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February 2, 2012

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, February 2, 2012

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting

 

President:  Ron Miguel

                        Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rodney Fong; Kathrin Moore;

Hisashi Sugaya

 

Commission Secretary: Linda D. Avery

Commission Calendars are available on the Internet at http://www.sfgov.org/planning
or as a recorded message at (415) 558-6422.

Case reports and relevant materials are linked to the items on calendar at the above web site.

 

View the meeting online at:  http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfgtv_index.asp

Or

View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.

And

The re-broadcast on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Cable Channel 26

 

THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
1650 MISSION STREET, 4TH FLOOR RECEPTION

 

 

Commission Meeting Procedures

 

Material submitted by the public for Commission review prior to a scheduled hearing should be received by the Planning Department reception counter at 1650 Mission Street, 4th floor, no later than 5:00 PM the Wednesday (eight days) prior to the scheduled public hearing.  Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a calendared item to: Planning Commission, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA  94103-2414.  Comments received by 9:30 AM on the day of the hearing will be made part of the official record and will be brought to the attention of the Planning Commission at the public hearing.  Otherwise, submit material related to a calendared item at the scheduled hearing for distribution.  For complete distribution to all Commissioners, necessary staff and case/docket/correspondence files, submit an original plus 10 copies.  When sending e-mail correspondence to Commissioners, please copy the Commission Secretary at:  linda.avery@sfgov.org

 

Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge, in court, (1) the adoption or amendment of a general plan, (2) the adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance, (3) the adoption or amendment of any regulation attached to a specific plan, (4) the adoption, amendment or modification of a development agreement, or (5) the approval of a variance, conditional-use authorization, or any permit, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.

 

Commission action on conditional-uses and reclassification may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors within 30 days.  Call (415) 554-5184 for more information.  Commission actions after Discretionary Review may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 15 days of action by the Central Permit Bureau. Call (415) 575-6880 for more information.  Zoning Administrator action on a variance application may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 10 days of issuance of the written decision.

 

The Commission has instituted a policy that, in most cases, they will not call an item for consideration after 10:00 PM.  If an item is scheduled but not called or introduced prior to 10:00 PM, the Commission may continue the matter to the next available hearing.  Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.

 

Policy on Commissioner’s requests for hearings:  There must be consensus of the Commission (four commissioners) or direction from the President/Chair to schedule a hearing that otherwise would not be scheduled.

 

Cell Phone and/or Sound-Producing Electronic Devices Usage at Hearings

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

 

For more information related to Planning Commission matters, please call Linda D.  Avery, Commission Secretary, at (415) 558-6407.

 

San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance

Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action my be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 21.00-2.160] to register and report lobbying activity.  For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300; fax (415) 581-2317; and web site http//www.sfgov.org/ethics.

 

Accessible Meeting Policy

Hearings are held at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, fourth floor, San Francisco, CA.  The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center station located at the intersection of Market, Hyde and Grove Streets.  Accessible curbside parking has been designated at points along McAllister Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving City Hall are the 9 San Bruno and 71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line.  Accessible MUNI Metro lines are the J, K, L, M, and N.  For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142.  Requests for American Sign Language interpreters, sound enhancement systems and/or language translators will be available upon request by contacting Lulu Hwang at (415) 558-6318 at least 48 hours prior to a hearing.  A sound enhancement system will be available upon request at the meetings.  Please contact Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at 557-5533 (TDD) or 557-5534 (Voice) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting.  Late requests will be honored if possible.  A person who is deaf or hearing impaired may gain meeting information prior to the meeting by calling 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice).  In addition, the California Relay Service can be used by individuals with hearing and speech impairments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice).  Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats.  If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need.  Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings.  Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-8925 to discuss meeting accessibility.  In order to assist the City’s efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products.  Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

 

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public.  Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business.  This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.

 

For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro, Interim Administrator, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 409, by phone at (415) 554-7724, by fax at (415) 554-7854 or by E-mail at sotf@sfgov.org.

 

Copies of the Sunshine Ordinance can be obtained from the Clerk of the Sunshine Task Force, the San Francisco Library and on the City’s website at www.sfgov.org/bdsupvrs/sunshine.

 

COMMUNICATIONS

Note: Each item on the Consent or Regular calendar may include the following documents:

   1) Planning Department Case Executive Summary

   2) Planning Department Case Report

   3) Draft Motion or Resolution with Findings and/or Conditions

   4) Public Correspondence

These items will be available for review at the Planning Department, 1650 Mission St., 4th floor reception.

 

 

 

 

 

12:00 PM   _________

 

ROLL CALL:                                                     

                        President:                                 Ron Miguel

Commissioners:                        Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rodney Fong; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya

 

A.                  CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date.  The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.

