator, Ben Fu, Sharon Lai, Adrian Putra, Glenn Cabreros, Rick Crawford, Aaron Starr, Teresa Ojeda, Johnny Jaramillo, Jon Swae, 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.         2011.0864Z                                                                        (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

312 Connecticut Street - Zoning Map Amendments - The Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance [BF 110845] introduced by Supervisor Cohen concerning Zoning Map Sheet No. ZN08 to: 1) rezone Block No. 4035, Lot No. 003 (312 Connecticut Street) from RH-2 to NC-2; and 2) making 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 to Board of Supervisors

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of October 13, 2011)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to November 10, 2011)

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Without hearing, continued as proposed

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

 

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

 

2.         2011.0497D                                                                                 (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

650 2ND STREET - west side between Brannan and Townsend Streets; Lots 059 & 060 in Assessor’s Block 3788 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Code Section 317 requiring review of Loss of Residential Units Through Merger, of Building Permit Application Nos. 2011.01.14.8412 and 2011.01.14.8416 proposing to merge two live/work units into one live/work unit in an existing 25-unit (proposed 24-unit) live/work building, within a MUO (Mixed Use, Office) District and within a 65-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review (DR) and Approve Project as Proposed.

 

SPEAKERS:     Pat Otellevi and Sue Hestor

ACTION:           The Commission did not take DR and approved the merger

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

DRA:                0236 

3.         2011.0160C                                                                                (S. Lai:  (415) 575-9087)

291 DUBOCE AVENUE - southeast corner of Market Street and Duboce Avenue, Lot 058    in Assessor’s Block 3534 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 731.83, 790.80 and 303 to add seven new antennas on the penthouse and roof of a commercial building with associated equipment, with a Location Preference 2 (Preferred Location – Co-Location Site), as part of the AT&T wireless network within the NCT-3 (Moderate-scale Neighborhood Commercial Transit District) and a 40-X and 85-X height and bulk district.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved

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

MOTION:           18468 

4.         2011.0418C                                                                            (A. Putra: (415) 575-9079)

5630 MISSION STREET - west side between Naglee and Whipple Avenues; Lot 012 in Assessor’s Block 7098  - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.83, and 303 to install a wireless telecommunication services facility consisting of 9 panel antennas on the roof and associated equipment cabinets on the second floor of a tourist hotel with a Location Preference 2 (Preferred Location – Co-location Site), as part of the AT&T wireless telecommunications network within an NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial, Small-scale) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved

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

MOTION:           18469 

C.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

5.         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 Antonini:  

To the comments on housing issues: you’ve probably seen a lot in the press about repossessions and there was a big article in The Chronicle. I think the City is doing a very good job regarding some of the protests that are taking place as far as the Occupy Now and still protecting free speech rights by also protecting the rights of the vast majority of the public that also has the right to use public space that other people are occupying.  I hope that the same things are being applied, that you don't block passage ways, that you have permits, that there are no encampments or cooking. This is what is being done, just as if you're using a baseball field in Golden Gate Park for part of the day.  When your usage is over, you have to vacate so someone else can use it. On the larger issue of some of the causes I have not heard much discussion about remedies from any of the people who are protesting. I think a lot of the factors that exist in this situation are similar to what happened in the late 20's. A lot of it, in both instances gambling on appreciation. In the late 20's, people were buying stocks with the idea that the increase in stock prices would allow them to make a lot of money. When stock prices fell, they lost much of their income because they had gambled on stock appreciation and the situation that is occurring most recently was doing the same thing with real estate. I think we need some positive steps in this direction, particularly with owner occupied home mortgages. We need a more conservative appraisals, I like to see an end of the loan payments and in variable mortgages, and probably mandatory mortgage insurance. This would prevent the kind of thing that has happened in the past from happening again. There are a lot of people that should take the blame and obviously, it has been talked about a lot. While banks and Wall Street had a lot to do with that, the folks that borrowed either ill-advised or made bad choices and even the Government that funded a lot of these bad loans through government agencies with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, or other agencies, it was partly because of this. Hopefully out of this entire thing will come with some solutions on a Federal basis that we can apply to this unfortunate situation and not have that happen again.
Commissioner Miguel:

