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City and County of San Francisco

November 13, 2003

November 13, 2003

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, November 13, 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/sfgtv

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. When sending e-mail correspondence to Commissioners, please copy the Commission Secretary at: linda.avery@sfgov.org

Pursuant to Government Code Section 65009, if you challenge, in court, (1) the adoption or amendment of a general plan, (2) the adoption or amendment of a zoning ordinance, (3) the adoption or amendment of any regulation attached to a specific plan, (4) the adoption, amendment or modification of a development agreement, or (5) the approval of a variance, conditional-use authorization, or any permit, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.

Commission action on conditional-uses and reclassification may be appealed to the Board of Supervisors within 30 days. Call (415) 554-5184 for more information. Commission actions after Discretionary Review may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 15 days of action by the Central Permit Bureau. Call (415) 575-6880 for more information. Zoning Administrator action on a variance application may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 10 days of issuance of the written decision.

The Commission has instituted a policy that, in most cases, they will not call an item for consideration after 10:00 PM. If an item is scheduled but not called or introduced prior to 10:00 PM, the Commission may continue the matter to the next available hearing. Items listed on this calendar will not be heard before the stated time.

Cell Phone and/or Sound-Producing Electronic Devices Usage at Hearings

Effective January 21, 2001, the Board of Supervisors amended the Sunshine Ordinance by adding the following provision: The ringing of and use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal from the meeting room of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a cell phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Prohibiting the use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).

For more information related to Planning Commission matters, please call Linda D. Avery, Commission Secretary, at (415) 558-6407.

San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance

Attention: Individuals and entities that influence or attempt to influence local legislative or administrative action my be required by the San Francisco Lobbyist Ordinance [SF Campaign and Governmental Conduct Code Section 21.00-2.160] to register and report lobbying activity. For more information about the Lobbyist Ordinance, please contact the Ethics Commission at 30 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 3900, San Francisco, CA 94102; telephone (415) 581-2300; fax (415) 581-2317; and web site http//www.sfgov.org/ethics.

Accessible Meeting Policy

Hearings are held at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400, fourth floor, San Francisco, CA. The closest accessible BART station is the Civic Center station located at the intersection of Market, Hyde and Grove Streets. Accessible curbside parking has been designated at points along McAllister Street. Accessible MUNI lines serving City Hall are the 9 San Bruno and 71 Haight/Noriega and the F Line. Accessible MUNI Metro lines are the J, K, L, M, and N. For more information regarding MUNI accessible services, call (415) 923-6142. Requests for American sign language interpreters, sound enhancement systems and/or language translators will be available upon request by contacting Lulu Hwang at (415) 558-6318 at least 48 hours prior to a hearing. A sound enhancement system will be available upon request at the meetings. Please contact Services for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired at 557-5533 (TDD) or 557-5534 (Voice) at least 48 hours prior to the meeting. Late requests will be honored if possible. A person who is deaf or hearing impaired may gain meeting information prior to the meeting by calling 557-4433 (TDD) or 557-4434 (Voice). In addition, the California Relay Service can be used by individuals with hearing and speech impairrments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats. If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need. Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings. Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-8925 to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.

For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact 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. 2003.0794C (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

        1728-1748 HAIGHT STREET - north side between Shrader and Cole Streets, Lot 035 in Assessor's Block 1229 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 719.21 to allow a retail space at the ground floor over 2,500 square feet in area. The proposal is for tenant improvements to establish an 8,733 square-foot retail space. Urban Outfitters, a youth-oriented retailer of men's and women's wear, home furnishings and accessories, would occupy the retail space. The subject property is within the Haight Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

          (Proposed for Continuance to December 4, 2003)

        2. 2003.0183D (G. NELSON: (415) 558-6257)

            2477-2479 SUTTER STREET - south side between Broderick and Divisadero Streets; lot 022 in Assessor's Block 1076 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of all residential demolitions of Demolition Permit Application No. 2002.08.13.3876, proposing the demolition of a two-story, two-family dwelling within an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low-Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. There is a related proposal to construct a new, four-story, three-family dwelling with three off-street parking spaces.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the demolition.