           

B.         CONSENT CALENDAR

 

All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Planning Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing

 

1.         2010.1038C                                                                   (R. Crawford: (415) 558-6358)

1735 POLK STREET (aka 1729-1739 POLK STREET) - west side between Washington and Clay Streets; Lot 002 in Assessor’s Block 0619 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303, 121.2, 723.21 (Non-Residential Use Size exceeding 2,499 square feet) and 723.42 (Full-Service Restaurant), to develop a 2,900 square foot Full Service Restaurant (d.b.a.The Living Room) with beer and wine service.  The project would convert vacant space behind the existing Quickly Restaurant to a full service restaurant use within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and 65-A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

2.         2011.1233C                                                                               (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

2255 POLK STREET - west side between Green and Vallejo Streets, Lot 001 of Assessor’s Block 0550 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to establish a full-service restaurant (d.b.a. to be determined) within an existing commercial tenant space located at 2255 Polk Street, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 723.42, within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and the 65-A Height and Bulk District. Tenant improvements are proposed for the tenant space, however the size of the space will not change.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

3.         2011.0679Q                                                                 (A. HOLLISTER:  (415) 575-9078)

1120-1130 KEARNY STREET - east side of Kearny Street between Vallejo Street and Broadway, Lot 022 in Assessor’s Block 0144 – Request for Condominium Conversion Subdivision to convert all six dwelling units in a residential building into a condominium form of ownership within the RM-2 (Residential, Mixed, Moderate Density) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval

 

4.         2011.0680Q                                                                 (A. HOLLISTER:  (415) 575-9078)

1145 GREEN STREET - south side of Kearny Street between Hyde and Leavenworth Streets, Lot 019A in Assessor’s Block 0125 – Request for Condominium Conversion Subdivision to convert all six dwelling units in a residential building into a condominium form of ownership within the RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval

 

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 of Regular Meeting of January 12, 2012

·         Draft Minutes of Closed Session Meeting of January 19, 2012

·         Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of January 19, 2012

 

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.

 

D.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

7.         Director’s Announcements

           

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

 

E.         GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT – 15 MINUTES

 

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items.  With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

 

F.                  REGULAR CALENDAR 

           

9.                                                         (T. DISANTO/K. DEMARTINI: (415) 575-9113/575-9118)

FY 2012-2014 PROPOSED DEPARTMENT BUDGET – an informational presentation of the Department's revenue and expenditure budget in FY 2012-2013 and FY 2013-2014 - including grants, technology and capital budget requests, proposed staffing changes, and revised performance measures.

           

10.                                                                                  (A. JOHN-BAPTISTE: (415) 558-6547)

Informational presentation on the status of the Permit & Project Tracking System (PPTS) - This project replaces Planning's legacy system, and provides for enhanced system functionality, improved citizen access, and more transparent data. 

 

 

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

Amendments to the Planning Code including but not limited to Articles 10 and 11 - Ordinance sponsored by the Planning Department that would amend the Planning Code including but not limited to Articles 10 and 11.  The Planning Commission reviewed proposed amendments on August 5, 2010 and recommended approval with minor modifications of various Code Sections to the Board of Supervisors.  The Historic Preservation Commission began a parallel review of the proposed amendments in 2010 on the following dates: July 21st, August 4th, 18th, September 1st, 15th, and 29th, October 6th 15th, and 21st, November 3rd and 17th

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval

                                (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 8, 2011)

            NOTE: On December 8, 2011, following public hearing the Commission continued this item to 2/2/12 by a vote of (+5 -0). Commissioners Olague and Borden were absent. Public hearing remains open

           

12.        2011.1382T                                                                (K. Haddadan: (415) 575-9068)

AMENDMENTS TO PLANNING CODE SECTIONS 263.20 and 710.1 to permit a maximum five foot ground floor height increase in the 40-X and 50-X Height and Bulk Districts in the NC-3 Zoning District along Geary Blvd, from Scott Street to 28th Ave and portions of Clement and Balboa Streets. The Commission will consider an Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Mar amending the San Francisco Planning Code including 1) Amending Section 263.20 to permit a maximum of a five foot ground floor height increase when active ground floor uses are provided in the 40-X and 50-X height and bulk districts in the NC-3 zoning district along Geary Blvd, from Scott St. to 28th Ave; and 2) amending Section 710.1 to refer to this special height exception; adopting findings, including environmental findings and findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.  In addition, the Commission will consider a Planning Department proposal to extend the legislation to permit a five foot ground floor height increase to parcels in the Inner Clement Neighborhood Commercial District (Clement Street between Arguello Boulevard and Funston Avenue); the Outer Clement Neighborhood Commercial District (Clement Street between 18th and 28th Avenues); and NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District parcels on Balboa Street between 2nd Avenue and 8th Avenue, and between 32nd Avenue and 39th Avenue. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications.

