Planning Commission - November 3, 2016 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
November 3, 2016 - 12:00pm
Location: 
United States

SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

 

Notice of Hearing

&

Agenda

 

Commission Chambers, Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

 

 

Thursday, November 3, 2016

12:00 p.m.

Regular Meeting

 

Commissioners:

Rodney Fong, President

Dennis Richards, Vice President

Rich Hillis, Christine Johnson, Joel Koppel, Myrna Melgar, Kathrin Moore

 

Commission Secretary:

Jonas P. Ionin

 

 

Hearing Materials are available at:

Website: http://www.sfplanning.org

Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, 4th Floor, Suite 400

Planning Information Center, 1660 Mission Street, 1st Floor

Voice recorded Agenda only: (415) 558-6422

 

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SPANISH:

Agenda para la Comisión de Planificación. Si desea asistir a la audiencia, y quisiera obtener información en Español o solicitar un aparato para asistencia auditiva, llame al 415-558-6309. Por favor llame por lo menos 48 horas de anticipación a la audiencia.

 

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ROLL CALL:                                                                         

 

                                            President:                                Rodney Fong

                                            Vice-President:                      Dennis Richards

                                            Commissioners:                    Rich Hillis; Christine Johnson; Joel Koppel, Myrna Melgar, Kathrin Moore

 

 

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.             2013.1049E                                                                                                           (M. HUE: (415) 575-9041)

950-974 MARKET STREET - north side of Market Street between Mason and Taylor Streets; Block 0342, Lots 001, 002, 004, and 014 (District 6) - Appeal of Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration for proposal that would demolish four existing structures and associated surface parking lot and construct a 120-foot tall, 12-story-over-basement, approximately 408,342 gross-square-foot building containing 242 dwelling units, 232 hotel rooms, and 16,600 square feet of ground floor retail. Off-street parking for 82 vehicles (including two car share vehicles) and 277 Class 1 bicycle parking spaces is provided at the basement level and accessed from Taylor Street. The project site is located in the Downtown General Commercial (C-3-G) Zoning District and 120-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Mitigated Negative Declaration 

(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 13, 2016)

(Proposed for Continuance to November 17, 2016)

 

2.             2016-03758CUA                                                                                            (V. FLORES: (415) 575-9173)

2300 MARKET STREET - at the intersection of 16th and Noe Streets, Lot 001 in Assessor’s Block 3562 (District 8) - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 733.44 to allow a change of use from a check cashing store to a restaurant d.b.a Super Duper Burgers, on the ground floor of the existing four-story building within the Upper Market NCT (Neighborhood Commercial Transit) Zoning District and 50-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal involves expanding the existing Super Duper location adjacent to the project site to operate out of two commercial spaces. This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 31.04(h).

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for Continuance to January 12, 2017)

 

B.         CONSENT CALENDAR

 

All matters listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar, are considered to be routine by the Planning Commission, and may 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

 

3.             2016-004805DRM                                                                                        (A. WOODS: (415) 575-9178)

1 LA AVANZADA STREET -  Sutro Tower, Lot 003 in Assessor’s Block 2724 - Mandatory Discretionary Review, pursuant to Planning Code Section 306.9, of Building Permit Application No. 2016.02.16.9635 and 2016.02.16.9652, proposing the installation of an 8-foot screen wall parapet extension; the removal of five (5) existing antennas on the roof; the relocation of twenty-one (21) existing antennas to new locations on the roof of its transmission building behind proposed screen wall parapet extension, and the installation of new landscaping as part of overall site improvements; within a RH-1 (D) (Residential - House, One Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 31.04(h).

Staff Analysis:  Full Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation:  Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

4.             2015-006653CUA                                                                                          (S. YOUNG: (415) 558-6346)

950 CLEMENT STREET - northeast corner of Clement Street and 11th Avenue, Lot 022 in Assessor’s Block 1423 (District 1) - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 716.53 to allow a Business or Professional Office Use on the second floor of a two-story commercial building within the Inner Clement Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.  The proposal is to convert a vacant second floor commercial space with approximately 1,900 square feet of floor area (previously occupied by “Olympia Institute”, which provided tutoring instructional services) into a Business or Professional Office Use for a future tenant.  This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 31.04(h).

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions

 

C.         COMMISSION MATTERS

 

5.             Consideration of Adoption:

·         Draft Minutes for October 20, 2016

 

6.             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.

