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January 15, 2004

January 15, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

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

Thursday, January 15, 2004
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 impairments by calling 1-800-735-2929 (TDD) or 1-800-735-2922 (Voice). Minutes of the meetings are available in alternative formats. If you require the use of a reader during the meeting, please contact the Library for the Blind and Print Handicapped at 292-2022 at least 48 hours in advance of need. Accessible seating for persons with disabilities (including those using wheelchairs) will be available at meetings. Individuals with severe allergies, environmental illnesses, multiple chemical sensitivity or related disabilities should call our accessibility hotline at (415) 554-8925 to discuss meeting accessibility. In order to assist the City's efforts to accommodate such people, attendees at public meetings are reminded that other attendees may be sensitive to various chemical-based products. Please help the City to accommodate these individuals.

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. 2003.0657C (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

          1730 VAN NESS AVENUE - east side between Clay and Sacramento Streets, Lot 019 in Assessor's Block 0622 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 209.3 and 253 to allow the expansion of an institutional use (American Buddhist Cultural Society) and a building exceeding 40 feet in height in an RC-4 (Residential Commercial Combined, High Density) District, the Van Ness Special Use District and an 80-D Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

          (Proposed for Continuance to March 4, 2004)

      2. 2003.1038C (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

          1402 MASON STREET - east side above the Broadway Tunnel, Lot 046 in Assessor's Block 0159 - Request for conditional use authorization to construct a wireless telecommunications facility for Sprint PCS within an RM-2 (Residential, Mixed, Moderate Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The facility will consist of four antennas and associated equipment cabinets on the roof of the building. The proposed facility meets Location Preference 1 of the WTS Guidelines.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

          (Proposed for Continuance to February 5, 2004)

      3. 2003.0080C (G. NELSON: (415) 558-6257)

          2599 LOMBARD STREET - southeast corner at the intersection of Broderick and Lombard Streets; Lot 016 in Assessor's Block 0938 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 712.83 of the Planning Code to install four (4) cellular antennas and related equipment cabinets on the roof of the Pacific Motor Inn as part of Verizon's wireless telecommunication network, within the NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposed antennas would be mounted behind an existing parapet and would not be visible from the street below. The related equipment would be housed in a new 16' wide by 17' long by 7' tall mechanical penthouse that would be partially visible from several uphill residences. Per the City & County of San Francisco's Wireless Telecommunications

          Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the project site is a Preferred Location Preference 4, as it is a commercial building in an NC-3 District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 4, 2003)

          (Proposed for Continuance to February 19, 2004)

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

          4. 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.

      5. Proposed adoption of Planning Commission hearing schedule for 2004.

      6. Consideration of Adoption - Draft Minutes of December 11 and 18, 2003.

      7. Commission Comments/Questions

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

      8. Director's Announcements

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

D. PUBLIC COMMENT ON AGENDA ITEMS WHERE THE PUBLIC HEARING HAS BEEN CLOSED

      At this time, members of the public who wish to address the Commission on agenda items that have already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the public hearing has been closed, must do so at this time. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

E. CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION - PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

      10. 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

          NOTE: On November 13, 2003, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing and continued the matter to January 15, 2004 in order to get better and more detailed plans by a vote of +5 -0. Commissioners Boyd and William Lee were absent.

D. REGULAR CALENDAR

          11. 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: Approval with conditions

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 13, 2003)

      12. 2003.0451C (G. NELSON: (415) 558-6257)

          1529-1565 PAGE STREET - south side between Masonic Avenue and Ashbury Street; Lots 023, 027, 028, and 032 in Assessor's Block 1232 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Sections 209.3(h) and 304(d) of the Planning Code to demolish 2 three-unit apartment buildings (1529 and 1535 Page Street) and construct a 4-story, approximately 19,000 square foot addition to the existing Urban School of San Francisco, within an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed-Use, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District, in the Haight/Ashbury Neighborhood. This proposal requires Conditional Use authorization because it proposes: 1) the expansion of a secondary school in an RM-1 District, 2) it proposes to modify a prior Conditional Use authorization granted in 1993 (Case No. 1993.0094C), and 3) it proposes to develop a project site of over ½ acre (also called a Planned Unit Development, or PUD), which would allow modifications to the standard Code requirements such as rear yard and open space. With the proposed project, the Urban School plans to increase enrollment from 250 to 380 students, as well as increasing full and part-time employees from 50 to 70. The new structure would contain classrooms, offices, a student center, a chemistry lab, and various support spaces. The proposed project would also add one off-street parking space to the existing basement parking at 1563 Page Street.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

      (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 4, 2003)

          13. 2003.0940C (K. MCGEE: (415) 558-6367)

          1469 18TH STREET - on the corner of 18th Street and Connecticut Street; Lot 27 in Assessor's Block 4036 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to install a Walk-Up Facility, an Automated Teller Machine (ATM), without providing a 3 foot recess from the front property line, located in an NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District and in a 40-X Height and Bulk District, per Planning Code Section 711.26.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 18, 2003)