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 25, 2003)

            NOTE: On September 25, 2003, following public testimony, the Commission closed

        the public hearing, and entertained two motions: 1) to take Discretionary Review and disapprove by a vote +3 -3. Commissioners Boyd, Antonini, Bradford-Bell voted no. The motion failed; 2) continued the matter to October 16, 2003 by a vote +6 -0. Commissioner William Lee was absent.

        NOTE: On October 16, 2003, the Commission entertained two motions: 1) To take Discretionary Review and disapprove the demolition, by a vote +3-3. Commissioners Antonini, Bradford Bell, W. Lee voted no. Commissioner Boyd was absent. The motion failed. 2) Item Continued to November 13, 2003, the Commission requested that a representative from another City Department review the soundness report, by a vote +4 -2. Commissioners Hughes and S. Lee voted no. Commissioner Boyd was absent.

      (Proposed for Continuance to November 20, 2003)

        3. 2003.0277E (N. TURRELL: (415) 558-5994)

        1725 WASHINGTON STREET - Assessor's Block 0619, Lot 015 - Appeal of a Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The 6,384-square-foot project site is located at 1725 Washington Street, between Polk Street and Van Ness Avenue in the lower Nob Hill neighborhood. The proposed project would involve the demolition of an approximately 11,435-gross-square-foot (gsf) 23-foot tall vacant church building (formerly the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit), and construction of an approximately 24,841-gsf, five-story, 50-foot-tall residential building containing 16 units and 16 off-street parking spaces. Pedestrian and vehicular access to the proposed residential building would be from Washington Street. The site is in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District, and is in a 65-A height and bulk district.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 18, 2003)

        (Appeal of the Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration Withdrawn)

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

        4. Commission Comments/Questions

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

        5. Director's Announcements

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

D. REGULAR CALENDAR

        7. (L. BADINER: (415) 558-6411)

            COMMISSION ACTION LIST - Discussion of status on items on the action list, which details the Planning Commissioner's requests.

        8. 2003.0611C (K. AMDUR: (415) 558-6351)

        1121 POLK STREET - west side between Post and Sutter Streets; Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 0691 - Request for conditional use authorization for the addition of "Other Entertainment," in the form of a piano player and/or DJ, to the existing bar d.b.a. "Katie's Cocktail Lounge." The bar is open from 10am to 1am seven days a week, and the entertainment would take place between 9pm and midnight. The bar is located on the ground floor of a 3-story building, with 19 dwelling units on the 2nd and 3rd floors. The subject property is located in the Polk Neighborhood Commercial District and a 130-E Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 18, 2003)

        9. 2003.0091AC (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

        333 DOLORES STREET - east side between 16th and 17th Streets; Lot 57 in Assessor's Block 3567 - Request for a Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209 and to allow the expansion of an existing institutional use (Children's Day School), located on a portion of a designated city landmark (Landmark No. 137). The proposal is to construct three (3) 24' x 40' temporary prefabricated classroom trailers. The Certificate of Appropriateness for this project was heard before the Landmark Preservation Advisory Board on September 17, 2003 and approved by the Planning Director on September 29, 2003. The property is located in RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 6, 2003)

        10. 2003.0747C (A. LIGHT: (415) 558-6254)

        1015 STOCKTON STREET - west side between Clay and Washington Streets, in Assessor's Block 192, Lot 3. Request for a Conditional Use authorization to operate a financial service (bank) in the Chinatown Residential/Neighborhood Commercial (CR/NC) Zoning District. The subject property is zoned CR/NC, and is in a 65-85-N Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to operate a branch location of Cathay Bank in the 2,205 square-foot ground floor retail tenant space in the existing three-story residential hotel building. The vacant retail tenant space was most recently occupied by a Verizon cell phone store. The proposal includes new signage, as well as interior tenant improvements. No expansion of the retail tenant space is proposed.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

