To view graphic version of this page, refresh this page (F5)

Skip to page body
Seal of the City and County of San Francisco
City and County of San Francisco
Public Hearings 

November 7, 2012 ARC & HPC

New Page 1




Notice of

Meeting and Calendar


Hearing Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Wednesday, November 7, 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

Jeff Joslin, Director of Current Planning

Timothy Frye, Preservation Coordinator

Jonas Ionin, Acting 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.         2012.0874A                                                     (SHELLEY CALTAGIRONE: 415/558-6625)

1470-1484 MCALLISTER STREET, north side of the street between Scott and Pierce Streets. Assessor’s Block 0776, Lot 035 - Request for Review and Comment by the Architectural Review Committee of the Historic Preservation Commission. The project proposes to subdivide the lot into two lots, to rehabilitate the historic three-family, three-story-over-basement house, and to construct a new three-family, four-story house on the vacant eastern portion of the lot. The existing house is a contributing building within the Alamo Square Landmark District. The building was designed by W. O. Banks and constructed in 1902 by builder John G. Adams in the Edwardian style. The property is zoned RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low-Density) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: The Committee may direct staff to draft written comments about the compatibility of the proposed new construction with the landmark 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





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.         2012.0811A                                              (GRETCHEN HILYARD:  415/575-9109)

705-729 SANSOME STREET - west side of Sansome Street between Pacific Avenue and Gold  Street,  Assessor’s Block 0175, Lot 003 – A Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness to construct a 1,409 square foot rooftop addition, excavating the basement and extending the existing seismic bracing on the interior of the building. Constructed in 1906 by an unknown architect, 705-729 Sansome Street is a three-story commercial building designed in a 20th Century Commercial architectural style. The subject property is a “contributory altered” building within the Jackson Square Landmark District, which is locally designated under Article 10, Appendix B of the Planning Code.

Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Proposed for continuance to November 21, 2012)


2.         2012.0486A                                              (GRETCHEN HILYARD:  415/575-9109)

19 ALTA STREET - south side of Alta Street between Montgomery and Sansome Streets,  Assessor’s Block 0106, Lot 024 – A Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for interior and exterior alterations including infilling two existing balconies on the south façade and creation of new windows openings on the upper floors. Constructed in 1988 by an unknown architect, 19 Alta Street is a three-story over garage residential building designed in the Postmodern architectural style. The subject property is a “contributory altered” resource to the Telegraph Hill Landmark District, which is locally designated under Article 10, Appendix G of the Planning Code. An Italianate residence was originally constructed on the site in 1876 and was heavily modified by the time of designation in 1986.

Recommendation: Approval

(Proposed for continuance to November 21, 2012)


3.         2011.0617A                                                        (PILAR LAVALLEY: 415/575-9084)

1 JONES STREET (FORMER HIBERNIA BANK) – northwest corner of Jones and McAllister Streets, Assessor’s Block 0349, Lot 003.  A Request for a Certificate of Appropriateness for seismic, fire/life-safety, and accessibility upgrades associated with a potential new “assembly” use for the existing vacant building.  Proposed exterior work includes two new stair penthouses, replacement of the existing elevator penthouse, enlargement of three existing window openings for new exit doors at north and west elevations, removal of portion of the existing wrought iron gate at west elevation, installation of exterior seismic strengthening in perimeter granite walls, at roof, and at parapet, and rehabilitation of existing windows, steel roll-up security grilles, and granite.  At the interior, new shear walls and an elevator will be installed, a fire suppression system will be installed, portions of the existing teller counter will be removed and stored on site, and character-defining features and materials such as the extensive decorative marble, plaster, and stained glass will be protected in place and cleaned and repaired only as necessary.   The subject building, historically known as Hibernia Bank, is Landmark #130, is a contributing resource to the National Register-listed Market Street Theater Loft Historic District, and is a Category I (Significant) Building in the C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and the 80-120-T Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:

(Proposed for continuance to December 5, 2012)




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).).




4.         Director’s Report


5.            Review of Past Week’s Events at the Planning Commission.




6.         President’s Report and Announcements


7.         Consideration of Adoption:

              a.        Draft minutes of the October 24, 2012 Regular Hearing


8.         Disclosures


9.         HPC Review of Future Agenda Items & Requests


10.       Commissioner Comments/Questions




11.       2012.1329U                                                (ANMARIE RODGERS: 415/558-6395)

ORDINANCE AMENDING THE SAN FRANCISCO ADMINISTRATIVE CODE, CHAPTER 31The Commission will consider a proposed Ordinance amending the San Francisco Administrative Code Chapter 31 to update and clarify certain procedures provided for in Chapter 31 [Board File No. 121019] introduced by Supervisor Wiener.  The Commission may take action to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending


12.                                  (TINA TAM: 415/558-6325/GLENN CABREROS: 415/558-6169)

HISTORIC REVIEW AND RESIDENTIAL DESIGN GUIDELINESInformational Presentation given by the Planning Department on the application and review process associated with the Residential Design Guidelines, in particular Chapter VII, Special Guidelines for Alterations to Buildings of Potential Historic or Architectural Merit


13.       2012.1355E                                            (SF PORT – MARK PAEZ: 415/705-8674)

PIER 29 - The Embarcadero between Sansome and Chestnut Streets, Assessor’s Block 9900 Lot 029, within the Northeast Waterfront.  Informational Presentation by Port staff on the proposed repair/ reconstruction of the bulkhead building and pier shed.  Pier 29, a contributor to the Port of San Francisco Embarcadero Historic District listed in the National Register of Historic Places, was damaged by a four alarm fire on June 20, 2012. Pier 29 is located within an M-1 (Light Industrial) District, Waterfront Special Use District No. 1 and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.


14.       2008.0877EMTZU          (COREY TEAGUE: 415/575.9081/RICH SUCRE: 415/575.9108)

WESTERN SOMA COMMUNITY PLANThe Commission will consider proposed Ordinances amending the San Francisco General Plan, Planning Code, and Zoning Maps associated with the Western SoMa Community Plan. The result of a multi-year public and cooperative interagency planning process that began in 2004, the Western SoMa Plan is a comprehensive vision for shaping growth in the western portion of the South of Market neighborhood. Public workshops and other community outreach were conducted throughout 2005-2008 and a Draft Plan for Public Review was published in September 2008. An updated plan was published in October 2011. The Commission may take action to make a recommendation to the Board of Supervisors

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval





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 Preservation Coordinator at, or the Commission Secretary at


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.


Requests for American sign language interpreters, sound enhancement system 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 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (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.



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 or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact Adele Destro by mail to Administrator, Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, 1 Dr. Carlton Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102-4689; by phone (415) 554-7724; by fax at (415) 554-7854; or by e-mail at  Citizens interested in obtaining a copy of the Sunshine Ordinance can be request a copy from Ms. Destro or by printing Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code on the Internet,



Attention:  Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action may be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code §2.100] 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) 581-8300, fax (415) 581-2317; web site



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: 11/1/2012 3:20:07 PM