January 8, 2009
SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION
Notice of Meeting & Calendar
Commission Chambers - Room 400
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Thursday, January 8, 2009
President: Christina R. Olague
Vice-President: Ron Miguel
Commissioners: Michael J. Antonini; Gwyneth Borden; William L. Lee; Kathrin Moore;
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.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.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 FranciscoLobbyist 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 email@example.com.
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..
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 _________
President: Christina R. Olague
Vice-President: Ron Miguel
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. 2008.1179Z (E. Watty: (415) 558-6620)
2400 IRVING STREET - northwest corner of 25th Avenue, Lot 053 in Assessor's Block 1725 - An Ordinance to amend Map Sheets ZN05 and SU05 the Planning Code in order to reclassify the northern half of the Subject Property from RH-2 (Residential House, Two-Family) to NC-2 (Neighborhood Commercial, Small-Scale), pursuant to Planning Code Section 302. The proposed Ordinance is before the Commission so that it may recommend adoption, rejection, or adoption with modifications to the Board of Supervisors, and adopt findings, including environmental findings and findings of consistency with the General Plan and the Priority Policies of Planning Code Section 101.1.
Preliminary Recommendation: Recommend adoption to the Board of Supervisors.
(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 11, 2008)
(Proposed for continuance to February 5, 2009)
2. 2007.1147T (T. SULLIVAN-LENANE: (415) 558-6257)
Amendments to Articles 10 and 11 and adding a new Section 309.3 of the Planning Code- Ordinance introduced by Mayor Newsom amending Articles 10 and 11 and adding a new Section 309.3 of the Planning Code, contingent on voter approval in the November 4, 2008 general election of the proposed Charter amendment creating an Historic Preservation Commission, to provide additional criteria for Planning Commission review of Historic Preservation Commission decisions, to provide for Section 309 review at the discretion of the Planning Department Director of certain projects requiring Certificates of Appropriateness under Article 10 of the Planning Code, and to create a rebuttable presumption of compatibility for certain projects requiring Certificates of Appropriateness under Article 10 of the Planning Code; adopting findings, including environmental findings and findings required by Section 101.1 of the Planning Code.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval
(Continued from Regular Meeting of November 20, 2008)
(Proposed for continuance to January 22, 2009)
B. COMMISSIONERS' QUESTIONS AND MATTERS
3. Proposed adoption of Planning Commission's hearing schedule for 2009.
4. 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
5. Director's Announcements
6. 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. REGULAR CALENDAR
7a. 2007.1117CV (T. FRYE: (415) 575-6822)
1731 POWELL STREET - northwest intersection of Powell and Filbert Streets at Columbus Avenue, formerly the Pagoda and the Palace Theaters, Assessor's Block 0101; Lot 004. Request for Conditional Use approval pursuant to Sections 303, 703.2, and 722 of the Planning Code to rehabilitate the existing building to provide up to 18 dwelling units, ground floor retail commercial space, and up to 27 off-street parking spaces. The Zoning Administrator will hear related rear yard modification and exposure variance. The subject property is within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District with a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Recommendation: Approve with Conditions
7b. 2007.1117CV (T. FRYE: (415) 575-6822)
1731 POWELL STREET - northwest intersection of Powell and Filbert Streets at Columbus Avenue, formerly the Pagoda and the Palace Theaters, Assessor's Block 0101; Lot 004. Request for Variance pursuant to Sections 135 and 140 of the Planning Code for a rear yard modification and exposure. The subject property is within the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District with a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
8. 2008.0658C (K. GUY: (415) 558-6163)
1349 CLAY STREET - between Jones and Leavenworth Streets, Lot 033 of Assessor's Block 0220 -Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow a proposed addition to an existing building in excess of 40 feet in height. The project proposes to add two stories to an existing two-story over basement building, renovate the existing facade, add decks at the fourth level and the roof, and add an elevator/stair penthouse and solar array to the roof. The finished roof would reach a height of approximately 59 feet. As permitted by the Planning Code, portions of the penthouse would exceed the 65-foot height limit, up to a maximum height of approximately 69 feet. The number of existing dwelling units will not change. The project site is located within the RM-3 Zoning District and the 65-A Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
9. 2008.0648C (C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)
514 27th Ave. (aka 6255 Geary Blvd.) – east side between Geary Boulevard and Anza Street; Lot 027A of Assessor's Block 1518 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 712.54 and 303, to convert a salon into a foot massage establishment (dba Wonderfoot Health Center), located in an NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate-Scale) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions
10. 2008.1282D (C. LAMORENA: (415) 575-9085)
40 McLaren Avenue - north side between El Camino Del Mar and 28th Avenue; Lot 010 in Assessor's Block 1326– Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2008.02.20.5155, proposing to construct two horizontal additions at the east side of the 2nd story of the two-story over basement, single-family detached dwelling in an RH-1(D) [Residential House, Single-Family (Detached Dwellings)] Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and Approve the Project
11. 2007.0347E (D. DWYER: (415) 575-9031)
San FranciscoBicycle Plan Project DEIR - Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report. The project site is located throughout the City primarily within the street right-of-way and on some park land – The proposed project includes an update of the goals, objectives and actions of the San Francisco Bicycle Plan, amendments to the San Francisco General Plan, Planning Code and Transportation Code to reflect the updated San Francisco Bicycle Plan, and proposed improvements to the City's existing bicycle route network including 60 near-term improvement projects, minor improvements and long-term improvements to the bicycle route network. The proposed project would require approval by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors as well as the Board of Supervisors. Written comments on the DEIR will be accepted at the Planning Department's offices until the close of business on January 13, 2009.
Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required
G. PUBLIC COMMENT
At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting with one exception. When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar. Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.
The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment. In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:
(1) responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or
(2) requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or
(3) directing staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))