               

7.          2017 Hearing Schedule – Review and Adoption

(Continued from Regular Meeting of October 27, 2016)

 

 

 

 

 

D.         DEPARTMENT MATTERS

 

8.             Director’s Announcements

 

9.             Review of Past Events at the Board of Supervisors, Board of Appeals and Historic Preservation Commission

               

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.            REGULAR CALENDAR 

 

The Commission Hearing Procedures provide for presentations by staff; followed by the project sponsor team; followed by public comment for and against the proposal.  Please be advised that the project sponsor team includes: the sponsor(s) or their designee, lawyers, architects, engineers, expediters, and/or other advisors.

 

10.                                                                                                                                       (A. VARAT: (415) 558-6405)

CITYWIDE PLANNING DIVISION FIVE-YEAR WORK PROGRAM - The Citywide Planning Division will provide an Informational Presentation regarding its Five-Year Work Program for 2014-2019, including planning priorities, key initiatives, and key deliverables. The Five-Year Work Program was initially presented to the Planning Commission in October 2014. Today’s presentation concerns a mid-point update and refinement.

Preliminary Recommendation:  None - Informational

11.          2014.1279ENX                                                                                             (C. TOWNES: (415) 575-9195)

249 PENNSYLVANIA AVENUE - located on the east side of Pennsylvania Avenue between 18th and Mariposa Streets; Lots 010, 013, and 014 in Assessor’s Block 3990 (District 10) - Request for a Large Project Authorization (LPA), pursuant to Planning Code Section 329, to demolish two existing one-story warehouses (collectively measuring 19,125 square feet) and  construct a new four-story, 40-foot tall, mixed-use building (measuring 76,070 gross square feet) with 59 dwelling units and 3,426 square feet of ground floor Production, Distribution and Repair (PDR) space. The project includes 44 below-grade off-street parking spaces, 2 car share parking spaces, and 80 bicycle parking spaces.  Under the LPA, the project is seeking exceptions to certain Planning Code requirements, including: 1) rear yard (Planning Code Section 134); 2) dwelling unit exposure (Planning Code Section 140); and 3) horizontal mass reduction (Planning Code Section 270.1). The subject property is located within the UMU (Urban Mixed Use) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to Section 31.04(h) of the San Francisco Administrative Code.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approve with Conditions         

(Continued from Regular Meeting of September 15, 2016)

 

 

12a.      2013.0882DNX                                                                                                (N. FOSTER: 415-575-9167)

524 HOWARD STREET - north side of Howard Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets; lot 013 of Assessor’s Block 3721 (District 6) - Request for Planning Commission consideration of Downtown Project Authorization per Planning Code Section 309, including requests for exceptions including, but not limited to, Planning Code requirements for “Streetwall Base” (Section 132.1(c)(1)); “Tower Separation” (Section 132.1(d)(1)); “Rear Yard” (Section 134(d)); “Ground-level wind currents in C-3 Districts” (Section 148); “Upper Tower Extensions” (Section 263.9); and “Bulk Controls” (Sections 270, 272). The proposed project includes the construction of a new 48-story building reaching a height of 495 feet (515 feet to the top of mechanical equipment) on an existing surface parking lot. The new structure would contain a total of 334 dwelling units, and approximately 7,600 square feet of retail located on the ground floor and seventh floor. The seventh floor would connect to the new Transbay Park via a pedestrian bridge. 151 off-street vehicular parking spaces, 16 car-share spaces, and 334 Class I and 27 Class II bicycle parking spaces would also be provided. The proposed project is located within the C-3-O (SD) (Downtown-Office, Special Development) Zoning District, 450-S Height and Bulk District, and Transbay C-3 Special Use District, as well as within the Downtown, Transbay, and Transit Center District Plan Areas.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approve with Conditions

 

12b.      2013.0882VAR                                                                                                 (N. FOSTER: 415-575-9167)