        11. 2003.0809C (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

        707-719 CLEMENT STREET - south side, between 8th and 9th Avenues; Lots 36 and 38 in Assessor's Block 1440 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Sections 121.1, 121.2, 303, 716.11, 716.21 and 716.45 of the Planning Code to allow an interior opening connecting two retail stores operated by one ownership (the Richmond New May Wah Supermarket) for a combined gross floor area of approximately 17,300 square feet and a lot size of approximately 10,300 square feet, in the Inner Clement Street Neighborhood Commercial District and an 40-X Height and Bulk District, where use size over 2,500 sq. ft., lot size over 5,000 sq. ft. and on-site liquor sales require Conditional Use.. The proposed project involves interior alteration only. The building envelope would remain the same.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

        NOTE: Re-advertised due to increase in gross square footage of the proposed project from approximately 11,700 square feet to approximately 17,300 square feet.

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of October 23, 2003)

        12. 2003.0280C (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

        4071 18TH STREET - south side of 18th Street between Castro and Hartford Streets Assessor's Block 3583 Lot 075 Request under Planning Code Section 161(j) for Conditional Use Authorization for a reduction in off street parking requirements for dwellings from four spaces to 0 spaces for a Project that will demolish an existing two story commercial building and replace it with a four story 6,400 square foot mixed use building with less than 1,999 square feet of commercial space and four residential units above. This project lies within the Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District and the 40-X Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

        13. 2002.0658C (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

        735 - 7th AVENUE, southwest corner of 7th Avenue and Cabrillo Street, an "L-shaped" lot extending to 8th Avenue, between Cabrillo and Fulton Streets; Lot 36, in Assessor's Block 1650 - Request for conditional use authorization under Sections 121.1, 121.2, 151, 157, 204.5, 303, 711.11 and 711.21 of the Planning Code for lot size, use size and accessory parking for the construction of a new approximately 28,000 square- foot Safeway supermarket with up to 65 off-street surface parking spaces, to replace the existing approximately 16,000 square-foot Safeway supermarket, on an approximately 54,000 square-foot lot in an NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 18, 2003)

        14. 2003.0967T (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)

        BOARD OF SUPERVISORS APPEALS EXTENSION - Consideration of an Ordinance amending San Francisco Planning Code Section 308.1 to extend deadlines by ten days, from 30 days to 40 days, for scheduling and/or deciding appeals under Section 308.1 when the Board of Supervisors does not conduct at least three regular meetings during a deadline period.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

        15. 2003.0892C (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

        1350-1352 THOMAS AVENUE - north side between Ingalls and Jennings Streets; Lot 007 in Assessor's Block 4791 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 121(f) to subdivide one lot into two lots of less than the minimum 25-foot width for the construction of two single-family dwellings. The existing lot is 37.5 feet wide, and the two newly created lots would be 18.75 feet wide, with an area of 1,875 square feet. The site is within an RH-1 (Residential, House, Single-Family) Zoning District with a 40-X Height and Bulk designation.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

        16. 2003.0142C (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

        3179 23rd STREET - south side between Shotwell Street nd South Van Ness Avenue; Lot 036 in Assessor's Block 3641 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 209.3(c), to convert six dwelling units into a 22-bed residential care facility within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Bedroom) Use District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

        17. 2003.0141C (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

        3535-3555 BALBOA STREET - southeast corner of Lot 018 in Assessor's Block 1608 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 711.81 to create a large institutional use at the second story. The proposal is to demolish the existing one-story commercial building at the southeast corner of the intersection and to construct a horizontal expansion to the existing church and daycare center located to the east and known as Full Life Christian Center. The proposed two-story, 40-foot tall addition would contain two retail spaces (approximately 1,275 square feet each) and a five-car garage at the ground floor and a multi-purpose room at the second story with a rear yard deck over the ground-floor garage. The subject property is within an NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

    Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

        18. 2002.1086C (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)