During the past week I have had some conversations regarding America's Cup. Last night, there was an excellent reception for the 10th anniversary of City Car Share that was well attended. The main speaker was Nancy Pelosi, who from the beginning has been a very heavy supporter and a proponent of this concept particularly here in San Francisco. There were three meetings this week at which members of the Planning staff really shined. One was on the implementation of the Eastern Neighborhoods.  They did a wonderful presentation on that. It was excellent for the Department.  There was the monthly meeting of the Market Street Civic Design Group and I have to compliment David Alumbaugh who has been doing excellent work on this somewhat large committee of people who are sometimes very independent and no way that they worked professionally, but have been getting along beautifully in the meeting is and really producing a lot of good work up till now.  And there was a public meeting of the Arts Funding Legislation that Supervisor Chiu has put forth a public meeting. It was fortunate that the Arts Community was very well represented. The development community that also was affected by this was totally absent. I am not sure, and I've talked with those from the Art Commission as well, and additional work will be done to get the development community at least to acknowledge that there is something possibly happening with this. In particular, an old friend of mine that was President of the Black Rock Foundation was there and did an excellent job of explaining what funding for the arts community can do for the civic realm. He really did an excellent job of that.  It was an interesting week.

Commissioner Borden:

I wanted to thank my colleagues for indulging me earlier. As many of you might know, this is the Great California Shakeout where we raise awareness about earthquake preparedness and at
around 10:20 A.M., people were told to drop, cover and hold on because that is what you need to do in an earthquake.  [You should get] underneath the surface like this desk or under a door frame would be a great way to keep yourself safe. We can't emphasize enough how important it is to be prepared, or how important earthquake preparedness is.  22 years ago Monday was another earthquake – we all need to make a plan and be prepared. The second thing is I went along the two blocks of Sixth Street on Friday night.  It was just an incredible opportunity to see what was going on along that area of Sixth Street. All the different businesses; you had a band playing in the Laundromat, you had people drawing on the walls, it was an amazing display of art. It was pretty spectacular. It was a longtime studio in the Filipino Community, and with the help of the Redevelopment Agency after being pushed out, they were able to be in a position to have a brand new studio come on line and it was an amazing evening to see what is starting to happen along Sixth Street. If you haven't been on Sixth Street, patronize the businesses.  The vacancy rate is under 10%. That is because there was a lot of hard work on solutions to help fill those facades. What they need is for all of us to go and patronize the businesses and support them.

Commissioner Moore:

Congratulations to the Planning Department on October 26 at 3:00 p.m., the Public Advisory Committee will give a demonstration on the new permit process and permit tracking system which will tie those departments closer together. This particular meeting will be held in Room 2001, and I assume that the public will be interested in how this becomes a more effective tool for all of us. There are some people that might want to see what that entails. For many years, we have been encouraging and supporting the Department for the length that I have been sitting up here, a little more than five years. I am looking forward for a much clearer and streamlined operation that provides timely information and provides recourse.

Commissioner Sugaya:  

Last week, I had occasion to go by the Piazza Market again.  And since the last time this issue came before us, I think it has gone totally in the other direction. I think they were modest before in that they needed to comply with the original conditional use that was supposed to be for a market. Now there is not one stick of grocery at that place at this moment whereas before, there was the pretense of it being a market and they had some shelving. Now the place looks like a wine bar. The entire center space is nothing but tables and chairs. I think we need to take another look at this. Also following the market, I walked down Columbus and there is a parklet. I don't know how the enforcement works, but it is obvious that this parklet is just an extension of the restaurant. They're serving people, taking orders, what ever. I don't think that was the intent and I don't want them to turn it into a mere extension of a private enterprise within the public realm. If that is going to continue to happen, we should start charging them rent. That is all I have at the moment.

Commissioner Miguel:

That is happening all over the City. It is very obvious. It is my understanding they are not allowed to take orders, not allowed to actually bring food to the table. It is happening all over the City. The Academy of Art is occupying 625 Polk Street, a historic building, I believe, a landmark. And I am not saying they shouldn't have, for public safety, but they have put safety lights on the exterior all around that building. And are making changes to the exterior of the historic building. I presume this should take quite a bit of procedure. I question whether it has been followed in this case, and I would like someone to take a look at it.

Commissioner Antonini:

I also have had meetings in the last week or two with the Project Sponsor and Architect for 1800 Van Ness Avenue, which is on today' s calendar and with both neighbors of Nob Hill and representatives of Live Nation in regards to concerns of a future project --  it will be coming back to us.

Commissioner Moore:

 I would like to ask that this Commission have a presentation by the Department relative to where we encourage and support parklets. I assume it is part of a larger comprehensive planning department idea rather than what can potentially be of use to a particular location.  As you will recall from the issue last week, putting it on California Street on a project that for other reasons I did not support, it was not part of a comprehensive idea.  I am interested to hear you constructively speak to the larger ideas of how we believe parklets can help a street become more neighborly. We want to support them, and we are not. In addition to, if they become potentially the tool for mitigating other impacts, do we have a fund for money being collected so we can build them where we want them? Are they only occurring where somebody suggests they should be? I would very much like to hear a more comprehensive presentation by the Department.

