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November 01, 2001

November 01, 2001

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, November 1, 2001
1:30 PM
Regular Meeting

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

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 42 Downtown Loop, 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. American sign language interpreters and/or a sound enhancement system 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:          Anita Theoharis
          Commission Vice-President:          William W. Fay
Commissioners:          Roslyn Baltimore; Hector Chinchilla; Cynthia Joe;
                    Myrna Lim; Jim Salinas, Sr.

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.          2001.319B          (LeBLANC: 558-6351)
235 – 2nd STREET - east side of 2nd Street between Howard and Folsom Streets, with secondary frontages on Tehama and Clementina Streets, Lots 60, 61, 62, 64 – 67 in Assessor’s Block 3736 - Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 (Office Development Limitation Program) for the conversion of 64,000 gross square feet of production/light manufacturing/shipping/distribution space to office use. The proposal represents a modification of uses approved by the Commission on March 2, 2000 as Case No. 1999.176BX, Motion Nos. 15003 and 15004 for the construction of a 7-story building containing 244,000 gross square feet, 180,000 of which was office space. The proposal would convert the remaining non-office space to office use. The building was recently completed and is occupied by CNet.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
                    (Proposed for Continuance to November 8, 2001)

          2.          2001.0444B          (MILLER: 558-6344)
38–44 TEHAMA STREET (A.K.A. 543 HOWARD STREET) - located on the northwest side of Tehama Street between First and Second Streets, Assessor's Block 3736, Lot 111 - Request for authorization of office space in excess of 49,999 square feet under Section 321 of the Planning Code to permit conversion of existing non-office space to office space, and the creation of additional office floor area, not to exceed 75,000 square feet of total office space. On September 7, 2001, the Planning Commission approved a 49,500 square foot office project (out of the  Reserve for Smaller Buildings , i.e., up to 50,000 gross square feet of floor area -- established by Code Section 321(b)(4)) pursuant to Planning Commission Motion No. 15967 (Case No. 1999.668!BEKX). This project would provide a net increase in office space at this location of 25,500 square feet above what was approved previously (thereby requiring the aforesaid 49,500 square feet of office space to be restored to the  Reserve for Smaller Buildings and all of the subject requested 75,000 square feet of floor area to be subtracted from the unallocated remainder of the annual 950,000-square-foot total of available office allocation as established by Code Section 321(a)(1)). This project does not include any physical changes to the exterior of the already-approved building, and only allows internal modifications and the conversion of the basement and rear portions of the first level (fronting on Tehama Street) to office space. The project is within a C-3-O (SD) (Downtown Office-Special Development) District and 350-S Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
                    (Proposed for Continuance to November 8, 2001)

          3.          2001.0205C          (SIROIS: 558-6697)
679 – 689 PORTOLA DRIVE - south side of Portola Drive, between Teresita Boulevard and Fowler Avenue, Lot 16, Assessor’s Block 2901B - Request for Conditional Use Authorization by XM Satellite Radio to install a satellite radio transmission facility pursuant to Planning Code Section 710.83, which includes the installation of one parabolic antenna, one panel antenna, and one associated equipment cabinet in an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District and a 26-X Height and Bulk District. The subject site is a preference 2 location (co-location site) according to the Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Siting Guidelines, 1996.
          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
          (Proposed for Continuance to November 8, 2001)

          4.          2001.0613C          (SIROIS: 558-6697)
2700 – 45TH AVENUE - east side of 45th Avenue, between Wawona Street and Sloat Boulevard, Lot 026, Assessor's Block 2513 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization by Metro PCS to install a wireless telecommunications facility at the United Irish Cultural Center pursuant to Planning Code Section 711.83, which includes the installation of four panel antennas, one GPS antenna and associated equipment cabinets in an NC-2 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 100-A Height and Bulk District. The project site is also located within the Coastal Zone Permit Area. The subject site is a preference 1 location (public facility) according to the Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Siting Guidelines, 1996.
          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
          (Proposed for Continuance to November 15, 2001)

