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City and County of San Francisco

January 24, 2002

January 24, 2002

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION



Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, January 24, 2002
1:30 PM
Regular Meeting

President: Hector Chinchilla
Vice President: William W. Fay
Commissioners: Roslyn Baltimore; Cynthia Joe;
Myrna Lim; Jim Salinas, Sr., Anita Theoharis

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.

To view the hearing in progress on the Internet: http://www.sfgov.org/citywatchonline/

THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
1660 MISSION STREET, 5TH 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 1660 Mission Street, 5th 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, 1660 Mission Street, Suite 500, San Francisco, CA 94103-2414. Comments received by 11:00 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.

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.

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.

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 72 hours prior to a hearing. 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 Donna Hall, 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 Donna_Hall@ci.sf.ca.us.

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.ci.sf.ca.us/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, 1660 Mission St., 5th floor reception.

1:30 PM _________

ROLL CALL:          Commission President:          Hector Chinchilla
          Commission Vice-President:          William W. Fay
Commissioners:          Roslyn Baltimore; Cynthia Joe;
                    Myrna Lim; Jim Salinas, Sr., Anita Theoharis

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.          2001.0502C          (SANCHEZ: 558-6679)
                    4715 - 4723 GEARY BOULEVARD - south side between 11th and 12th Avenues; Lot 044 in Assessor’s Block 1533 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 712.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of six antennas and related equipment on the rooftop and an equipment shelter on the ground level of an existing six-story, mixed-use (residential above commercial) building, as part of Metro PCS's wireless telecommunications network within an NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial District) a 40-X Height and Bulk District. As per the City & County of San Francisco's Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the proposal is a Location Preference 5 (Mixed-Use Building in High Density Districts).
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Pending
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 15, 2001)
                    CONDITIONAL USE APPLICATION WITHDRAWN

          2.          2001.1026C          (RYAN: 558-6812)
                    1239 9TH AVENUE - west side between Lincoln Way and Irving Street; Assessor’s Block 1714, Lot 6 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 730.44 to convert a vacant video store on the ground floor of a two-story building with a dwelling unit above, to a small self-service restaurant (Gordo’s Taqueria) in the Inner Sunset Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The restaurant, which is relocating from 1233 9th Avenue, will occupy approximately 990 square feet at the ground level only.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
                    (Proposed for Continuance to February 7, 2002)

          3.          2000.1141C          (SANCHEZ: 558-6679)
                    2346 - 2348 CLEMENT STREET - north side between 24th and 25th Avenues, Lot 025 in Assessor’s Block 1409 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Section 717.39 to allow the demolition of an existing mixed-use building with a residential unit at the second floor and under Planning Code Section 161(j) to allow the construction of a four-story mixed-use building (four residential units and one commercial unit) without the four required residential parking spaces, within the Outer Clement Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 8, 2001)
                    (Proposed for Continuance to February 7, 2002)

          4.          2001.0927C          (VELLVE: 558-6263)
                    1515 to 1541 - 19th AVENUE - west side, between Kirkham and Lawton Streets, Lot 004, Assessor’s Block 1865 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Section 209.6(b) of the Planning Code to install three (3) panel antennas and related equipment as part of Sprint PCS’s wireless telecommunications network on a publicly-used structure (a telephone switching station) within a RH-2 (House, Two-Family) Zoning District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is a Preference Location 1.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 10, 2002)
                    (Proposed for Continuance to February 14, 2002)

          5.          2001.0062E          (CHAN: 558-5982)
                    491 BAYSHORE BOULEVARD - Assessor's Block 5598, Lots 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 21, and 28. Appeal of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The proposed project would demolish the vacant buildings, totaling 107,372 square feet (sq.ft.) and construct a home improvement store (Home Depot). The main store would be two stories, approximately 129,581 sq.ft. with a 10,088-sq.-ft. enclosed green house. The proposed project also includes an 8,550-sq.-ft. outdoor-garden center. The total project size would be approximately 148,219 sq.ft. The building would be approximately 40 feet in height. A parking garage consisting of three-levels of parking totaling 550 parking spaces would also be constructed on this 5.73-acre site. Vehicular access to the parking garage would be from Bayshore Blvd., where Cortland Ave. dead-ends into Bayshore Blvd. The site is within the Planning Commission's adopted Industrial Protection Zone (IPZ) and is located in a M-1 (Light Industrial) zoning district and within a 65-J height and bulk district.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Pending
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 6, 2001)
                    (Proposed for Continuance to February 21, 2002)

          6.          2000.1183DDD (SANCHEZ: 558-6679)
                    1725 LAKE STREET - south side between 18th and 19th Avenues, Lot 035 in Assessor’s
                    Block 1378 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/07/03/4299’S’ proposing to add two floors, an extension to the rear and additions to both sides and the front of an existing single-family house in an RH-2 (House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Pending
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 1, 2001)
                    (Proposed for Continuance to March 28, 2002)

B.          COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

          7.          Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of January 10, 2002.

