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August 7, 2008 (Correction)

August 7, 2008 (Correction)

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION

Notice of Meeting and Calendar

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Friday Thursday, August 7, 2008

1:30 PM

Regular Meeting

President: Christina R. Olague

Vice President: Ron Miguel

Commissioners: Michael Antonini; Gwyneth J. Borden; 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

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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
1650 MISSION STREET, 4TH 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 1650 Mission Street, 4th 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, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, 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, 1650 Mission St., 4th floor reception.

1:30 PM _________

  • CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

1. 2008.0282C (S. Young: (415) 558-6346)

331 CLEMENT STREET- south side between 4th and 5th Avenues; Lot 043 in Assessor's Block 1436 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 703.4, 303(c), and 303(i) of the Planning Code to establish a Formula Retail Use within the Inner Clement Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District - The proposal is to legalize the establishment of an existing restaurant, dba Sweet Delight Cafe, which is currently operating as a formula retail use consistent with that of a  Quickly' Asian fusion style café franchise selling a large variety of beverages, snacks, and desserts. The restaurant consists of a kitchen, service area, storage room, restroom, and dining area with seating for 36 persons. The proposal will not involve tenant improvements to the existing commercial space or an expansion to the existing building envelope.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

2a. 2007.0980ECV (A. HEITTER: (415) 558-6602)

220 GOLDEN GATE AVENUE - northwest corner of Leavenworth Street at Golden Gate Avenue, Lot 4, in Assessor's Block 345 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow additional square footage above that permitted by the base floor area ratio limits for the construction of affordable group housing units - The proposed project is to convert the existing Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA to 174 group housing units for the chronically homeless. The project also includes a historic rehabilitation component, including an exterior façade restoration. The proposed project would not involve any expansion of the existing building envelope. The site has no off-street parking and none is proposed. The project site is within a C-3-G (Downtown General Commercial) Zoning District and an 80-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

2b. 2007.0980ECV (A. HEITTER: (415) 558-6602)

220 GOLDEN GATE AVENUE - northwest corner of Leavenworth Street at Golden Gate Avenue, Lot 4, in Assessor's Block 345 - Request for a Variance to allow a reduction in the common usable open space requirements - The proposed project is to convert the existing Shih Yu-Lang Central YMCA to 174 group housing units for the chronically homeless. The project also includes a historic rehabilitation component, including an exterior façade restoration. The proposed project would not involve any expansion of the existing building envelope. The site has no off-street parking and none is proposed. The project site is within a C-3-G (Downtown General Commerical) Zoning District and an 80-X Height and Bulk District.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

3. 2007.1256C (K. Guy: (415) 558-6163)

401-431 Columbus Avenue -west side between Stockton and Vallejo Streets, Lot 026 of Assessor's Block 0131 - west side between Stockton and Vallejo Streets, Lot 026 of Assessor's Block 0131 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 722.21, 722.41, and 722.42 to expand an existing full-service restaurant and bar (dba Panta Rei Restaurant), and to allow a use size in excess of 2,000 square feet within the North Beach NCD (Neighborhood Commercial District), and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to expand the existing 1,500 square-foot restaurant and bar to occupy the adjacent existing storefront. The expanded restaurant and bar would measure a total of 2,040 square feet.

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapproval

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 24, 2008)

NOTE: On July 24, 2008, following public testimony the Commission closed public hearing and entertained a motion to approved by a vote of +4 -3. Commissioners Olague, Moore and Sugaya voted no. Final Language August 7, 2008.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

4. 2008.0711X (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

399 Fremont Street - northeast corner of Harrison and Fremont Streets, Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 3747 - Request under Planning Code Sections 309.1 and 827 for the authorization of a change in previously approved conditions of approval to extend the performance period within the RH DTR (Rincon Hill Downtown Residential Mixed Use) District With A 85/400-R Height And Bulk Designation.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

5a. 2007.0785VZ (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

483 BOSWORTH STREET (aka 1 LYELL STREET) - southeast corner; Lot 063 in Assessor's Block 6753 - Request to amend the Planning Code pursuant to Planning Code Section 302, in a P (Public) and 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to reclassify the property from P (Public) to RH-2 (Residential, House Districts, Two-Family) and construct a 2-story, 2-unit residential structure on a currently vacant, substandard property that would not provide the required rear yard, front setback, or any off-street parking spaces.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval of Reclassification