524 HOWARD STREET - north side of Howard Street, between 1st and 2nd Streets; lot 013 of Assessor’s Block 3721 (District 6) - Request for Variance from the Zoning Administrator for “Dwelling Unit Exposure” (Section 140). Code Section 140 requires at least one room in each dwelling unit to face directly onto a public street, alley, or side yard at least 25 feet in width, or a rear yard meeting the requirements of the Code. The Project proposes new construction on the subject property, with 188 of the 334 dwelling units meeting the requirements of Section 140. However, 146 dwelling units on floors 2-48 do not comply with this requirement; therefore a variance is required. The proposed project includes the construction of a new 48-story building reaching a height of 495 feet (515 feet to the top of mechanical equipment) on an existing surface parking lot. The new structure would contain a total of 334 dwelling units, and approximately 7,600 square feet of retail located on the ground floor and seventh floor. The seventh floor would connect to the new Transbay Park via a pedestrian bridge. 151 off-street vehicular parking spaces, 16 car-share spaces, and 334 Class I and 27 Class II bicycle parking spaces would also be provided. The proposed project is located within the C-3-O (SD) (Downtown-Office, Special Development) Zoning District, 450-S Height and Bulk District, and Transbay C-3 Special Use District, as well as within the Downtown, Transbay, and Transit Center District Plan Areas.

 

13.          2015-018150CUA                                                                                                (C. MAY: (415) 575-9087)

137 CLAYTON STREET - west side of Clayton Street, between Grove and Hayes Streets, Lot 006 in Assessor’s Block 1194 (District 5) - Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Sections 303 and 317 to demolish an existing two-story, single-family dwelling and construct a new four-story, 3-unit residential building within a RH-3 (Residential – House, Three-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.  This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to San Francisco Administrative Code Section 31.04(h).

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with Conditions

 

 

14.        2015-009997CUA                                                                                          (C. ASBAGH: 415/575-9165)

222 SUTTER STREET, 3RD FLOOR - north side of Sutter Street, between Kearney Street and Grant Avenue; lot 009 of Assessor’s Block 0287 (District 3) - Request for a Conditional Use Authorization, pursuant to Planning Code Section 303 and 210.2 to allow the use of 11,958 square feet at the third floor from retail to general office use within the C-3-R (Downtown Retail) Zoning District and 80-130-F Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Disapprove

 

G.            DISCRETIONARY REVIEW CALENDAR 

 

The Commission Discretionary Review Hearing Procedures provide for presentations by staff; followed by the DR requestor team; followed by public comment opposed to the project; followed by the project sponsor team; followed by public comment in support of the project.  Please be advised that the DR requestor and project sponsor teams include: the DR requestor and sponsor or their designee, lawyers, architects, engineers, expediters, and/or other advisors.

 

15.          2015-006856DRP-02                                                                                 (E. JACKSON: (415) 558-6363)

4320 24TH STREET - located on the north side of 24th Street, between Hoffman Avenue and Douglass Street; Lot 30 in Assessor’s Block 2829 (District 8) - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2015.05.14.6375, proposing the construction of a new vertical third floor addition to the existing two-story single-family dwelling. The Project is located within a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) Zoning District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. This action constitutes the Approval Action for the project for the purposes of CEQA, pursuant to Section 31.04(h) of the San Francisco Administrative Code.

Staff Analysis: Abbreviated Discretionary Review

Preliminary Recommendation: Do Not Take Discretionary Review and Approve

                (Continued from Regular Meeting of September 22, 2016)

 

H.            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

Hearing Procedures

The Planning Commission holds public hearings regularly, on most Thursdays. The full hearing schedule for the calendar year and the Commission Rules & Regulations may be found online at: www.sfplanning.org.

 

Public Comments: Persons attending a hearing may comment on any scheduled item.

v  When speaking before the Commission in City Hall, Room 400, please note the timer indicating how much time remains.  Speakers will hear two alarms.  The first soft sound indicates the speaker has 30 seconds remaining.  The second louder sound indicates that the speaker’s opportunity to address the Commission has ended.

 

Sound-Producing Devices Prohibited: The ringing of and use of mobile phones and other sound-producing electronic devices are prohibited at this meeting. Please be advised that the Chair may order the removal of any person(s) responsible for the ringing or use of a mobile phone, pager, or other similar sound-producing electronic devices (67A.1 Sunshine Ordinance: Prohibiting the use of cell phones, pagers and similar sound-producing electronic devices at and during public meetings).

