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Public Hearings 
 

February 05, 2004

February 05, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

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

Thursday, February 5, 2004

1:30 PM

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

          Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini Rev. Edgar E. Boyd; Lisa Feldstein;

            Kevin Hughes; 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. 2003.1077C (E. TOPE: (415) 558-6316)

          1970 McALLISTER STREET - north side between Central Avenue and Lyon Street, Lot 014 in Assessor's Block 1159 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 185 to extend indefinitely the operation of an existing nonconforming automobile repair garage (Carlos Exclusive Auto Service) in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed District, Low Density) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

            (Proposed for Continuance to February 19, 2004)

          2a. 2003.0295CV (G. NELSON: (415) 558-6257)

          899 NORTH POINT STREET - southeast corner at Larkin Streets; Lot 026 in Assessor's Block 0020 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Sections 209.1 and 228.3 of the Planning Code to construct an approximately 40-foot tall, 4-story, 5-unit residential structure containing 7 off-street parking spaces in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-family) District, the Waterfront Special Use District No. 2 and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The project site was formerly a service station and is now in use as a parking lot. This proposal requires Conditional Use authorization because 1) it proposes a dwelling unit density of greater than 3 units in an RH-3 District and 2) it proposes to convert a service station use to residential use. This project is also seeking a Variance from the Planning Code, case No. 2003.0295CV.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 22, 2004)

            (Proposed for Continuance to February 19, 2004)

          2b. 2003.0295CV (G. NELSON: (415) 558-6257)

        899 NORTH POINT STREET - southeast corner of North Point and Larkin Streets; Lot 026 in Assessor's Block 0020 - Request for Variance from Section 134 of the Planning Code to construct a 4-story residential building into the required rear yard. Section 134 of the Planning Code states that the minimum rear yard depth in an RH-3 District shall be equal to 25 percent of the total depth of the lot on which the building is situated. Rather than leave a 22' wide gap in the North Point Street frontage, the proposal is to construct an approximately 40' X 22' portion of the project fully into the rear yard along North Point Street, leaving a comparable rear yard to the interior of the lot of approximately 1,480 square feet.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 22, 2004)

            (Proposed for Continuance to February 19, 2004)

      3. 2003.1091C (D. DIBARTOLO: (415) 558-6291)

        2696 GEARY BOULEVARD - northeast corner of Geary Boulevard and Emerson Street; Lot 004 in Assessor's Block 1071 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Section 712.83 of the Planning Code to install and operate a wireless telecommunication facility within an NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District and an 80-D Height and Bulk district, upon the roof of an approximately 84-foot tall self-storage building. As per the City and County of San Francisco's Wireless Telecommunication Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the proposal is a Preferred Location Preference 2, as it is a co-location site.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

            (Proposed for Continuance to March 4, 2004)

      4. 2003.1038C (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

          1490 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.

                (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 15, 2004)

                (Proposed for Continuance to March 4, 2004)

          5. 1999.0233E (B. WYCKO: (415) 558-5972)

          833 - 881 JAMESTOWN AVENUE - Appeal of Preliminary Negative Declaration. The project sponsor proposes construction of a Planned Unit Development (PUD) that would consist of 198 one-, two- and three-bedroom market-rate condominiums on an approximately 6.9-acre lot, located at 833-881 Jamestown Avenue on Assessor's Block 4991, Lot 277, on the northern slope of Bayview Hill. The site is currently used as an overflow parking lot for events at Candlestick Park, which is approximately one-third of a mile southeast of the project site. The site is bordered by Jamestown Avenue (and single-family homes on the north side of Jamestown) to the north, another vacant lot to the east that also is used for parking for major events at Candlestick Park, the hillside to the south, and single-family housing to the west. Although the area proposed for development is mostly flat, development would require excavation of up to approximately 30 vertical feet at the base of the hill. The project would consist of 11 separate three- and four-story buildings: seven buildings of 12 to 18 units each along Jamestown Avenue and four buildings to the rear, at the base of the hillside. Of these latter four structures, two (36 units each) would be built atop one-story gated parking garages, while smaller buildings (one of eight and one of 10 units) would flank the garages. A total of 216 independently accessible parking spaces would be provided. The proposed project would include landscaping along Jamestown Avenue, construction of a 10-foot-wide sidewalk, two off-street freight loading areas, and about 28,900 sq. ft. of common open space, including two rear yards at the base of the hillside totaling about 7,250 sq. ft. and podium- and ground-level patios. The project also would remedy an existing drainage problem on Bayview Hill above the project site, on Recreation and Park Department land. The project site is located within the South Bayshore Plan area, in an RH-2 (Two-Family) Use District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. As a PUD, the project would require review and approval by the City Planning Commission pursuant to Sections 303 and 304 of the Planning Code.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 18, 2003)

            (Proposed for Continuance to March 4, 2004)

      6. 1999.0233C (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

          833-881 JAMESTOWN AVENUE - south side from Ingalls to Griffith Streets; Lot 277 in Assessor's Block 4991 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Sections 209.1(g), 303 and 304 of the Planning Code for a Planned Unit Development with up to 198 dwelling units, including one-, two- and three-bedroom units within eleven separate three- and four-story buildings. The project would include up to 216 off-street parking spaces within two garages at the base of two interior residential buildings, and two screened off-street freight loading spaces. The site is 6.9 acres on the northern slope of Bayview Hill and is within an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Use District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

            Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

            (Proposed for Continuance to March 4, 2004)

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

      7. Consideration of Adoption - Draft Minutes of January 8, 15, 2004.

      8. Commission Comments/Questions

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

      9. Director's Announcements

      10. 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

      11. 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

                NOTE: On November 13, 2003, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing and continued the matter to January 15, 2004, to allow a presentation before the Bayview PAC. The vote was +4 -1. Commissioner Feldstein voted no. Commissioners Boyd and William Lee were absent.