 

D.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

6.                   Director’s Announcements

 

Director Rahaim:

With respect to parklets, we can do that presentation. We allow people to take food and we encourage them to be near eating and drinking establishments just because of the nature of what most of them, not all of them, are about. The agreement is that we should not be -- we can take them from across the way or another location. I realize that there are some concerns about some of them in the way they are operating. The other thing I wanted to call attention to the Commission is that the Commission has had several questions about the approval process for America's Cup, there is a memo to you outlining all of that, and it would be helpful for the public to hear that certification of the environmental impact report is currently scheduled for December, tentatively. There are other actions required at the Port Commission as well as the Board of Supervisors. Beyond that, there are 12 other City Regional, State and Federal
agencies that have approval actions. All of the other actions including the Board of Supervisors are dependent on your certification. That has to happen before any other approving actions can be taken. I wanted to clarify that for Commission and the public.

           

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

 

LAND USE COMMITTEE:

Alcoholic Beverages in Bowling Alleys in the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict introduced by Supervisor Kim.  The Planning Commission had unanimously passed a resolution at its September 22, 2011 hearing recommending that the Board of Supervisors adopt the proposed Ordinance, with two modifications:

          to include an additional exception for single-screen movie theaters, allowing these theaters to serve beer and wine. 

          to refer to Planning Code Section 249.60, which is where in the Code the Mission Alcoholic Beverage SUD is now referenced.

          Supervisor Kim did express her intent to amend the Ordinance to include the both of the two recommendations of the Planning Commission.  The full committee was supportive.  Because the amendment had not yet been drafted, the Land Use Committee will hear the item again, with the amendments, before forwarding the ordinance to the full Board. At the hearing, Supervisor Wiener expressed his desire to open up a broader discussion about the SUD in order to review the controls and how they can be updated to achieve the goals of original Ordinance and still encourage active uses in the district.

 

FULL BOARD OF SUPERVISORS:

§         Acts of God and Calamity Ordinance.  At the July 14th, hearing, the PC voted 7-0 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors (herinafter “The Board”) adopt the Ordinance with modifications.  Specifically, the PC recommended the Ordinance  be modified in two ways.  First, it should allow a reasonable degree of flexibility for those who have experienced a calamity but not to be overly permissive in allowing rebuild of nonconforming uses.  Second, the Ordinance should be modified to include the retroactive date of retroactive operative date of August 1, 2009. Since the PC hearing, staff has recognized that the recommendation should have been applied not only to Section 181 Non-Conforming Uses but also mirroring changes should have been recommended to Section 188 Non-Conforming Structures. Both Sections have the exact same problematic and vague existing language.  This week the Full Board continued the item.

§         3151-3155 Scott Street SUD.  The project, renovation and conversation of an existing Marina District tourist hotel to group housing for transitional-age foster care youth, prompted an outpouring of impassioned testimony about the merits of the project from both sides of the aisle. Early this month the project had withstood both a CEQA appeal and a CU appeal before voting to adopt the associated Special Use District by a 9-1 vote.   This week the Board again passed the SUD by the same vote on final reading.

INTRODUCTIONS: 

