Minutes of Planning Commission Calendars

July 2000

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

Meeting Minutes

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, July 6, 2000

1:30 PM


 

 

Regular Meeting

†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††

 

PRESENT:††††††††††††††††††† Joe, Mills, Theoharis, Martin, Chinchilla, Richardson,

ABSENT:††††††††††††††††††††† Antenore

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT THEOHARIS AT 1:45P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning, Larry McDonald; Paul Maltzer; John Billovits; Allison Borden; Kenneth Chin; Tony Kim; Isolde Wilson; Rana Ahmadi; Elizabeth Gordon; Delvin Washington; Catherine Keylon; Ricardo Bressanutti; Nora Priego - Transcription Secretary, Linda D. Avery - Commission Secretary

 

A.†††††††† ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

1.†††††††† 2000.288E††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (DEUTSCH: 558-5965)

SEAWALL LOT 337 COMMUTER PARKING, Appeal of preliminary negative declaration for proposed expansion of use to permit daily general (commuter) parking in the parking lot on Port property east of Third Street serving Pacific Bell Park, containing about 1,814 spaces.The lot would be open on non-baseball game days from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.On afternoon game days, general parking would not be permitted.On weekday evening game days, general parking would be permitted with non-game attending parkers required to exit the lot by 5:00 p.m.General parking would be permitted on weekend non-game days.In addition, the types of temporary uses permitted on the parking lot would be expanded to be consistent with Section 985 of the Planning Code, including 60-day limits for exhibitions, festivals, Christmas tree and Halloween pumpkin lots, etc., and 1- to 5-year limits for temporary uses and structures incidental to construction of a building, rental or sales office incidental to a new development, etc.

These proposals, by China Basin Ballpark Company and Imperial Parking, Inc., would require approval by the Zoning Administrator, the San Francisco Port Commission, and the Port of San Francisco.


Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

APPEAL WITHDRAWN

 

SPEAKER(S):†††††††††††††††††††† None

ACTION: Appeal Withdrawn

 

2.†††††††† 1999.790C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (CHIN: 575-6897)

1628 BALBOA STREET, north side between 17th and 18th Avenue; Lot 023 in Assessor's Block 1560: --Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 710.39 of the Planning Code to demolish the existing single family dwelling over commercial and construct a new three family dwelling in an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to July 13, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to July 13, 2000

AYES:††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

 

3.†††††††† 1999.668BX††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MILLER: 558-6344)

38-44 TEHAMASTREET (also known as 543 Howard Street), north side of Howard Street between First and Second Streets, Lot 111 in Assessorís Block 3736 -- Request for Determination of Compliance pursuant to Section 309 with respect to a proposal (1) torenovate the existing building interior, including remodeling the foyer, adding three elevators and adding two new stairwells; (2) construct a third and fourth level atop the building to a new height of 64 feet along Tehama Street; and (3) convert up to 49,950 square feet on the first, mezzanine, second, third and fourth floors of the building to office use.The entrance to the office space would be on Howard street.Approximately 26,100 square feet of existing industrial space in the basement and in the rear of the first floor and first floor mezzanine would remain.The entrance to the industrial space will be on Tehama Street.There is no parking on this site and none is proposed.The project lies within a C-3-O (SD) (Downtown Office-Special Development District) and a 350-S Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

(Proposed for Continuance to July 27, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to July 27, 2000

AYES: Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

 

4.†††††††† 1999.668BX††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MILLER: 558-6344)

38-44 TEHAMA STREET, (also known as 543 Howard Street), north side of Howard Street between First and Second Streets, Lot 111 in Assessorís Block 3736 -- Request under Planning Code Sections 320-322 (Office Development Limitation Program) to allow the creation of up to 49,950 square feet of office space in an existing industrially-occupied building of approximately 49,000 square feet proposed for expansion to approximately 73,000 square feet.Approximately 26,100 square feet of existing industrial space would remain in industrial use.The project lies within a C-3-O (SD) (Downtown Office-Special Development District) and a 350-S Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

(Proposed for Continuance to July 27, 2000)†††


 

SPEAKER(S):†††††††††††††† None

ACTION:†††††††††††††††††††††† Continued to July 27, 2000

AYES: Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††††††††††††††† Antenore

 

5.†††††††† 1999.817C†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

†††††††††† 990 COLUMBUS AVENUE, southeast corner at Chestnut Street; Lot 048 in Assessor's Block 0065 ‑‑ Request for Conditional Use authorization to install a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of 3 panel antennas on the roof of an existing 3-story commercial building and base station equipment in the basement of the building in the North Beach Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Proposed for Continuance to August 3, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 3, 2000

AYES: Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

 

6.†††††††† 2000.271E†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BLOMGREN: 558-5979)

415 BRYANT STREET, Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration,†† Lot 97 of Assessorís Block 3995. The project would entail the construction of a four-story, 45-foot high building which would have eight live-work units at 415 Bryant Street, south side of Bryant Street between Second and Third Streets (Assessorís Block 3775, Lot 97).†† The project is within the Mixed Use Housing Zone (MUHZ), a South End Office (SEO) Interim Control District, Service/Secondary Office (SSO) Zoning District, and a 40-x Height/Bulk District.The proposed building would cover the entire 4000 square foot lot which extends from Taber Place on the south to Bryant Street on the north.†† A one-story, 24-foot high office building at the south end of the parcel would be demolished.The floor area of the proposed building would be 17,800 gross square feet, excluding parking.All of the units of the building would be accessed from stairways and hallways which would have entrances on Bryant Street and Taber Place.The proposed building would provide eight parking spaces in a ground-level garage with an ingress/egress from Taber Place.Proposed for continuance to August 3, 2000.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold the Negative Declaration

(Proposed for Continuance to August 3, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 3, 2000

AYES: Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

 

7.†††††††† 2000.078G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (KOMETANI: 558-6478)

580 HOWARD STREET, north side between First and Second Streets.Lot 91 in Assessor's Block 3721 -- Request for approval under Planning Code Sections 1106 and 1107 to change the boundaries of the New Montgomery-Second Street Conservation District to include the subject property and to upgrade its Article 11 designation from "Category V, Unrated" to "Category IV, Contributory."

Preliminary Recommendation:†† Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 1, 2000)

(Proposed for Continuance to August 24, 2000)†††††††††††


SPEAKER(S):

Sue Hestor:

- She would like the hearing date to be accelerated as quickly as possible.

Joel Yodowitz - Representing Project Sponsor:

- There are 15 tenants who need to be surveyed to determine what their uses are and to find out if any of them are residential or office.Therefore, time is needed to take care of these surveys.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Amended to be continued to July 20, 2000

AYES:††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

 

B.†††††† †††††††††† 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.If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

 

AThe 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))

 

Bonnie Finegold - Lives at 540-542 29th Street

Re: 541 and 547 29th Street

- She is asking for this case to be continued because she was left out of the selection process to decide what is an appropriate design for the changes that the Commission recommended to the project sponsor.She therefore hasnít been able to have her say.

John Sanger - Project Sponsor for 541 and 547 29th Street

Response to Ms. Fingoldís comments

- Ms. Finegold spoke at the public hearing previously and was aware of the details of the case.There have not been any secret negotiations.

- There has not been any type of discrimination either.

 

C.†††††† COMMISSIONERSí QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

8.††††††† Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of June 8, 15, 22, 2000.††††††††††† .

 

ACTION:††††††††† Approved

AYES: Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:†††††††† Antenore

 

 


9.††††† Commission Matters

None

 

D.††††† DIRECTORíS REPORT

 

10.†††† Directorís Announcements.

None

 

11.†††† Review of Past Weekís Events at the Board of Supervisors & Board of Appeals.

None

 

E.††††† CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION - PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

 

12.†††† 2000.353DD†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BORDEN: 558-6321)

541 & 547- 29TH STREET, south side between Noe and Castro Streets, Lot Nos. 038 and 037 in Assessor's Block 6630 -- Request for Discretionary Review on a proposal to demolish the vacant buildings existing at 541 and 547 29th Street and to construct two new 4-story, 2-unit residential buildings in an RH-2(Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: TakeDiscretionary Review and require that plans be revised per staff's recommendation.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

Note: On June 15, 2000, following public testimony the Commission closed the public hearing and passed a motion of intent to take Discretionary Review and approve with staff recommendations by a vote of +4 -0.The recommendations are to allow the Project Sponsor and both DR requestors to review the most current floor plan scheme which involve: 1) the penthouse needs to be significantly reduced as in Scheme AE@ 2) the twelve foot rear extension is to be eliminated 3) Side deck on 541-29th Street eliminated 4) At547 29th , allow better access to the light well of adjacent property.Commissioners Martin, Mills and Theoharis were absent.

Note: On June 22, 2000, the Commission passed a motion to approve as indicated in the intent by a vote of +3 -2.Commissioners Joe and Antenore voted no.Commissioners Martin and Theoharis were absent.

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved the motion of intent taken on 6/15/00

AYES:††††††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††††† Joe

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

 

F.†† REGULAR CALENDAR††††††

 

13.†††† 2000.378T††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BILLOVITS: 558-6390)

Consideration of an amendment to Section 161(j) of the Planning Code adding compatibility findings to the consideration of conditional use applications for off-street parking reductions for dwelling units in Neighborhood Commercial Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve resolution recommending adoption to the Board of Supervisors.

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None


ACTION:†††††††††† Approved with the following change to Item No. 3: Add Neighborhood Character

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

RESOLUTION NO:15905

 

14.†††† 2000.379T††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BILLOVITS: 558-6390)

Consideration of an amendment to Section 303(c)(5)A) of the Planning Code to provide for full consideration by the Planning Commission of all standard conditional use findings of Section 303(c)(1-4) when making findings on a conditional use application for movie theaters, adult entertainment and other entertainment uses in Neighborhood Commercial Districts.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve resolution recommending adoption to the Board of Supervisors.

 

SPEAKER(S):††††† None

ACTION:††††††††††††† Approved

AYES:†††††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:†††††††††††† Antenore

RESOLUTION NO:15906

 

15.††††††† 2000.380T††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BILLOVITS: 558-6390)

NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT PERMIT NOTIFICATION, Consideration of amendments to the Planning Code (Zoning Ordinance) to add Section 312 to establish a 20-day mailing and posting notification requirement for building permit applications proposing demolition, new construction, alterations expanding the exterior dimensions of a building or changes of uses in Neighborhood Commercial Districts and various amendments to Section 311 providing flexibility in the scheduling of discretionary review hearings and assigning the administration of design guidelines and General Plan policies to the Director of Planning.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve amendments and recommendation of adoption to the Board of Supervisors. †††††††††††

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Dick Millet - Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association

- He supports this code amendment but would rather have a 30-day notification instead of a 20-day notification.Sometimes the Project Sponsors are not very supportive so organizations and residents have to rely on notices.

- This is going to affect the neighborhoods in the central waterfront area.Thatís why the 30-day notice will be even more important.

- There are 3 neighborhood organizations in Potrero Hill: The Potrero Boosters, Dog patch Neighborhood Association and the Lower Potrero Hill Neighborhood Association -- all of which support the 30-day notice.

(+) Anastasia Yovanopoulos - Friends of Noe Valley

- She supports the 30-day notification.It might make staffís job a lot easer.

- Because of district election and neighborhood based supervisors; this seems appropriate.

(+) Sue Hestor -

- She supports the 30 day notice and believes it is way overdue.