          8.          Commission Matters

C.          DIRECTOR'S REPORT

          9.          Director's Announcements

          10.          Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

          11.          Consideration of amending the existing Planning Commission Inclusionary Housing Policies

D.          REGULAR CALENDAR

          12.          2002.0037U          (LIGHT: 558-6254)
                    200 CALIFORNIA STREET (a.k.a. 201 FRONT STREET) - at the northwest corner of Front and California Streets, Lot 006, in Assessor’s Block 0237 - Applicant’s appeal of the Planning Director’s disapproval of sign permit No. 2001/11/03/2089 under Planning Code Section 1111.7(6) for a General Advertising sign on a Category V building in the Front-California Street Conservation District. The lot is located in a C-3-O (Downtown Office) District and a 75-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold the Director’s disapproval.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 17, 2002)

          13.          2001.0632C          (CABREROS: 558-6169)
                    1926-1928 CLEMENT STREET - north side between 20th and 21st Avenues in the Outer Clement Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District, Lot 020 in Assessor's Block 1413 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 303 and 717.39 to demolish a two-story dwelling unit which occupies the second and third stories. The proposal is for the demolition of an existing three-story building containing a vacant dwelling unit and a vacant commercial space at the ground floor. New construction of a three-unit, 40-foot tall, four-story residential building is proposed. Three independently accessible parking spaces and a new ten-foot wide curb cut will be provided.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          14.          2001.0841C          (PURVIS: 558-6354)
                    448 CORTLAND AVENUE - southwest corner of Cortland at Andover Street; Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 5678 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 121.2 and 711.21 to expand an existing retail grocery store,  The Good Life Grocery,  from approximately 4,890 square feet (s.f.) to approximately 6,460 s.f. within an NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is: to expand  The Good Life Grocery into the space formerly occupied by a retail video store within the same building. No physical expansion of the building is proposed, but the size of the store will increase to approximately 6,460 s.f. Sections 121.2 and 711.21 require conditional use authorization for all non-residential uses of 4,000 s.f. or larger. In addition, the building façade would be revised with a larger entryway and additional windows along Cortland Avenue.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          15.          2001.0994C          (SMITH: 558-6322)
                    5700 MISSION STREET - northwest corner of Mission Street and Farragut Avenue, Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 7109 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 711.39 to demolish the existing one-story over garage single-family building and one-story commercial building both located on the same lot and construct a four-story mixed use building with ground floor commercial space and four residential units above, located in a NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          16a.          1999.455E          (NAVARRETE: 558-5975)
                    THE NEW De YOUNG MUSEUM PROJECT - Adoption of Findings Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposed project would demolish and reconstruct the M.H. De Young Museum on the site of the existing De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The project would include demolition of eight existing buildings, totaling approximately 230,000 square feet, which compose the De Young Museum and the Asian Art Museum. (The Asian Art Museum will move to the Civic Center.) The new building would include two main levels above grade, one level below grade with a varying roof height ranging from 33 to 48 feet, and a 144-foot tower at the northeast corner of the project site. The building would increase current De Young Museum gallery and exhibition space at the site from the existing 37,000 sf to total about 75,000 sf. The project would remove the 85 existing paved parking spaces for museum staff, currently on the eastern side of the museum, and would not provide replacement parking. The project site is within the P (Public Use) zoning district and within an OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk District; Assessor’s Block 1700, Lot 1, bounded to the north and east by John F. Kennedy Drive, to the south by Tea Garden Drive and to the west by the Hagiwara Japanese Tea Garden.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt CEQA findings