                NOTE: On January 15, 2004, the Commission entertained a motion of intent to approve and continued the matter to February 5, 2004 for final language by a vote +6 -1. Commissioner Feldstein voted no.

F. REGULAR CALENDAR

      12. 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 change 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

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 15, 2004)

          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 January 15, 2004)

      14. 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

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 15, 2004)

          15. (J. A. KUGLER/P. MALTZER/N. HART: (415) 558-5983/558-5977/558-6338)

          CEQA PROCEDURES FOR HISTORIC RESOURCES - Public hearing and Planning Commission review and comment on the methodology for reviewing projects to meet the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for Historical Resources. This proposal standardizes the evaluation of structures to determine if they qualify as historical resources and the appropriate environmental documentation required to implement CEQA. The document was released to the public in July, 2003 and was the subject of a public hearing at the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board in November, 2003.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Informational presentation to solicit comments

          from public and Commission members.

          16. 2002.0376E (N. TURRELL: (415) 558-5904)

          8 WASHINGTON STREET - Assessor's Blocks and Lots 201/12, 171/69, and 168/58 - Appeal of a Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration. The 109,225-square-foot project site is located at 8 Washington Street, between Drumm Street and The Embarcadero, on the edge of the financial district. The proposed project would involve the construction of an eight-story, 84-foot-tall, approximately 283,612-gross-square-foot (gsf), 120-unit, predominantly residential building with a health club facility and parking for 170 vehicles. The existing Golden Gateway Tennis and Swim Club facility would be removed and reconstructed on the northern portion of the project site. Pedestrian and vehicular access to the proposed residential/commercial building would be from Drumm Street. The site is zoned RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined, High Density) and is in an 84-E height and bulk district. The project would require Conditional Use authorization for Planned Unit Development, for bulk limit exception, and for parking.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 11, 2003)

          17a. 2002.0376EIKC (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

          8 WASHINGTON STREET (AKA 370 DRUMM STREET) - northeast corner at Drumm Street, Assessor's Block/Lot 0168/058, 0171/069, and 0201/0 - Adopting findings pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) in connection with the proposed development to construct an eight-story, approximately 84 foot high mixed-used building.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt CEQA findings.

          17b. 2002.0376E!KC (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

          8 WASHINGTON STREET (AKA 370 DRUMM STREET) - northeast corner at Drumm Street, Assessor's Block/Lot 0168/058, 0171/069, and 0201/012 - Request for a determination regarding the significance of net new shadow on Embarcadero Plaza I caused by the construction of a proposed eight-story, 84-foot-high mixed-use building.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Determination that the net new shadow is de minimus.

          17c. 2002.0376E!KC (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

          8 WASHINGTON STREET (AKA 370 DRUMM STREET) - northeast corner at Drumm Street, Assessor's Block/Lot 0168/058, 0171/069, and 0201/012 - Request for a determination regarding the significance of net new shadow on Ferry Park caused by the construction of a proposed eight-story, 84-foot-high mixed-use building.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Determination that the net new shadow will not be significant or adverse.

          17d. 2002.0376E!KC (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

          8 WASHINGTON STREET (AKA 370 DRUMM STREET) - northeast corner at Drumm Street, Assessor's Block/Lot 0168/058, 0171/069, and 0201/012 - Request for conditional use and planned unit development authorization to construct an eight-story, 84-foot-high building containing up to 120 dwelling units, a garage with up to 170 parking spaces (120 residential spaces and 50 nonresidential spaces), a 10,000-square-foot health club, and outdoor recreation facilities comprising six tennis courts and two swimming pools (one indoor and one outdoor), and an athletic apparel/equipment shop. The project site, located within an RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined, High Density) District and an 84-E Height and Bulk District, is currently occupied by tennis courts, swimming pools, and a surface parking lot.

      Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

          18. 2003.1049T (J.IONIN: (415) 558-6309)

          ADMINISTRATIVE DISCRETIONARY REVIEW POLICY - Consideration of a Resolution recommending that the Board of Supervisor's amend Planning Code Sections 311 and 312 to establish an Administrative Discretionary Review Policy, and creating a Pre-Application process for new construction and certain alterations in RH and RM districts.

          Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

          (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 18, 2003)

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

          PLANNING DEPARTMENT MANAGEMENT AUDIT - Review of Budget Analyst's management audit of June 2002 and Commission consideration of recommendations/ implementation by Planning Commission for follow-up.

        (Continued from Regular Meeting of January 15, 2004)

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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