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Public Hearings 
 
March 4, 2004

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar

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

Thursday, March 4, 2004
1:30 PM
Regular Meeting

President: Shelley Bradford BellVice-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. 2001.1039E!KBMZX (M. LUELLEN: (415) 558-6478)

55 NINTH STREET - East side between Mission and Market Streets, Lot 063 in Assessor’s Block 3701 - Requests for: (1) Recommendation to reclassify the site from a 120-X Height and Bulk District to a 200-S Height and Bulk District; (2) Recommendation to amend the Downtown Area Plan of the General Plan to reclassify the site from a 120-X Height and Bulk District to a 200-S Height and Bulk District; (3) Determination of Compliance and Exceptions under Planning Code Section 309 (Downtown Project); (4) Authorization under Planning Code Sections 320 through 325 for a 12-story, approximately 198 foot tall building with up to approximately 268,000 square feet of office space; and (5) Finding no adverse shadow impact. The Project also includes approximately 25,392 square feet of open space, two loading docks, and approximately 126 off-street parking spaces.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt findings and draft resolutions, and approve with conditions.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 26, 2004)

(Proposed for Continuance to March 25, 2004)

2. 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 for Nextel Communications 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 (Public Storage Inc.). 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: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 5, 2004)

(Proposed for Continuance to April 1, 2004)

3a. 2003.1181KCR (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

801-825 MISSION STREET - the entire block bounded by 4th, Minna, 5th, and Mission Streets, Lot 067 in Assessor’s Block 3724 - Request for a General Plan Referral to determine if the construction of a wireless telecommunications facility for Cingular Wireless on the 5th & Mission Garage is consistent with the objectives and policies of the General Plan.

Preliminary Recommendation: Determination that the project is consistent with the objectives and policies of the General Plan.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 19, 2004)

(Proposed for Continuance to April 1, 2004)

 

3b. 2003.1181KCR (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

801-825 MISSION STREET - the entire block bounded by 4th, Minna, 5th, and Mission Streets, Lot 067 in Assessor’s Block 3724 - Request for conditional use authorization to install a wireless telecommunications facility for Cingular Wireless consisting of one antenna and two equipment cabinets on the 5th & Mission Garage. The antenna will be façade-mounted against an existing elevator penthouse on the roof of the garage and the equipment cabinets will be located adjacent to the same penthouse. The project site is within a P (Public Use) District and a 90-X/340-I Height and Bulk District. The proposed facility meets Location Preference 1 of the WTS Facilities Siting Guidelines.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 19, 2004)

(Proposed for Continuance to April 1, 2004)

4. 2003.1254D (E. TOPE: (415) 558-6316)

170 ST. GERMAIN AVENUE - north side at Glenbrook Avenue; Lot 009 in Block 2708 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2003.07.31.0905, proposing to construct a horizontal and vertical addition to an existing single family dwelling in an RH-1 (D) (Residential, House, One-Family, Detached Dwelling) District and a 40-x Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 12, 2004)

(Proposed for Continuance to April 8, 2004)

5. 2003.1220I (K. RICH (415) 558-6345)

CITY COLLEGE OF SAN FRANCISCO - Submission of 10 year Institutional Master Plan by City College of San Francisco and subsequent public hearing as per Planning Code Section 304.5 (d). The purpose of this hearing is for the receipt of public testimony only, and shall in no way constitute an approval or disapproval of the institutional master plan by the Planning Commission.

Preliminary Recommendation. No Action Required. Receipt of Public Testimony Only.

