November 29, 2004 (Special Meeting)
Notice of Special Meeting
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett
Monday, November 29, 2004
President: Shelley Bradford Bell
Vice-President: Sue Lee
Commissioners: Dwight S. Alexander; Michael J. Antonini; Kevin Hughes;
William L. Lee; Christina Olague
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.
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THE AGENDA PACKET IS AVAILABLE FOR REVIEW AT THE PLANNING DEPARTMENT
1660 MISSION STREET, 5TH FLOOR RECEPTION
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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.
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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
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. 2004.0649C (E. TOPE: (415) 558-6316)
601-605 BAKER STREET - northeast corner of Baker and Fulton Streets, Lot 010 in Assessor's Block 1177 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 182(b)(1) and 710.44 to allow a change of use from retail (formerly "Baker's Market") to a Small Self-Service Restaurant ("Green Chili Kitchen") in one of two commercial spaces (classified as Limited Commercial Uses) on the ground floor of a mixed use building in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed District, Low Density) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The other space is proposed to remain in retail use.
2. 2004.0666DD (S. SNYDER: (415) 558-6543)
37 POWERS STREET - north side between Coleridge and Mission Streets; lot 6 in Assessor's Block 5518 - Neighbor-initiated Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2004.04.05.0592, proposing to construct vertical and horizontal additions to a single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (House, Two-family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District, and the Bernal Heights Special Use District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Pending
(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 7, 2004)
3. 2004.0393C (G. CABREROS (415) 558-6169)
2443-2445 CLEMENT STREET - south side between 25th and 26th Avenues; Lots 035 and 036 in Assessor's Block 1457 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 717.11 to allow development of a lot greater than 5,000 square feet in area in the Outer Clement Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The project proposes demolition of three non-residential structures and new construction of a 40-foot tall, four-story, mixed-used building with one ground-floor commercial space and nine residential units.
Preliminary Recommendation: Pending
(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 2, 2004)
(Proposed for Continuance to January 6, 2005)
4. 2003.1110T (C. NIKITAS:(415) 558-6306)
REQUIRED SECOND MEANS OF EGRESS - Ordinance Amending the San Francisco Planning Code to Allow a Required Second Means of Egress Adoption of an ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by adding a new section 136(c)(4)(A)(i-v) to allow certain stairways that are a required second means of egress under the Building Code, as permitted obstructions in the rear yard. The California Building Code no longer allows fire escapes as a second means of egress in most cases. This proposed text amendment provides an exemption to meet the requirements of the Building Code. This ordinance also includes changes to Section 311 and 312 to require neighbor notification for the addition of these stairways.
Preliminary Recommendation: Recommend approval of the ordinance to the Board of Supervisors.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 23, 2004)
(Proposed for Continuance to January 20, 2005)
5. (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)
NORTH BEACH FORMULA RETAIL PROHIBITION - Consideration of an Ordinance amending Planning Code Section 707.3 to prohibit formula retail uses in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District; and making findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 21, 2004)
(Proposed for Indefinite Continuance)
6. 2004.1033Z (P. LORD: (415) 558-6311)
ASSESSOR'S BLOCK 0185 REZONING - Consideration of an Ordinance amending the San Francisco Planning Code by amending the Zoning Map of the City and County of San Francisco, Section Map 2, to change the use district designation of Assessor's Block 0185, Lots, 005, 029, 030, 031, 032, 033, 036, 037, 038, 039, 040, 041, 043, and 048 (mid-block South side of Pacific Street between Hyde Street and Larkin Street) from NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial District) and RH-1 (Residential: One Family) to RM-1 (Residential, Mixed: Low Density, making finding pursuant to Section 302 and, making findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.
B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS
C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT
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
91 MIGUEL STREET - north side between Fairmont and Beacon Streets. Assessor's
Block 6665 Lot 023C - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit
Application No. 2004 0128 5045, to construct a new two family dwelling,
three stories in height in an RH-2 (Residential House, Two Family) District,
and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project.