      14. 2003.1094L (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

          2362 MARKET STREET - north side of Market Street between Castro Street and 16th Street; Lot 11 in Assessor's Block 3562 - Request for the Planning Commission to adopt a Resolution approving the designation of the Jose Theater / NAMES Project Building as Landmark 241, and recommending to the Board of Supervisors that they approve the designation of the Jose Theater / NAMES Project Building as Landmark No. 241.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

      15. 2001.0566L (M. LUELLEN: (415) 558-6478)

          1305 18th AVENUE, SUNSET BRANCH CARNEGIE LIBRARY - southwest corner of 18th Avenue and Irving Street; Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 1773 - Request for the Planning Commission to adopt a Resolution approving the designation of the Sunset Branch Carnegie Library as Landmark 239, and recommending to the Board of Supervisors that they approve the designation of the Carnegie Presidio Branch Library as Landmark No. 239. The subject property is zone P (Public), and is in a 40-X height and bulk district.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

      16. 2001.0569L (M. LUELLEN: (415) 558-6478)

          3150 SACRAMENTO STREET - PRESIDO BRANCH CARNEGIE LIBRARY - north side of Sacramento Street between Baker and Lyon Streets; Lot 0121 in Assessor's Block 1006 - Request for the Planning Commission to adopt a Resolution approving the designation of the Presidio Branch Carnegie Library as Landmark 240, and recommending to the Board of Supervisors that they approve the designation of the Carnegie Presidio Branch Library as Landmark No. 240. The subject property is zone P (Public), and is in a 40-X height and bulk district.

        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

      17. 2001.1039E (A. AGUILAR: (415) 558-5973)

          55 NINTH STREET - Public Hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Report: The State Compensation Insurance Fund (SCIF) proposes to expand their San Francisco office at 1275 Market Street by constructing an adjacent 12-story, approximately 268,000 gross-square-foot (gsf) office building at 55 Ninth Street. The project site (Assessor's Block 3701, Lot 63) is occupied by a surface parking lot with about 173 parking spaces and located mid-block on the northeastern side of Ninth Street in the block bounded by Market, Ninth, Mission, and Eighth Streets in the Mid-Market neighborhood. The new building would be approximately 198 feet high, including mechanical penthouse, and would have a two-level below-grade parking garage with about 134 parking spaces. The entrance to the new building and access to off-street parking and loading would be from Ninth Street. There would be four loading bays and a trash compactor on the ground level in the center of the building. Trucks would enter and exit on Ninth Street and could exit to Laskie Street onto Mission Street. The project site is zoned C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) and is within a 120-X Height and Bulk District.

      Preliminary Recommendation: No action required.

          NOTE: Written comments will be received at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on January 27, 2004.

      18. 2004.2003.0993C (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)

          572- 576 GREEN STREET - north side between Stockton Street and Jasper Place, Lot 20 in Assessor's Block 116 - Request for authorization of a Conditional Use for establishment of a bar ("Occidental Cigar Club, LLC")(Planning Code Section 722.41), in approximately 4,000 square feet of vacant basement space formerly occupied by a dance club and bar, in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

      19. 2003.1082C (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)

          1145 POLK STREET - west side between Sutter and Hemlock Streets, Lot 1 in Assessor's Block 691 - Request for authorization of a Conditional Use for extension of hours of operation to include the time between 2:00 and 6:00 A.M. ("Polk & Sutter 24 Hour Store & Deli")(Planning Code Section 723.27), in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District. No physical expansion or other alteration of the building is proposed.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

      20. 2003.1182C (J. MILLER: (415) 558-6344)

          1351 GRANT AVENUE - west side between Green and Vallejo Streets, Lot 2 in Assessor's Block 131 - Request for authorization of a Conditional Use for establishment of a full-service restaurant ("Romio")(Planning Code Section 722.92), in approximately 1,000 square feet of vacant commercial space (formerly occupied by "Figone Hardware") in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

      21. 2003.1101C (D. SIROIS: (415) 558-6313)

          1818 SAN JOSE AVENUE (AKA 18 COLONIAL WAY) - west side of San Jose Avenue between Colonial Way & Santa Rosa Avenue, Lot 041 in Assessor's Block 3144A - Request for conditional use authorization pursuant to Section 710.44 to establish a small self-service restaurant (Tam's Cafe) in a 655 square foot commercial space. The project site is located in an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

              Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

      22. 2003.0868C (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-5891)

          540 VALENCIA STREET (A.K.A. 542 VALENCIA STREET) - Blondie's Bar and No Grill, west side between 16th Street and 17th Street, Lot 6 in Assessor's Block 3568 - Request for Conditional Use authorization to allow "other entertainment" (as defined by Planning Code Section 790.38), which includes live amplified music entertainment and DJs, in an existing bar, Thursday through Sunday. No changes to the exterior of the building is proposed. The subject property is within the Valencia Neighborhood Commercial District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

6:00 P.M.

      23.(L. BADINER/D. LIM: (415) 558-6411/558-6547)

          PLANNING DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT AUDIT - Review of management audit and Commission consideration of recommendations by Planning Commission for follow-up.

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 20, 2003)

G. 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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