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City and County of San Francisco
Public Hearings 
 
May 25, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, May 25, 2006

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Sue Lee

Vice-President: Dwight S. Alexander

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Shelley Bradford Bell; 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.

View the meeting online at: http://www.sfgov.org/site/sfgtv_index.asp

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View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.

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the re-broadcast on Fridays at 8:00 p.m., Cable Channel 26

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 Adele Destro, Interim 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 sotf@sfgov.org.

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: Sue Lee

Commission Vice-President: Dwight S. Alexander

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Shelley Bradford Bell; Kevin Hughes; William L. Lee; Christina Olague

  • 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. 2006.0100C (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

470 West Portal - between Portola Drive and 15th Avenue, Lots 008 and 009 in Assessor's Block 2484 and Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 2540 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 209.3(h) to convert an office building that was previously occupied by AT&T to a private secondary school operated by San Francisco Waldorf High School, located in a RH-1(D) [Residential-House, One-Family (Detached)] District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to June 8, 2006)

2. 2003.1183E (W. WYCKO: (415) 558-5972)

55 Francisco Street Project - Appeal of Preliminary Negative Declaration. The project site at 55 Francisco Street (Assessor's Block 0056, Lot 006), also known as 1789 Montgomery Street, is approximately 48,714 square feet in size and located on the southern side of Francisco Street in the block bounded by Francisco, Montgomery, Chestnut, and Kearny Streets. The project site currently has a three-story, 284-space parking garage and a seven-story office building. The proposed project would involve the addition of three new levels atop the existing parking garage with 51 residential dwelling units (approximately 57,999 gross square feet). The existing office building on the project site would remain as it is. The proposed project would also involve reconfiguration of the existing parking by removing 81 independently accessible public parking spaces and creating valet parking for 203 vehicles on the first two levels of the garage, and providing 59 independently accessible parking spaces on the third level for the proposed dwelling units. The project site is zoned C-2 (Community Business), and is within a 65-X height and bulk district and Waterfront Special Use District #3. The proposed project would require Conditional Use authorization for the proposed Planned Unit Development (PUD).

(Continued from Regular Meeting of March 16, 2006)

(Proposed for Continuance to July 13, 2006)

3. 2005.1145D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

791 SAN BRUNO AVENUE - east side at 20th Street; Lot 17 in Assessor's Block 4075 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2005.04.04.9074 proposing the construction of a three-story-over-garage, single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two -Family) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 20, 2006)

DISCRETIONARY REVIEW APPLICATION WITHDRAWN

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

4. Consideration of Adoption:

  • Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of March 23, 2006.
  • Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of May 4, 2006.
  • Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of May 11, 2006,

5. Commission Comments/Questions

  • Inquiries/Announcements. Without discussion, at this time Commissioners may make announcements or inquiries of staff regarding various matters of interest to the Commissioner(s).
  • Future Meetings/Agendas. At this time, the Commission may discuss and take action to set the date of a Special Meeting and/or determine those items that could be placed on the agenda of the next meeting and other future meetings of the Planning Commission.

C. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

6. Director's Announcements

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

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

Status report presented by the Chair of Western SOMA Citizens Planning Task Force.

D. GENERAL PUBLIC COMMENT – 15 MINUTES

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. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

E. CONSENT CALENDAR

All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Planning Commission, and will be acted upon by a single roll call vote of the Commission. There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the Commission, the public, or staff so requests, in which event the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this or a future hearing.

9. 2005.1000D (M. GLUECKERT: (415) 558-6543)

679-685 3RD STREET - Mandatory Discretionary Review of Miscellaneous Permit Application Number MB0500081, Zoning Referral from the California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control, Case Number 2005.1000D, for the property located at 685 Third Street, on the northeast side of Third Street between Brannan Street and Townsend Street, Lot 015 in Assessor's Block 3788, under Planning Commission Resolution Number 14844, to procure the transfer of a Type 47 Liquor License for a full-service restaurant, Origami, to sell alcoholic beverages for consumption on-site. No physical expansion of the project site is proposed. The property is located in an SLI (Service / Light Industrial) District, the proposed BVSUD, the South End Historic District, and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve proposal

  • F.REGULAR CALENDAR

10a. 2005.0543D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

791 SAN BRUNO AVENUE – east side at 20th Street; Lot 17 in Assessor's Block 4075 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all housing demolition permits, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2005.04.04.9078, proposing the demolition of a one-story, single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two -Family) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 20, 2006)

10b. 2005.0971D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

791 SAN BRUNO AVENUE - east side at 20th Street; Lot 17 in Assessor's Block 4075 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all replacement sructures following residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2005.04.04.9074 proposing the construction of a three-story-over-garage, single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two -Family) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 20, 2006)

11a. 2005.0769D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

877 HAMPSHIRE STREET - east side between 20th and 21st Streets; Lot 25 in Assessor's Block 4089 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all residential demolition permits, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2005.08.04.9508, proposing the demolition of a one-story, single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

11b. 2005.0775D (J. PURVIS: (415) 558-6354)

877 HAMPSHIRE STREET - east side between 20th and 21st Streets; Lot 25 in Assessor's Block 4089 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all replacement structures following residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2005.08.04.9510 proposing the construction of a three-story-over-garage, two-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Use District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