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

5b. 2007.0785VZ (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)

483 BOSWORTH STREET (aka 1 LYELL STREET) - southeast corner; Lot 063 in Assessor's Block 6753 - Request for a Variance for proposed development pursuant to Planning Code Sections 305, 132, 134, and 151, in a RH-2 (Residential, House Districts, Two-Family) and 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to construct a 2-story, 2-unit residential structure on a currently vacant, substandard property that would not provide the required rear yard, front setback, or any off-street parking spaces.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

6. 2008.0642T (e. forbes: 415) 558-6417)

Planning Code Enforcement Update Board File No. 080525 - This Ordinance introduced by Supervisor Peskin would amend the Administrative Code Section 10.100-166 to expand the Planning Department's Code Enforcement Fund beyond general advertising signs and authorize the Fund to receive revenues from all code enforcement activities, including monetary judgments, and authorize expenditure of the funds for administration and enforcement of all Planning Code violations. The Ordinance would also amend the Planning Code Section 303(l) concerning relocation of general advertising signs to delete the requirement to submit a site map, clarify that wall signs are included in the requirements and make technical changes to the language of the section; amend Section 358 to increase the annual inventory maintenance fee from $48 to $75 and to clarify use of the general advertising sign inventory fees and that wall signs are included in the requirements; amend Section 604.2 to provide that violation of the Code's general advertising sign inventory requirements is a public nuisance, to clarify that the definition of the term "general advertising sign company" includes the operator of the sign and that wall signs are included in the requirements, to modify language required to be in the affidavit submitted with the sign inventory, to delete the requirement to submit a site map, to conform the penalty and appeal procedure with Section 610, and to make other clarifying and technical changes to the language of the section; adopting CEQA and Planning Code Section 302 findings. Preliminary Recommendation: Approval.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

7. 2008.0622D (A. STARR: (415) 558-6362)

565 MARINA BOULEVARD - south side between Divisadero and Scott Streets; Lot 007B in Assessor's Block 0912 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.10.31.6950 proposing to construct a 4th floor vertical addition and a horizontal addition at the rear of a three-story, single-family house in an RH-1 (Residential, House, Single-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and Approve

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 17, 2008)

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

8. 2007.1072C (S. SANCHEZ: (415) 558-6326)

1727 LOMBARD STREET - south side between Laguna and Octavia Streets, Lot 036, in Assessor's Block 0506 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 303 and 209.2(c) to legalize the conversion of a tourist hotel ( Star Motel ) to group housing for a post-secondary educational institution ( Academy of Art University ) in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Hold public hearing to allow public comment and continue item to allow for additional neighborhood outreach and completion of environmental review.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 1, 2007)

NOTE: On April 24, 2008, following public testimony, the Commission closed public hearing and continued the item to May 1, 2008.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 8, 2008)

9. 2008.0478D (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)

526 ELLINGTON - northerly side between Wipple and Farragut Avenues Lot 003 of Assessor's Block 7100 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application 2008 0103 1806 to construct a two story 24 foot long addition to the rear of the existing two-story dwelling in an RH-1, Residential House, One-Family and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and Modify the Project.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 14, 2008)

10a. 2008.0614D (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

1366 SAN BRUNO AVENUE - west side, between 24th and 25th Streets; Lot 007 in Assessor's Block 4263, in a RH-3 (Residential, Three-Family House) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation. The proposal is to demolish an existing two-family dwelling and construct a new three-family dwelling. Planning Code Section 317 requires Mandatory Discretionary Review of Demolition Permit Application No. 2007.03.21.6793 to demolish an existing two-family dwelling.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 24, 2008)

(Proposed for Continuance to August 14, 2008)

10b. 2007.0040DV (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

1366 San Bruno Avenue - west side, between 24th and 25th Streets; Lot 007 in Assessor's Block 4263, in a RH-3 (Residential, Three-Family House) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation. Planning Code Section 317 requires Mandatory Discretionary Review for the new construction of units in association with demolition. Planning Code Section 317 requires Mandatory Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2007.03.21.6789 for the new construction of a three-family dwelling in association with the demolition.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 24, 2008)

(Proposed for Continuance to August 14, 2008)

10c. 2007.0040DV (B. FU: (415) 558-6613)