- The department doesnít log the notices that go out.Would it be possible for the department to log these 311 notices, live-work notices and 312 notices, so the public may track them down?


- DBI routinely approves changes of use, yet they donít go through the Planning Department which is stated in Proposition M.

- DBI staff does not attend Planning Department Commission hearings.

- She came to the meeting because she wanted to hear the Directorís report on American Can Company.It would be courteous for someone to mention that he wasnít going to attendtodayís meeting since she gathered some people to attend this meeting.

(+) John Bardis -

- There were presentations at the neighborhood meeting.About 80% or more of the people there approve of the 30-day notice.It was felt that a 30-day notice would provide people with more time to bring themselves Aup-to-speed@ on whatís going on.

- Neighborhood organizations meet once a month so the 30-day notice is a good idea, and could eliminate the need for emergency meetings when trying to address land use issues.

- It would also be a good idea to reconsider the 300-foot radius policy.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved with the following amendment: a 30-day notice requirement instead of a 20-day notice.

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

RESOLUTION NO:15907

 

16.††††††† 2000.211C †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (KEYLON: 558-6613)

570- 42ND AVENUE, east side between Geary Boulevard and Anza Street, Lot 60 in Assessorís Block 1503- Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 209.1(g) to construct a four unit building on a 6,000 square foot lot in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):††

(+) Eugene Sakai - Project Sponsor - Studio Esquire Architects

- In response to meeting with the various residents of the neighborhood, their goal has been to design a high quality project that would enhance the street scape and be a Agood neighbor.@

- He is trying to design a building that is both compatible and harmonious with the neighborhood.

(-) Michael Edelstein

- He read a letter on behalf of various residents of the neighborhood.

- He opposes this project because a project like this one removes the character from the neighborhood.

(+) Jim Harold - Lives across the street from proposed construction

- He is not overly happy about the loss of an older building.

- The proposed design seems to fit well with the neighborhood.

- There are certain items and issues which could be changed with regards to the design.

 

ACTION: Motion to approve failed to carry

AYES:††††††††††††† Martin, Mills, Richardson

NAYES: †††††††††† Theoharis, Joe, Chinchilla

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

 

ACTION: Continued to July 13, 2000 to allow the Department of Building Inspection to review the current demolition report.


AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

 

17.††††††† 1999.827EC ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (GORDON: 558-6309)

160 HARRISON STREET, at the northeast corner of Main and Harrison Streets; Lot 8 in Assessor's Block 3745 --Request per Planning Code Section 304 for Conditional Use Authorization under the Planned Unit Development process: (1) for establishment of a utility use as defined by Planning Code Section 209.6(b), in a P District pursuant to Planning Code Section 234.2, (2) for an off-street parking exception of 51 spaces under Planning Code Section 151, where 76 off-street parking spaces are required, (3) for an exception to the minimum stall dimensions for approximately 14 off-street parking spaces per Planning Code Section 154(a), and (4) for an exception to minimum dimensions for 2 freight loading spaces per Planning Code Section 154(b). The property is in a P (Public) Zoning District, the Rincon Hill Special Use District - Residential Subdistrict and a 105-R Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Tim Tosta - Baker and McKenzie - Attorney for Project Sponsor

- There are two owners: the undeveloped parcel is one ownership and 160 Harrison building is another related ownership.

- The 160 Harrison Street building will store computer servers for Internet content.

- There will be billions of dollars of commerce going through the computer servers installed in this building.

- This building will provide security and reliable power to address loss of power, brownouts and power surges.

- The building will also be enhanced for protection from natural disasters.

(+) Michael Duncan - Skidmore, Owens and Merril

- Equipment needs to be put on the roof for height and airflow concerns.Air must go through where the equipment will be located.The equipment must be ventilated vertically and the air then allowed to flow out.

- If this equipment was placed in the basement there would be a need to merge the first floor with the basement.There would also be a need to install ducts for air to ventilate vertically and another for air to come out.

- The cost to rehab this building would be comparable to the cost of two 25-story high-rises.

(+) Arnold Townsend

- He has been working with the prospective tenant and the contractor.They have been very proactive and aggressive in terms of their first source hiring commitments.They will be working with training programs through community-based organizations and the City (e.g. people who are moving from welfare to work).

- One of the opportunities that is about to be missed with all of these dot.com companies is that they are complaining that there are no people to hire.He believes these companies should hire people of color or disadvantaged and give them opportunities to work.The 160 Harrison project program will do just that.

(+) Debra Stein

- They had an opportunity to speak to about 18 different organizations and mailed out about 1,000 mailers.Most everyone was very pleased with this project and are willing to work with them.A few concerns consisted of: lighting, security cameras, paint to reflect character of the neighborhood, etc.

- They have not come across any opposition to this project.

(-) Sue Hestor

- She is not in agreement with the way staff has handled this project.This site needs to be re zoned for housing when it falls from public use.


- Is this a business service use?If it is, then it has to pay transportation impact development fees.

- If the site next door can hold a 600,000 sf building and 500,000 of it will be housing and this is a building of 125,000 sf then the ratio is 6 to 1 housing to commercial, there should be another 50,000 sf on the adjacent site.

- Require the developer to initiate rezoning and pay for all the fees and put some restrictions now on the use next door.

(-) Anastasia Yovanopoulos

- This use is more like an e-commerce thing.It is also a bit of science fiction.

- Not very much business will go to the average citizen, therefore driving up the cost of housing.This will make the project next door not affordable and not compatible to the affordable housing needed in this city.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved with the following condition: Progress report to Commission after 6 months on status of the mixed use development next door.

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

MOTION NO:†††† 15908

 

18.††††††† 2000.266C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (KIM: 558-6290)

720 MOSCOW STREET, west side between France and Italy Streets; Lot 024 in Assessorís Block 6338 - Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 234.2(a) of the Planning Code to install a total of two antennas and a base station on an existing Fire Station building as part of Sprintís wireless telecommunications network in a P (Public Use) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):††

(+) Tony Lowe - Project Sponsor representing Sprint PCS

- This is a preference one under the sighting guidelines.

- Sprint PCS, in 1999, did a drive test and determined that this particular area required more antenna coverage.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

MOTION No.:†††† 15909

 

19.††††††† 2000.161C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BORDEN: 558-6321)

4040-24TH STREET, north side, between Castro and Noe Streets; Lot 12in Assessor's Block 3656 --Request for a Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Section 728.53 to allow the addition of office space at the second floor of the Zephyr Real Estate offices, Section 728.21 to allow a nonresidential use in excess of2,499 square feet, and Section 728.11 to develop a lot in excess of 5,000 square feet in area; in the 24th Street-Noe Valley Neighborhood Commercial District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions††††† (Continued from Regular Meeting of May 25, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):


(+) Jonathan Pearlman - Architectural Design Studio - Project Sponsor

- The existing building was built in the >70s and it was actually a two story building that did come out to the street facade.It has been extensively remodeled to the condition it is now.

- The old bank safe is a major concrete structure.

- The entire building has different construction from different years.

- The facade cannot be designed as an older building like the surrounding structures since itís a modern building.

(+) Bill Riffle

- The actual floor area is set back 5 feet from the property line.

- The building was built as Gibraltar Savings and Loan, purchased by Security Pacific Bank.When Bank of America merged with Security Pacific Bank it was sold as excess property.

- He purchased the property and converted it.

- Although he is a small business owner, he feels that he can compete offering the same services as the Abig guys.@

(-) Cliff Lundberg - Lives at 4028 24th Street

- He lives in the flat on the second floor right next door.

- The policy against second story commercial use has been a very successful one.This would be a violation of this policy.This project will also impact parking.

- The light well in his home will be impacted by the proposed construction.

- The back yard use, is a bit bothersome to him because it would be a place for people to ` hang out and smoke so it would be different from regular residential back yards.

- He did not receive any notification of the construction.

(-) Anastasia Yovanopoulos - Member of Noe Valley Tenants

- The proposed project will take away houses and parking, which will cause traffic congestion.

- She believes that it would be a waste of good space to put commercial use here.It should be residential.

(-) Paul Candis - President of the Castro East and West Improvement Club.

- This club has been in existence since 1904.They have always worked for the quality of the neighborhood.They are concerned that the area is zoned for residential only above the street floor.Although this project is not taking away residential space, maybe some type of a condition could be place on the property--if Zephyr ever sold the space, this would come to the Commission for review of any proposed use of the upstairs space.

- His organization has reservations about this project.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

MOTION NO:†††† 15910

 

20.††††††† 2000.185C†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BRESSANUTTI: 575-6892)


131-135 GOUGH STREET, northwest corner of Lily Street; Lot 004 in Assessorís block 0838:Request for Conditional Use Authorization to 1) expand an existing tourist hotel per Planning Code Section 720.55 and 2) establish a non-residential use with a gross floor area of 3,000 square feet or more per Section 720.21.The proposal is to expand an existing three-story, nine-room bed-and breakfast tourist hotel by converting the existing ground floor retail commercial space (most recently occupied by a restaurant/bar use) with up to four additional guest rooms, lobby, and office/registration area.Up to five new parking spaces would be provided at the basement level with parking access from Lily Street.Alterations to the exteriorof the building would consist of replacing the second building entry at the corner with a disabled access ramp and windows, and a new garage door and windows on Lilly Street.The project is in the Hayes-Gough Neighborhood Commercial District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Carol Bloomingfeld

- Her family has owned this property since 1907.Since 1982, it has been a bed and breakfast.

- The building was in a terrible state, (e.g. rodents, pest infection, etc), total disregard for the beauty of the building.

- The proposed changes would not affect the exterior only the interior.

- There is a homeless shelter around the corner and she has had to ask homeless people to go away.Tourists are very put off by seeing this.

- She would like to be able to shield the office from the eastern sunshine that comes in the morning.

- She believes that the presence of an office will discourage a lot of loitering.The office hours would run from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved with revised condition No. 6 which is being amended by staff which states: Aapproving subject to exhibit B which doesnít show blocked windows@.

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

MOTION NO:†††† 15911

 

21.††††††† 1999.580EC†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WANG: 558-6335)

600 PORTOLA DRIVE, a triangular-shaped parcel, northwest side of Portola Drive at Woodside Avenue; Lot 001 in Assessorís Block 2892 - - Request for Conditional Use authorization under Planning Code Section 121.1 and 710.11 to develop a three-story over basement (garage) mixed-use building including three individual ground floor commercial spaces for a total of approximately 4,060 square feet and fifteen dwelling-units on a lot exceeding 5,000 square feet in area, within an NC-1 Neighborhood Commercial Cluster District and a 26-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Van Li - Project Architect

- The lot is a triangular shape.They tried very hard to design a functional and attractive structure.This project will increase the Cityís housing supply as well as commercial space.

- The design is compatible with the neighborhood.

(+) Dan Liberthsen - Secretary of the Miraloma Park Improvement Club

- He would like to commend the project sponsor on the changes made per their requests.

- The difficulty with Woodside Drive, particularly with the busses during rush hour, is that the traffic can back up solidly in the right lane for a couple of blocks.The design is such that the residents wonít block the sidewalk and street while they are waiting to enter and exit.

- Would like to have conditions placed on this project that chain stores will not be allowed and that the spaces for retail should remain as 3 spaces.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

MOTION NO:†††† 15912


22.††††††† 2000.566C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (CHIN: 575-6897)

2500 TURK STREET, the block bordered by Turk, Masonic, Anza and Parker Streets; Lot 003A in Assessor's Block 1107: --Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 209.6 of the Planning Code to install a total of sixteen antennas and a base transceiver station on an existing four-story building at the University of San Francisco as part of Metricomís wireless Internet network in an RH-2 (House, Two Family Dwelling) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Bob McCarthy - McCarthy and Swartz representing Metricom

- This is a wireless Internet installation.