  • Supervisor Kim:  Ordinance amending the San Francisco General Plan Map 2 of the Community Facilities Element as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion/Fire Station Relocation and Housing Project; adopting findings, including environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and Planning Code Section 101.1.
  • Supervisor Kim:  Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code Sectional Map ZN01 of the Zoning Maps to change the use classification of 676 Howard Street (Block No. 3722, Lot No. 28) from Public (P) to Downtown-Support District (C-3-S) and a portion of 935 Folsom Street (Block No. 3753, Lot No. 140) from Mixed Use-Residential (MUR) to Public (P) as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Expansion/Fire Station Relocation and Housing Project; 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.
  • Supervisor Cohen:  Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code Section 249.42 to: 1) allow outpatient medical care clinics; 2) amend Zoning Map Sheet 8 SU of the San Francisco Planning Code to add parcels in Block No. 5211, Lot Nos. 29 through 54 to the India Basin Special Use District and remove the parcel in Block No. 5211, Lot No. 28 from the Design and Development Special Use District and add it to the India Basin Special Use District; and 3) make environmental findings and findings of consistency with general plan.  111078
  • Supervisor David Chiu:  Hearing on the status of the 8 Washington Project.  BF 111092
  • Sponsors:  Mar: Hearing on the progress of negotiations between the City and County of San Francisco and the California Pacific Medical Center's Cathedral Hill Project.   BF 111059
  • Supervisor Mar, Avalos, and Chiu:  Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code Sections 703.2 and 790.55 to: 1) prohibit the use of Customer Operated Check-Out Systems, as defined, in retail stores where alcoholic beverages are sold for off-site consumption; and 2) making findings, including environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and with the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1. BF 111049
  • Supervisor David Chiu:  Ordinance amending the San Francisco Administrative Code by adding Chapter 38, Sections 38.1 through 38.6; amending the San Francisco Planning Code Sections 790.90, 790.91, and 790.102; amending the San Francisco Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 3.400; requiring commercial landlords leasing to small businesses for public accommodations to: 1) bring ground floor entrances to, and exits from, the building into compliance with applicable state and federal disability access laws; 2) inform small business tenants of the potential legal and financial liabilities for failure to comply with those laws; 3) include in any new or amended leases a provision addressing the respective obligations of the landlord and small business tenant to bring the leased premises into compliance with those access laws; 4) require the City to give priority to building permit applications for work to bring space leased to small business tenants into compliance with those access laws; 5) allow small self-service restaurants and retail coffee stores to exclude the square footage of floor area required for disabled access from the calculation of maximum allowable square footage for such uses under applicable zoning restrictions; and 6) adopt environmental findings, Planning Code Section 302 findings, and findings of consistency with the General Plan and Planning Code Section 101.1.  BF 111047

BOARD OF APPEALS:

The Board of Appeals did not meet last night, there will be meeting next week and would like you to know that they only have four hearings left between now and the end of the year. They cancel the hearing for November 2nd, due to lack of interest. There have been fewer appeals filed. They are at about half the number that they would usually get filed. This is not to say that permits are absolutely down.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION:

The Historic Preservation Commission did meet yesterday and there are just a couple of items: 1) the Glen Park Historic Resources Survey was adopted, and without a lot of discussion, 2) Articles 10 and 11: they have actually taken actions to adopt the modifications to Article 10 with the modifications that the City Attorney introduced and/or that they themselves amended.  They have not completed their review of Article 11.  That will be continued to their next hearing that will be after your meeting on the 27th. The Commission President himself and other members of HPC (Richard Johns and Alan Martinez) will attend your meeting on the 27th to engage you and let you know their positions and why they took the actions they took, and where they are on Article 11. 49 Julian is a conditional use item that is coming before you in a few weeks and the President of this Commission, President Olague, requested that HPC review it because of its location to the Armory. Their belief is that the project should move forward. They do have concerns that the building will shade the drill area of the Armory. They are not so much interested in reducing the height of the project as they are interested in maybe having a further setback to that side of the project, away from the Armory to allow more light – and from what Commissioner Martinez has proposed, also maybe a re-look at the roofline as it overhangs that area.  With that, they urge that the project move forward.

 

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:     Cody Hicks

                        Re: Air Quality

                        Tamara Better

                        Re: Native Wetland/Baylands

                        Peter Cohen

                        Re: Legislation before this Commission

                        Linda Chapman

                        Re: 1601 Larkin Street

                        Sue Hestor

                        Re: Business licenses for Live/Work projects

                        Jim Meko

                        Re: Western SoMa Task Force

 

F.                  REGULAR CALENDAR 

 

8.         2011.0094C                                                                 (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

1800 VAN NESS AVENUE - northeast corner of Van Ness Avenue and Clay Street; Assessor's Block 0619, Lots 009 & 010 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization for a Planned Unit Development pursuant to Planning Code Sections 253.2, 271, 303, 304 and 306 proposing construction of an 8-story, 80-foot tall, 94-unit mixed-use building with 95 parking spaces and approximately 4,900 square feet of ground-floor commercial space and construction of a 4-story, 44-foot tall, 4-unit residential building with 4 parking spaces on Washington Street, located in an RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined, High Density) District, the Van Ness Special Use District and an 80-D Height and Bulk District. The project proposes to demolish an existing two-story commercial building.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKERS:     Dean Javis, Project Sponsor, Dawn Trennert, Linda S. Zarr, Mary Ann Mckay, Paul Skilbeck, David Flinn, Karl V. Rodriguez, Glenn Mack, J.A. Fuentes, Linda Chapman-Rodriguez, Glenn Mack, J.A. Fuentes, Linda Chapman, Taylor Jordan,

ACTION:           Approved as amended:  Staff to continue working on design with project team; switch the corner bedrooms and living rooms to address layout functions and light; bay windows on Washington Street; report back to Commission on the progress of the project at various times