1366 San Bruno Avenue - west side, between 24th and 25th Streets; Lot 007 in Assessor's Block 4263, in a RH-3 (Residential, Three-Family House) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation. Planning Code Section 317 requires Mandatory Discretionary Review for the new construction a three-family dwelling in association with demolition. Front setback, rear yard, and off-street parking Variances are required and will be considered by the Zoning Administrator.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 24, 2008)

(Proposed for Continuance to August 14, 2008)

11. CODE ENFORCEMENT PRIORITIES UPDATE (L. SCOTT: (415) 558 6317)

Report on survey to neighborhood organizations and the public on enforcement issues and priorities, current status of code enforcement workload, and proposed policy resolution on updated priorities.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval of draft resolution

(Proposed for Continuance to September 11, 2008)

12a. 2008.0484B (E. Jackson: (415) 558-6363)

600 Terry Francois Boulevard - corner of South Street and Terry Francois Boulevard, aka Mission Bay South Block 30; aka Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 8722 - Application for design review and office allocation pursuant to Planning Code Section 321 to construct a new, approximately 332,395 gross square foot laboratory/office building, 6 stories and approximately 90 feet in height, requesting up to 312,932 square feet of office space. Off-street parking will be provided off-site, in a parking garage to be provided on Block 29. The site is located in the Mission Bay Commercial-Industrial-Retail Zoning District with an HZ-5 Height and Bulk designation.

(proposed for Continuance to September 25, 2008)

12b. 2008.0483B (E. Jackson: (415) 558-6363)

650 Terry Francois Boulevard - southeast corner, aka Mission Bay South Block 32; aka Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 8722 - Application for design review and office allocation pursuant to Planning Code Section 321 to construct a new, approximately 305,673 gross square foot laboratory/office building, 6 stories and approximately 90 feet in height, requesting up to 291,367 square feet of office space. Off-street parking will be provided off-site, in a parking garage to be provided on Block 29B. The site is located in the Mission Bay Commercial-Industrial-Retail Zoning District with an HZ-5 Height and Bulk designation.

(proposed for Continuance to September 25, 2008)

12c. 2008.0690B (E. Jackson: (415) 558-6363)

1450 Owens Street - north of 16th Street, aka Mission Bay South Blocks 41-43, Parcel 7; aka Lot 006 in Assessor's Block 8709 - Application for design review and office allocation pursuant to Planning Code Section 321 to construct a new, approximately 61,581 gross square foot laboratory/office building, 2 stories and approximately 39 feet in height, requesting up to 61,581 square feet of office space. Off-street parking will be provided off-site, in a parking garage to be provided on Parcel 6. The site is located in the Mission Bay Commercial-Industrial Zoning District with an HZ-7 Height and Bulk designation.

(proposed for Continuance to September 25, 2008)

13, 2008.0850B (C. Nikitas: (415) 558-6306

Mission Bay Blocks 26, 27, 29-32, 33-34, and 41-43 - Proposed creation of the Alexandria Life Sciences Mission Bay Development District, for design review and office allocation pursuant to Planning Code Section 321, including previously authorized projects and future projects, to limit the total office space allocation within the District. The sites are located in Mission Bay South under a single ownership.

(proposed for Continuance to September 25, 2008)

14. 2006.0070T (C. NIKITAS: (415) 558-6306)

Legislationto Control theLOSS OF DWELLING UNITS- Code Implementation Document - Proposed procedures and criteria to implement newly-adopted Code Section 317 requiring Planning Commission hearings for the removal of certain dwelling and live-work units. The document also sets numerical criteria, some of which are subject to administrative adjustment in response to changing economic conditions.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 17, 2008)

(Proposed for Continuance to September 25, 2008)

15. 2007.1112T (A. Rodgers: (415) 558-6395)

Amendments repealing Planning Code Section 825.1 and amending Planning Code Sections 135, 309.1, 318.3, 809, 825, and 827. Proposed Ordinance [Board File Number 071292] -introduced by Supervisor Daly to apply many of the pedestrian-friendly provisions of the Rincon Hill Downtown Mixed Use Zoning District to all Downtown Residential Districts. Specifically, the proposed Ordinance would add design requirements to enhance the pedestrian environment including but not limited to controls for ground floor uses, transparency, wind protection, lighting, and sidewalk treatments, and making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 17, 2008)

LEGISLATION WITHDRAWN AND SUPERVISOR DALY DECIDED TO CONTINUE IT INDEFINITELY

16. (A. KIEFER: (415) 575-9065)

UPPER MARKET COMMUNITY DESIGN PLAN- The San Francisco Planning Department has published a document entitled  Upper Market Community Design Plan. The plan area generally includes properties fronting Market Street between Octavia Boulevard on the east and Collingwood Street on the west.