NOTE: On October 21, 2004, the Commission closed the public hearing and continued the item to November 4, 2004 to allow absent Commissioner the ability to participate in the final action. Commissioner Sue Lee was absent.
F. REGULAR CALENDAR
12. 2000.1081E (J. KUGLER: (415) 558-5983)
RINCON HILL PLAN - Public Hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Report. The proposed project is a revised Rincon Hill Plan (an Area Plan of the San Francisco General Plan) and revised planning controls for the Rincon Hill area. The San Francisco Planning Department proposes to replace the Planning Code's existing Rincon Hill Special Use District (SUD), as set out in Planning Code Section 249.1, with a new Rincon Hill Downtown Residential Mixed Use District (DTR), which would increase height limits, revise the "R" bulk district, amend the Rincon Hill Area Plan, and make other General Plan and zoning changes intended to stimulate additional high-density, residential development in the Rincon Hill area. Improvements to the streetscape, transportation system and open space would result from implementation of the new Plan. Rincon Hill is in the northeast section of San Francisco, south of the Financial District and Transbay Terminal, and north of the South Beach neighborhood. The project area is bounded generally by Folsom Street, Steuart Street, The Embarcadero, Bryant Street, the Bay Bridge approach and the Transbay Terminal ramps and encompasses about 12 city blocks.
Preliminary Recommendation: Hold Public Hearing. No action required.
NOTE: Written comments will be received at the Planning Department until 5:00 p.m. on November 29, 2004.
13. 2003.0109E (L. KIENKER: (415) 558-5970)
988 HOWARD STREET - AKA PLAZA APARTMENTS - northeast corner of Howard and Sixth Streets on Assessors Block 3725, Lot 025 - Substitution of Mitigation Measures and amendment of Final Mitigated Negative Declaration. The approved project, now under construction, is the demolition of two-story 37-room single-resident occupancy (SRO) hotel, retail, and performing arts space and construction of an approximately 68,400 gsf, 9-story, structure containing 106 SRO units, with 700 gross square feet (gsf) of second-story social service space, 2,100 gsf of ground level retail space, and 4,200 gsf of performing arts space. The site is located in the South of Market Redevelopment Plan Area, SOMA Earthquake Recovery Special Use District, RSD (Residential / Service) Mixed-Use Zoning District and 85-X height and bulk district.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve finding of no significant impact with substitution of wind and archeology mitigation measures and amendment of Final Mitigated Negative Declaration.
14. 2004.0660C (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)
55 FARALLONES STREET - south side between Plymouth and San Jose
Avenues, Assessor's Block 7108 Lot 054 (St. Michael's Church & School).
Request for Conditional Use authorization under, Planning Code
Section 209.3.j, to expand an Adult Day Care facility, as part of the
existing religious institutional use, up to 35 adults. The project will
add 960 square feet to an existing 2,160 square foot modular building
currently used for adult day care purposes in an RH-1,Residential House,
One Family, and RH-2, Residential House, Two Family District and within
the 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
15. 2004.0831C (D. DIBARTOLO: 415) 558-6291)
532-536 GREEN STREET - north side between Stockton Street and
Grant Avenue; Lot 015 in Assessor's Block 0116 - Request for Conditional
Use authorization to establish, pursuant to Planning Code Section
722.44, a small self-service restaurant ("Tom's Sausage & BBQ").
The restaurant would be less than 1,000 square feet in size, and would
occupy an existing ground-floor vacant commercial space within the three
story mixed-use structure. No expansion of the building is proposed.
