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January 16, 2003

January 16, 2003

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, January 16, 2003
1:30 PM

REGULAR MEETING

President: Shelley Bradford Bell
Vice-President: Michael J. Antonini
Commissioners: Rev. Edgar E. Boyd; Lisa Feldstein;
Kevin Hughes; Sue Lee; William L. Lee

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.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, 1660 Mission St., 5th floor reception.

1:30 PM _________

ROLL CALL:          Commission President: Shelley Bradford Bell
          Commission Vice-President: Michael J. Antonini
          Commissioners: Rev. Edgar E. Boyd; Lisa Feldstein;
                    Kevin Hughes; Sue Lee; William L. Lee

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.          2002.0876D           (D. JONES: (415) 558-6477)
67 GRANADA AVENUE - west side, between Grafton and Lake View Avenues, Lot 005 in Block 7016 - Discretionary Review request, for a building permit (No. 2002/04/30/5347) to allow the construction of a two-story, rear horizontal extension to an existing two-story, single-family dwelling. The property is located in the RH-1 (Residential, House, Single-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the building permit as submitted.
(Proposed for Continuance to January 23, 2003)

          2.          2002.0967C (G. NELSON: (415) 558-6257)
2000 VAN NESS AVENUE - northeast corner of Van Ness Avenue and 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 three (3) antennas and six (6) related equipment cabinets on the roof of an 8-story, 100-foot tall commercial structure, known as the Medical Arts Building, as part of Sprint’s wireless telecommunications network within an RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined) District and an 80-D Height and Bulk District. Per the City & County of San Francisco’s Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the proposal is a Preferred Location Preference 4 as it is a wholly commercial structure.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
(Proposed for Continuance to February 20, 2003)

          3.          2000.0413DD & 2002.0874DD (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)
                    226 17th AVENUE - east side between California and Clement Streets, Lot 29A in Assessor’s Block 1417 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission’s policy requiring review of housing demolition, of Permit Application No. 9914684 for the demolition of a two-story, single-family dwelling and Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 9914683S, requested by the public, proposing to construct a three-story, two-unit building. The subject property is located within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
                    Preliminary Staff Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve both applications as proposed.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 14, 2002)
                    NOTE: On October 10, 2002, following public testimony the Planning Director closed public hearing and continued the matter to November 14, 2002, so project sponsor can respond to questions raised by the Zoning Administrator, and allow the Discretionary Review Requestor to inspect to property.
                    NOTE: On November 14, 2002, the Commission continued this matter to January 16, 2003.
                    (Proposed for Continuance to February 27, 2003)

4a.          2002.0877CR                                          (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)
720 MOSCOW STREET (SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT STATION #43) - northwest side between France and Italy Avenues, Lot 024, Assessor’s Block 6338 - Finding of Consistency with the General Plan pursuant to § 4.105 of the San Francisco Charter to install a total of six (6) panel antennas and related equipment at an existing two-story, publicly-used structure (a fire station) as part of Cingular Wireless’ wireless telecommunications network within a P (Public) Zoning District, and within 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 1 (Preferred Location – Publicly-Used Structure).
Preliminary Recommendation: Finding of Consistency with the General Plan.
(Proposed for Continuance to February 20, 2003)

4b.          2002.0877CR                                          (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)
720 MOSCOW STREET (SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT STATION #43) - northwest side between France and Italy Avenues, Lot 024, Assessor’s Block 6338 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Sections 209.6(b) and 234 of the Planning Code to install a total of six (6) panel antennas and related equipment at an existing two-story, publicly-used structure (a fire station) as part of Cingular Wireless’ wireless telecommunications network within a P (Public) Zoning District, and within 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 1 (Preferred Location – Publicly-Used Structure).
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.
(Proposed for Continuance to February 20, 2003)

          5.          2002.0395C (G. NELSON: (415) 558- 6257)
417 31ST AVENUE - southwest corner of Clement Street and 31st Avenue; Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 1463 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 710.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of six antennas and related equipment within the belfry of an existing two-story, 40-foot tall (58 feet to top of tower), publicly-used structure known as the Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church, as part of Cingular’s wireless telecommunications network within an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Per the City & County of San Francisco’s Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the proposal is a Preferred Location Preference 1 as it is a publicly-used structure.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 5, 2002)
(Proposed for Continuance to March 6, 2003)

B.          COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

          6.                     ELECTION OF OFFICERS: In accordance with the Rules and Regulations of the San Francisco Planning Commission, the President and Vice President of the Commission shall be elected at the first Regular Meeting of the Commission held on or after the 15th day of January of each year, or at a subsequent meeting, the date which shall be fixed by the commission at the first Regular Meeting on or after the 15th day of January each year.