- There were two community meetings -- 2 people attended and they seemed to be satisfied.At the second meeting there were 4 people who raised questions about RF.Hammot and Edison were there to answer their questions and concerns.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

MOTION NO:†††† 15913

 

23.††††††† 1999.571C †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (ZWIERZYCKI: 558-6263)

1344 OCEAN AVENUE, northeastern corner of Granada Avenue, Lot 16 in Assessorís Block 3198 -- Request for Conditional Use authorization under Section 711.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of nine panel antennas on the roof of a four-story apartment building, and storage and maintenance of related equipmentin an existing storage room within the ground-floor garage.Storage of equipment on ground-floor will not result in elimination of parking stalls.The antennas and equipment storage are part of a wireless communication network in an NC-2 (Neighborhood-Commercial, Small-Scale) District; Ocean Avenue Fast Food Subdistrict; and 40-X Height/ Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 11, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Bob McCarthy - McCarthy and Swartz - representing Cellular One

- This is a limited preference site because itís in an NC-2 district.

- Alternative sites were looked into (15 total); but none were appropriate.

- Landscaping was proposed to camouflage the antennas.

- The tenants of the building have no objections.

- The RF readings are approximately .00025 of the NC Standard at ground.

(+) Frank Navarro - Owner

- He and his wife have owned this building for over 20 years.

- His tenants have lived there for many years.

- He was concerned about the health safety of his tenants and possible litigation.

- He contacted Sergio Marty Vocough of the FCC and this person assured him that there is no health danger involved.

- He would not feel comfortable if he wasnít completely assured that there was no danger.

- This proposal gives him an opportunity to provide instant fire protection in case phones are ever disabled.

(+) John Scott Walker - Lives at 1167 Plymouth Avenue

- He is a community activist and relies on his cell phone a lot.

- He endorses this proposal completely.


(+) Vince Noble - Lives on Plymouth Avenue

- He has not been able to get reliable service for his cell phone and this proposal will provide better service.

- He has elected to rely on his cell phone instead of installing a land line to his home.

(+) Michael Caniglia - He lives in the Sunset District

- He and his wife use Cellular One service and they love it.

- Their gym is located near this site.His wife is a counselor for Southwest Airlines and relies on her cell phone a lot.

(+) Julian Lowery - Lives on Miramar Street

- He eats, shops and washes his clothes on Ocean Avenue.He relies on a cell phone to communicate with his family and currently the services are very bad.

- He supports this proposal because it will provide better communication.

(-) Jessie Waters - Represents the OMI Business Leage

- He opposes this project because of the height of the building.The building is already oversized for the area.

- The parapet on the roof will make the building even higher.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

MOTION No:††††† 15914

 

24.††††††† 2000.240C †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (ZWIERZYCKI: 558-6263)

1562-1564 WALLER STREET, Lot 8 in Assessorís Block 1247, north side between Cole and Belvedere Streets -- Request for Conditional Use authorization under Section 209.2(d) of the Planning Code to legalize the conversion ofthree existing dwelling units into five bed and breakfast rooms or suites on a lot containing four dwelling units within an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and 40-X Height/ Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Disapprove

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Steve Williams -Represents Ted Loewenberg and Leah Harper

- He supports a conditional use in a residential neighborhood.

- This project has full support of the neighborhood.

- This is a wonderful example of what a conditional use should be.It can fit into the neighborhood, it can be compatible with a neighborhood and it can serve the neighborhood.

- He believes that this proposal complies with code section 303:It is compatible in itís size, itís desirable, and necessary for that neighborhood.The entire neighborhood supports this project.

- The owners are willing to minimize the impact on housing by leaving 1 unit in this 3 unit building on the housing market.

- This can be a win-win situation.

- There is no impact on MUNI or parking.

(+) Ted Loewenberg - Project Sponsor

- The hospitality industry is vital to the city of San Francisco.There were over 17 million visitors in our City.

- Spencer House, a bed and breakfast, closed.It returned 6 bed and breakfast room to the residential market -- creating a shortage in the bed and breakfast space.

- The Sprekles Mansion also closed several years ago.Therefore, there is a need for a service like this.


- More than 70% of our guests coming to this B&B come there to visit friends and family in the neighborhood.What they love about being there is the convenience of being around the corner or on the next block.

- The application for a conditional use permit was filed with Planning in response to a letter from planning.

- There is an apartment which will be left there.

- Would like Commission to approve project.

(+) David Crommin

- The area needs desperately to provide a place for people to stay.Ted and Leah are wonderful hosts.They formed the Waller Street Association which fought drug dealing on that street when no one else cared about it.

- Would like Commission to approve project.

(+) Melody (did not provide last name)

- Please grant the conditional use permit.

- She has lived in this neighborhood since 1978.

- She lives in a studio, if the building ever shut down, she would not be able to afford anywhere else.

- Because she lives in a studio, she has no space for friends and family to stay with her so having the Harper House close by is wonderful.

(+) David Keller - Lives at 1315Waller Street

- He is very proud of this neighborhood.

- He has seen the changes in the neighborhood.

- He has a fairly extended family and even though he has a large house, his family can stay at the Harper House if they wish.

(+) Rosemary Southwood - Resident of the Haight/Ashburry District for many years.

- The building which is being renovated is very beautiful.

- Ted and Leah are not only exemplary residents of this city and the neighborhood.

- They have changed the neighborhood in a positive way.

- There are no traffic problems.

(+) Benhard Krevet - Lives in Napa

- He has worked and known Ted for many years.

- It would be a shame to deny him and the City this opportunity.

(+) Maryann Hesse - She lives across the street

- There is no noise, no traffic.The proposed proposal would be a wonderful addition to the neighborhood.

- Her neighborhood has lost a bank and a pharmacy.

(+) Linda Dunn

- She supports the proposal for the Harper House.

- This would be a win-win situation and urges the Commission to approve the project.

- The B&B contributes socially and economically to the neighborhood.

(+) Joe Konopka - Lives at544 Ashbury Street

- He has been a resident there for 11 years.

- He is very active in the community.He is president of RAD, one of the largest neighborhood associations in the Height/Ashbury.He is also Vice Chairman of the Haight/Ashbury Democratic Club.

- His concern for the neighborhood is very similar to other neighborhoods.Loss of neighborhood serving businesses.

- They lost a copy central, a bank, a pharmacy and cleaners.These businesses were replaced with businesses that do not serve the neighborhood.

- This is a great addition for people in the neighborhood.


(+) Karen Crommin

- Leah and Ted have been very active in the community.Leah organizes people to wrap Christmas gifts.Ted is one of the founding members of RAD (neighborhood patrol).

- Ted has been the chair of the Waller Street Association.

- Ted was one of the members of the Alliance for a safe Haight.

- The presence of the Waller House has improved the street.

(+) Khrista Keegan

- Her and her family are 10 year former residents of Waller Street.While they were living on the next block, it was great to be able to have friends and family stay at the Harper House.

- Please grant the Conditional Use permit for the Harper House.

(+) Don Smith - Lives at 1642 Waller Street

- He has lived there for 25 years and has watched the change of the Height.

- This bed and breakfast will not impact that active real estate or rental market very much.

- This is a service to the neighborhood.

(+) Emelda Toups -

- She has lived in the neighborhood for 36 years.There has been great improvement to the neighborhood since the Harper House has been there.

(+) Terry Pinkerton - Lives at 621 Stockton Street

- She has lived there for over 20 years.

- In 1991, the Ritz Carlton hotel opened up directly across the street from her home.It has had catastrophic impacts on the neighborhood.

- There is so much traffic.

- Tour buses in one of those lanes cause traffic jams.

- They have had dignitaries stay there and cause a lot of noise and congestion.

- The Harper House has done nothing but provide the visitor the opportunity to experience the charm of a small neighborhood.

- Mayor Willie Brown has stated the need to do more to expand the hospitality industry.

(+) Bill Steed - Lives next door to the Harper House

- There is no additional noise by having the Harper House there.

- This B&B has lessened the traffic in the area.

(+) Linda Crist - Lives at 1651 Waller Street

- Lives one block west of the Harper House Bed and Breakfast

- It is a great addition to the neighborhood.For her parentís 60th anniversary, she will have them stay there.

(+) Kate Murphy -

- She would like permit to be approved.

- She has lived in the neighborhood--a block away--for 15 years.

(+) Leah Harper - Project Sponsor

- 11 Years ago they moved to that location.

- They joined with the other neighbors and were able to get rid of the drug dealing.

- They are committed to the neighborhood.They love their neighborhood very much.

(+) Virginia Keller - Lives in the Haight/Ashbury Street

- Has lived on Waller Street for 22 years.

- She has cooperated to clean up the neighborhood of drug dealing.

- Her neighborhood is a tourist spot.

- They donít have enough place for people to stay in their neighborhood.There are no large hotels there.

- The neighborhood needs more places like the Harper House.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Project Disapproved


AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Antenore

MOTION No.††††† 14915

 

At Approximately 6:00 P.M. the Planning Commission convened into a Special Discretionary Review (Dr) Hearing.

 

25.††††††† 1999.767D††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† †††††† (JONES: 558-6477)

374 - 24TH AVENUE, east side between California and Clement Streets, Lot 023A in Assessor's Block 1410 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9900945, proposing to demolish the existing two-story, single family dwelling and construct a four-story, three-unit dwelling in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low-Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review, and approve building permit application as submitted.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 15, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†††† None

ACTION: DR Application Withdrawn

 

26.††††††† 2000.372D†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WANG: 558-6335)

96 HOMESTEAD STREET, northwest corner of Homestead and 25th Streets; Lot 014A in Assessorís Block 6503 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 2000/01/14/108, proposing to demolish an existing first floor porch and construct a three-story addition at the rear of the existing two-story over garage, single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application as revised.

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Anthony Jiles - DR Requestor

- Everyone who opposes this project has a completely reasonable and uniform view on what they are asking the Commission and that is not to allow this project to go up and above the roof line of the existing matching 6 Edwardian Houses.

- When people really understood the design, they were shocked.

- The shadow studies, if they are correct, would cause a deck to be completely shadowed.

- Noe Valley neighborhood had singled out single family houses that go up 3 stories above garage.

- The units which are comparable are not single housing projects., they are condominiums.

(-) Ken Mancuso - Lives at 4519 25th Street

- The building is designed significantly larger than some of the surrounding buildings and homes.It is out of context and too large for the block.

(-) Laurence Grunberg

- Lives two houses to the north of the proposed construction.

- His concern, as it has been stated by others, is the roofline (the third story height).

- He respects his neighbors rights to expand their house as they need for more space.But a corner house really defines the neighborhood and helps define the street going in both directions.The roofline will be extremely visible since itís 3 stories over garage.Itís a precedent that the neighborhood doesnít want to support.

(-) Ernie Beffel - 70 Homestead Street


- Lives 5 houses to the north.

- He has been actively involved in reviewing the last 4 projects on Homestead Street.

- There have been 4 projects located on Homestead Street that came before the Commission.Three of the projects were 2 stories over garage.The 4th project which was proposed for 3 stories over garage was revised eventually to 2 stories over garage.

