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Notice of

Meeting and Calendar

Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, January 18, 2012



Regular Meeting


Charles Edwin Chase, President

Courtney Damkroger, Vice President


Karl Hasz, Alan Martinez, Diane Matsuda

Richard Johns, Andrew Wolfram


John Rahaim, Director of Planning

Kelley Amdur, Director of Neighborhood Planning

Timothy Frye, Preservation Coordinator

Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary



Historic Preservation Commission Agendas are available on the Internet at

or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6320
A digital recording of the Historic Preservation Commission meeting is available on the internet at 24 hours after the hearing. 






11:30 A.M.




ROLL CALL:               Committee Member:               Karl Hasz

                                    Committee Member:               Alan Martinez

                                    Committee Members:             Andrew Wolfram

                                    Committee Ex-Officio:            Charles Chase



1.                                                                                                                (T. FRYE: 415/575-6822)


Located within Golden Gate Park, 50 Stow Lake Drive, Assessor’s Block 1700, Lot 001. Review and Comment on the proposed concession improvements. The Stow Lake Boathouse was designed in 1946 by Warren Charles Perry and constructed in 1949.


2.         2011.0968CA                                                                         (P. LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)

708 DAVIS STREET, located on west side of Davis Street between Vallejo Street and Broadway, in Assessor’s Block 0140, Lot 008.  Request for Review and Comment before the Architectural Review Committee regarding the proposal to construct a one-story building for Better Place Electric Vehicle Battery Changing Station and Visitor Center in place of the existing surface parking lot. The subject property is a non-contributing resource to the Northeast Waterfront Historic District and is located within the C-2 (Community Business) District, the Waterfront 3 Special Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.





12:30 P.M.




ROLL CALL:   Commission President:                       Charles E. Chase

                        Commission Vice President:               Courtney Damkroger

                        Commissioners:                                   Richard Johns

                                                                                      Karl Hasz

                                                                                      Alan W. Martinez

                                                                                      Diane Matsuda

                                                                                      Andrew Wolfram



At this time, members of the public may address the Historic Preservation Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Historic Preservation Commission except agenda items.  Public comment will be taken on each agendized item.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.  If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting. 

The Brown Act forbids a commission or board 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, not on an agendized item, the Commission is limited to:   

(1) briefly 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).).





1.         President’s Report and Announcements

2.         Consideration of Adoption:

·         Draft minutes of the December 7, 2011 Regular Meeting

3.         Proposed appointment of a representative to the Preservation Funds Committee

4.         Disclosures

5.         Commissioner Comments/ Questions



             6.         ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Pursuant to the Rules and Regulations of the Historic Preservation Commission, Article II, Section 1, the Commission shall elect a President and Vice-President at the first Regular meeting of the Commission held after the first day of January each year or may vote to continue this item to a specific date.

7.                                                         (T. FRYE/K. DEMARTINI: (415) 575-6822/575-9118)

FY 2012-2014 DEPARTMENT WORK PROGRAM BUDGETInformational  Presentation of the high-level work program activities for the department in FY 2012-2013 and FY 2013-2014 based on the current staffing levels in FY 2011-2012 and proposed dates where budget items will be discussed during the budget process.


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

25 YEARS:  DOWNTOWN PLAN MONITORING REPORT, 1985 - 2009 Informational Presentation of the summary of findings from 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.

9.         2011.0532T                                                                     (A. STARR: 415/558-6362)                       

USES, SIGNS, BUILDING FEATURES, FLOOR AREA RATIO, PARKING, AND COMPLIANCE IN SPECIFIED USE DISTRICTS - Review and Comment on 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 December 7, 2011 Hearing)

10.       2011.0613A                                                               (S. HAYWARD: 415/558-6372)

130 SUTTER STREET, north side between Kearny and Montgomery Streets, Assessor’s Block 0288, Lot 027.  Informational Presentation to update the Historic Preservation Commission on an approved project to restore and to repair exterior structural and decorative metal elements, including the curtain wall, on the Sutter Street elevation of the subject building.  The subject property is San Francisco Landmark No. 37, and is a Category 1 building as described in Article 11 of the Planning Code. The Hallidie building is located within the Downtown Plan Area.  The subject property is located within a C-3-O (Downtown Office) Zoning District and a 80-130F Height and Bulk District. Case No. 2010.0613A was issued a Certificate of Appropriateness, Motion No 0131, by the Historic Preservation Commission at its July 6, 2011 hearing.

11.       2011.0167T                                                               (S. HAYWARD: 415/558-6372)

PLANNING CODE CONTROLS FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION.  Review and Comment on the proposed amendments to Articles 10 and 11 as suggested by Supervisor Scott Wiener.   Supervisor Wiener has distributed two draft Ordinances, based on the versions of Articles 10 and 11 adopted by the Historic Preservation Commission, that propose further modifications.  The Historic Preservation Commission is considering the amendments proposed by Supervisor Wiener prior to sending a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Modifications




NOTE:  For information on the next Historic Preservation Commission Calendar, please call 558-6320 on Fridays (before the scheduled hearing) after 5:00 p.m. for a recorded message.

NOTE:  Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.   

NOTE:  Speaker Cards will be available at all hearings.  For your convenience, they may be picked up in advance of the hearing from the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400.

NOTE:  For information related to Historic Preservation Commission matters, please email Historic Preservation Commission Secretary,

NOTE:  Pursuant to Government Code § 65009, if you challenge, in court, the approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness, Permit to Alter, Landmark or Historic District designation, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Historic Preservation Commission at, or prior to, the public hearing.

NOTE:  Material submitted by the public for Historic Preservation Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing, should be received at the Planning Department Reception Counter, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, no later than 5:00 p.m. the Tuesday (eight (8) days) prior to the scheduled public hearing.  Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to the Commission at the above listed address.  Comments received by 11:00 a.m. on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Historic Preservation Commission at the public hearing.  Otherwise, submit material related to a calendared item at the scheduled hearing for distribution.  For complete distribution to all Commissioners, necessary staff and case/docket/ correspondence files, submit an original and 14 copies.

NOTEIf any materials related to an item on this agenda have been distributed to the Historic Preservation Commission after distribution of the agenda packet, those materials are available for public inspection at the San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor during normal office hours.



Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision:  The ringing of and use of cells phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting.  Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Prohibiting the use of cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).                                                                          


Hearings are held at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, Fourth Floor, San Francisco, CA.  The closest accessible BART Station is the Civic Center Station located at the intersection of Market, Hyde and Grove Streets.  Accessible curb side parking has been designated at points along McAllister Street.  Accessible MUNI Lines serving City Hall are the 9 San Bruno, 47 and 49 Lines and 71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line.  Accessible MUNI Metro Lines are the J, K, L, M, and N at the Van Ness Muni Station at Van Ness Avenue and Market Street.  For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142.

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Note: Each item on the Architectural Design Review and/or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

1) Planning Department Case Report

2) Draft Motion with Findings and/or Conditions

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor Reception.

Last updated: 1/18/2012 10:45:43 AM