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September 27, 2012 - Regular Meeting

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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, September 27, 2012

12:00 PM

Regular Meeting

                                                                       

                                 President:                        Rodney Fong

         Vice-President:                 Cindy Wu

                                 Commissioners:                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rich Hillis,

                                                                        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:                        Rodney Fong

         Vice-President:                 Cindy Wu

                                 Commissioners:                Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; Rich Hillis;

                                                                        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.         2011.1407D                                                                     (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

                        2935-37 PIERCE STREET - west side between Filbert and Union Streets; Lot 002 in Assessor’s Block 0536 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 317, of Building Permit Application No. 2011.11.02.8104, proposing to convert the building’s authorized use from two units to a single-family residence in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District

                        BUILDING PERMIT APPLICATION WITHDRAWN

 

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.         2012.0453C                                                                        (S. YOUNG: (415) 558-6346)

1414 VAN NESS AVENUE - southeast corner of Austin Street and Van Ness Avenue, Lot 009 in Assessor’s Block 0667 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 209.3(i) and 303 to allow the change of use of the existing ground floor retail space to an institutional use to allow for the proposed relocation of Miami Ad School’s San Francisco campus from its current location at 415 Jackson Street to 1414 Van Ness Avenue.  The project site is located within the RC-4 (Residential-Commercial, High Density) District and 130-V Height and Bulk District.  The project site is also located within the Van Ness Special Use District and Van Ness Automotive Use District. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

3.         2012.0610C                                                                          (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)

499 CASTRO STREET (A.K.A. 4092-4096 18TH STREET) - northeast corner of Castro and 18th Streets; Lot 057 in Assessor’s Block 3582 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 715.44, and 303 to allow the change of use of an existing ground floor commercial space from a limited-restaurant to a restaurant (d.b.a. KPOP Restaurant) within the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. 

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

 

 

 

 

C.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

4.         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

 

5.         Director’s Announcements

           

6.         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 

 

7.         2007.0058K and 2008.0789K       (J. SWITZKY: (415) 575-5815 / K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION ON SECTION 295 ACTIONS RELATED TO THE TRANSIT CENTER DISTRICT PLAN AND 101 1ST STREET (TRASNBAY TOWER) - The Transit Center District Plan was signed by Mayor Lee on August 8, 2012. Adoption of the Plan included reclassification of numerous parcels in the area to increase height limits, including a landmark tower site in front of the Transit Center with a height limit of 1,000 feet and several other nearby sites with height limits ranging from 600 to 850 feet. The Plan FEIR identified potential new shadows on up to nine open spaces under the jurisdiction of the Recreation & Parks Department that could be created cumulatively by likely development sites in the Plan area. Approval of these buildings would thus be subject to approval under the procedures of Planning Code Section 295 (also known as “Prop K”) by the Recreation & Parks and Planning Commissions. A joint hearing of both Commissions to consider such actions is scheduled for October 11, 2012. Planning Department staff will discuss the actions that will be before the Commissions on October 11 and provide a detailed analysis of the shadow considerations.
Preliminary Recommendation: Information Only – No Action.

 

8.         2010.1162C                                                                       (E. JACKSON: 415) 558-6363)

741 VALENCIA STREET - east side between 18th and 19th Streets; Lot 090 in Assessor’s Block 3589 - Public information hearing to review compliance of Conditions of Approval for the hours of operation for the outdoor activity area per Motion 18337.  The original project, approved by the Planning Commission on April 28, 2011, was the conversion of the vacant ground floor commercial unit of an existing two-story commercial and residential building at 741 Valencia Street to a new Full-Service Restaurant & Bar Establishment with an Outdoor Seating Area (dba Tacolicious) that exceeds the use size limitation of 3,000 square feet for the Zoning District.  The project is located within the Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial Transit District (Valencia NCT), a 55-X Height and Bulk District, and the Mission Alcoholic Beverage Special Use Subdistrict. 

Preliminary Recommendation: Information Only – No Action.

 

9.         2012.2440T                                                                  (K. HADDADAN: (415) 575-9068)

FIVE FOOT HEIGHT BONUS FOR ACTIVE GROUND FLOORS IN CASTRO STREET AND 24TH STREET- NOE VALLEY NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICTS - Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by: 1) amending Section 263.20 to permit a five feet ground floor height increase for active ground floor uses in the Castro Street and the 24th Street - Noe Valley Neighborhood Commercial Districts; 2) replacing the figure in Section 263.20; 3) amending Sections 715.1 and 728.1 to make reference to this height exception; and 4) making findings including environmental findings and findings of consistency with Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

 

10.        2012.1066U                                                                           (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

ESTABLISH THE SAN FRANCISCO RIGHT TO REVITALIZED HOUSING ORDINANCE AND SET CITY POLICY REGARDING THE RIGHT TO RETURN TO REVITALIZED PUBLIC HOUSING UNITS – The Planning Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance that would amend the San Francisco Administrative Code, by adding Chapter 39, Sections 39.1 through 39.9, to establish the San Francisco Right to Revitalized Housing Ordinance and set City policy regarding the Right to Return to Revitalized Public Housing Units.  The proposed Ordinance is before the Commission so that it may recommend adoption, rejection, or adoption with modifications to the Board of Supervisors.

Preliminary Recommendation: No Action at This Time

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 20, 2012)

 

11.        2011.1050DD                                                                      (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

2807 CLAY STREET - south side between Divisadero and Scott Streets; Lot 036 in Assessor's Block 1003 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2011.02.04.9665 proposing to extend the existing first and second floors approximately 29 feet to the rear and construct a one-story vertical addition that will be set back approximately 23.5 feet from the front bay window and extend to the new rear wall of the first and second floors of the two-story, two-unit building within the RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do not take Discretionary Review and approve

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 20, 2012)

 

            12a.      2009.0724D                                                                          (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

2833-2835 FILLMORE STREET - west side between Vallejo and Green Streets; Lot 043 in Assessor’s Block 0558 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 317(d), of Demolition Permit Application No. 2012.03.05.5415, proposing to demolish a two-story-over-basement, 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:  Take Discretionary Review and disapprove

 

12b.      2012.0888D                                                                           (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

2833-2835 FILLMORE STREET - west side between Vallejo and Green Streets; Lot 043 in Assessor’s Block 0558 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 317(d), of Building Permit Application No. 2012.03.05.5407, proposing to construct a new two-story, two-unit residential building with a partially covered roof deck within the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Take Discretionary Review and disapprove

 

12c.      2009.0724V                                                                           (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

2833-2835 FILLMORE STREET AND 2300 VALLEJO STREET - west side between Vallejo and Green Streets; Lots 043 and 044 in Assessor’s Block 0558 - Request for Variances, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 121, 132, 134, 140 and 151 to allow a lot size of less than the minimum lot area required by the Code, to allow encroachment of the proposed new building at 2833 – 2835 Fillmore Street into the required front setback, to allow encroachment of the proposed new building into the required rear yard, to allow one unit that would not meet the dwelling unit exposure requirement in the proposed new building and to allow parking for the proposed new building at 2833 – 2835 Fillmore Street to be located on the adjacent property at 2300 Vallejo Street. The proposal is to demolish the two-unit two-story-over-basement building located at 2833 - 2835 Fillmore Street and construct a new two-unit, two-story building with a partially covered roof deck.  The roof deck would extend over the property line dividing 2833 – 2835 Fillmore Street and 2300 Vallejo Street and serve as open space for both the proposed building and the existing building at 2300 Vallejo Street.  The project also includes a minor lot line adjustment between the two lots.  Both properties are located in the RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

 

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

 

 
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