- Given this history, he opposes 3 stories over garage.He recommends that it be sunk somewhat into the ground so itís 2 1/2 stories over garage.Or, that the addition go out further so the same number of square feet can be accomplished.

- He and the neighbors are concerned that if this project goes forward someone will want to purchase three downhill houses that remain underdeveloped and make them three stories.

- Another suggestion would be to continue the project for mediation purposes.

(-) Al Longfield - Lives at 4515 AB@ 25th Street

- Most of the people speaking to support the DR donít have a problem with the addition.

- The addition causes problems with the aesthetics of the neighborhood.

- Adding an addition of 70 to 75% of the existing square footage is a very dangerous precedent to set.This matter should be reconsidered.

(-) Carey Perloff - Lives at 92 Homestead Street

- Most of the houses which approach the scale of the proposed house are multi unit houses.

- This house is widely out-of-scale.

- On April 6, she and her husband looked at the shadow studies and looked at the shadow impact on their home.They decided it was totally unacceptable to them.Three months later, nothing has changed with the plans or design.

(-) Ken McNeely - Lives at 4521 25th Street

- He endorses the comments by his neighbors.

- His concern is that the height does affect the light and air on his property.

(+) Audrey Co - Project Sponsor

- Their growing family is the cause for the Increased space needs.They looked into many design alternatives trying to put them into the smallest envelope possible.Building something in the garage would be impossible because itís uninhabitable.

†††††††††††††††††††††††† - Discussions and meetings with the neighbors took place and she is surprised that there are so many neighbors here since they had not heard from many of the neighbors even though they had meetings with them.

- Shadow studies show little added impact from the 2-story vs. the 3-story rear addition.

- Scale and design fits in with neighborhood.DR Requestorís house is within 15 % of proposed project size.- There are more than 20 additional properties in immediate vicinity that are comparable or larger.

(+) Tony Pantaleoni - Project Architect

- He was concerned about blocking the neighbors views.

- He did a study on possibly constructing the addition in the basement but the car spaces would be lost.He looked into the living room but it became evident that it would not work.So he tried to minimize the mass of the addition proposed for the rear.He tried to keep it as small and compact as he possibly could to minimize the view blockage.

- He is not trying to set precedent here.This is not a monster home.

(+) Gayta Bell -

- Their family has grown.

- They have Abent over backwards@ to try to fit what they need into the smallest possible space.They are not developers, but family.

- They have been good neighbors with the folks at 92 Homestead.They are not asking for anything exceptional or unique.


- They have lived there for 9 years.

- Street parking is very difficult and they donít want to be forced to park on the street.

- They would like to stay in their home, where they have lived for 9 years; and would like to stay in their neighborhood, where they have lived for 20 years.

 

ACTION:†††††††††††† Take DR and allow expansion up to the 2 stories and match the existing roof line.

AYES:††††††††††††† Joe, Martin, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

NAYES:†††††††††††† Chinchilla

ABSENT:††††††††††† Antenore

 

Adjournment: 6:41 p.m.

 

 

THE DRAFT MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, July 27, 2000.

 

 

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

Meeting Minutes

 

Supervisorís Chambers - Room 250

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, July 13, 2000

1:30 PM

 

Regular Meeting

PRESENT:††††††††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Theoharis, Chinchilla, Richardson, Martin

ABSENT:††††††††††††††††††††† None

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT THEOHARIS AT 1:45P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning, Hillary Gitelman; Rana Ahmadi; Amit Gosh; Isolde Wilson; John Billovits; Paul Lord; Paul Maltzer; Paul Deutsch; Scott Edmondson; Catherine Keylon; Julian Banales, Greg Nikitas; Kenneth Chin; Nora Priego - Transcription Secretary, Linda D. Avery - Commission Secretary

 

A.†††††††† ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

1.†††††††† 1999.151E†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MALTZER: 558-6391)

SANITARY FILL COMPANY SOLID WASTE FACILITY PERMIT REVISION;501 TUNNEL AVENUE; Assessor's Block 4991/Lots 7, 8, 9 and 82 in San Francisco County; and Assessor's Block 152/Lots 030, 340 and 220 (partial) in San Mateo County.Appeal of Preliminary Negative Declaration.The Sanitary Fill Company seeks to revise its Solid Waste Facility Permit to allow for: (1) the removal of scheduling restrictions on refuse fleet hauling; (2) an increase in permitted vehicle trips per day; (3) approval to stage and handle source-separated organic waste as a separate waste stream; (4) approval to enclose the construction and demolition debris sort line and increase the hours of sort line operation; and (5) removal of the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility from the Solid Waste Facility Permit.Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 8, 2000)

(Proposed for Continuance to August 24, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 24, 2000


AYES:††††††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Martin, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† None

 

2a.††††††† 2000.225CV ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (NIKITAS: 558-6306)

3131 WEBSTER STREET, north west corner of Moulton Street, Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 0509 -Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Sections 121.2 and 712.21 for use size exceeding 6,000 square feet.The proposal is for a Business or Professional Service Office (McGuire Real Estate) of 12,160 gross square feet to be achieved by remodeling into offices an existing former restaurant, The North India, (two structures totaling 4,960 square feet in area) and connecting those structures to the existing adjacent real estate offices at 2001 Lombard Street (gross area of 7,200 square feet) via a new second-story pedestrian bridge between the lots.The subject properties are within an NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for Continuance to August 24, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 24, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Martin, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††††† None

ABSENT:††††††††† None

 

2b.††††††† 2000.225CV ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (NIKITAS: 558-6306)

3131 WEBSTER STREET, north west corner of Moulton Street, Lot 002 in Assessor's Block 0509 The Zoning Administrator will conduct a joint hearing on a request for a parking variance per Sections 151 and 712.22 of the Planning Code, which require eight off-street parking spaces for the proposed use of subject property, located within an NC-3 (Moderate Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District. No off-street parking is proposed.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 24, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 24, 2000

AYES: Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Martin, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††††† None

ABSENT:††††††††† None

 

3.†††††††† 1995.385E†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (KUGLER 558-5983)


444 DIVISADERO STREET, TOUCHLESS CAR WASH Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration on Assessorís Block 1216 - Lots 5, 17, 18, 19, located on the northeast corner of Oak and Divisadero Streets in the Western Addition.The proposed project would demolish two existing buildings at 1060-1062 and 1052 Oak Street and construct a new two-story mixed-use building with two dwelling units on the second floor and an auto detailing services and a parking space on the ground floor.There would be one level of underground parking with 13 spaces accessed by a commercial automobile elevator.The underground parking would be covered by landscaping.An additional two story structure would be constructed to serve as an employee lounge and storage area.Two shed roofed open sided structures would be constructed to connect the existing car wash structure and the two proposed structures.Minor modifications in the form of the addition of a covered waiting area and the enclosure of an existing laundry facilities wold be done to the existing car wash building.The car wash vehicular circulation and queuing area would be expanded and reconfigured.The proposed site is split between two zones; lots 5, 17, 18 and the portion of lot 19 that fronts on Oak Street are zoned NC-2 while the interior remainder of lot 19 is zoned RH-3.A rezoning of the interior portion of lot 19 from RH-3 to NC-2 is proposed as a part of the project.The project also has two Height/Bulk Districts 65-A and 40-X.Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 15, 2000);

(Proposed for Continuance to September 14, 2000) August 24, 2000

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 24, 2000

AYES: Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Martin, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††††† None

ABSENT:††††††††† None

 

4.†††††††† 2000.249D ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MARTIN: 558-6616)

1050 IOWA STREET,west side between 23rd and 25th Streets, Lot 016 in Assessor's Block 4226 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9907699, BPA No. 9907700, and BPA No. 9907701, proposing to construct three buildings containing a total of 26 live/work units: Building A with ten; Building B with six; and Building C with ten, each building to be four stories and one mezzanine, in an M-1 (Light Industrial) District (Industrial Protection Zone) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.The site is an odd-shaped (narrow and long) vacant lot.The project is set for a Mandatory Discretionary Review per City Planning Commission Resolution No. 14861.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove this proposal

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 11, 2000)

(Proposed for Continuance to September 14, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to September 14, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Martin, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††††† None

ABSENT:††††††††† None

 

 

B.†† ††††† 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.If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

 

AThe 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))

 


SPEAKER(S):

 

John de Castro - Lives in Potrero Hill

- He has been a resident of Potrero Hill for over 20 years.

- There is a similar problem in the Mission as well as Potrero Hill --rampant, unplanned office development and business services being perpetuated throughout the neighborhoods.

- He finds it hard to believe that the ZA authorized the Ron Kaufman project at 450 Rhode Island as business services.His marketing people sit right next to this site and it is definitely not a business service.Itís an office.

- This is just an attempt to get around prop M.

- Most of the hill is surrounded by land that has either been zoned commercial or industrial.

- They need money allocated in next yearís budget to expand the neighborhood planning efforts.Similar to what is going on with the Neighborhood 2000, in the Dogpatch area.

- The planning Commission is addressing that area.A similar effort needs to be made to the Mission District.

Patricia Vaughey

- She has problems with information being provided on computers.

- On item 19, 5 out of 6 associations did not get notified.

Gladys Sandlin - Executive Director of Mission Neighborhood Health Center

- This health center has been in the neighborhood for 23 1/2 years.They serve 13,000 patients.

- 40% of the 13,000 patients have been forced to leave the City.These are the people that work in the hotel industry, they serve our food, they do attendant care, they clean our houses, etc.

- There is an increase in community needs.

- She would like to urge the Commission to form a community-based coalition and plan appropriately.

- She requests that the Commission takes this seriously because they are the people that move the City.The Commissioners are elected officials who have the civic duty to uphold the social contract to ensure the unique character of San Francisco.

Leroy Moore

- Advocate of minority organization.

- The only family organization for children in the Mission is located in the Bay View Building which will be closing.

- How can they serve the community if they canít live in the community?

Lisa Gray-Garcia- Poor Magazine

- The Commission holds the future of non-profits, low-income and working people.The Commission has been systematically approving projects that push them out of the City.

- Poor Magazine exists to get voices heard that are not heard

- She is proposing as a community, that if the Commission doesnít do something soon to help the nonprofits, they will be forced to have Aoutbursts.@

Ethel Newlin - St. Johnís Educational Threshold Center

- The children and youth are the future.The way things are going now there will be no future in San Francisco because people with families will not be able to live here.

- How does building an office complex affect the children?The people who work in the new office complex will need a place to live.

- It doesnít matter anymore if you are poor, working class, or middle class.People with money are coming into the City and either purchasing or renting, therefore, pushing the poor out.

- A city with no young people has no future.


- The commission has the responsibility as custodians of the future to plan for a place for people to live, work and raise their families.

Sergio Canjura

- Current project coordinator of a proposed Mission Neighborhood Resource Center in the Mission District which will serve the poor and homeless in the area.

- Due to the decisions that the Commission has made, their organization hasnít been able to find a site to run this project.

- He would like for the Commission to respect them, to take account of what the people really need.

- There are people in the area that need the resources and space in the area.

Antonio Alcala

- He requested a moment of silence for all the people that might die on the streets because they have been evicted and have no place to go since there is no affordable housing in the City.

Carmen Ramirez

- She supports the Latino and Color community in the Mission District.

- She has been suffering for over 3 years and is afraid of displacement of her small business.

- It is very difficult to maintain a small business in the Mission District.

- She asked the Planning Department and the Planning Commission to put their feelings forward along with the decisions they make.

- There are children and families that are being affected with these decisions.