(Proposed for Continuance to May 6, 2004)

6. 2003.1177C (E. TOPE: (415) 558-6316)

2301 FILLMORE STREET - northwest corner at Clay Street, Lot 004 in Assessor’s Block 0611 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 718.48 and 790.38, to allow amplified music and to extend the hours during which entertainment is allowed in a nonconforming bar and full-service restaurant (to be occupied by Leticia’s Restaurant) in the Upper Fillmore Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Planning Commission Motion No. 13781, adopted on November 17, 1994, limited entertainment at this location to non-amplified music and restricted the hours during which entertainment is allowed.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for Continuance to June 10, 2004)

7. 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: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meeting of January 15, 2004)

(Proposed for Indefinite Continuance)

8. 2003.1299Z (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)

REZONING OF ASSESSOR’S BLOCK 2870 LOT 48 FROM P TO RM-1 - Consideration of an Ordinance amending Sheet 6 and 6H of the Zoning Map of the City and County of San Francisco for Lot 48 in Assessor’s Block 2870 (general location is the Southeast corner of Portola and Clipper Streets) to change the use district of the property from P (Public) to RM-1 (Residential, Mixed Districts, Low Density) and to change the height and bulk limits of the property from OS (Open Space) to 40-X.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for Indefinite Continuance)

B. COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

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

55 NINTH STREET - Certification of a Final 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 126 parking spaces. The entrance to the new building and access to off-street parking and loading would be from Ninth Street. 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: Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report. Please note that the public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report ended at 5:00 pm, January 27, 2004.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 26, 2004)

13. (M. FUNG: (415) 558-6364)

DISCRETIONARY REVIEW COST RECOVERY PROGRAM - On September 25, 2003, the Planning Commission directed the Department to implement cost recovery for all Discretionary Review (DR) requests, as provided in Sections 352(b) and 350(c) of the Planning Code. Discretionary Review applicants will be responsible for any time and materials costs incurred in excess of the initial fee paid for any DR projects filed. The Planning Commission will establish the start date for the Planning Department’s DR Cost Recovery Program; and review details of program implementation.

Preliminary Recommendation: Establish start date sometime after April 8, 2004 to allow one month for program start up.

14. 2004.0005L (W. HASTIE: (415) 558-6381)

2550 MISSION STREET (aka THE NEW MISSION THEATER) - west side, between 21st Street and 22nd Street. Assessor’s Block 3616, Lot 7. Constructed in 1916, and then altered in 1932, this building was constructed as a movie palace and served that purpose until 1993; it was then used as a furniture retail store, but is currently vacant. The subject property is zoned NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) and is in a 50-X/65-B Height and Bulk District. Request for the Planning Commission's recommendation to the Board of Supervisors on the proposed landmark designation, which was initiated by the Board of Supervisors on December 9, 2003, as Landmark No. 245.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt resolution supporting landmark designation.

15. 2003.0607C (T. TAM: (415) 558-6325)

306 RANDOLPH STREET, north side of Randolph Street, between Ramsell and Victoria Streets, Lots 51 and 56 in Assessor’s Block 7088 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.3(c), 710.11, and 710.21 to establish an institutional use (residential care facility for up to 56 persons) in an existing two-story commercial building currently owned and occupied by the Yeo Lai Sah Buddhist Temple. The project will also include a lot line adjustment between Lots 51 and 56. The property is located in NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

16. 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 February 5, 2004)

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold the Preliminary Negative Declaration

17. 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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 5, 2004)

18a. 2003.1038KCR (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

1490 MASON STREET - east side above the Broadway Tunnel, Lot 046 in Assessor’s Block 0159 - Request for a General Plan Referral to determine if the construction of a wireless telecommunications facility for Sprint PCS on the Chinatown Public Health Center is consistent with the objectives and policies of the General Plan.

Preliminary Recommendation: Determination that the project is consistent with the objectives and policies of the General Plan

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 5, 2004)

18b. 2003.1038KCR (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 install a wireless telecommunications facility for Sprint PCS consisting of four antennas and five equipment cabinets on the Chinatown Public Health Center. Two antennas will be concealed inside a replacement flagpole on the roof, one antenna will be concealed inside a false vent pipe on the roof, and one antenna will be suspended from the ceiling of the Broadway Tunnel at the east entrance. The equipment cabinets will be located on the roof of the building. The project site is within an RM-2 (Residential, Mixed, Medium Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposed facility meets Location Preference 1 of the WTS Facilities Siting Guidelines.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of February 5, 2004)

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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