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Public Hearings 
 

February 1, 2007

February 1, 2007

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting

&

Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, February 1, 2007

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Dwight S. Alexander

Vice-President: Christina R. Olague

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Sue Lee; 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 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: Dwight S. Alexander

Commission Vice-President: Christina R. Olague

Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Sue Lee; 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.

1. 2003.1210C (M. Snyder: (415) 575-6891)

5600 THIRD STREET - the block bounded by Third Street on its east, Bancroft Avenue on its south, Mendell Street on its west, and Armstrong Avenue on its north, Lots 003, 005, 006, 007, 008, 009, and 011 of Assessor's Block 5421 - Informational Presentation on the design refinements for the proposed project approved under Planned Unit Development / Conditional Use Case No. 2003.1210C. The subject property is within an M-1 (Light Industrial) District and a 65-J Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of January 18, 2007)

(Proposed for Continuance to February 8, 2007)

2. 2003.0347E (R. AHMADI: (415)-558-5966)

Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan - Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report. The project area lies to the west of the City's downtown financial district and sits at the junction of several neighborhoods, including, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Western Addition, South of Market, Inner Mission, the Castro, Duboce Triangle, Eureka Valley, and Upper Market. The proposed neighborhood plan would reclassify the existing zoning from Residential Districts (R), Neighborhood Commercial Districts (NCD's), Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial (NC-3), and Heavy Commercial (C-M) to Downtown General Commercial Districts (C-3-G), Residential Transit Oriented (RTO), Neighborhood Commercial Transit Districts (NCT), Neighborhood Commercial-Transit, Moderate-Scale Mixed Use Districts (NCT-3). It would also increase height limits in certain areas and reduce height limits in other areas. The proposed zoning and height reclassifications would increase the potential for residential development in the area.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify the Final Environmental Impact Report.

Please note: The public review period for the Draft Environmental Impact Report is closed. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs. Public comments on the certification may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Comment portion of the Commission calendar.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2006)

(Proposed for Continuance to February 15, 2007)

3. 2003.0347E (R. AHMADI: 414-558-5966)

Market & Octavia Neighborhood Plan - Adoption of CEQA Findings Related to EIR and Potential Project Approval Action. The project includes proposed amendments to the General Plan, Planning Code and Zoning Map. The project area lies to the west of the City's downtown financial district and sits at the junction of several neighborhoods, including, Civic Center, Hayes Valley, Western Addition, South of Market, Inner Mission, the Castro, Duboce Triangle, Eureka Valley, and Upper Market. The proposed neighborhood plan would: (1) amend the General Plan, adding a new Area Plan (the Market and Octavia Area Plan) and make related amendments to the Commerce and Industry, Housing, Recreation and Open Space and Transportation Elements, the Civic Center Area Plan, Downtown Area Plan, South of Market Area Plan and the Land Use Index; and (2) amend the Planning Code and Zoning Map to reclassify the existing zoning from Residential Districts (R), Neighborhood Commercial Districts (NCD's), Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial (NC-3), and Heavy Commercial (C-M) to Downtown General Commercial Districts (C-3-G), Residential Transit Oriented (RTO), Neighborhood Commercial Transit Districts (NCT), Neighborhood Commercial-Transit, Moderate-Scale Mixed Use Districts (NCT-3). The project would also increase height limits in certain areas and reduce height limits in other areas, and establish new fees. The proposed zoning and height reclassifications would increase the potential for residential development in the area.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt CEQA Findings.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2006)

(Proposed for Continuance to February 15, 2007)

4. 2006.1203C (K. DURANDET: (415) 575-6816)

219 7TH STREET- northeast side between Howard and Folsom Streets; Lot 41 in Assessors Block 3731 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 816.18, and 890.50, to convert a Residential Hotel to Other Institution, Residential Care Facility, within the SLR (Service/ Light Industrial/ Residential Mixed Use District) and the 50-X Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 7, 2006)

(Proposed for Continuance to February 22, 2007)

5a. 2006.0388D (S. MIDDLEBROOK: (415) 558-6372)

365 Douglass Street - east side between 19th and 20th Streets. Block 2699, Lot 31 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of residential demolitions, under Demolition Permit Application number 2006.02.03.3728. The proposal is to demolish the existing one-story single-family dwelling. The subject property is located in a RH-2 (Residential, Two Units) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 30, 2006)

(Proposed for Continuance to April 5, 2007)

5b. 2006.0389D (S. MIDDLEBROOK: (415) 558-6372)

365 Douglass Street - east side between 19th and 20th Streets, Block 2599, Lot 031 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of new construction, under Building Permit Application number 2006.02.033732, in conjunction with the demolition of a single family dwelling under case 2006.0388D with Demolition Permit Application number 2006.02.03.3728. The proposal is to construct a new, three-story single-family dwelling. The subject property is located in a RH-2 (Residential, Two Units) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 30, 2006)

NOTE: On 11/30/06, following public testimony, the public hearing was closed. The Commission continued this matter to 2/1/07 with instructions to the project sponsor to consider a new design and neighborhood character. The public hearing remains open.

