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City and County of San Francisco
Public Hearings 
 
August 13, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO
PLANNING COMMISSION
Notice of Meeting
&
Calendar
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, August 13, 2009
1:30 PM
Regular Meeting

President: Ron Miguel
Vice-President: Christina R. Olague
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth 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
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
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.

Policy on Commissioner's requests for hearings: There must be consensus of the Commission (four commissioners) or direction from the President/Chair to schedule a hearing that otherwise would not be scheduled.

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 _________

ROLL CALL:
President: Ron Miguel
Vice-President: Christina R. Olague
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore; Hisashi Sugaya


A. CONSIDERATION OF ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

The Commission will consider a request for continuance to a later date. The Commission may choose to continue the item to the date proposed below, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.

1. 2008.1106D (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)
2626 FILBERT STREET - north side between Broderick and Divisadero Streets, Lot 003B in Assessor's Block 0943 - Request for Discretionary Review of Demolition Permit Application No. 2007.12.24.1235 and Building Permit Application No. 2007.12.24.1234 proposing demolition of a four-story, single-family residence and new construction of a three-story, single-family residence in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
(Proposed for continuance to October 22, 2009)

B. 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

2. 2009.0630C (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)
1217 POLK STREET - between Sutter and Bush Streets, Lot 005 of Assessor's Block 0670 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow the relocation of an existing bar (d.b.a. "Lush Lounge") from 1092 Post Street (Lot 012 of Assessor's Block 0692) to 1217 Polk Street, within the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and the 65-A Height and Bulk District. Interior and exterior tenant improvements are proposed for the space at 1217 Polk Street.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

3. 2009.0373D (R. CRAWFORD: (415) 558-6358)
1333 JONES STREET - west side between Clay and Washington Streets Lots 067 and 068, of Assessor's Block 0215C - Mandatory Discretionary Review of a proposed Dwelling Unit Merger. The proposal is to merge two owner occupied dwelling units in a condominium building into one owner occupied unit and reduce the number of units in the building from 130 to 129. Both units are now and will remain occupied on a full-time basis by the owner and her family in the RM-4, Residential Mixed High Density District and 40X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve the Permit

C. 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.

4. Consideration of Adoption:

" Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of September 4, 2008.
" Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of September 18, 2008.
" Draft Minutes of Special Meeting of September 25, 2008.
" Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of September 25, 2008.
" Draft Minutes of Regular Meeting of October 23, 2008.
" Draft Minutes of Special Meeting of October 30, 2008.

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.

D. DIRECTOR'S REPORT

6. Director's Announcements

7. Review of Past Week's Events at the Board of Supervisors, Board of Appeals, and Historic Preservation Commission.

8. (S. SANCHEZ: (415) 558-6326)
UNIVERSAL PLANNING NOTIFICATION (UPN) PROJECT - Informational presentation to introduce the UPN Project (the Department's efforts to streamline notification standards and processes), provide an overview of current notification processes, outline proposed changes and receive input about the draft proposal.

E. 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.

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.


G. CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION - PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

9. 2008.0996C (A. HOLLISTER: (415) 575-9078)
1040 COLUMBUS AVENUE - east side between Francisco and Chestnut Streets, Lot 001 in Assessor's Block 0050 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to add a bar use (Type 47 ABC Liquor License) to an existing restaurant (DBA "Cable Car Restaurant") and to legalize entertainment uses already found at the existing restaurant such as billiard tables. No construction is proposed under this application. This site is within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 25, 2009)
Note: On July 23, 2009, following a failed motion to approve legalizing entertainment uses already found at the existing restaurant such as billiard tables and to disapprove adding a bar use - Type 47 ABC Liquor License (on a +3 -3 vote with Antonini, Borden & Lee voting against), the Commission continued this matter to August 13, 2009 to allow the absent commissioner the opportunity to participate in the final action, by a vote +5 -1. Commissioner Moore voted no. Commissioner Sugaya was absent. The public hearing remains closed.

H. REGULAR CALENDAR

10. 2009.0707MZ (A. KIEFER: (415) 575-9065)
MARKET & OCTAVIA HISTORIC AREA PLAN LEVEL HISTORIC SURVEY INTEGRATION - Initiate Amendments to the Market and Octavia Area Plan of the General Plan and Zoning Map to integrate Market and Octavia Area Plan Level Historic Survey prepared by Page and Turnbull and make Clarifications and Technical Amendments. Earlier this year the Planning Commission endorsed the Page and Turnbull Area Plan level survey of the Market and Octavia Area Plan with some modifications. Following this endorsement staff in coordination with the community, have developed a recommendation for the integration of these findings into the Market and Octavia Plan as required by the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors. Staff will provide an informational presentation and an overview of proposed amendments.
Preliminary Recommendation: Initiate Amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Map, refer portions of the Amendments to the Historic Preservation Commission.

