Zoning Administrator - Variance Hearing - July 26, 2017 - Agenda

Meeting Date: 
July 26, 2017 - 11:15am
Location: 
United States

Planning Department
City and County of San Francisco

Notice of Hearing
On Application for Zoning Variance

CITY HALL – Commission Chambers Room 408,
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102-4689

Public Hearing
 Wednesday, July 26, 2017
beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Scott F. Sanchez, Zoning Administrator
Gino Salcedo, Recording Secretary


Notice is hereby given to the general public and to owners of the subject property and other property within 300 feet that an application for variance under the Planning Code as described below has been filed with the Zoning Administrator and will be considered at a PUBLIC HEARING to be held on the date, time, and place listed on the first page of this Calendar.

Any remaining questions concerning this application review process may be answered by the Planning Information Center at (415) 558-6377. Variance Calendars and Audio Recording of the Hearing are available on the Internet at http://www.sfplanning.org


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A. CONSENT CALENDAR

All items listed hereunder constitute a Consent Calendar and are considered to be routine by the Zoning Administrator.  There will be no separate discussion of these items unless a member of the public so requests, in which case the matter shall be removed from the Consent Calendar and considered as a separate item at this time or at a future hearing.

  1. 2016-001308VAR       (ESMERALDA JARDINES)
    1901 OAKDALE AVENUE, Lot [001] in Assessor's Block [5391] in a RH-2 Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
    FRONT SETBACK VARIANCE SOUGHT:  The project proposes to construct a 3-story elevator shaft at the front of the existing building at the northeast corner of Oakdale and Quint Street, as well as a 42 square foot one-story expansion on the northwest corner to permit a new mechanical and equipment room.
    PER PLANNING CODE SECTION 132, the subject property is required to maintain a front setback of 7 feet 6 inches. The subject property does not currently comply with the front setback requirement. The proposed elevator and mechanical room expansion will intensify the non-conformity of the church building and will extend to within approximately 3 feet 6 inches and 5 feet 6 inches, respectively, of the front property line. Therefore, a front setback variance is required.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS: The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2016-001308VAR.pdf.

B. REGULAR CALENDAR

  1. 2016-011752VAR     (ANDREW PERRY)
    139 PFEIFFER STREET, Lot 021 in Assessor's Block 0054 in a RH-3 (Residential House, Three-Family) Zoning District, the Telegraph Hill-North Beach Residential SUD and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
    REAR YARD VARIANCE SOUGHT: The project proposes construction of a 1-story vertical addition with 361 square feet of space to the existing two-story over garage two-family dwelling. At the front and rear of the proposed addition, the project proposes roof decks above the existing second story.
    PER PLANNING CODE SECTION 134, the subject property is required to maintain a rear yard depth of 15 feet based upon the average depth of the adjacent buildings. Planning Code Section 134 states that the last 10 feet of building depth gained through the averaging method is limited to a height of 30 feet. The proposed vertical addition would occur in the portion of the rear yard that is limited to a height of 30 feet. The proposed addition would be up to 35 feet, 6 inches in height; therefore, the project requires a rear yard variance.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2016-011752VAR.pdf.

  2. 2013.0846VAR     (CARLY GROB)
    146 - 148 JASPER PLACE, Lot 32 in Assessor's Block 0103 in a RM-1 (Residential, Mixed - Moderate Density) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
    REAR YARD VARIANCE SOUGHT:  The project proposes a one-story vertical addition, a horizontal addition, and interior reconfiguration to the existing two-story-over basement duplex on the southern portion of the property (140-142 Jasper Place). The project also proposes the construction of a three-story-over-garage duplex on the northern portion of the property (146-148 Jasper Place) for a total of four dwelling units on the subject lot.
    PURSUANT TO SECTION 134, the minimum rear yard depth shall be equal to 45 percent of total lot depth of the lot, but may be reduced to a depth no less than 25 percent of lot depth by averaging the depths of adjacent buildings. The last 10 feet of building depth gained by averaging on the subject property shall be limited to 30 feet in height. The vertical addition on 140-142 exceeds 30 feet in height in the area gained by averaging, as does the top story of the proposed duplex at 146-148. Therefore, the project requires a variance.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS: The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2013.0846VAR.pdf.