12a. 2005.0857CD (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

324 Cortland Avenue - south side, between Bocana and Bennington Streets, Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 5677 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Sections 161(j) and 303 to allow a reduction in the off-street parking requirement for dwelling units for the construction of a new two unit, three-story residential/commercial mixed-use building, with no parking spaces, within a NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk designation. The project also requires a Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of housing demolition, for the demolition of an existing dwelling unit.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

12b. 2005.0857CD (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

324 Cortland Avenue - south side, between Bocana and Bennington Streets, Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 5677 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Commission policy requiring review of all housing demolition permits, of Building Permit Application No. 2005.09.01.1919 proposing the demolition of the existing residential and commercial mixed-use two-story building that contains a studio dwelling unit, and construct a new two unit, three-story residential/commercial mixed-use building, with no parking spaces. Although submitted as an alteration, the Zoning Administrator has determined the project to be a de facto demolition. Therefore, the project, pursuant to Planning Commission Residential Demolition policy, requires review of demolition of housing.

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

13a. 2005.1207D (S. VELLVE: (415) 558-6263)

1735-1737 WEBSTER STREET - west side between Bush and Sutter Streets, Lots 116 and 117 in Assessor's Block 0677 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2006.01.26.3121 proposing to merge two condominium units into one single-family dwelling in a structure located in an RM-1 (Mixed, Low Density) District, and 40-X Height/Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the permit.

13b. 2006.0064V (S. Vellve: (415) 558-6263)

1735-1737 WEBSTER STREET- west side between Bush and Sutter Streets, Lots 116 and 117 in Assessor's Block 0677 - Rear yard and non-complying structure variances sought to construct an approximately 7-foot deep rear horizontal addition on the ground floor underneath an existing deck, a new rear egress stair and landing, and a trellis above the deck at the third level. As the addition, stairs and trellis would be located within the required rear yard, and attached to a non-complying structure, variances from Planning Code Sections 134 and 188 are necessary. The subject property is located in an RM-1 (Mixed, Low Density) District and 40-X Height/Bulk District.

14a. 2005.1084CV (R. CRAWFORD (415) 558-6358)

1811 34TH Avenue - at the northwest corner with Noriega Street. Assessor's Block 2071, Lot 001 - Request for Conditional Use authorization under, Planning Code Section 209.3 for development of a Child Care facility for 13 or more children in an RH-1 (Residential House, One Family, District) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 18, 2006)

14b. 2005.1084CV (R. CRAWFORD (415) 558-6358)

1811 34TH Avenue - at the northwest corner with Noriega Street, Assessor's Block 2071, Lot 001 - Request for a Variance from, Planning Code Section 151, for no off street parking spaces where 4 spaces are required in an RH-1 (Residential House, One Family, District) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 18, 2006)

15a. 2005.0938CR (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

Sunset Reservoir - bounded by Ortega Street, 24th Avenue, Quintara Street, and 28th Avenue, Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 2107 - Request by Sprint/Nextel Communications for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 234.2(a) to allow for the construction of a freestanding wireless telecommunications facility consisting of three (3) antennas mounted to a 60' tall monopole, located in a P (Public) District, and an OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk District. Per the City & County of San Francisco's Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Facilities Siting Guidelines the site is a Preferred Location Preference 1 site as it is a public-use structure.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

15b. 2005.0938CR (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

SUNSET RESERVOIR - bounded by Ortega Street, 24th Avenue, Quintara Street, and 28th Avenue, Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 2107 - Request by Sprint/Nextel Communications for a finding of consistency with the General Plan pursuant to Section 4.105 of the City/County Charter to allow for the construction of a freestanding wireless telecommunications facility consisting of three (3) antennas mounted to a 60' tall monopole, located in a P (Public) District and an OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

16. (M. CORRETTE: (415) 558-6295)

INFORMATIONAL PRESENTATION: CULTURAL RESOURCE SURVEY - Presentation on the process of an historic resources survey, with an overview of the Planning Department's Survey Program established in 2000. Presentation will explain what a survey is, the Department's survey process, the role of the Survey Advisors and the endorsement process. The presentation will also cover how survey information is used by both the City and by property owners.

17. (D. ALUMBAUGH: (415) 558-6601)

INFORMATIONAL INTERAGENCY PRESENTATION ON TRANSBAY TERMINAL AREA. - The Department, along with the Mayor's Office, the TJPA, the SFRA and consultants, has examined the relationship between Downtown growth and the new Transbay inter-modal terminal.

18a. 2006.0373T (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

Japantown Special Use District - [Board File No. 060266] - Consideration of an Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Mirkarimi which would amend the text of the Planning Code by adding Section 249.31 to create the Japantown Special Use District and establish controls and procedures governing any change of use within that district and making findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Modifications

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 18, 2006)

18b. 2006.0373Z (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

Japantown Special Use District - [Board File No. 060266] Consideration of an Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Mirkarimi amending the Zoning Map to establish a Japantown Special Use District and making findings of consistency with the priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1 and the General Plan, for an area generally bounded by Bush Street, Geary Boulevard, Laguna Street and Fillmore Street. The subject properties are Assessor's Blocks 675, 676, 677, 684, 685, 686, 700 and 701.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 18, 2006)

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:

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