          16b.          2000.1094KRV          (NIKITAS: 558-6306)
                    THE NEW De YOUNG MUSEUM PROJECT - Planning Commission Findings Regarding Planning Code Section 295 ("Sunlight Ordinance"). The proposed project would demolish and reconstruct the M.H. De Young Museum on the site of the existing De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The project would include demolition of eight existing buildings, totaling approximately 230,000 square feet, which comprise the De Young Museum and the Asian Art Museum. (The Asian Art Museum will move to the Civic Center.) The new building would include two main levels above grade, one level below grade, with a varying roof height ranging from 33 to 48 feet, and a 144-foot tower at the northeast corner of the project site. The building would increase current De Young Museum gallery and exhibition space at the site from the existing 37,000 sf to total about 75,000 sf. The project would remove the 85 existing paved parking spaces for museum staff, currently on the eastern side of the museum, and would not provide replacement parking. The project site is within the P (Public Use) zoning district and within an OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk District, Assessor’s Block 1700, Lot 1, bounded to the north and east by John F. Kennedy Drive, to the south by Tea Garden Drive and to the west by the Hagiwara Japanese Tea Garden. Section 295 of the Planning Code requires, prior to approval of the project, that a determination be made that shading from the structure will not have a significant and adverse effect on lands under the jurisdiction of the Recreation and Park Department. The Planning Commission shall make this determination following a recommendation by General Manager of the Recreation and Park Department in consultation with the Recreation and Park Commission.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Find that shadow impact on Golden Gate Park is de minimus and shadow impact on elements of the Park is not significant or adverse.

          16c.          2000.1094KRV          (NIKITAS: 558-6306)
                    THE NEW De YOUNG MUSEUM PROJECT - Findings Of Consistency With General Plan And Planning Code Priority Policies For The New De Young Museum Project In Golden Gate Park. The proposed project would demolish and reconstruct the M.H. De Young Museum on the site of the existing De Young Museum in Golden Gate Park. The project would include demolition of eight existing buildings, totaling approximately 230,000 square feet, which compose the De Young Museum and the Asian Art Museum. (The Asian Art Museum will move to the Civic Center.) The new building would include two main levels above grade, one level below grade, with a varying roof height ranging from 33 to 48 feet, and a 144-foot tower at the northeast corner of the project site. The building would increase current De Young Museum gallery and exhibition space at the site from the existing 37,000 sf to total about 75,000 sf. The project would remove the 85 existing paved parking spaces for museum staff, currently on the eastern side of the museum, and would not provide replacement parking. The project site is within the P (Public Use) zoning district and within an OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk District, Assessor’s Block 1700, Lot 1, bounded to the north and east by John F. Kennedy Drive, to the south by Tea Garden Drive and to the west by the Hagiwara Japanese Tea Garden. Planning Code Sections 234.1 and 290 require uses in a P district and an OS height and bulk district be in conformity with the General Plan.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Find that Project is, on balance, in conformity with General Plan.

          16d.          2000.1094KRV          (WOODS: 558-6315)
                    THE NEW De YOUNG MUSEUM PROJECT - Parking Variance Request. The proposal is to remove 85 surface parking spaces for museum staff, currently on the eastern side of the museum, and to construct a new De Young Museum without providing the required 156 off-street parking spaces. The project site is within the P (Public Use) Zoning District and within an OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk District; Assessor’s Block 1700, Lot 1, bounded to the north and east by John F. Kennedy Drive, to the south by Tea Garden Drive, and to the west by the Hagiwara Japanese Tea Garden.

E.          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

At Approximately 4:00 PM the Planning Commission will convene into a Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing to hear and act on Discretionary Review matters. Procedures governing DR Hearings are as follow: DR Requestor(s) are provided with up to five (5) minutes for a presentation and those in support of the DR Requestor(s) are provided with up to three (3) minutes each. The Project Sponsor is then provided with up to five (5) minutes for a presentation and those in support of the project are provided with up to three (3) minutes each. At the conclusion, each side (not each person) is provided with 2 minutes for a rebuttal. Those cases that are scheduled on this calendar prior to 4:00 PM, but have not been called or heard by 4:00 PM, could be continued to a later time or date as determined by the Commission.

          17.          2001.0956D          (WOODS: 558-6315)
                    226-228 16TH AVENUE - east side between California and Clement Streets, Lot 40 in           Assessor’s Block 1418 - Staff-initiated request for Discretionary Review of Building           Permit Application No. 2001/03/03/3407, proposing to merge a three-unit building into a           two-unit building in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the building permit application as submitted.

          18.          2001.0693D          (WANG: 558﷓6335)
                    1878 GREAT HIGHWAY - east side between Noriega and Ortega Streets; Lot 029 in Assessor' s Block 2085 ﷓ Request of Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/05/01/8062 to construct a third story vertical addition, at the existing one﷓story over garage, single﷓family dwelling in an RH﷓2 (Residential, House, Two﷓Family) District and a 40﷓X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted.

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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