          5.          2001.0713C          (SANCHEZ: 558-6679)
2000 VAN NESS AVENUE - west side at Jackson Street; Lot 005 in Assessor’s Block 0595 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 209.6(b) of the Planning Code to install a total of six antennas and related equipment on the rooftop of an existing seven-story, wholly commercial building, as part of Metro PCS's wireless telecommunications network within an RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined, High Density) Zoning District, the Van Ness Special Use District, and an 80-D 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 2 (co-location site).
Preliminary Recommendation: Pending
(Proposed for Continuance to November 15, 2001)

          6.          2001.0509D          (CABREROS: 558-6169)
                    3016 PIERCE STREET - east side between Greenwich and Filbert Streets, Lot 019 in Assessor’s Block 0514 - Staff-initiated request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/04/02/5739, proposing to merge an existing two-unit building into a single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and Disapprove the application
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of August 9, 2001)
                    (Proposed for Continuance to January 17, 2002)

          7.          2001.0527D                                                             (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)
115 ELLINGTON AVENUE - southeast side between Mt. Vernon and Ottawa Avenues, Assessor’s Block 7043 Lot 003F. Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2000/12/18/8198 for a one story vertical addition and a 12 foot horizontal addition at the rear of a single-family dwelling in an RH-1, Residential House, One Family, district and a 40-X Height and Bulk district.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the permit with modifications.
                    (Proposed for Continuance to January 17, 2002)

          8.          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 September 20, 2001)
(Proposed for Continuance to January 24, 2002)

B.          COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

          9.          Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of September 13 and September 20, 2001.

          10.          Commission Matters

C.          DIRECTOR'S REPORT

11.          Director's Announcements

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

                    (GREEN: 558-6411)
13.          Modified Work Program/Budget for FY 2001-2001

D.          REGULAR CALENDAR

          14a.          2000.541EKXBCTHA (LeBLANC: 558-6351)
350 BUSH STREET - a group of lots from Bush Street through to Pine Street and between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, Lots 2, 2A, 3, 22, 24, 25 and 26 in Assessor’s Block 269 - CEQA findings and request under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Project) for Determinations of Compliance and Request for Exceptions, including an exception to the Separation of Towers requirement, exceptions to the Bulk requirements and an exception to the Reduction of Ground Level Wind Currents requirement, for the construction of a 19-story, 250-foot tall building containing up to 344,500 gross square feet of office space, approximately 7,700 square feet of ground floor retail space, 7,055 square feet of public open space and 101 parking spaces. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within a 250-S Height and Bulk District. See other approvals required, below.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 25, 2001)

14b.          2000.541EKXBCTHA (LeBLANC: 558-6351)
350 BUSH STREET - a group of lots from Bush Street through to Pine Street and between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, Lots 2, 2A, 3, 22, 24, 25 and 26 in Assessor’s Block 269 - Request under Planning Code Sections 320-325 (Office Development Limitation Program) for the allocation of 344,500 gross square feet of office space. The Project consists of the construction of a 19-story, 250-foot tall office and retail building. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within a 250-S Height and Bulk District. See other approvals required, below.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 25, 2001)

14c.          2000.541EKXBCTHA (LeBLANC: 558-6351)
350 BUSH STREET - a group of lots from Bush Street through to Pine Street and between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, Lots 2, 2A, 3, 22, 24, 25 and 26 in Assessor’s Block 269 - Request under Planning Code Sections 303, 204.5, 157 and 212(e) for Conditional Use authorization of a) off-street parking spaces in excess of the amount allowed as accessory and b) demolition of a residential building. The Project consists of the construction of a 19-story, 250-foot tall office and retail building. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within a 250-S Height and Bulk District. See other approvals required, below.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 25, 2001)

14d.          2000.541EKXBCTHA (LeBLANC: 558-6351)
350 BUSH STREET - a group of lots from Bush Street through to Pine Street and between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, Lots 2, 2A, 3, 22, 24, 25 and 26 in Assessor’s Block 269 - Request under Planning Code Section 302(c) for approval of an Amendment to Article 11, Appendix B of the Planning Code to allow for an addition to the San Francisco Mining Exchange Building to be set back 30 feet instead of 60 feet from Bush Street. The Project consists of the construction of a 19-story, 250-foot tall office and retail building above, beside and behind the Mining Exchange Building. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within a 250-S Height and Bulk District. See other approvals required, below.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 25, 2001)