  3. 2016-016667VAR     (CATHLEEN CAMPBELL)
    839 LEAVENWORTH STREETR, Lot 002 In Assessor's Block 0280 In A RC-4 (Residential- Commercial, High Density) Zoning District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.
    EXPOSURE VARIANCE SOUGHT: The project proposes to add two Accessory Dwelling Units at the ground floor level of an existing 5-story, 51-unit residential building.
    PER SECTION 140 OF THE PLANNING CODE the subject property is required to have windows of each unit face directly on an open area no less than 25 feet in every horizontal dimension, with an increase of five feet in every horizontal dimension at each subsequent floor immediately above. The dimensions of the open area may be reduced to 15 feet in width and depth for Accessory Dwelling Units. The subject property has a 9 feet 5 inch by 63 feet 3 inch rear yard; two proposed accessory dwelling units will face onto the rear yard, which is less than the minimum 15 foot open area required for reduced dwelling unit exposure, thereby requiring an exposure variance.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2016-016667VAR.pdf.

  4. 2017-000777VAR     (CATHLEEN CAMPBELL)
    891 POST STREET, Lot 0303 in Assessor's Block 013B in a RC-4 (RESIDENTIAL- COMMERCIAL, HIGH DENSITY) Zoning District, a 80-T Height and Bulk District, and North of Market Residential 2 Special Use District.
    EXPOSURE VARIANCE SOUGHT:  The project proposes to add two Accessory Dwelling Units at the ground floor level of an existing 4-story, 47-unit residential and ground floor commercial building.
    PER SECTION 140 OF THE PLANNING CODE the subject property is required to have windows of each unit face directly on an open area no less than 25 feet in every horizontal dimension, with an increase of five feet in every horizontal dimension at each subsequent floor immediately above. The dimensions of the open area may be reduced to 15 feet in width and depth for Accessory Dwelling Units. The subject property has a light well that is 8 feet 10 inches by 12 feet 7 inches and a rear yard that is 9 feet 1 inch by 43 feet; one proposed Accessory Dwelling Units will face onto the light well and one proposed Accessory Dwelling Units will face onto the rear yard. The subject light and rear yard are less than the minimum 15 foot by 15 foot open area required for reduced dwelling unit exposure, thereby requiring an exposure variance.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS: The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2017-000777VAR.pdf.

  5. 2015-016598VAR     (ELIZABETH GORDON-JONCKHEER)
    1530 - 48TH AVENUE, Lot 038 in Assessor's Block 1893 in a RH-2, Residential-House, Two Family Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District
    REAR YARD VARIANCE SOUGHT: The proposal is to legalize and expand a two-story horizontal addition at the rear of the existing two-story building and add dormer windows. The proposed project has been filed to abate Department of Building Inspection (DBI) Complaint No. 201577572.
    PER SECTION 134 OF THE PLANNING CODE, the subject property is required to maintain a rear yard of approximately 54 feet. The existing non-complying dwelling encroaches entirely into the required rear yard extending to within approximately 3 inches of the rear property line. The remodeled non-complying structure with proposed addition and dormer windows encroach into the required rear yard, extending to within approximately 9 inches of the rear property line. This rear yard encroachment requires a rear yard variance. No work is proposed for the existing garage with studio above at the front of the lot.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2015-016598VAR.pdf.

  6. 2016-015477VAR     (ELLA SAMONSKY)
    3190 SAN BRUNO AVENUE, Lot 028 in Assessor's Block 6156 in a RM-1 (Residential Mixed, Low Density Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
    EXPOSURE VARIANCE SOUGHT: The project proposes to add three Accessory Dwelling Units at the ground floor level of an existing three-story, ten-unit residential building undergoing seismic retrofitting.
    PER SECTION 140 OF THE PLANNING CODE the subject property is required to have windows of each unit face directly on an open area no less than 25 feet in every horizontal dimension, with an increase of five feet in every horizontal dimension at each subsequent floor immediately above. The dimensions of the open area may be reduced to 15 feet in width and depth for Accessory Dwelling Units. The subject property has a side yard that is 11 feet 3 inches in width; two of the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units will face onto that side yard, which is less than the minimum 15 foot by 15 foot open area required for reduced dwelling unit exposure, thereby requiring an exposure variance.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2016-015477VAR.pdf.