- There are no words to describe what families go through when they are displaced.

- She thanked the for the time the Commission takes to help the community.

- Please take these words and thoughts into consideration.

Eric Quesada - Member of the Mission Anti-displacement Coalition

- There is a rally outside of City Hall representing those people who have been displaced.

- The Mission District community and other working class neighborhoods have not been the same since the evening of June 28.Before that many have spent countess hours giving testimony in front of the Commission.They have spent countless hours fighting eviction after eviction for the past 5 years.The result is that they feel more and more removed, discounted and dis-empowered.

- The community will act now and speak no matter who it offends.

- Today they are here as delegates of the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition and representing sectors of their community and the voices outside of City Hall protesting the policies of displacement the Commission has implemented.

- He publicly acknowledged the attendance of Director Green, Commissioner Chinchilla, Commissioner Mills, and Commissioner Richardson at their June 28 community meeting.

- They would like to give a brief presentation of what was presented at that meeting.

Matt Brown - St. Peterís Housing Coalition

- There are over 500 people outside on the Polk Street side in front of City Hall.

- The Mission District hasalways been the home of poor and working class families.These families are being driven out of their homes from this City because of the developments the Commission has been approving.

- This Coalition counsels and advises low income renters from all over the City about their rights and responsibilities.In the 4 years he has worked there, the numbers have tripled.

- Government officials can do something to protect low income families by adopting the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalitionís temporary moratorium on new development.


- Since 1994 developers have built 650 new live/work units in the Mission District alone.These units are not meant for families.These lofts are displacing businesses and are changing the face of the Mission District.About less than 5% of the new 650 units are occupied by artists.The vast majority of artists are not able to afford a $500,000 one bedroom apartment.

- Sheik condos are taking over the middle class, immigrant and facility-centered neighborhood.

Antonio Dias - Member of PODER and the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition

- The demand that was made at the community meeting on June 28, 2000 was about an immediate moratorium covering the entire Mission District on conversions and new construction of office space, dot.com space, or business service space or whatever it is being called this week.

- Because of the actions of the Planning Department and the Planning Commission, there is a proliferation of office space in the neighborhood.The price of real estate has Asky rocketed@ which makes it difficult to develop affordable housing and maintain small businesses and light industry.The proliferation of these dot.com spaces is the reason for the high rents in the Mission.

- Just a few weeks ago, Bryant Square was approved for 160,000 sf of office space.2701 16th Street is being converted to 100,000 sf of office from apparel manufacturing.†† At 2300 Harrison Street, a factory is being converted to 68,000 sf of offices.The Best Foods Building is being converted to office space with no hearing at all.

- There has been about 850,000 sf of office space converted in the past 4 years.

- Smaller industrial buildings throughout the Mission District have been converted to office use without any notices or hearings.

- Rent levels in the neighborhood have been adjusted to downtown office rent levels.

- He acknowledges that a day after the community meeting held on June 28, the Planning Department sent a letter of violation to Mr. Robert Court, whoís family purchased the Bay View Building.Yet, it shouldnít be up to the community to be notifying the department of doing itís job.

Gena Castro - Mission Neighborhood Center

- She is here as a delegate of the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition.

- Since 1994 the Planning Commission has promised to rezone the Mission District, protect jobs, and limit live/work lofts.Instead the Commission has not rezoned the district, has had no comprehensive community input into land use planning, approved hundreds of live/work lofts and allowed industrial buildings to be used as offices.

- Community members have developed an assessment of the Mission.Community organizersare soon to open community process to include maximum and meaningful participation.The community is working on creating a zoning initiative to protect the neighborhood.

- The community is here to inform the Commission that they have two demands: 1) the Commission commit to a community-based process to rezone the Mission and work with them to create a meaningful community inclusiveness;2) The Commission reprogram funds in the 2000-2001 budget so that rezoning can occur as soon as possible, including a senior planner to be in communication with them and assist in the process.

Lisa Pagan

- Project Manager with Mission Housing Development Corporation

- She is a planner with a masters in City Planning from UC Berkeley and a member of MAC.

- The demands that they have are to requests a moratorium of all market-rate housing and multimedia class developments and conversions.

- She read out loud Section 303.7 which talks about interim zoning controls.

Dr. Concha Saucedo Martinez - Executive Director of Instituto Familiar de la Raza

- She hears everyday, the cries of the displaced people in the Mission District.

- Our community may be poor in profit but they are rich in diversity, in culture and in spirit.


- They ask that the Commission listen carefully and allow for a moratorium of office conversions and dot.com offices in the Mission, as well as stopping illegal conversions of light-industrial commercial space into offices.

- Would like to rezone the Mission District and provide funds for this.

- She is anxious to hear what Mr. Green will say since he attended the Community Meeting on June 28, 2000.

Maria Martinez

- She works at the Rent Board.

- The issue of displacement is very important.Live/work spaces are wonderful but they donít house people who service the City and County of San Francisco.These people cannot afford to move out and come back to work at restaurants, cleaners, etc.

- Bidding was conducted over the computer Internet to purchase lofts.Many low-income families donít have computers.

- A moratorium is important in the Mission right now but it is more important for developers to build homes for the families.

- The Planning Commission needs a report of all the families that are being evicted from the Mission District.

- One has to look at the lifestyles that are being displaced in the Mission and in other areas.

Joan Holden

- She is a member of the artist community which was displaced from North Beach in the >60s and that now is being displaced from the Mission, after 30 years.

- She is also speaking for the Artists Alliance who got together to form a list of demands which was presented to Director Green at the community meeting held on June 28.

- Make the interim zoning controls that say no lofts in industrial zones permanent.

- Define live/work lofts as housing and treat them as housing.Allow office and residential use in industrial areas only as accessory use to industry including arts.Define dot.com spaces as what they are -- offices.

Gloria La Riva - International Action Center

- She has lived in the Mission District for 19 years.

- There is truly a crisis that speakers have analyzed, and as a result, have given the Commission a very important alternative for a zoning proposal.

- They had a march in the Mission for housing last October.Citizens and non citizens came out to support.

- If after all this testimony today, the Commission does not take action as needed, she promises a very powerful movement.

- Many of them live and work and struggle.

- She lives in the Mission and believes that the owner will Ellis Act the building soon--has already sent illegal eviction notices.

- 9 adults live in one apartment to be able to afford $1,000 rent.

- The Redevelopment Agency admitted a number of years ago that they destroyed the Fillmore and eliminated 98% of African American owned businesses.The same is going on in Hunters Point.

- They cannot allow anymore development in the Mission or anywhere else.

Rachel Aoanan - Works at the International Action Center

- She works there as a political activists.

- It is very discouraging to know what is going on with the evictions.

- It is important that people voice their opinions.

Kaira Espinoza

- She was born and raised in the Mission District.Over the years she has witnessed all the changes taking place in the City.


- If the goal is to develop a community and give them economic opportunities, build affordable housing, and computer training centers.There is always much talk about how poor the Mission is.The reason the community is poor is because of lack of training and support, no lack of high rent, low wages and discrimination.

- As soon as Valencia Street becomes more developed, there will be valet parking and cars can park in the middle of the street.When do residents get to park in the middle?

- There are new palm trees being planted, new parks and lofts being built.This is the reason why there is no money to put into affordable housing, schools and community programs.The only people being hurt are children and future generations.

Sue Hestor -

- Regarding Item 8 - 360 10th Street on the agenda.The Commission will vote on allowingan affordable housing building to be demolished and instead build 6 units of upscale lofts.This vote will affect the Mission, Chinatown -- any poor community.She would like this project to not be approved.

- Regarding Item 10 - 673 Brannan Street on the agenda.The Commission will vote on thiswether or not they have adequate information on the largest live/work development.

- Regarding Item 11 - 1247 Harrision Street - The bus company is moving out of San Francisco because of 64 live/work units.Is there a demand or is this more dot.com offices?

- Item 22 - 1228 25th Street was taken off the calendar because the developers are changing the two projects, which are next to this site, to dot.com without any notices or any hearings.

- 580 Howard was taken off the calendar because the developer withdrew the application.

Lloyd Schloegle

- Regarding 1247 Harrison.This site is recently used as Samtrans bus parking.

- This proposal is to move the site to Pier 96.The alternative site has not been well thought out.

- This site at Harrison Street is a poor choice for housing since there is a freeway entrance there.

Ken Fugioka - Attorney at the Asian Law Caucus

- Every day people are being evicted from San Francisco.

- Regarding 360 10th Street.There will be a demolition of two housing units.

- This is a terrible reversal where in one situation live/work is considered not housing not required to fulfill other requirements that other housing is required to make and on the other hand replacing housing with live/work space.

- The Commission is ready to lift itís requirement for the house that is being demolished without fulfilling the requirements of existing policy.

- These standards were made to protect housing throughout the city.

- For this commission to approve the demolition and replace it with live/work space is a real travesty.

- He urges this commission to take a second look at this development or to reject it as a whole.

Jennifer Freedomback

- She lives on Harrison Street.

- There were 500 people outside protesting in front of City Hall who wanted to speak but instead sent in delegates of MAC.

- She wants to comment as a resident of the Mission.

- As new developments are coming and new people are moving in, there has been an increase of desirability and a direct link to Ellis Act evictions and other evictions that have taken place that have driven up the rents.

- She would like to reinforce a moratorium on the Mission District.


 

C.†††††††† COMMISSIONERSí QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

5.†††††††† Commission Matters

 

Commissioner Antenore:††††††† This morningís Chronicle had an article about the new procedures under CEQA and the various charges and fees proposed.Would like to schedule this issue on the agenda prior to the Board of Supervisorís August 1 hearing to discuss this matter.

 

It would be a good idea to allow written comments to come in a few days after the oral testimonies following draft EIR hearings.This would give people an opportunity to hear the oral testimonies and still have time to submit further written comments.This would be important especially in controversial EIRs.Ms. Gitelman mentioned that she had no objection to going back to that procedure.

 

Commissioner Mills:†† Would like to schedule a hearing on the Mission District Moratorium to hear from all sides.For a long time the Mission has been pleading for jobs which they are now getting yet they come with impacts on transportation and affordable housing.There are millions of dollars in the Mayorís Office of Housing and it would be interesting to see how this gets spent. Information needs to be brought to the Commission that helps frame the issue.Next week, staff should be prepared with a date when a hearing will be scheduled.

 

Would like a recommendation on the definition of live/work.She believes that it should be called housing; this would abolish the interim definition that has created so much difficulty.A clarification should be made on two policies that are conflicting: 1) policies that try to protect housing from demolition to keep affordable housing; and 2) policies that ask to increase density along major transit routes and transit hubs.Changes and/or prioritizing need to be made in order to avoid any conflicts.

 

Commissioner Richardson:††† She is inclined to rezone the mission district.Rather than looking at isolated cases, planning the entire district should be the start.A map should be made of the district.

 

D.†††††††† DIRECTORíS REPORT

 

6.†††††††† Directorís Announcements

 

Gerald Green:Response to Demands made by the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition:

He complements the Mission Anti-displacement Coalition for a very well organized and focused meeting held on June 28, where he as well as Commissioners Richardson, Mills and Chinchilla attended.

- The Commission and the department did hear about the concerns of the changes going on in the Mission: the impact on rent and lease increases, the harm that evictions are causing, displacement issues, loss of affordable housing, and lack of planning.

- He respects the passion that the community has for these issues but believes that this energy is not being directed in the right direction.