 

For most cases (CU’s, PUD’s, 309’s, etc…) that are considered by the Planning Commission, after being introduced by the Commission Secretary, shall be considered by the Commission in the following order:

 

  1. A thorough description of the issue(s) by the Director or a member of the staff.

  2. A presentation of the proposal by the Project Sponsor(s) team (includes sponsor or their designee, lawyers, architects, engineers, expediters, and/or other advisors) would be for a period not to exceed 10 minutes, unless a written request for extension not to exceed a total presentation time of 15 minutes is received at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing, through the Commission Secretary, and granted by the President or Chair.

  3. A presentation of opposition to the proposal by organized opposition for a period not to exceed 10 minutes (or a period equal to that provided to the project sponsor team) with a minimum of three (3) speakers.  The intent of the 10 min block of time provided to organized opposition is to reduce the number of overall speakers who are part of the organized opposition.  The requestor should advise the group that the Commission would expect the organized presentation to represent their testimony, if granted.  Organized opposition will be recognized only upon written application at least 72 hours in advance of the hearing, through the Commission Secretary, the President or Chair.  Such application should identify the organization(s) and speakers.

  4. Public testimony from proponents of the proposal:  An individual may speak for a period not to exceed three (3) minutes.

  5. Public testimony from opponents of the proposal:  An individual may speak for a period not to exceed three (3) minutes.

  6. Director’s preliminary recommendation must be prepared in writing.

  7. Action by the Commission on the matter before it.

  8. In public hearings on Draft Environmental Impact Reports, all speakers will be limited to a period not to exceed three (3) minutes.

9.        The President (or Acting Chair) may impose time limits on appearances by members of the public and may otherwise exercise his or her discretion on procedures for the conduct of public hearings.

10.     Public comment portion of the hearing shall be closed and deliberation amongst the Commissioners shall be opened by the Chair;

11.     A motion to approve; approve with conditions; approve with amendments and/or modifications; disapprove; or continue to another hearing date, if seconded, shall be voted on by the Commission.

 

Every Official Act taken by the Commission must be adopted by a majority vote of all members of the Commission, a minimum of four (4) votes.  A failed motion results in the disapproval of the requested action, unless a subsequent motion is adopted. Any Procedural Matter, such as a continuance, may be adopted by a majority vote of members present, as long as the members present constitute a quorum (four (4) members of the Commission).

 

For Discretionary Review cases that are considered by the Planning Commission, after being introduced by the Commission Secretary, shall be considered by the Commission in the following order:

 

1.        A thorough description of the issue by the Director or a member of the staff.

2.        A presentation by the DR Requestor(s) team (includes Requestor(s) or their designee, lawyers, architects, engineers, expediters, and/or other advisors) would be for a period not to exceed five (5) minutes for each requestor.

3.        Testimony by members of the public in support of the DR would be up to three (3) minutes each.

4.        A presentation by the Project Sponsor(s) team (includes Sponsor(s) or their designee, lawyers, architects, engineers, expediters, and/or other advisors) would be for a period up to five (5) minutes, but could be extended for a period not to exceed 10 minutes if there are multiple DR requestors.

5.        Testimony by members of the public in support of the project would be up to three (3) minutes each.

  1. DR requestor(s) or their designees are given two (2) minutes for rebuttal.

7.        Project sponsor(s) or their designees are given two (2) minutes for rebuttal.

8.        The President (or Acting Chair) may impose time limits on appearances by members of the public and may otherwise exercise his or her discretion on procedures for the conduct of public hearings.

 

The Commission must Take DR in order to disapprove or modify a building permit application that is before them under Discretionary Review.  A failed motion to Take DR results in a Project that is approved as proposed.

 

Hearing Materials

Advance Submissions: To allow Commissioners the opportunity to review material in advance of a hearing, materials must be received by the Planning Department eight (8) days prior to the scheduled public hearing.  All submission packages must be delivered to1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, by 5:00 p.m. and should include fifteen (15) hardcopies and a .pdf copy must be provided to the staff planner. Correspondence submitted to the Planning Commission after eight days in advance of a hearing must be received by the Commission Secretary no later than the close of business the day before a hearing for it to become a part of the public record for any public hearing.

 

Correspondence submitted to the Planning Commission on the same day, must be submitted at the hearing directly to the Planning Commission Secretary. Please provide ten (10) copies for distribution. Correspondence submitted in any other fashion on the same day may not become a part of the public record until the following hearing.

 

Correspondence sent directly to all members of the Commission, must include a copy to the Commission Secretary (commissions.secretary@sfgov.org) for it to become a part of the public record.