Prior to initiating community workshops, the Department and its consultant team explored existing conditions in the neighborhood. The Department conducted outreach meetings with representatives of the Castro and nearby neighborhood organizations. The Department held three community workshops. The themes of the workshops focused on: 1.) Community Vision (September 2007); 2.) Community Design Framework (October 2007); and 3.) Design Strategies (December 2007). The outcome of the workshops is a Design Plan that contains a program for public realm improvements and design guidelines for private development that incorporate the identity, character, economic and social composition of the Upper Market area and its surrounding neighborhoods.

The Plan responds to physical, social, and economic conditions in the Project area, and establishes a plan for public and private improvements in the Project Area. The Plan identifies existing physical, infrastructure and economic conditions in the Upper Market neighborhood, considers historical context and identifies key neighborhood assets, challenges and opportunities to revitalize the neighborhood. It includes an Urban Design Framework section that: describes planning strategies that may be used to guide Urban Design improvements along the upper Market Street corridor. The Plan also proposes improvements to the public realm, including public spaces, sidewalks, and plazas.

The Plan incorporates Design Guidelines that may be used to guide design character for new buildings, and provides an overview of the steps that may be taken to achieve neighborhood improvements. The Upper Market Community Design Plan:

  1. Identifies the community's five highest priority public infrastructure improvement projects,
  2. Actions that neighborhood residents, business owners and community organizations may take to support improvements, and
  3. Outlines design guidelines that may be used by both developers and city planners
  4. The Plan also identifies potential funding sources for street and sidewalk improvements. "

Preliminary Recommendation: Endorsement

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 17, 2008)

(Proposed for Indefinite Continuance)

B. 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.

C. 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.

  • REGULAR CALENDAR

(K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

Note: Item Number 17 and Item Number 18 include components of the Eastern Neighborhoods Program, a broad effort to examine and amend City Codes and the General Plan in order to better plan for growth in a significant portion of land in the southeast quadrant of the City.

The subject of the proposed rezoning is an approximately 2,200-acre project area that includes four neighborhoods on the eastern side of San Francisco: East SoMa, the Mission, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill and the Central Waterfront. The proposed rezoning would introduce new use (zoning) districts, including: (1) districts that would permit only production, distribution and repair (PDR) uses; (2) districts that would permit at least some PDR uses in combination with commercial and/or residential uses; (3) districts mixing residential and commercial uses; and (4) new residential-only districts. The new districts would replace existing industrial, commercial and residential single-use districts. The project would also include certain adjustments to height limits. In conjunction with the proposed rezoning, the Planning Department is also developing area plans for inclusion within the General Plan for the four neighborhoods in the project area. These plans address policy-level issues pertaining to housing, transportation, historic resources, urban design (including building heights and urban form), open space, and community facilities.

The Eastern Neighborhoods Plan Area generally encompasses:

  • East SoMa (the eastern portion of the South of Market district), bounded generally by Folsom Street on the northwest, the Rincon Hill Plan area (essentially, Second Street) on the east, Townsend Street on the south, and Fourth Street on the west, with an extension to the northwest bounded by Harrison, Seventh, Mission, Sixth (both sides), Natoma, Fifth, and Folsom Streets;
  • the Mission, bounded by 13th and Division Streets on the north, Potrero Avenue on the east, César Chávez Street on the south, and Guerrero Street on the west;
  • the Showplace Square/Potrero Hill district, generally bounded by Bryant Street and 10th Street on the northwest, Seventh Street on the northeast, Interstate Highway 280 (I-280) on the east, 25th and 26th Streets on the south, and Potrero Avenue on the west; and
  • the Central Waterfront, bounded by Mariposa Street on the north, San Francisco Bay on the east, Islais Creek on the south, and I-280 on the west.

17. 2004.0160EMTUZUU (M. JACINTO: (415) 575-9033)

EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS FINAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT - Certification of 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.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify the Final EIR.

NOTE: Item 18: On July 31, 2008, following public testimony the Commission passed a motion of intent to adopt subject to changes. Public comment will not be limited to changes but could address the integrated plans. The vote was +4 -0. Commissioners Antonini, Miguel and Sugaya were absent.