  7. 2016-015539VAR     (ELLA SAMONSKY)
    3180 SAN BRUNO AVENUE, Lot 027 in Assessor's Block 6156 in a RM-1 (Residential-Mixed, Low Density) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
    EXPOSURE VARIANCE SOUGHT: The project proposes to add three Accessory Dwelling Units at the ground floor level of an existing three-story, ten-unit residential building undergoing seismic retrofitting.
    PER SECTION 140 OF THE PLANNING CODE the subject property is required to have windows of each unit face directly on an open area no less than 25 feet in every horizontal dimension, with an increase of five feet in every horizontal dimension at each subsequent floor immediately above. The dimensions of the open area may be reduced to 15 feet in width and depth for Accessory Dwelling Units. The subject property has a side yard that is 11 feet 3 inches in width; two of the proposed Accessory Dwelling Units will face onto that side yard, which is less than the minimum 15 foot by 15 foot open area required for reduced dwelling unit exposure, thereby requiring an exposure variance.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2016-015539VAR.pdf.

  8. 2017-000174VAR     (ERIKA JACKSON)
    122 ARCH STREET, Lot 027 in Assessor's Block 7119 in a RH-1 (Residential - House, Single-Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
    REAR YARD VARIANCE SOUGHT: The proposed project is to construct a new three story, single-family residence on a vacant lot.
    PER PLANNING CODE SECTION 134, the required rear yard for the subject property is 15 feet. The proposed building has a rear yard of 9 feet 6 inches; therefore, a rear yard variance is required.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2017-000174VAR.pdf

  9. 2017-004182VAR     (GABRIELA PANTOJA)
    2025 O' FARRELL STREET, Lot 042 in Assessor's Block 1100 in a RM-1 (Residential-Mixed, Low Density) Zoning District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.
    EXPOSURE VARIANCE SOUGHT: The project proposes the addition of one Accessory Dwelling Unit at the first floor of an existing four-story, six-unit apartment building.
    PER SECTION 140 OF THE PLANNING CODE the subject property is required to have windows of each unit face directly on an open area no less than 25 feet in every horizontal direction, with an increase of 5 feet in every horizontal dimension at each subsequent floor immediately above. The dimensions of the open area may be reduced to 15 feet in width and depth for Accessory Dwelling Units. The subject property has a non-conforming rear yard. The proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit will face onto a 9-foot 8-inch by 30-foot open area, which is less than the minimum 15 by 15 foot open area required for reduced dwelling unit exposure. Therefore, a variance is required.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2017-004182VAR.pdf.

  10. 2015-008473VAR     (SYLVIA JIMENEZ)
    531 - 30TH STREET, Lot 020 in Assessor's Block 6651 in a RH-2 (Residential House, Two Family) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
    REAR YARD VARIANCE SOUGHT: The proposal is to construct an approximately 640 gross square foot vertical addition above the existing nonconforming building.
    SECTION 134 OF THE PLANNING CODE requires a rear yard of 56 feet 3 inches in depth. The project proposes to construct a vertical addition above the existing nonconforming building that is wholly within the required rear yard (within 3 feet 6 inches of the rear property line). Therefore, a variance is required.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2015-008473VAR.pdf.