(Proposed for Continuance to April 5, 2007)

6. 2004.0603E (M. JACINTO: (415) 558-5988)

601 DUBOCE AVENUE- Lot 3539, Lot 001 - Appeal of a Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration for the proposed construction of a four-story medical office building ( MOB ) on a 52,000 square foot portion of two surface parking lots on the northeast corner of the California Pacific Medical Center Davies campus in the Duboce Triangle neighborhood. The 50,100 (46,000 as measured by the Planning Code) gross-square-foot MOB would contain offices, a Neuromuscular and Electroencephalogram Clinic, a pharmacy and admitting station for the existing ambulatory surgery department in the CPMC Hospital North Tower. Patient drop-off would be located adjacent the MOB's third floor, accessible via the existing Duboce Avenue service drive. The MOB would include two pedestrian entries: a southern entrance along Noe Street and a northern entrance located along Duboce Avenue across from the N-Judah MUNI stop. The project would result in removal of 75 onsite surface parking spaces; no new off-street parking spaces would be constructed as part of the project. Pedestrian and streetscape improvements, including a public plaza, landscaping and sidewalk widening along Noe Street would be undertaken as part of the project. The project site is in the RH-3 (Residential House, Three Family) Zoning District and the 65-D Height and Bulk District, and would require Conditional Use authorization for expansion of an institutional use in an RH-3 Zoning District, an amendment CPMC's Planned Unit Development, permits from the Department of Public Works for tree removal and new landscaping, as well as building permits from the Department of Building Inspection.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2006)

(Proposed for Continuance to April 12, 2007)

7. 2004.0603C (T. Tam (415) 558-6325)

601 DUBOCE AVENUE - southwest corner of Duboce Avenue and Noe Street; Lot 1 in Assessor's Block 3539 - Request for a Conditional Use Authorization for a Planned Unit Development pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303(c) and 304 to amend a previously approved CU/PUD authorization (Case No. 1987.847C, Motion No. M13255) and develop a new four-story, 46,000 gross-square-foot (gsf) clinic / medical office building (as measured by the Planning Code; 50,100 gsf without area reductions allowed by Sec. 102.9). The new building would contain a Neuromuscular and Electroencephalogram Clinic, offices, a pharmacy and an admitting station for the existing ambulatory surgery department in the CPMC Hospital North Tower. As a Planned Unit Development, the project is seeking modifications to Planning Code requirements for rear yard and independently accessible parking. The property is in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 65-D Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to April 12, 2007)

B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

8. 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

9. Director's Announcements

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

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. 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.

  1. CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION – PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

11. 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 October 5, 2006)

NOTE: On October 5, 2006, following public testimony the Commission closed public hearing and entertained a motion to approve. The motion failed by a vote of +3 –2. Commissioners Moore and Sugaya voted no and Commissioner Alexander was absent. The item was continued to November 16, 2006 by a vote +4 –1. Commissioner Sugaya voted no. Commissioner Alexander was absent.

NOTE: On November 30, 2006, the Commission passed a motion of intent to disapprove (+4 –2) Antonini and S. Lee voted against and W. Lee absent. Final language on 2/1/07.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 30, 2006)

G. 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.

12. 2006.1090C (E. JACKSON: (415) 558- 6363)

120 Lathrop Avenue - south side, between Tunnel and Wheeler Avenues, Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 5090 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) pursuant to Planning Code Section 304 to amend a previously approved CU/PUD authorization (Case No. 1995.183C, Motion No. 13951) to demolish an existing 1,815 square foot classroom building and construct a new 4,300 square foot multi-purpose building at the rear of the lot within an RH-1 (Residential, House, Single-Family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk designation. The site is currently occupied by the Korean First Presbyterian Church. Exceptions are requested from rear yard and off-street parking as mandated by the Planning Code.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of January 18, 2007)

  • H.REGULAR CALENDAR

13. 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, Low-Density) 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 December 14, 2006)

14. 2006.1418D (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

75 PIERCE STREET - west side between Waller Street and Duboce Park; Lot 003 in Assessor's Block 0864 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.08.31.1141 proposing to add two dormers- 10' wide, 12' deep, and 8' tall- on each side of the roof set back 21' from the front façade, demolish the last 10' of the second floor and replace it with an addition that extends 15.5' into the rear yard and is 13.5' wide on a four-story, two-unit building 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 as proposed.

15. 2006.1415D (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)

2721 PIERCE STREET - west side between Green and Vallejo Streets, Lot 006 in Assessor's Block 0560 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.07.03.5586 proposing to remove an existing sun porch at the rear of the building and to construct a two-story rear addition with basement measuring approximately 19 feet deep by 12 feet wide. The existing building is a single-familiy 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 project as proposed.

16. 2006.1489D (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)

104-106 9TH AVENUE - east side between Lake and California Streets; Lot 044 in Assessor's Block 1368 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under the Planning Commission's policy requiring review of all dwelling unit mergers, of Building Permit Application No. 2006.10.26.6075S, proposing to reconfigure the existing two-unit building to a single-family configuration with a new small auxiliary unit at the garage level in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove the proposed reconfiguration of units.

17. 2006.1147D (C. JAROSLAWSKY: (415) 558-6348)

67 MADRONE AVENUE - east side between Taraval and Ulloa Streets; Lot 033 in Assessor's Block 2919A - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2006.10.06.4439, to extend the rear two levels, approximately 15 feet into the rear yard and add a partial third level onto a single-family dwelling, one story over garage structure in an RH-1(D) (Residential, House, One-Family, Detached) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

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

18. 2006.0665DDDDDDDDDD (M. SMITH: (415) 558-6322)

652 DUNCAN STREET - north side between Diamond and Newburg Streets, Lot 002J in Assessor's Block 6589 - Requests for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2005.12.23.0995, proposing to construct a partial 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.

I. 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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