- San Francisco is experiencing phenomenal growth.San Francisco and the Mission are not the only ones being subjected to the demands of the growth and the new technology coming into the city.

- The challenge of the Commission and the Planning Department is to harness this economy so thatSan Francisco doesnít do away with this growth.

- He believes that there is a misconception with regards to the planning process.Land use policies do contribute to change in the City.The big picture is that there are other agencies and other members of government that are a part of this process.For example, the rent arbitration board has the ability to affect illegal rent and lease increases.

- The City Attorneyís office, the Building Department, the Mayorís Office of Housing also play a big part in this.

- The Board of Supervisors plays a big part in this issue since they approve or disapprove the budget.

- In the 80s, the Planning effort was focused on generating land use policies which would stimulate appropriate growth.

- Today in the 90s, the challenge and the efforts should be focusing on guiding this growth.

- He takes offence that the department is not being guided by the General Plan (GP).The GP is a guiding light.It is contained in each of the recommendations.

- The department is very much aware of the fact that state law requires that no determination, no approval be made unless it be found to be in conformity with the general plan.The General Plan was developed with a great deal of input by various communities and neighborhoods of this City.

- A request was made at the June 28 meeting for him to authorize a moratorium yet he doesnít havethe authority to do so.

- He would remind this commission and others that at this time last year, the Commission was considering the live/work issue as well as policies and controls.A moratorium was discussed yet the Commission was concerned about a moratorium and a decision was made not to establish one.

- In January the Planning Department will be back before the public to discuss their work program for the next fiscal year.Now is the time to discuss what should be put on that work program.

- If there are illegal conversions, the department will go after them.

- There is an agreement that there should be more of a community-based focus in Planning.The department will make that happen.Discussions should be conducted now regarding this issue.

- He is willing to work with the Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition along with others throughout the City to do better planning.

 

Status of the American Can Company (ACC):

- Andrea Wong was assigned to investigate evictions of ACC.

- The department after receiving numerous requests, conducted a background search, permit history, and site visit.The site visit was conducted last Friday (7/6/00) because the property ownerdid not make it easy for the department to access the site.

- There is a tenant, a bakery, who is occupying some space at this location but there is no conversion going on there [this space].

- The Building Department has stopped permits.

- There has been some conversion of this building to office use.

- The permit history is very extensive so the Department will be going into more detail.

 

Status of the Bay View Bank:

- The department did accelerate the investigation process of this building.

- This building was originally developed and occupied by Bay View Bank in 1961.Bay View Bank sold the building but leased the entire building back in 1981.In 1999, the Court Family purchased the building from the previous owner.At that time, the lease for Bay View Bank expired and they left the building in June of this year.The new tenant is BigStep.com.


- The issue of the impact of the non-profits is quite real.The Court Family and BigStep.com are prepared to work with the neighborhood to ensure that there will be space available for non-profits.This space will be offered at an affordable rate.

 

The Budget Process:

- The Finance Committee did not agree with the Department on the recommendation of the work program and budget.Especially in regards to a position requested to meet the demands of the Sunshine Ordinance.

- He still believes that the position is needed andis important and will be working with the Supervisors and try for a reconsideration and re-evaluation.

 

Lombard Corridor:

- The Department is requesting additional funding to carry out a study of the Lombard Corridor.Approximately $35,000 is being added by Supervisor Newsom to study the issues of land use control.

- Supervisor Brown is asking for an increase in the budget by $300,000 to be able to complete theTransit Oriented Development Plans for Balboa Park Area.

- Supervisor Becerril and others are interested in adding an appropriate figure to help the Department carry out the efforts of the Better Neighborhoods 2002 program.The study for the Mission District might be able to be carried out sooner.

 

Other items which will be discussed next week:

- Permit Processing Procedures requested by Commissioner Chinchilla

- Status of the Affordable Housing Fund

 

Hillary Gitelman

- Regarding update to Chapter 31 of the Administrative Code.

- There was to have been a hearing this morning at one of the Board committees but it has been postponed to August 1.

- The Chapter is severely out-of-date.It has not been amended for 10 or so years.The state law has changed multiple times.This has been in the Departmentís to-do list for a very long time--to bring it in conformance with state laws.

 

- Supervisor Kaufman has been working her way through the code trying to streamline the code--take out unnecessary sections and make improvements where necessary.

- The Legislation will be heard on August 1.It will have little or no affect with the way the Department or the Commission treats environmental issues.With only one exception: a procedure that EIRís be appealable by the Board of Supervisorswhich is mandated by state law.The fee for this would be $1,000.Ms. Gitelman believes that this fee is not out-of-line.

 

7.†††††††† Review of Past Weekís Events at the Board of Supervisors & Board of Appeals.

 

None

 

E.†††††††† CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION - PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED ††††

 

8.†††††††† 1999.746C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BRESSANUTTI: 575-6892)


360-10TH STREET, west side between Folsom Street and Harrison Street; Lot 9 in Assessorís Block 3520 - Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow the demolition of two dwelling units per Planning Code Section 803.5(b) and 233(a) and to allow construction of six new live/work units in the Industrial Protection Zone across the street from the Mixed Use Housing Zone per Planning Commission Resolution No. 14861, in the South of Market Service/Light Industrial/Residential (SLR)Mixed Use District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 25, 2000)

Note: On May 25, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing.A motion of intent to approve with the requirement that the project always have a live component to it and that it never be allowed to convert to commercial use, failed to carry by a vote of +3-1; Commissioner Antenore voted no.Commissioners Mills, Joe and Martin were Absent.

 

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:††††††††† Approved with condition that the project always have a Alive@ component to it and that it never be allowed to convert to commercial use.

AYES: Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Martin

ABSENT:†††††††† None

MOTION No.††† 15916

 

9.†††††††† 2000.211C †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (KEYLON: 558-6613)

570- 42ND AVENUE, east side between Geary Boulevard and Anza Street, Lot 60 in Assessorís Block 1503- Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 209.1(g) to construct a four unit building on a 6,000 square foot lot in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

Note: On July 6, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing.A motion to approve failed to carry by a vote of +3-3. Commissioners Theoharis, Joe, and Chinchilla voted no.†† A substitute motion to continue this matter andallow the Department of Building Inspection to review the current demolition report passed by a vote of +6-0.

 

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:††††††††† Approved

AYES: Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Martin

ABSENT:†††††††† None

MOTION NO.†† 15917

 

10.††††††† 1999.234E††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (EDMONDSON: 558-5994)

673-683 BRANNAN STREET/168-178 BLUXOME STREET LIVE/WORK -- Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration:Assessor's Block 3785/Lots 20 & 21 situated on the south side of Brannan Street between 5th and 6th Streets within the South of Market neighborhood.The proposed project would construct four new buildings containing a total of 177 live/work units and 177 parking spaces at 673-683 Brannan Street/168-178 Bluxome Street.The project would demolish an existing 10,000 square foot warehouse structure.Each new structure would be 55 feet tall, and would cover the full lot length and width, from Brannan Street to Bluxome Street.The project site is within an SLI (Service/Light Industrial) zoning district and within the Industrial Protection Zone adopted by the Planning Commission as an interim zoning control.Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Negative Declaration(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 8, 2000)


Note: On June 8, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing.A motion to uphold negative declaration failed to carry by a vote of +3-3 with Commissioners Antenore, Joe and Martin voted no.Commissioner Theoharis was absent.

 

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:†††††††† Upheld Negative Declaration

AYES: Theoharis, Mills, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:†††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Martin

ABSENT:†††††††† None

MOTION No.†† 15918

 

11.††††††† 1999.243D††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BANALES: 558-6339)

1247 HARRISON STREET, south side of Harrison between8th and 9th Streets, Lot(s) 063, 065, 066 in Assessorís Block 3757 -- Staff-initiated discretionary review on building permit application nos. 9907688S, 9907689S and 9907690S, proposing to demolish the existing building on site and construct three new live/work buildings containing a total of 64 units.The proposed project is in a Service/Light Industrial (SLI) District and the Industrial Protection Zone, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application as submitted.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 1, 2000)

Note: On May 4, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing. A motion to not take discretionary review and approve the proposal failed to carryby a vote of +3 -2.Commissioners Antenore and Joe voted no.Commissioners Mills and Martin were absent.

 

SPEAKER(S):None

ACTION:†††††††† Approved as submitted - No Discretionary Review

AYES: Theoharis, Mills, Martin, Chinchilla, Richardson

NAYES:†††††††††† Antenore, Joe

ABSENT:†††††††† None

 

F.†††††††† REGULAR CALENDAR

 

12.††††††† 1999.554E ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (AHMADI: 558-5966)

601 KING STREET OFFICE BUILDING- Public Hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Report.The project site occupies Assessorís Block 3800, Lots 1 and 2, between King, Seventh, Deharo and Berry Streets, and is in an M-2 (Heavy Industrial) zoning district and a 50-X height and bulk district.The proposed project would involve the demolition of two warehouse buildings at 830 Seventh Street and 601 King Street and the construction of a 4-story plus mechanical penthouse and basement parking level office structure, approximately 50 feet tall.The proposed new building would contain approximately 238,000 gross square feet of office space.The structure would provide about 321 off-street independently accessible parking spacesin the basement level and ground-floor garage.The project would include two off-street loading spaces.Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 6, 2000)

The public comment period has been extended to the C.O.B. on July 13, 2000

 

SPEAKER(S):†††††††††††††††††††††††††† Judy West:- This project is adjacent to the Mission Creek Bikeway.

- There is a sewer easement on the back side of the project where there is outdoor parking.


- She received a grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission for a planning study on this bikeway project.There will also be matching funds from the Department of Parkingand Traffic.

- She hopes to use a little corner of this sewer easement for a thru bikeway with some green space.

- She would like the project sponsor to know that they are not required to have parking on that slot.Funds will be raised to do capital improvements along this route.

Lloyd Schloegel:- There is no need to erect a new office building on this site.This proposal

is redundant and unnecessary. This project should be rejected.

Sue Hestor - San Franciscans for a Reasonable Growth

- She would like to translate Ms. Westís comments into a request for an alternative that protects the land for the Mission Creek Bikeway.If itís not in the EIR the City cannot consider it.

- There is no information in EIRs about offices, dot.coms, business sector, research and development or whatever the proper name is.

- EIRs are supposed to be written so that the local person can understand them.

- EIR formulas are calculated from very old formulas which donít apply to todayís exploding growth.

ACTION:†††††††††† Public Hearing Held - No action required.

 

13.††††††† 1998.898E ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† DEUTSCH (558-5965)

HETCH HETCHY WATER TREATMENT CHLORAMINE CONVERSION PROJECT: Public Hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Report.The project is the proposed conversion of the disinfectant for the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) drinking water supply from chlorine to chloramine, to improve reliability of the system to meet water quality requirements of the federal Stage 1 Disinfectant/Disinfection By-Products Rule, promulgated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1998.The project would involve construction of chlorine and ammonia feed systems; dechlorination and dechlorination facilities; chemical storage systems; and ancillary roadways and pipelines, mostly at existing SFPUC facilities in four locations: Tesla Portal off of Vernalis Road near Tracy in San Joaquin County; San Antonio Pump Station on Calaveras Road in Sunol Valley, Alameda County; Pulgas Water Temple vicinity on CaŮada Road, San Mateo County; and Harry W. Tracy Water Treatment Plant off of Crystal Springs Road in San Mateo County.Preliminary Recommendation: No Action Required

The public comment period closes at 5:00 p.m. July 19, 2000.