  11. 2016-014272VAR     (NICHOLAS FOSTER)
    18 TURK MURPHY LANE, Lot 022 in Assessor's Block 0147 in the North Beach NCD (Neighborhood Commercial District) Zoning District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.
    DWELLING UNIT EXPOSURE & REAR YARD MODIFICATION VARIANCES SOUGHT: The proposed project proposes to construct a 4-story, approximately 5,800 square foot residential building containing six (6) dwelling units on a vacant lot currently used as a surface parking lot (Automobile Parking Use). The project includes eight (8) Class 1 and three (3) Class 2 bicycle parking spaces. No on-site vehicular parking is proposed.
    PER SECTION 134 OF THE PLANNING CODE, a rear yard of approximately 18 feet is required for the subject property. The project proposes to construct a residential building on the subject property, with a portion of the new building encroaching into the required rear yard by approximately 3 feet. Therefore, a variance is required.
    PER SECTION 140 OF THE PLANNING CODE, at least one room in each dwelling unit must 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, fronting Turk Murphy Lane, which is a narrow alley (7 feet wide) that does not meet the minimum dimensional requirements of the Code. Additionally, as the project proposes a 13-foot front setback in order respond to the site context (frontage along a narrow alley), and to meet the requirements of Code Section 261.1 (height limits for narrow streets and alleys), the proposed building would encroach into the required rear yard by approximately 3 feet (providing a rear yard of 15 feet). Six (6) of the proposed dwelling units face onto a substandard street or rear yard that do not meet these requirements. Therefore, a variance is required.
    ARCHITECTURAL PLANS:
    The site plan and elevations of the proposed project are available on the Planning Department’s website at: http://notice.sfplanning.org/2016-014272VAR.pdf.

C. PUBLIC COMMENT

At this time, members of the public may address the Zoning Administrator on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Zoning Administrator except agenda items. With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Zoning Administrator will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting. Each member of the public may address the Zoning Administrator for up to three minutes.

The Zoning Administrator will not take action on any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment. In response to public comment, the Zoning Administrator may:

  1. respond to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or
  2. request staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or
  3. direct staff to place the item on a future agenda. (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

ADJOURNMENT


Hearing Procedures

The Zoning Administrator typically holds Variance Hearings on the 4th Wednesday of each month at 9:30 a.m., at the San Francisco City Hall, Room 408. City Hall is located at One Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102. Hearings are open to the public.

At the hearing, the Project Sponsor (Variance Applicant) will be given 5 minutes to present their case, including relevant testimony and evidence. The hearing room is equipped with a projector that can display photographs, architectural plans or other drawings and images. Members of the public will be given 3 minutes each to speak on the item. If a member of the public speaks against an item, the Project Sponsor will be given a 3 minute rebuttal.

Persons attending a hearing may comment on any scheduled item. When speaking, please note that a timer is displayed for each speaker and indicates how much time remains. Speakers will hear a loud sound indicating that the speaker's opportunity to address the Zoning Administrator has ended.

Please note that some items may appear on the Consent Calendar. These items are considered routine and may be granted by the Zoning Administrator. There is no separate discussion of consent items unless the Zoning Administrator, member of the public or staff so requests, in which event the matter is removed from the Consent Calendar and will be moved to the Regular Calendar in the Agenda.

In addition, the Zoning Administrator may consider a request for continuance to a later date. He may choose to continue the item to the date proposed, to continue the item to another date, or to hear the item on this calendar.

After all of the testimonies are submitted, the Zoning Administrator will consider the evidence, deliberate, and either make a decision, take the matter under advisement, or continue the matter in order for additional information to be presented.

Each hearing ends with general public comment, at which time members of the public may address the Zoning Administrator for up to 3 minutes on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Zoning Administrator, except agenda items. With respect to Agenda items, your opportunity to address the Zoning Administrator will be afforded when the item is reached during the meeting.

All Agenda of Variance Hearings and its Audio Recording (from June 2010 to present) are available on our website for access.

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 Zoning Administrator 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).

Decision Letter and Appeal Process

No decision is final until a Variance Decision Letter is issued. Due to current backlogs, decision letters may take up to 2 months to complete from the date of the hearing. The Zoning Administrator's action to grant or deny a variance application may be appealed to the Board of Appeals within 10 days of the date of the Decision Letter. For more information on how to file an appeal, please contact the Board of Appeals in person at 1650 Mission Street, Suite 304, call (415) 575-6880, or visit the San Francisco Board of Appeals website.

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 Zoning Administrator'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.

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 Zoning Administrator or Planning Commission, at, or prior to, the public hearing.

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

If the Zoning Administrator's or 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.