18a. 2004.0160EMTUZUU (M. JACINTO: (415) 575-9033)

CEQA FINDINGS - In accordance with CEQA Guidelines Section 15091, CEQA findings which indicate significant impacts associated with approving the zoning and Area Plans are proposed, along with a rationale for rejecting alternatives identified in the EIR, and a statement of overriding considerations that lists technical, social and economic reasons for adopting the plans and zoning despite identified significant, adverse environmental impacts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

18b. 2004.0160EMTUZUU (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENTS - General Plan amendments that would, 1) add to the General Plan four new area plans, which include the Mission, East SoMa, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill and Central Waterfront Area Plans; and 2) make related amendments to the following portions of the existing General Plan: the Commerce and Industry Element, Recreation Element, Open Space Element, the South of Market Area Plan, the Central Waterfront Area Plan, the Northeastern Waterfront Area Plan, and the Land Use Index.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

18c. 2004.0160EMTUZUU (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS PLANNING CODE TEXT AMENDMENTS - Planning Code text amendments that would revise controls including but not limited to those for land use, height and bulk, building design, density, open space, and parking; establish 16 new zoning districts; amend the South Park District; RTO District, NCT Districts, and Downtown Residential Districts; and make related amendments to the Planning Code necessary to implement the General Plan as proposed to be amended and make related Planning Code amendments pursuant to the Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plans.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

18d. 2004.0160EMTUZUU (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS ZONING MAP AMENDMENTS - Zoning Map amendments that would revise the Zoning Maps of the City and County of San Francisco in order to a) update height and bulk districts, b) apply the RTO District and PDR-2 Districts in the Eastern Neighborhoods, and c) designate 16 new zoning districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

18e. 2004.0160EMTUZUU (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS INTERIM HISTORIC PRESERVATION CONTROLS - Interim historic preservation controls that would establish additional review of proposed changes to or demolition of historic or potentially historic resources in the Eastern Neighborhoods, pending completion of ongoing historic resource surveys.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

18f. 2004.0160EMTUZUU (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

EASTERN NEIGHBORHOODS IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING – Amendments to the Administrative Code in order establish implementation and monitoring measures related to Eastern Neighborhoods Area Plan policies.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

18g. (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

INTERIM DEVELOPMENT REVIEW POLICY - Interim policy to govern the review of development projects in the Eastern Neighborhoods which may move forward for consideration and possible approval prior to the effective date of the Eastern Neighborhood zoning controls.

Preliminary Recommendation: Adoption.

19. 2008.0677T (K. RICH: (415) 558-6345)

Proposed ordinance to create an Eastern Neighborhoods community stabilization fund and a PDR Replacement fund -Proposed ordinance introduced by Supervisor Daly under Board File Number 080777 amending the Planning Code to add Section 319A et seq. to create a community stabilization fund and a Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) business replacement fund and imposing fees on specified new developments in the Eastern Neighborhoods (East Soma, Showplace Square/Potrero Hill, Mission and Central Waterfront); making a declaration of policy concerning pending residential development projects in the Eastern Neighborhoods that are compliant with the current Planning Code; and making environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and priority policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 31, 2008)

5:00 P.M.

F. 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.

20. 1996.281E (J. KUGLER: (415) 575-6925)

CENTRAL SUBWAY PROJECT - Certification of the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report prepared for Central Subway which is Phase 2 of the Third Street Light Rail project. (The environmental document has been prepared to meet the requirements of both CEQA and NEPA and analyzes updated information from the original EIS/EIR that was certified in 1998.) The proposed project is to provide Muni Metro rail service from 4th and King (current terminus of Phase 1-the T-Third line) to Chinatown in a mostly subway configuration. The proposed alignment would operate on Fourth and Stockton Streets with a deep underground crossing of Market Street. The alignment would be on the surface of Fourth Street beginning at King Street and go underground between Bryant and Harrison (under the I-80 freeway). There would be a surface station at 4th and Brannan Streets and three underground stations at Moscone, Union Square/Market, and Chinatown.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify the Environmental Impact Report

Please note: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on December 10, 2007. 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 July 24, 2008)

G. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

21. Director's Announcements

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

H. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

23. 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.

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

  • directing staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

Adjournment:

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