        501 2ND STREET - southeast corner of 2nd Street and Bryant Street, Lot 67 in Block 3774 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Section 304 to amend a previous Planned Unit Development authorization (Case No. 1982.591C) to reduce the parking requirement (and legalize the existing parking condition) from 169 spaces to 141 spaces. The property is within an SSO (Service / Secondary Office) District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District. The original approval for 501 2nd was for a 188,000 square feet of office use and 169 valet parking spaces. The parking requirement of 169 spaces was to serve both the office use at 501 2nd Street and the 49 Live/work units at 355 Bryant Street, immediately to the east.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

        19a. 2002.0628E!KXCV (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)

      1160 MISSION STREET - northwest side between Seventh and Eighth Streets, with additional frontage on Stevenson Street, Lots 37, 38 and 56 in Assessor's Block 3702 - Adopting findings under the California Environmental Qualtity Act, as described in a Final Mitigated Negative Declaration dated September 22, 2003, in connection with a proposal to construct a new building approximately 23 stories and 235 feet in height, with a gross area approximately 497,000 square feet, containing approximately 246 dwelling units and 5400 square feet of ground floor retail, and a parking garage. The site is in a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and in 150-S and 240-S Height and Bulk Districts. The project is the subject of a concurrent entitlement hearings.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt CEQA Findings

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of October 23, 2003)

        19b. 2002.0628E!KXCV (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)

      1160 MISSION STREET - northwest side between Seventh and Eighth Streets, with additional frontage on Stevenson Street, Lots 37, 38 and 56 in Assessor's Block 3702 - Review under Planning Code Section 309 and for exceptions, to construct a new building approximately 23 stories and 235 feet in height, with a gross area approximately 497,000 square feet, containing approximately 246 dwelling units and 5400 square feet of ground floor retail, and a parking garage, to replace an existing surface-level parking lot containing 168 spaces. The requested exceptions are for bulk requirements of Section 270 and for excedences of the pedestrian comfort wind speed criteria of Section 148. The site is in a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and in 150-S and 240-S Height and Bulk Districts. The project is the subject of a concurrent hearing for a Conditional Use authorization.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of October 23, 2003)

        19c. 2002.0628E!KXCV (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)

        1160 MISSION STREET - northwest side between Seventh and Eighth Streets, with additional frontage on Stevenson Street, Lots 37, 38 and 56 in Assessor's Block 3702 - Request for authorization of Conditional Use for a public storage garage for passenger vehicles (Planning Code Section 223(m)), and for parking in excess of accessory amounts (Planning Code Section 204.5) in conjunction with construction of a new, 23-story residential building, replacing a surface-level parking lot containing 168 spaces with a residential apartment building 23 stories in height and approximately 497,000 gross square feet in size. The site is in a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District and in 150-S and 240-S Height and Bulk Districts.

        Preliminary recommendation: Approval with Conditions, including limiting residential parking at 1:2.

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of October 23, 2003)

        19d. 2002.0628E!KXCV (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)

        1160 MISSION STREET - northwest side between Seventh and Eighth Streets, with additional frontage on Stevenson Street, Lots 37, 38 and 56 in Assessor's Block 3702 in a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) District, and in 150-S and 240-S Height and Bulk Districts. Dwelling Unit Exposure Variance Sought: The proposal is to construct a new 246-unit, 23-story residential building with a 504-space parking garage. Up to 180 of these dwelling units are to be side facing (without direct frontage on a street, a complying rear-yard area, or other open area with sufficient minimum dimensions to comply with Planning Code Section 140).

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of October 23, 2003)

6:00 p.m.

        20. (L. BADINER: (415) 558-6411)

        EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS COMMUNITY PLANNING - The Planning Commission will discuss and possibly adopt Interim Policies and/or discuss and direct staff to prepare a resolution for initiation of Interim Controls. Planning Department staff will provide a status report on the Environmental Review process for the Rezoning of the Eastern Neighborhoods. The Planning Commission will also schedule a subsequent hearing to review and discuss the work scope of Public Benefit Zoning and Community Impact Report (Socio-Economic Analysis) and to discuss non-conforming uses.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt Interim Policies

E. 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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