                       

13a.      2008.1162K                                                                  (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

1251 TURK STREET - south side between Webster and Laguna Streets (bordering Buchanan Mall, a public park under the jurisdiction of the Department of Recreation and Parks); Lots 027 and 028 (formerly Lot 025) in Assessor’s Block 757 - Request to consider whether or not the net new shadow cast by the project on Buchanan Mall will be adverse, pursuant to Planning Code Section 295, to allow construction of a five-story building containing up to 97 affordable senior housing units and one manager's unit within the RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) District and 50-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approve Motion that net new shadow is not adverse

 

13b.      2011.0176C                                                                         (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

1251 TURK STREET - south side between Webster and Laguna Streets (bordering Buchanan Mall, which is under the purview of the Recreation and Parks Department); Lots 027 and 028 (formerly Lot 025) in Assessor’s Block 757 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization for a Planned Unit Development, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 295, 253, 303 and 304, to construct a five-story building containing up to 97 affordable senior housing units and one manager's unit, and to reconfigure existing off-street parking within the RM-3 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) District and 50-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

 

14.        2009.0291X                                                                              (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

151 THIRD, 670 and 676 HOWARD STREETS - Lots 027, 028, and 078 of Assessor's Block 3722- Request for a Determination of Compliance pursuant to Planning Code Section 309, with exceptions to the requirements for "Bulk Limits”, “Loading" and "Reduction of Ground-Level Wind Currents in C-3 Districts". The project sponsor (San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, "SFMOMA") proposes to expand the existing SFMOMA located at 151 Third Street (Assessor Block 3722, Lot 78). The sponsor proposes demolition of the existing 7,620-square-foot, 4-story-over-basement building at 670 Howard Street (Assessor's Block 3722, Lot 027), and demolition of the existing 4,400-square-foot, 2-story Fire Station No. 1 at 676 Howard Street. SFMOMA would construct an approximately 200-foot-tall, 230,000-square-foot building addition at the rear of the 151 Third Street building, on the 670-676 Howard Street parcels and the vacated Hunt Street right-of-way, extending from Minna Street to Howard Street in order to display the museum’s existing and future art collections and to consolidate its support functions on site. The 151 Third Street site is located in a C-3-O (Downtown Office) Use District and a 500-I Height and Bulk District. The 670 Howard Street site is located in a C-3-S (Downtown Support) Use District and a 320-I Height and Bulk District. The 676 Howard Street site is located in a P (Public) District and a 320-I Height and Bulk District. The property at 676 Howard Street has been previously proposed to be rezoned from the P (Public) District to the C-3-S (Downtown, Support) District, however, this action will not be considered by the Planning Commission at this hearing. Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

 

15a.      2011.0756C                                                                               (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

1836 POWELL STREET - east side between Greenwich and Filbert Streets; Lots 018 and 030 in Assessor’s Block 0089 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 178.1, 209.4, 303, and to expand an existing community facility (Salesian Boys and Girls Club) by adding a third story measuring approximately 7,300 square feet and reaching a roof height of approximately 40 feet, within the RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District, the 40-X Height and Bulk District, and the Telegraph Hill-North Beach Residential Special Use District. The project also includes interior and exterior modifications to the existing facility.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

15b.      2011.0756V                                                                               (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

1836 POWELL STREET - east side between Greenwich and Filbert Streets; Lots 018 and 030 in Assessor’s Block 0089 - Request for a Variance, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 134, 151, and 188, to 1) Allow a rear yard of approximately 15 feet, where a rear yard of approximately 37 is required; 2) To allow the expansion of an existing use while providing no additional parking spaces, where four are required; and 3) To allow the expansion of an existing non-complying structure, in association with a project that would expand an existing community facility (Salesian Boys and Girls Club) by adding a third story measuring approximately 7,300 square feet and reaching a roof height of approximately 40 feet, within the RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District, the 40-X Height and Bulk District, and the Telegraph Hill-North Beach Residential Special Use District. The project also includes interior and exterior modifications to the existing facility.

           

16.        2011.0949D                                                                            (S. YOUNG: (415) 558-6346)

1737 POST STREET SUITE 300 (AKA 11 PEACE PLAZA) - south side between Webster and Buchanan Streets; Lot 009 in Assessor's Block 0700 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2011.06.01.7183, proposing the change of use of an approximately 490 square-foot vacant ground floor commercial space (previously occupied by a retail store) into a small self-service restaurant (d.b.a. KB Café) within the interior of Japantown Center Kintetsu Mall in the NC-3 (Moderate-Scale) Neighborhood Commercial District, Japantown Special Use District, and 50-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal will involve interior tenant improvements to the commercial space.

Staff Analysis: Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with conditions

            (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 8, 2011)

NOTE: On December 8, 2011, following a failed motion to take DR & approve w/ modifications per staff recommendation (+3 -3 w/ Moore, Sugaya, & Miguel voting against), the item was continued to 2/2/12 (+5 -1) Antonini voted against and Olague was absent; the public hearing remains open

 

17.        2011.0091D                                                                 (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

60 RICO WAY - north side between Avila Street and Retiro Way; Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 0418A - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.12.23.7320 proposing to construct a new partial third floor and side horizontal additions to the existing two-story, single family residence within the RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis: Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

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))

 

Adjournment

 

 

 
Last updated: 1/27/2012 1:11:26 PM