 

ACTION:†††† Public Hearing Held - No action required.

 

14.††††††† 1998.770E†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MALTZER: 558-6391)

1738-9TH AVENUE, east side between Moraga and Noriega Streets; Lots 31 and 32 in Assessor's Block 2041 - Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration for a proposal to demolish an existing one-story building containing a preschool and community meeting room, and construct a new four-story building containing eight senior housing units, a preschool and community meeting room.Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Negative Declaration

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 6, 2000).

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Mary Glennon

- She has been a resident of 9th Avenue for many years.

- She filed an appeal to the Negative Declaration along with Dr. Deito in July of 1999.


- They were motivated to file this appeal because they thought that their issues had not been taken seriously by the project sponsor.

- The PND memorandum issued in July of 2000, stated that they had not supplied any evidence that would support the facts on the impact to the environment.

- Although they donít have the evidence, they are aware of what the increase in density, parking and traffic means in an urban area when housing increases.

- 9th Avenue is a particularly busy thoroughfare since it serves as an alternate route to 7th and 19th Avenue.

- They were interested in speaking with SHARP yet SHARP was not very interested about their concerns.

- The latest plans show a much smaller building.

- They are not trying to block a development on a property owned by SHARP.They own the property and are allowed to develop as they wish.Yet the new design of the building still proposes a precedent which will impact future developments in the neighborhood.

(-) Marylou Sheridan - Owner of 1737 8th Avenue

- She has lived there since 1966.Her garden back up to the proposed project lot.

- She has a Monterey pine that she planted 25 years ago.She will lose the tree if construction is approved for the proposed development.

- The height of the proposed building is too large.This will shut out light from her home.

- The noise level, loss of privacy, loss of the tree, along with parking problems will make this less than livable for her.

(+) Patricia Ray

- She has lived 80 years in San Francisco and 42 years in the Sunset District.She believes itís time to move out of a large house and move into a small senior apartment.

- She believes that seniors need something like SHARP.

- This development is very good for senior citizens.

(+) Erick McJohn - Project Sponsor

- Is available for questions

 

ACTION:†††† Upheld Negative Declaration

AYES:††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Martin, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††† None

MOTION NO. 15919

 

15a.††††† 1999.040CV †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WILSON: 558-6602)

1738 9TH AVENUE, east side between Moraga and Noriega Streets; Lots 31 and 32 in Assessorís Block 2041 - Request for a Conditional Use authorization to allow a child care facility, community facility and eight units of senior housing under Planning Code Sections 209.1(m), 209.3(f) and 209.4(a), within an RH-2 (House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 6, 2000).

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Erick McJohn - Lives at 1670 8th Avenue

- He has lived in the inner sunset for 23 years.

- He is vice president of SHARP.

- SHARP is a 91 year old charitable and neighborhood organization.The boundaries of SHARP are: north is Lincoln Avenue, west is 19th Avenue, south is Riviera, and border with Forest Hill.

- In 1947 the organization purchased two buildings.


In 1997 they remodeled in order to accommodate the displaced children from Lone Mountain College.

- SHARPís revenues are derived from membership fees and from the revenue from the day care center.

- For about 10 years, SHARP has been working on a new building concept in order to:1) continue with the Lone Mountain Day Care Center on the g round floor;2) construct a community room where SHARP members can meet; and 3) add a new element which is 8 senior housing units.These units will be below market rates.

- This area is a transit rich area.

(+) Beverly Pryer - Project Architect

- She has been a long term inner sunset resident.She has also been an active person in the community.

- The goals of the project are for it to be a mixed-use, neighborhood-serving facility.

- The proposal is for a childrenís center, parking on the first floor, 8 units of senior housing on thesecond and third floors, a community room and senior social room on the 4th floor.

- The architectural goals are that it fit into the community in terms of itís massing, be a good neighbor to adjacent properties by minimizing the impact on their light and air, provide a good quality of life for the seniors, children and community who use the facility.

(+) Doris E. Lindfors - Lives at 1734 9th Avenue

- She and her husband have lived there for 27 years.

- At first they were against the project because of the lack of parking but after much thought, they decided to support the project since housing for seniors is needed.

- The project is accessible by transit and has a grocery close by.

- It is very well run, especially the child care center.

(+) John Barry - President of SHARP

- Seniors are the most at risk for being able to find housing.

- This project will provide senior housing with out them worrying about Ellis Acts or being thrown out.SHARP has been around for 91 years.Theyíre not going anywhere.

- Commissioner Antenore asked about the 4th Floor social room.This room is necessary because the seniors need a social center.

- They donít have any money coming to them from any federal or state grant.They are grateful to their forbearers for the fact that they bought the land--otherwise they couldnít afford to go through with this project.

- The 4th floor space is about 1/3 or the space below.

- They will be having some sort of methodology to choose people who will be living there.They havenít settled on a specific method.

(+) Chooi Eng Grosso

- She resides on 7th Avenue

- Her first involvement with SHARP was when she was trying to save the open space at 7th and Lawton.The president of SHARP immediately paid for the rent of the facility and offered the free use of the SHARP facilities as long as they needed it.

- Ms. Grosso became interested in SHARP when she realized that elderly people need to be accompanied with other seniors and people to take care of them in case of an emergency.Another reason is because children should be able to be close to their grandparents.

- As a member of SHARP, she realizes that itís difficult to accommodate all of the neighborís needs and issues.Some of the issues can be accommodated yet others canít.

(+) Jaqueline Shorewal- Secretary of SHARP

- During the 1989 earthquake, her and her husband came home and saw how everyone seemed lost.

- SHARP provided assistance and helped them with no obligation.

- SHARP is not some private club, it has an ideal and it works in that direction.


(+) Brad Paul

- He does not live in the Sunset but he found out about the project two years ago.He was attracted to the idea of combining affordable senior housing and child care in a location close to a number of MUNI lines.

- Many seniors as they get older cannot handle a large home.So itís nice to have a place for seniors to live and not have to maintain a full house.

- Having a place where people can socialize is an important issue since it gets harder and harder for seniors to go out.

- The fact that the project sponsors are trying to meet the inclusionary condition and make one of the units affordable is admirable.He volunteered to work with them to go to some of the foundations and organizations in the City to get some funding for what is a unique, model project. By doing this SHARP doesnít have to cover the loss of income for the inclusionary housing.

(+) Jake McGoldrick

- About 7 or 8 months ago, John Barry asked him to come and look at the site.SHARP has always been very generous for allowing members of the community to use their facilities.

(+) John Bardis

- Back in the 40s people in the neighborhoods were able to mobilize their resources and really create a community center with their own resources.

- The demolition moratorium which was pushed through the Board of Supervisors back about 12 yeas ago, wasdemolition of sound housing, was actually conceived and implemented through the meetings at the SHARP club house.

- He was the president of SHARP back in the early 70s.

(+) Maryann Miller - member of the board of SPEAK

- SPEAK is a neighborhood group in the same area as SHARP.

- The meeting room on the 4th floor is not that big.

- SPEAK is very interested always in reviewing projects for their design qualities.Because the project is well design and will fit into the neighborhood, every square inch that is there is needed.

(+) Rebecca Silverberg

- This is a very unique project. Itís a project that contains multi generational services, community services and senior housing.

- She would like the Commission to support this project

(+) Ramona Albright

- She is a pro bono planning activist and has a good understanding of the enormity of the responsibilities the Commissioners have.

- Members of SHARP are sunset heights sensitive people.She worked with SHARP for years in the city-wide coalition for San Francisco neighborhoods as a delegate from Twin Peaks.The CSFM sponsored their current president, John Barry, to serve on the Commission for San Franciscoís Environment.Mr. Barry also created the first recycling program in the City.

- CSFM members believe that Mr. Barry would not sponsor a project without merit.

- The project will provide improved child care, community meeting facilities and urgently-needed senior housing.

- The current SHARP center has always been community-serving and City-serving.The new facility will serve the residents of this City for generations to come.

- SHARP has tried for so long with repeatedly altered specifications to get the approval of the Department.

(-) Dr. Dai To

- She is a geriatrics psychology fellow at the Goldman Institute on Aging in San Francisco.She and her husband live next door to the proposed project.

- She has a lot of interest in this development.The development will have tremendous impact on her and her family on many levels.


- The subject of older adults is close to her heart.Not only is she sympathetic to the needs of seniors but also understands the difficulties and challenges this population faces living and growing older in San Francisco.

- Her opposition to the proposed project has never been anti-senior housing.The scope, the size and the density of the project is too much.The project has 8 units of senior housing but also a preschool space, and the addition of a community room.There are 3 distinct uses crammed into the middle of an already congested block.The scope of the project as a whole is not compatible with the neighborhood.

- Please consider their concerns and ask SHARP to downsize their project.

- There is no doubt that affordable housing is necessary for seniors but is this what this project will really provide?The proposed community room is seen as a benefit to the community, but is it really?

- Before judgement can be made about how necessary, beneficial, and how community-oriented this project is, the following must be considered: 1) SHARP is a neighborhood organization that denied membership to neighbors who tried to join this group; 2) a board member was excluded from their meetings because this person lives on the block and shared the concerns of the neighbors who opposed the project; 3) the same board has also said to concerned neighbors and to reporters that their members will have first priority to the housing units.

- SHARP has presented itself as a private club.Is this project really beneficial to seniors? Or is this a way to provide housing and a meeting room to the members of their private club.

(-) Owen Pittman - Lives at 1734 9th Avenue

- He agrees with everything Dr. Dai To said.He has been here for a long time.

- There are two things that bothers him: 1) the proposed site will attach itself to his building, there is an alleyway that will be blocked.In case of fire or emergency services it will be blocked.2)the fact that a 4 story unit will block all of the stair wells from light.They will be living in a tomb.

ACTION:††††††††† Intent to approve with the following conditions:staff to report on July 20, 2000 the following: 1) affordability component of the project; and 2) use of 4th floor meeting room.

AYES: Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Martin

NAYES:††††††††† Chinchilla and Richardson

 

15b.††††† 1999.040CV †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WILSON: 558-6602)

1738 9TH AVENUE, east side between Moraga and Noriega Streets; Lots 31 and 32 in Assessorís Block 2041 - Request for rear yard, off-street parking, and ground story street frontage variances under Planning Code Sections 136, 151 and 144, for construction of a new child care facility, community facility and eight unites of senior housing, within an RH-2 (House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

 

SPEAKER(S):†† (same as those listed for item 15a)

ACTION: The Acting Zoning Administrator, Gerald Green, closed the public hearing

 

16.††††† 2000.426T ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (LORD: 558-6311)

LIQUOR STORE AMENDMENT - Consideration of a proposal to amend the Planning Code (Zoning Ordinance) by amending each of the Neighborhood Commercial District zoning control tables in Article 7 to add a use category called ALiquor Store@ and to make such stores either a permitted use, a conditional use, or not permitted and by adding Section 790.55 to define ALiquor Store@.Preliminary Recommendation: Approval Approve amendments and recommendation of adoption to the Board of Supervisors.

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Tod Priest - California Grocers Association


- This association represents retail grocers

- He supports the measure of defining Aliquor store@ but he believes the definition is too broad.

- He met with Planning staff and their recommendation was for the Commission to go forward with the definition of a liquor store but try to figure out a way to craft it so that it is truly a liquor store. (e.g. Safeway is not a liquor store, they are a full-service groceryyet sell liquor).