          7.                     Proposed adoption of Planning Commission hearing schedule for 2003.
          
8.          Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of December 12, 2002.

                    9.           Commission Comments/Questions          

C.          DIRECTOR’S REPORT

10.          Director’s Announcements
          
11.          Review of Past Week’s Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

D.          REGULAR CALENDAR

                    12.                    2002.1153T.                                           (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)
CONDITIONAL USE REVOCATION UPON A FINDING THAT THE APPLICANT PROVIDED FALSE INFORMATION - Consideration of an Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by amending Section 303 to provide for the revocation of a conditional use authorization upon a finding that the applicant provided false information in obtaining the conditional use; adopting findings under Planning Code Section 302.
                    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
                    
          13.          2002.1204C                               (M. LUELLEN: (415) 558-6478)
222 COLUMBUS AVENUE - east side, between Broadway and Pacific Avenue, on Assessors Block 0162, Lot 003. The subject property is in the Broadway Neighborhood Commercial District, the Washington-Broadway Special Use District No. 1, and a 65-A-1 Height and Bulk District. The project requires Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 714.40 to convert an existing vacant retail storefront into “Pearlina’s Tea Shop,” a Retail Coffee Store, as defined in Section 790.102(n). No exterior modifications to the building are proposed. The shop will consist of approximately 630 square feet located on the ground floor and will contain no more than 15 seats.
                              Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

14.          2002.0446E                     (B. HELBER: (415) 558-5968)
40-50 LANSING STREET (A.K.A. 35 GUY PLACE) - Appeal of a Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The proposed project involves the construction of a 155,000 gsf, 8-story residential building containing 81 dwelling units with 81 off-street parking spaces on 2 below-grade garage levels and the demolition of the existing 56,250 gsf, 3-story light-industrial building. The site is located at 40-50 Lansing Street, on Assessor’s Block 3749, Lot 11, in the Rincon Hill area. The 20,205 sf site fronts on guy Place and Lansing Street, between First and Second Streets. Two on-street loading spaces are planned; one on Guy Place and one on Lansing Street. The site is within a RC-4 (Residential Commercial Combined, High Density) zoning district, the Rincon Hill Special Use Subdistrict and an 84-X height and bulk district. The project would require variances from the following provisions of the Planning Code: Freight Loading; dwelling unit exposure; and from the Rincon Hill Special Use District; and Conditional Use authorization for construction of a residential structure over 40 feet tall.
Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold the Mitigated Negative Declaration.


          15a.          2002.0446CEKV                     (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)
40-50 LANSING STREET (A.K.A. 35 GUY PLACE) , a through lot that faces Lansing Street on its south side and Guy Place on its north side, within the block surrounded by First Street, Harrison Street, Essex Street, and Folsom Street, Lot 11 in Assessor’s Block 3749 – Request for Conditional Use authorization for: (1) the construction of a building within a Residential District that would be taller than 40-feet pursuant to Planning Code Section 253(a); and (2) for the construction of a building that would have full lot coverage within the Rincon Hill Special Use District pursuant to Planning Code Section 249.1(b)(1)(B). The building would be 84-feet tall and contain up to 82 dwelling units. The subject property is within a RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Mixed, High Density) District, an 84-R Height and Bulk District, the Rincon Hill Special Use District / Residential Subdistrict.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