.AYES:             Olague, Miguel, Antonini, Borden, Fong, Moore, and Sugaya

MOTION:           18470 

9.         2011.0653C                                                               (R. CRAWFORD:  (415) 558-6358)

325-329 KEARNY STREET - south side between Bush and Pine Streets; Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 0270 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 303 and 218.8 Massage Establishments to expand massage services within an existing massage establishment (dba Queen’s Health Center) on the second and third floors of the subject property.  The project would establish three new massage treatment rooms for a total of five treatment rooms on the third floor.  This project is located in the C-3-O Downtown Office District and within the 80-130-F Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:   Approval with Conditions

SPEAKERS:     Brian Hoffer

ACTION:           Approved

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

ABSENT:          Antonini

MOTION:           18471 

 

10a.      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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 15, 2011)

NOTE: On September 15, 2011, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 10/20/11 for the Project Sponsor to address unit exposures & layout, rendering, design and commercial space by vote of (+6 -0) Commissioner Borden absent.  The Public Hearing remains open.

 

SPEAKERS:     David Silverman, representing Project Sponsor, Mr. Gardner

ACTION:           Following pubic testimony, continued to 12/15/11. Public hearing remains open

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

 

10b.      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.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 15, 2011)

SPEAKERS:     Same as those listed for item 10a

ACTION:           The Zoning Administrator continued this item to 12/15/11.  The Public hearing remains open.

 

NOTE:  Items 11 and 12 were called and heard together           

11.        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.

 (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 8, 2011)

[This is an informational hearing only.  The item will be scheduled for final action on November 10, 2011.]

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Although information only and no action was required, the Commission continued it to 12/15/11

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

 

            12.        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.

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 8, 2011)

[This is an informational hearing only.  The item will be scheduled for final action on November 10, 2011.]

 

SPEAKERS:     Sue Hestor

ACTION:           Although information only and no action was required, the Commission continued it to 12/15/11

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

                                                                       

13.                                                    (T. OJEDA:  (415 558-6251 / J. JARAMILLO: (415) 558-6818)

25 YEARS:  DOWNTOWN PLAN MONITORING REPORT, 1985-2009 - Informational Presentation -The Planning Department is announcing publication of 25 Years Downtown Plan Monitoring Report 1985-2009.  This report analyzes development and economic trends since the adoption of the Downtown Plan in 1985 and includes an assessment of the Plan’s implementing actions.  The first section of the report, “Downtown Plan: 25 Years,” evaluates to what extent the Plan’s primary objectives were achieved.  The second section, “Economic Change and Regional Growth Since 1985,” explores the impact of larger economic forces on Downtown San Francisco and how these affected the ability of the Plan to achieve its objectives.  The report was released June 2011 and is available in electronic format at http://www.sf-planning.org/ftp/files/Citywide/25-Years_Downtown-Plan-Monitoring-Report-1985-2009.pdf

 

SPEAKERS:     Sue Hestor and John Elberling

ACTION:           Informational only – no action required

 

14.        2005.1004MRTZ                                                                     (J. SWAE: (415) 575-9069)

Glen Park Community Plan Initiation Hearing - Staff will request the Planning Commission to consider approving a Resolution of Intention to initiate amendments to the General Plan (Recreation & Open Space, Commerce & Industry, and Urban Design Elements), Planning Code (Sections 121.1, 121.2, 124, 134, 135, 145.4, 151.1, 155, 201, 263.20, 607.1, 702.1 and add new Sec. 738.1- Glen Park Neighborhood Commercial Transit District), and Zoning Maps (ZN11 & HT11) to implement the Glen Park Community Plan.  In addition, staff will request the Commission to schedule a public hearing to consider approval of the proposed General Plan, Planning Code and Zoning Map amendments. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

 

SPEAKERS:     None

ACTION:           Approved initiations and scheduled final actions on 11/10/11

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

ABSENT:          Sugaya

RESOLUTION:   18472 for General Plan Amendments

RESOLUTION:   18473 for Planning Code Text Amendments

RESOLUTION:   18474 for Zoning Map Amendments

 

15.        2011.0554D                                                                                 (S. LAI: (415) 575-9087)

2526 GREAT HIGHWAY - east side between Ulloa and Vicente Streets; Lot 005A in Assessor’s Block 2448 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.02.16.6603, proposing to construct a third-story vertical addition and a two story horizontal rear extension to the existing single-family home, 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

 

SPEAKERS:     Kelley Martin

ACTION:           Took DR and approved as modified

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

DRA:                0237 

 

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: 7:26 P.M.

 

ADOPTED: NOVEMBER 3, 2011

Last updated: 11/22/2011 10:29:05 AM