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Public Hearings 
 

April 5, 2012 - Regular Meeting

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, April 5, 2012

3:00 PM

Regular Meeting

 

                                                                       

                                 President:                        Rodney Fong

         Vice-President:                 Cindy Wu

                                 Commissioners:                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Ron Miguel;

                                                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.

 

 

 

3:00 PM   _________

 

ROLL CALL:                                                     

                                 President:                        Rodney Fong

         Vice-President:                 Cindy Wu

                                 Commissioners:                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Ron Miguel;

                                                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.

               

1.         2011.1381TZ                                                                  (S. HAYWARD: (415) 558-6372)

Amendments to the Planning Code, adding new Section 249.66 to establish the Art and Design Special Use District at 1111 Eighth Street [Board File No. 11-1278].  The Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Cohen adding Planning Code Section 249.66 to establish the Art and Design Special Use District at 1111 Eighth Street to facilitate the continued operation of the California College of the Arts and provide a regulatory scheme for a potential future phased expansion of the campus; and 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

(Proposed for Indefinite Continuance)

 

2.         2011.0397T                                                                     (S. Hayward: (415) 558-6372)

INTENT TO INITIATE DEPARTMENT-SPONSORED PLANNING CODE AMENDMENTS RELATED TO BICYCLE PARKING REQUIREMENTS - Pursuant to Planning Code Section 302, the Planning Commission will consider a Resolution of Intent to initiate amendments to the Planning Code. The amendments are intended to consolidate and clarify definitions, design standards, and requirements for bicycle parking.  Planning Code sections proposed for amendment include Sections 150, 155.1, 155.2, 155.3, 155.4, and 155.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approve a draft Resolution of Intent to Initiate Amendments to the Planning Code and schedule a public hearing to consider the amendments.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 15, 2012)

(Proposed for Indefinite Continuance)

 

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.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 1, 2012)

                        NOTE: On October 20, 2011, although informational only and no action was required, the Commission continued this item to 12/15/11

NOTE: On December 15, 2011, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 2/9/12 by a vote of (+7 -0).

NOTE: On February 9, 2012, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 3/1/12 by a vote of (+6 -0).

NOTE: On March 1, 2012, following public testimony, the Commission continued the matter to 4/5/12 by a vote of (+7 -0)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to April 19, 2012)

 

4.         2011.1420C                                                                          (E. Watty:  (415) 558-6620)

1266 – 9TH AVENUE - east side between Lincoln Way and Irving Street; Lot 043 in Assessor’s Block 1742 – Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303(c), 303(i), 703.4, and 730.42, to allow a formula retail full-service restaurant (d.b.a La Boulange) within the Inner Sunset Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

                        (Proposed for Continuance to April 19, 2012)

 

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

 

5.         2011.0605C                                                                                 (S. Lai: (415) 575-9087)

2199 Market Street - east side between 15th and Sanchez Streets; Lot 036 in Assessor’s Block 3558 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303(i) and 703.4 to convert a vacant commercial space into a formula retail use at the ground floor, (d.b.a. Verizon Wireless – Wireless Store/Premium Retailer) within the Upper Market NCT (Neighborhood Commercial Transit) Zoning District and 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

C.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

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.

 

C.         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.

 

9.         2012.0052I                                                                   (R. Crawford: (415) 558-6358)

1 BEACH STREET - south side between Grant Avenue and Stockton Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 0018 - Notification by the Zoning Administrator of filing of an Institutional Master Plan for Alliant International University.   Pursuant to Planning Code Section 304.5, the Planning Commission must hold a public hearing upon receiving a completed Institutional Master Plan. This public hearing is for receipt of public testimony only; receipt of this Institutional Master Plan does not constitute acceptance or approval of any proposed project contained therein.

Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required

 

D.         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.

 

E.         REGULAR CALENDAR 

 

10.        2011.0410C                                                                  (R. Crawford: (415) 558-6358)

2242 POLK STREET - southwest corner of Polk and Green Streets; Lot 015 in Assessor’s Block 0549 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303, and 723.83 for a proposed wireless telecommunications service facility operated by AT&T Mobility - The facility would consist of nine roof-mounted panel antennas and associated equipment located on the roof.  The facility is proposed on a Location Preference 6 Site (Preferred Location – Limited Preference Site) within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and 65-A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

           

11.        2012.0182D                                                                   (D. SANCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)

501 CONNECTICUT – southeast corner of 20th and Connecticut Streets; Lot 030B in Assessor’s Block 4100 – Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2011.11.23.9519, proposing conversion of an existing ground floor eating and drinking use to an approximately 1,200 square foot Other Large Institution, Child Care (d.b.a. Little LYNC) use providing less than 24 hour care for 13 or more children within an NC-2 (Small Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

 

12a.      2011.0304DV                                                                             (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

147 ANDOVER STREET - east side between Powhattan and Eugenia Avenues; Lots 024 in Assessor’s Block 5647 - Request of Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2010.10.21.3547, proposing to (1) remodel the interior, (2) raise the roof at the rear by 3’-0” in height, (3) legalize the reconstruction of the rear most 8’-0” of the existing building, and (4) construct a new rear deck and stair on the existing single-family dwelling in a RH-1 (Residential, House – One-Family) District and the Bernal Heights Special Use District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 8, 2012)

 

12b.      2011.0304DV                                                                               (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

147 Andover Street - east side between Powhattan and Eugenia Avenues; Lots 024 in Assessor’s Block 5647 - Request for Rear Yard Variance pursuant to Planning Code Section 242(e)(2) , proposing to raise the roof at the rear by 3’-0” in height and construct a new rear deck and stair on the existing single-family dwelling in a RH-1 (Residential, House–One-Family) District and the Bernal Heights Special Use District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 8, 2012)

 

13.        2011.1298D                                                                  C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)

2347-2351 Bay Street - south side between Baker and Broderick Streets; Lot 035 in Assessor's Block 0926 - Mandatory Discretionary Review pursuant to Planning Code Section 317, requiring review of Loss of Residential Units Through Merger, of Building Permit Application No. 2011.12.02.9973 proposing to merge two of the residential units into one unit, changing the building's unit count from three units to two units within the RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

14a.      2011.0221D                                                                (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

551 - 22ND AVENUE - west side between Anza and Balboa Streets: Lot 006A in Assessor’s Block 1565 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 317(d), of Demolition Permit Application No. 2010.12.02.5977, proposing to demolish a two-story, single-family dwelling within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

14b.      2011.1438D                                                                (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

551 - 22ND AVENUE - west side between Anza and Balboa Streets: Lot 006A in Assessor’s Block 1565 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 317(d), of Building Permit Application No. 2010.12.02.5978, proposing to construct a new three-story, two-unit residential building within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

15.        2012.0102D                                                                (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

4324 Anza Street - north side between 34th and 35th Avenues; Lot 022 in Assessor’s Block 1510 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2011.01.11.8224, proposing to construct a rear horizontal addition and a vertical addition to the existing two-story, single-family dwelling resulting in a three-story, two-unit building within the RH-2 Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

 

 

 

F.         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:

 

 
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