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Public Hearings 
 
October 5, 2006

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, October 5, 2006

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Dwight S. Alexander

Vice-President: Christina Olague

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya

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

Or

View the broadcast live, Thursdays on Cable Channel 78.

And

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

Know Your Rights Under the Sunshine Ordinance

Government's duty is to serve the public, reaching its decisions in full view of the public. Commissions, boards, councils and other agencies of the City and County exist to conduct the people's business. This ordinance assures that deliberations are conducted before the people and that City operations are open to the people's review.

For more information on your rights under the Sunshine Ordinance (Chapter 67 of the San Francisco Administrative Code) or to report a violation of the ordinance, contact 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: Dwight S. Alexander

Commission Vice-President: Christina Olague

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore;

Hisashi Sugaya

  • 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.

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

Adoption of Commission Minutes– Charter Section 4.104 requires all commissioners to vote yes or no on all matters unless that commissioner is excused by a vote of the Commission. Commissioners may not be automatically excluded from a vote on the minutes because they did not attend the meeting.

1. 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

2. Director's Announcements

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

4. (C. NIKITAS: (415) 558-6306)

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN: Terminology – Informational presentation: The first of several ongoing staff presentations about the elements of building design.

No Action to be taken

(Continued from the Regular Meetings of September 21 and September 28, 2006)

5. (L. BADINER: (415) 558-6350)

DEPARTMENT'S POLICY ON GARAGES - follow up on the Informational Presentation held on September 14, 2006, on the Department's draft policy for review of new garages in existing structures.

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.

6a. 2006.0210D (C. JAROSLAWSKY: (415) 558-6348)

1693 ALEMANY BOULEVARD - south side between San Juan Avenue and Norton Street; Lot 014 in Assessor's Block 3206 – Mandatory Discretionary Review under the Planning Commission's policy required review of housing demolition, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2005.12.22.0924, to demolish an existing single-family residence in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and approve the demolition.

6b. 2006.0952D (C. JAROSLAWSKY: (415) 558-6348)

1693 ALEMANY BOULEVARD – southside between San Juan Avenue and Norton Street; Lot 014 in Assessor's Block 3206 – Mandatory Discretionary Review under the Planning Commission's policy required review of new residential building in association with residential demolition, of Building Permit Application No. 2005.12.22.0928, proposing to construct a three-story, single-family residential building with one off-street parking spaces in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and approve the new construction.

7. 2006.0798C (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

1723 UNION STREET - south side between Octavia and Gough Streets; Lot 001B, in Assessor's Block 0544 -- Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Sections 121.1, 303, 725.21 and 725.27 to allow a personal service use with a use size greater than 2,499 sq. ft., and to allow the proposed use to operate before 6:00 a.m. in the Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The project consists of establishing an approximately 11,300 sq. ft. gym (d.b.a. Crunch) in a space that was previously occupied by a retail-clothing store (d.b.a. Georgiou). No expansion in the building envelope is proposed, although the proposal will increase the existing floor area from 10,157 sq. ft. to approximately 11,300 sq. ft. through interior alterations. No onsite parking is proposed or required. The proposed business hours are Monday thru Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 14, 2006)

F. REGULAR CALENDAR

8. 2006.0897D (A.STARR: (415) 558-6362)

3300 CLAY STREET - at the southeast corner of Clay Street and Presidio Avenue, Lot 003 in Assessor's Block 0997- Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.02.27.5519proposing to remove the ground floor storage area of a six-unit residential building, excavate a portion of the ground floor, and install a 6-car garage with a 10' wide garage door on Presidio Avenue. The existing building is a four-story, six-unit building in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed Districts, Low-Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 21, 2006)

9. 2006.1068C (M. LI: (415) 558-6396)

1405 -1415 GREEN STREET - southwest corner at Polk Street, Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 0550 – Request for conditional use authorization to establish a retail wine store (d.b.a.  Biondivino ) of approximately 365 square feet with on-site wine tasting in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District. The subject space was previously occupied by a retail antique store. There will be no physical expansion of the subject building or commercial space.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