The site is in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD)
and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
16. 2004.0915C (D. SIDER: (415) 558-6697)
1598 DOLORES STREET - northwest corner of 29th Street;
Lots 40 through 52, inclusive, in Assessor's Block 6618 - Request
for Conditional Use authorization to modify conditions of approval
set forth in Planning Commission Motion Number 16445 as modified by
Board of Supervisors Motion Number M02-163 and relating to Planning
Department Case Number 2000.1058C to allow payment of an in-lieu affordable
housing fee rather than provide on-site affordable housing, pursuant
to inclusionary housing policies set forth in Planning Commission Resolution
Number 16350. In September of 2002, the City authorized construction
of two 4-story buildings on the subject property containing a total
of 13 units and up to 26 independently accessible off-street parking
spaces; both buildings are now complete. Conditions of approval require
one of the proposed units to be provided as a Below Market Rate (BMR)
unit. This proposal would modify previous conditions of approval to
allow the payment of an in-lieu fee to the Mayor's Office of Housing
rather than provide the required BMR unit on-site. No physical work
is proposed. The property is within an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial
Cluster) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval
17. 2002.1305C (M. SNYDER: (415) 575-6891)
1096 SOUTH VAN NESS AVENUE - previously Driscoll's Mortuary Chapel, northwest corner of South Van Ness Avenue and 22nd Street, Lot 10 in Assessor's Block 3615 - Request for Conditional Use authorization to establish a full service restaurant and a place of entertainment that would be open until 2:00 am within a building that was previously used as a mortuary. Conditional Use authorization is required for (1) hours of operation between 11:00 pm and 2:00 am pursuant to Planning Code Sections 710.27 and 790.48; (2) the establishment of other entertainment pursuant to Planning Code Sections 710.48 and 790.38; (3) the establishment of a full service restaurant on a lot within ¼ mile of the 24th Street - Mission Neighborhood Commercial District Pursuant to Planning Code Sections 710.42 and 727.42; and (4) the establishment of a restaurant use on the second floor of a building designed for a single tenant pursuant to Planning Code Section 186.1(b) and 186.2(a). No exterior alteration is proposed. The project is within an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial, Cluster) District, a 50-X Height and Bulk District, and the Mission Alcoholic Restricted Special Use District.
18a. 2004.0234CV (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)
2917-2919 24TH STREET - south side between Florida and Alabama Streets; Lot 015 in Assessor's Block 426 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 161(j) to add five dwelling units (including one pre-existing unit to be restored) to a commercial building without providing off-street parking. Two units would be converted from existing office/warehouse space on the second floor, and the other three units would be provided through a vertical addition, adding a third floor plus mezzanine above the existing two-story building with a six- and ten-foot setback from the existing front building wall. A Rear Yard Modification and a Dwelling Unit Exposre Variance will be heard by the Zoning Administrator immediately following the hearing on the Conditional Use. The site is within the 24th Street-Mission Neighborhood Commercial Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions
18b. 2004.0234CV (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)
2917-2919 24TH STREET - south side between Florida and Alabama Streets; Lot 015 in Assessor's Block 426 - Request for Rear Yard Modification under Section 134(e) to provide rear yard open space for five dwelling units within front and rear setbacks and for Dwelling Unit Exposure Variance under Section 140. The Zoning Administrator will hear the Rear Yard Modification and Exposure Variance at the time the Planning Commission hears the Conditional Use. The site is within the 24th Street-Mission Neighborhood Commercial Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
19a. 2004.0356D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)
477 HARKNESS AVENUE - south side east of Delta Street; Lot 047 in Assessor's Block 6178 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all housing demolition permits, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2003.11.19.0549 proposing the demolition of a one-story, single-family dwelling in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the demolition.
19b. 2004.0357D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)
477 HARKNESS AVENUE - south side east of Delta Street; Lot 047 in Assessor's Block 6178 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all replacement structures following residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.11.19.0552 proposing the construction of a single-family dwelling in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take DR and approve the project.
19c. 2004.0358D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)
477 HARKNESS AVENUE - south side east of Delta Street; Lot 047 in Assessor's Block 6178 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all replacement structures following residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2003.11.19.0551 proposing the construction of a single-family dwelling in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take DR and approve the project.
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))