15b.          2002.0446CEKV (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)
40-50 LANSING STREET (A.K.A. 35 GUY PLACE) , a through lot that faces Lansing Street on its south side and Guy Place on its north side, within the block surrounded by First Street, Harrison Street, Essex Street, and Folsom Street, Lot 11 in Assessor’s Block 3749 – A request for variances from (1) the exposure standard required under Planning Code Section 140; (2) the loading space standard required under Planning Code Section 152; (3) the setback standard for building mass above 50-feet as required under Planning Code Section 249.1(c)(3); (4) the frontage standard that requires at least 50-percent of all frontages be comprised of building entrances and display windows as mandated by Planning Code Section 249.1(c)(1)(C); and (5) the requirement that restricts parking on the first and second levels being any closer than 25-feet horizontal distance from any street grade as mandated from Planning Code Section 249.1(c)(5)(C) . The subject property is within a RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Mixed, High Density) District, an 84-R Height and Bulk District, the Rincon Hill Special Use District / Residential Subdistrict.

          16.          2002.0915EC                                          (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)
1635 CALIFORNIA STREET - south side between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue, Lot 14 in Assessor’s Block 646 - Request for authorization to modify a previously authorized Conditional Use (Case No. 2000.527C, Motion No. 16165). The current request would permit construction of a seven-story building containing 36 dwelling units on six floors over a ground floor with a retail space of up to 5,000 square feet and a below-grade, two-level garage containing 53 off-street parking spaces, on a lot in excess of 10,000 square feet (10.321.5 square feet), after demolition of an automobile storage garage, in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.
                              Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 19, 2002)

           17.           2001.0690L                                          (A. LIGHT: (415) 558-6254)
88 5TH STREET (OLD SAN FRANCISCO U.S. MINT) - west side between Mission and Jessee Streets, Assessor’s Block 3704, Lot 11 - Consideration of landmark designation and adoption of a resolution recommending landmark designation of the Old San Francisco U.S. Mint as Landmark No. 236. The subject property is zoned P (Public), and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt a resolution approving Landmark designation and recommending that the Board of Supervisors approves the landmark designation.


E.          DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

          The Commission will consider exercising its authority of Discretionary Review on the following cases. 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 6:00 p.m. will be continued to a later date as determined by the Commission.
                    
18.                    2002.0650D                                                   (K. McGEE: (415) 558-6367)
                    3358 CESAR CHAVEZ STREET - north side between Mission Street and South Van Ness Street; Lot 16 in Assessor’s Block 6571 - Staff-Initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2002.05.23.7284, for a change of use. The existing use is classified as a Bar; the proposed use is Other Institution, Large per Planning Code Section 712.81 for La Raza Centro Legal, an organization committed to promoting day labor leadership and self-sufficiency. The property is located in an NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District, and in a 50-X Height and Bulk District.
                    (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 9, 2003)
          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions
NOTE: On October 17, 2002, the Planning Director continued this matter to November 21, 2002 and requested that the Project Sponsor provide staff with a traffic analysis.
NOTE: On November 21, 2002, the Planning Commission continued this matter to January 9, 2003. On January 9, 2003, this matter was continued without further hearing to January 16, 2003. Public Hearing is open.

19.          2002.1236D                                                   (W. HASTIE: (4150 558-6381)
1724 20TH STREET- north side between Wisconsin and Arkansas Streets, Lot 16 in Assessor’s Block 4069 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all housing demolition permits, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2002.0307.0841 and Building Permit Application No. 2002.0307.0843; the proposal is to demolish an existing one-unit, single story over garage residence and construct a new two-unit, three story over garage residence. The subject property is zoned RH-2 (House, Two- Family) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted.

From approximately 6:00 - 9:00 P.M., the Planning Commission will hear the following matter. The item, as it appears on calendar, requires no action from the Commission. If it becomes demonstrated that the hearing will exceed three hours, the Commission may continue further hearing of this matter to a future date. Members of the public who fill out and turn in a speaker card but are not able to speak before time runs out, will be called first, in the order received, at the next hearing.



                    20.                     (M.CHION: (415) 558-6314)
                    EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS COMMUNITY PLANNING PROCESS - Presentation on the community planning program of the Eastern Neighborhoods of Bayview, Mission, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill, South of Market, and Visitation Valley. Overview of a spectrum of land use options to be considered in the rezoning effort. There is no action to be taken by the Planning Commission at this hearing. The objective of this hearing is to explain the various options which have been developed through the community workshops in preparation for future hearings in February.

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:

PLEASE NOTE:
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.

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