10. 2006.1018D (I. WILSON: (415) 558-6163)

2549 POST STREET - South side between Baker and Lyon Streets; Lot 031 in Assessor's Block 1081 – Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2005.09.26.3899, proposing to legalize construction of a deck projecting 6'-6 from the rear of the third floor of the building; a trellis at the southwest (rear) corner of the building at the fourth floor; and a spiral stair from the fourth floor up to a new roof deck over the penthouse. The property is located within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

11a. 2006.0495ZR (K. CONNER: (415) 575-6914)

1800 BLOCK OF ALEMANY BOULEVARD - northwestern side between Ocean and Onondaga Avenues; Lot 011C in Assessor's Block 6954 – Request for an Amendment to the Zoning Map introduced by Supervisor Sandoval under Board of Supervisors File Number 060640 to change the zoning classification from RH-1, Residential House, One Family, to NC-3, Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial. This Project is located within a RH-1, Residential House, One Family District and within the 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

11b. 2006.0495ZR (K. CONNER: (415) 575-6914)

1800 BLOCK OF ALEMANY BOULEVARD - northwestern side between Ocean and Onondaga Avenues; Lot 011 in Assessor's Block 6954 - Request for a General Plan Referral for the sale of City owned property. This Project is located within a RH-1, Residential House, One Family District and within the 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Find that the sale of City owned property is consistent with the General Plan.

11c. 2006.0800Z (K. CONNER: (415) 575-6914)

915 CAYUGA AVENUE - southeastern side between Ocean and Onondaga Avenues; Lot 033 in Assessor's Block 6954 - Request for an Amendment to the Zoning Map to change the zoning classification from RH-1, Residential House, One Family, to NC-3, Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial. The subject property is split between two zones, the RH-1 District zoning and the NC-3 District zoning. The requested change would move the zoning boundary 20 feet to the northwest between the two zoning districts. This Project is located within a NC-3, Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial District and within the 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

12. 2006.0597D (K. CONNER: (415) 575-6914)

423, 425, 427A, and 427B BUENA VISTA AVENUE EAST – south side between Park Hill Avenue and Upper Terrace; Lot 067 in Assessor's Block 2067 – Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2006.03.22.7317, proposing to convert the building's authorized use from thirteen units to eleven units, in a RH-3 (Residential, Three Units) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review.

13. 2005.1143D (E. OROPEZA: (415) 558-6381)

124 SCHWERIN STREET - northwest side of Schwerin Street, between Visitacion and Sunnydale Avenue, lot 005 in Assessor's Block 6301, – Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2005.05.16.2521 proposing to construct a two story vertical addition to the front of the existing single-family house . The property is within an RH-1 (House, One-family) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project with modifications.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 21, 2006)

14. 2006.0378D (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

2462 27TH AVENUE - east side between Taraval and Ulloa Streets, Lot 026 in Assessor's Block 2399 – Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2005.10.14.5610, proposing to construct a one-story vertical addition and a rear horizontal addition on a single-family dwelling, located in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

15. 2006.0859C (A. HESIK: (415) 558-6602)

372-398 HAYES STREET - north side of street between Franklin and Gough Streets (a.k.a. 372-398 Hayes Street), Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 0809 – Request for conditional use authorization to establish a large fast-food restaurant and liquor store of approximately 2,633 square feet. The proposed use is not formula retail as defined in Section 703.3 of the Planning Code. The proposal would relocate the existing wine store (d.b.a.  Arlequin Wine Merchants ) to the adjacent vacant storefront. The existing small self-service restaurant (d.b.a.  Arlequin Food-to-Go ) would be expanded to approximately 1,100 square feet, making it a  large fast-food restaurant as defined by Section 790.90 of the Planning Code. The café and wine store would be internally connected and would operate as a single business. There would be no physical expansion of the existing building. The site is within the Hayes-Gough Neighborhood Commercial District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

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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