14e.          2000.541EKXBCTHA (LIGHT: 558-6254)
350 BUSH STREET - a group of lots from Bush Street through to Pine Street and between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, Lots 2, 2A, 3, 22, 24, 25 and 26 in Assessor’s Block 269 - Request under Planning Code Article 11 for approval of a Permit to Alter for alteration of the Mining Exchange Building, rated Category II. The Project consists of the construction of a 19-story, 250-foot tall office and retail building above, beside and behind the Mining Exchange Building. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within a 250-S Height and Bulk District. See other approvals required, below.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 25, 2001)

14f.          2000.541EKXBCTHA (LIGHT: 558-6254)
350 BUSH STREET - a group of lots from Bush Street through to Pine Street and between Montgomery and Kearny Streets, Lots 2, 2A, 3, 22, 24, 25 and 26 in Assessor’s Block 269 - Request under Planning Code Section 1006 for approval of a Certificate of Appropriateness for alteration of the San Francisco Mining Exchange Building, Landmark #113. The Project consists of the construction of a 19-story, 250-foot tall office and retail building above, beside and behind the Mining Exchange Building. This project lies within a C-3-O (Downtown, Office) District and within a 250-S Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of October 25, 2001)

          15a.          2001.0117CV                                                   (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)
243 DUBOCE AVENUE - between Market and Guerrero Streets, Assessor's Block 3534, Lot 064 - Request under Planning Code Sections 209.3((j) to expand a religious institution (Tu Quang Pagoda). This project is a 396 square foot addition to the rear of the second floor of the existing temple. This project lies within an RH-3 (Residential House, Three-Family) District and within the 80-B Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

          15b.          2001.0117CV                                                   (CRAWFORD: 558-6358)
243 DUBOCE AVENUE - between Market and Guerrero Streets, Assessor's Block 3534, Lot 064 - Request for a Variance from the requirements of Planning Code Section 134(a)(2), rear yards, to encroach 11.5 feet into the required 22.5 foot required rear yard. This project is a 396 square foot addition to the rear of the second floor of the existing temple. This project lies within an RH-3, Residential House, Three-Family District and within the 80-B Height and Bulk District


E.          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

At Approximately 3:30 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 3:30 PM, but have not been called or heard by 3:30 PM, could be continued to a later time or date as determined by the Commission.

          16.          2001.0845D          (SIDER: 558-6697)
                    2551 – 2557 MISSION STREET - east side between 21st and 22nd Streets, Lot 023 in Assessor’s Block 3615 - Mandatory Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application Number 2001/06/13/1442 proposing to (1) change the use of the existing vacant movie theatre (Planning Code Sections 712.46 and 790.64) to a health club and indoor rock climbing facility (a  personal service' pursuant to Sections 712.52 and 790.116), (2) perform interior renovations commensurate with the proposed use, and (3) perform exterior modifications including façade improvements, rooftop mechanical expansions, and an exterior  fill-in' on the ground level street frontage. Discretionary Review is required by Board of Supervisors Resolution Number 518-01 (Mission District Interim Controls) for any permit proposing to change the use of a property within the Mission District. The subject property is located in an NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District and a 65-B Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed, with conditions.

          17.           2001.0692DD          (SMITH: 558-6322)
4516 – 20TH STREET - north side of the street between Douglass and Eureka Streets, Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 2699 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application Nos. 2001/01/16/9843 and 2001/001/16/9832, proposing to demolish an existing two-story over garage, single-family dwelling and construct a three-story over garage single-family dwelling, located in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the permit with modifications.

          18.           2001.0730D          (CABREROS: 558-6169)
3059 CALIFORNIA STREET - south side between Lyon and Baker Streets; Lot 31 in Assessor’s Block 1030 - Staff-initiated request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2001/04/11/6535 proposing to merge an existing four-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: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the proposed merger.

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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