11. 2007.0953C (A. HOLLISTER: (415) 575-9078)
1684-1698 MARKET STREET - northeast corner of Gough Street, Lot 006 in Assessor's Block 0854 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to legalize the expansion of an existing full-service restaurant (d.b.a. Espetus Churrascaria) into an adjacent commercial storefront occupying the ground and mezzanine-level of the storefront. The expansion would increase the restaurant's floor area from approximately 9,990 gross square feet to approximately 11,790 gross square feet. No physical expansion of the existing building would occur. This site is within a NCT-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial Transit) District, and an 85-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

12. 2009.0114C (A. PUTRA: (415) 575-9079)
1042 TARAVAL STREET (1026-1042 TARAVAL STREET) - north side of Taraval Street between 20th and 21st Avenues; Lot 018 in Assessor's Block 2349 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 711.42, 781.1, and 303 to establish a full-service restaurant (d.b.a. "Katoyama Ramen") in an NC-2 (Small Scale, Neighborhood Commercial) District, within the Taraval Street Restaurant and Fast-food Subdistrict, and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

13. 2008.1354C (C. TEAGUE: (415) 575-9081)
201 FOLSOM STREET (AKA 314 MAIN STREET) - south side between Main and Beale Street, Lot 003 (previously Lot 001) in Assessor's Block 3746 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 303(e) to modify the performance period condition of Motion No. 16647 for Case No. 2000.1073C to extend the approval period another 3 years from the date of expiration of the original approval of a mixed use project consisting of two residential towers of heights of 350 and 400 feet above an 80-foot podium, with up to 725 dwelling units, 750 off-street parking spaces, 38,000 square feet of commercial space, and 272 replacement off-street parking spaces for the adjacent USPS facility, in a RC-4 (Residential-Commercial Combined, High Density District) and a 400-W Height and Bulk District, and within the Folsom and Main Residential/Commercial Special Use District. No changes are proposed for the existing project as originally approved.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
14. 2009.0408C (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)
2550 SLOAT BOULEVARD - north side at the northeast corner of 44th Avenue; Lot 005 in Assessor's Block 2512 - Request for a Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303, 711.83, 790.80, to install a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of 9 new panel antennas screened inside faux chimneys located on the existing building rooftop and measuring approximately 38'-6" above grade, with 6 equipment cabinets located on the roof of the garage, as part of AT&T's wireless telecommunications network within a NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial, Small-Scale) Zoning District and 100-A Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

15. 2005.0911CEV (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)
616 DIVISADERO STREET - Informational Item - east side between Hayes and Grove Streets, Lot 002J in Assessor's Block 1202 - Conditional Use Authorization would be required to allow development of a lot greater than 9,999 square feet and to allow non-residential uses greater than 3,999 square feet within the NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District, the Divisadero Street Alcohol Restricted Use District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District. The project proposes the alteration and adaptive re-use of an existing building (the vacant Harding Theater) to retain two existing storefront spaces at the ground floor and to retain the existing levels of the main auditorium and mezzanine as an auditorium space. Replacement of the marquee and blade sign at the front façade is proposed. The existing fly loft/backstage structure is proposed to be removed to allow for the new construction of a five-story, eight-unit building with eight parking spaces fronting Hayes Street.

16. 2009.0398C (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)
3115 FILLMORE STREET - west side between Pixley and Filbert Streets; Lot 008 in Assessor's Block 0515 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow a new full-service restaurant (d.b.a. "Kasa Indian Eatery") pursuant to Sections 303(c) and 725.42 of the Planning Code, in a vacant retail space within the Union Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

17. 2009.0556D (M. WOODS: (415) 558-6315)
226 - 28TH AVENUE - east side between Lake and California Streets; Lot 022Q in Assessor's Block 1387 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.02.19.2392S, proposing rear and side horizontal additions, and the

replacement of the exterior rear staircase to the existing two-story over garage, single-family residence in an RH-1(D) (Residential, House, One-Family, Detached) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project

18. 2009.0635D (E. WATTY: (415) 558-6620)
635 BURNETT AVENUE - east side of Burnett Avenue, where Burnett Avenue intersects Perego Terrace; Lot 041, in Assessor's Block 2826 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2009.04.01.5348, which proposes the construction of a horizontal rear addition to fill-in the void beneath the cantilevered upper three stories. The proposal also includes a one-story deck that will project from the proposed addition. The Subject Property is located within the RM-1 (Residential Mixed, Low-Density) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the Project as proposed.

19. 2009.0547D (G. CABREROS: (415) 558-6169)
225-227 LAGUNA STREET - west side of Laguna Street between Page and Haight Streets; Lot 049 and 050 in Assessor's Block 0851 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2008.12.05.7883 proposing to construct a roof deck on the existing building and to construct exterior stairs within the existing side yard of a two-unit, three-story-over-garage building within an RTO (Residential Transit-Oriented Neighborhood) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project

6:00 p.m.

NOTE: Items listed below may be called after 6:00 p.m. but can not be heard or considered before 6:00 p.m.

20a. 2008.0505DDDV (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)
1321 DEHARO STREET - east side of DeHaro Street between 24th Street and 25th Street; Lot 036 in Assessor's Block 4218 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Code Section 317 requiring review of the demolition of residential buildings and their replacement structures, of Demolition Permit Application No. 2008.04.03.8737 to demolish an existing single family dwelling within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three Family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation. Two separate public initiated Discretionary Review requests regarding the replacement structure have also been filed and will be considered at this hearing.
Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve replacement structure subject to modifications
(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 23, 2009)

20b. 2008.0505DDDV (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)
1321 DEHARO STREET - east side of DeHaro Street between 24th Street and 25th Street; Lot 036 in Assessor's Block 4218 - Request for Variance, pursuant to Planning Code Section 134, to allow a rear yard of 10 feet where a rear yard of 28 feet is required within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three Family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 23, 2009)

20c. 2009.0107D (D. SÁNCHEZ: (415) 575-9082)
1321 DEHARO STREET - east side of DeHaro Street between 24th Street and 25th Street; Lot 036 in Assessor's Block 4218 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, under Planning Code Section 317 requiring review of the demolition of residential buildings and their replacement structures, of Building Permit Application No. 2008.04.03.8738 to construct a three family dwelling as a replacement structure to the proposed demolition of a single family dwelling within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three Family) District with a 40-X Height and Bulk Designation.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve demolition
(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 23, 2009)

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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