 

These submittal rules and deadlines shall be strictly enforced and no exceptions shall be made without a vote of the Commission.

 

Persons unable to attend a hearing may submit written comments regarding a scheduled item to: Planning Commission, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA  94103-2414.  Written comments received by the close of the business day prior to the hearing will be brought to the attention of the Planning Commission and made part of the official record. 

 

Appeals

The following is a summary of appeal rights associated with the various actions that may be taken at a Planning Commission hearing.

 

Case Type

Case Suffix

Appeal Period*

Appeal Body

Office Allocation

OFA (B)

15 calendar days

Board of Appeals**

Conditional Use Authorization and Planned Unit Development

CUA (C)

30 calendar days

Board of Supervisors

Building Permit Application (Discretionary Review)

DRP/DRM (D)

15 calendar days

Board of Appeals

EIR Certification

ENV (E)

30 calendar days

Board of Supervisors

Coastal Zone Permit

CTZ (P)

15 calendar days

Board of Appeals

Planning Code Amendments by Application

PCA (T)

30 calendar days

Board of Supervisors

Variance (Zoning Administrator action)

VAR (V)

10 calendar days

Board of Appeals

Large Project Authorization in Eastern Neighborhoods

LPA (X)

15 calendar days

Board of Appeals

Permit Review in C-3 Districts, Downtown Residential Districts

DNX (X)

15-calendar days

Board of Appeals

Zoning Map Change by Application

MAP (Z)

30 calendar days

Board of Supervisors

 

* Appeals of Planning Commission decisions on Building Permit Applications (Discretionary Review) must be made within 15 days of the date the building permit is issued/denied by the Department of Building Inspection (not from the date of the Planning Commission hearing).  Appeals of Zoning Administrator decisions on Variances must be made within 10 days from the issuance of the decision letter.

 

**An appeal of a Certificate of Appropriateness or Permit to Alter/Demolish may be made to the Board of Supervisors if the project requires Board of Supervisors approval or if the project is associated with a Conditional Use Authorization appeal.  An appeal of an Office Allocation may be made to the Board of Supervisors if the project requires a Conditional Use Authorization.

 

For more information regarding the Board of Appeals process, please contact the Board of Appeals at (415) 575-6880.  For more information regarding the Board of Supervisors process, please contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at (415) 554-5184 or board.of.supervisors@sfgov.org.

 

Challenges

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.

 

CEQA Appeal Rights under Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code

If the Commission’s action on a project constitutes the Approval Action for that project (as defined in S.F. Administrative Code Chapter 31, as amended, Board of Supervisors Ordinance Number 161-13), then the CEQA determination prepared in support of that Approval Action is thereafter subject to appeal within the time frame specified in S.F. Administrative Code Section 31.16.  This appeal is separate from and in addition to an appeal of an action on a project.  Typically, an appeal must be filed within 30 calendar days of the Approval Action for a project that has received an exemption or negative declaration pursuant to CEQA.  For information on filing an appeal under Chapter 31, contact the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 244, San Francisco, CA 94102, or call (415) 554-5184.  If the Department’s Environmental Review Officer has deemed a project to be exempt from further environmental review, an exemption determination has been prepared and can be obtained on-line at http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=3447. Under CEQA, in a later court challenge, a litigant may be limited to raising only those issues previously raised at a hearing on the project or in written correspondence delivered to the Board of Supervisors, Planning Commission, Planning Department or other City board, commission or department at, or prior to, such hearing, or as part of the appeal hearing process on the CEQA decision.

 

Protest of Fee or Exaction

You may protest any fee or exaction subject to Government Code Section 66000 imposed as a condition of approval in accordance with Government Code Section 66020.  The protest must satisfy the requirements of Government Code Section 66020(a) and must be filed within 90 days of the date of the first approval or conditional approval of the development referencing the challenged fee or exaction.  For purposes of Government Code Section 66020, the date of imposition of the fee shall be the date of the earliest discretionary approval by the City of the subject development.  

 

The Planning Commission’s approval or conditional approval of the development subject to the challenged fee or exaction as expressed in its Motion, Resolution, or Discretionary Review Action or the Zoning Administrator’s Variance Decision Letter will serve as Notice that the 90-day protest period under Government Code Section 66020 has begun.