- If this is moved forwarded to the BOS as presented, every retailer no matter what their size or what their business, whether they have a license 20 or 21, would be deemed a liquor store.

(+) Ralf Mueller - Member of the Inner Sunset Merchants Association

- He is in support of this proposal.

(-) Dick Millet - Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association

- ABC is not very good about notification and help.

- When liquor stores have closed, Potrero Boosters have had to keep all the records because ABC keeps losing documents.

- To open a liquor store you have to have the police departmentís approval.Unless new owners are told to, they generally donít go to the neighborhoods to ask for approval.

- His neighborhood has very small commercial neighborhood districts -- liquor stores are located one next to the other.

- When they come into the neighborhood, there should be a requirement of giving special notification so that they have time in order to protest them.

- Maybe a conditional use should be decided on so that the neighborhood can be notified andrespond.

 

ACTION: Approved as recommended by staff.

AYES:††††††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Chinchilla, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin

RESOLUTION NO. 15920

 

17.††††† 2000.407ETZ†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (LORD: 558-6311)

INNER SUNSET NEIGHBORHOOD COMMERCIAL DISTRICT - Consideration of a proposal to amend the Planning Code (Zoning Ordinance) by modifying the currentNC-2 zoning controlsin the vicinity of Irving Street between 5th Avenue and 19th Avenue to a new Inner Sunset Neighborhood Commercial District.The proposed changes to the existing NC-2 zoning include;

<         map amendments to reclassify the following Assessorís Blocks and Lots from RH-2 zoning and include them as parts of the new Inner Sunset Neighborhood Commercial district.Street Address (Assessorís Block/Lot) - 723-727 Lincoln Way (1742/039), 719-723 Lincoln Way (1742/040),1315 7th Avenue (1762/004), 1319-1321 7th Avenue (1762/005), City Property (parking lot just South of Irving between 8th & 9th Avenue) with no address (1763/044), and

<         use controls intended to ameliorate conditions associated with the proliferation of commercial establishments in and about the Inner Sunset Neighborhood Commercial District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval Approve amendments and recommendation of adoption to the Board of Supervisors.

 

SPEAKER(s):

(-)Chooi Eng Grosso - member of SHARP

- She has heard the Planning staff 3 times.The first time at the Coalition of San Francisco Neighborhoods, the second time at the Land Use Committee Meeting and the third time at the SHARP monthly meeting.Staff spent a lot of time with them going through the changes.


- Her only problem with this is that the medical services on the first floor has been changed from permitted to not permitted and on the second floor it has been changed from permitted to conditional.The concern is that they might be overwhelmed with medical services because they are so close to UCSF.

- She would suggest that they retain the first floor as permitted or conditional..

(-) John Barry - President of SHARP

- He lives 3 blocks away from the lots on 10th Avenue.He concurs that the lots have always bee nothing but residential and should stay that way.

- He doesnít believe that these lots should be allowed to be commercial.

- If a person needs an ophthalmologist, it would be difficult for them to go up the stairs.

- He believes that the conditional use should be based on a case by case basis.

(+) Rolf Mueller - Inner Sunset Merchants Association

- His office is in the next block of the three buildings.

- There is no business going on in those buildings.

- He supports the proposal but would also like to include allowing a small self-service restaurant as a conditional use.

(+) Maryann Miller - Board Member of Speak

- She recommends that the west part of 19th to 26th Avenue be subject to similar controls. That area needs attention.

- 9th and Irving is a wonderful, thriving commercial district.Hopefully it wonít take another 3 years.It hasnít suffered from those out-of-scale uses.

- One of the really good things about the proposal is that in the proposed district, there would be a use size for any use, permitted up to 2,500 or 2,499 square feet, then after that, it would be a conditional use.That way the neighbors donít have to fight everything.

- If medical services should be on the first floor, then the first floor should be a conditional use.

- The 3 lots on 10th and Irving, are rightly residential.They should be removed from the commercial district.A staff initiated zoning change might have to be requested.

ACTION:††††††††† Intent to Approve with the following amendments:1) move the medical services category to a conditional use as opposed to a not permitted use; 2) move the self service restaurant to conditional use; and3) initiate a proposal to rezone the three residential parcels on 10th Avenue from NCD to RH-2.

AYES:†††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Chinchilla, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:†††††††† Martin

RESOLUTION NO.15921

 

18.††††††† 1999.790C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (CHIN: 575-6897)

1628 BALBOA STREET, north side between 17th and 18th Avenue; Lot 023 in Assessor's Block 1560: --Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 710.39 of the Planning Code to demolish the existing single family dwelling over commercial and construct a new three family dwelling in an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 6, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Sherrie Chow - Speaking on Behalf of the Owner

- The current building does not have adequate provisions for itís occupant.

- There is strong support for residential occupancy.

- She has letters for support from adjacent property owners.

- This project is going to go through demolition and new construction.

(-) Chase Staples -

- There are misstatements of facts.


- The rental units will be renting higher than they are proposed.

- They have two types electrical wiring.

- What is written in the report is not true.

(-) Peggy - Lives on Balboa Street

- The current situation is that you canít park anywhere.

(-) (name unknown) - Lives on Balboa Street

- He has just graduated from college and people who are well off find it difficult to find affordable housing, even in Pacifica.

- His friend is handicapped and if evicted will have a hard time to find another place to live.

(-) Barry

- He lives at 1628 AA@ Balboa Street but also uses his home as his office as well as meeting his clients there.

- There is not much office space available.

(-) Jake

- This is a conditional use.The 3 conditions read that it should be necessary and desirable for a conditional use.

- The issue here is affordability.

- Please deny this project.

ACTION:††††††††† Intent to Disapprove.Item Continued to July 20, 2000.

AYES:†††††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††† Chinchilla, Joe

ABSENT:†††††††† Martin

 

19.††††††† 2000.582C†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (NIKITAS: 558-6306)

1844 BRODERICK STREET (aka 2889 California Street), southeast corner of California and Broderick Streets; Lot 021, in Assessor's Block 1028: --Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 209.6 of the Planning Code to install a total of three antennas and a base transceiver station on the existing Seventh Day Adventist Church as part of Sprintís wireless telecommunications network in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Jennifer Estes - Representing Sprint PCS

- Site meets the WTS design guidelines.

(+) Mr. S.F. Patterson

- On behalf of the Patterson foundation and on the behalf of the 7th Day Adventist Church, they approve of the installation of the antennas.

- He thanks the Commission for allowing him to take this opportunity.

(-) Romy Cochran

- She feels that they donít need any antennas there.

- She is against this installation.

(-) Douglas Lorenger

- He received mixed messages on the dateline.

- More time is needed about what is happening in the neighborhood since many of the people didnít know about it.

(-) Michael Potter

- Their daughter was diagnosed with cancer.There are certain people that are more sensitive to the microwave transmissions of these antennas.

(-) David Berman

- He doesnít agree with the location chosen for these antennas.

(-) (first name unclear) Bercei


- He wants to know more about the radiation of these antennas.

(-) Virginia Harris

- She is very concerned about the health aspects about the antenna.

(-) Ted Brocus

- Please postpone decision to allow others to speak.

(-) Jannet Potter - Lives on Pine Street

- Her husband spoke earlier about their daughter and the fight she has with cancer.

- They live right behind the church and will be subjected to the microwave transmission of these antennas.

- Please consider denying this Conditional Use permit.

(-) Mark Longwood

- He displayed a diagram illustrating the distance and power of cell phone antennas.

- An article in the Australian Journal of Medicine, indicated the harmful effects of radiation from antennas.

ACTION:†††††††††††††††† Case continued to August 17, 2000 in order to give Sprint the opportunity to continue discussions with neighbors.Public Comment will be closed.

AYES:††††††††††††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††††††††††† None

ABSENT:††††††††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

20.††††††† 2000.459B†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WILSON: 558-6602)

2801 LEAVENWORTH STREET (The Cannery), west side between Jefferson and Beach Streets; Lot 001 in Assessorís Block 0010 ‑Request under Planning Code Sections 320‑325 (Office Development Limitation Program) for the conversion of 40,000 gross square feet of retail and restaurant space to office use, in the C‑2 (Community Business) District and the 40‑X Height and Bulk District. The project requires interior modifications only, and does not involve any changes to the building exterior.Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

MOTION NO.†††† 15922

 

21a.††††† 2000.063CV ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BRESSANUTTI: 575-6892)

1638 KIRKWOOD AVENUE, north side between Phelps Street and Newhall Street; Lot 52 in Assessor's block 5279:††† Request for Conditional Use Authorization to allow a residential care facility for seven or more persons per Planning Code Section 209.3(c).The applicant, Jelani House, Inc., already operates a transitional living program for up to 27 women at this location, with substance abuse treatment services provided off-site elsewhere in the neighborhood.The proposal would add substance abuse treatment services by State-licensed personnel on-site at this location, and would set the maximum allowed number of residents at 24 (women and children).The live-in program would offer treatment and support for drug/alcohol dependent women and their children in a residential environment.Residents would live in the program for a period of 12 to 18 months.No building alterations are proposed.The property is in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions


(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Jim- Department of Public Health

- This project was planned by the Department of Public Health.

- It offers treatment for women.

(+) Sonia Brewster

- She has been clean and sober for 8 years.

(+) Anthony Davenport

- There is a major commitment to make sure that the building is safe andclean.

ACTION:†††††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††††† Theoharis, Mills, Antenore, Joe, Richardson

NAYES:†††††††††††† None

ABSENT:††††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

MOTION NO.††††† 15923

 

21b.††††† 2000.063CV ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (BRESSANUTTI: 575-6892)

1638 KIRKWOOD AVENUE, north side between Phelps Street and Newhall Street; Lot 52 in Assessor's block 5279: The Zoning Administrator will conduct a joint hearing on a request for a Variance from the off-street parking spaces required for a proposed residential care facility with up to 39 residents.Planning Code Section 151 requires one off-street parking space for each 10 residents, where the number of residents exceeds nine.In this case, four off-street parking spaces would be required.There is no existing off-street parking at the property and none is proposed.The property is in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†††† (same as listed for item 21a)

ACTION:†††††††††††† The acting Zoning Administrator, Gerald Green, closed the public hearing

 

 

At Approximately 4:00 P.M. the Planning Commission convened into a Special Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing.

 

22.††††††† 2000.250D ††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MARTIN: 558-6616)

1228 - 25th STREET, north side between Iowa and Indiana Streets, Lot 013A in Assessor's Block 4227 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9907691 and BPA No. 9907692, proposing to construct two buildings containing two live-work units each:Building A to be four stories and Building B to be three stories, in an M-2 (Heavy Industrial) District (Industrial Protection Zone) and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.The site is an odd-shaped (narrow and long) vacant lot.The project is set for a Mandatory Discretionary Review per City Planning Commission Resolution No. 14861.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and disapprove this proposal

(Continued from Regular Meeting of May 11, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Project has been altered, which no longer requires a DR.

 

Adjournment: 7:45 p.m.

 


THE DRAFT MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, August 3, 2000.

 

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

Meeting Minutes

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, July 20, 2000

1:30 PM

 

Regular Meeting

 

 

PRESENT:††††††††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Theoharis, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††††††††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT THEOHARIS AT 1:33P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning; Hillary Gitelman; Darwin Helmuth; Kenneth Chin; Isolde Wilson; Nora Priego - Transcription Secretary, Linda D. Avery - Commission Secretary

 

A.†††††††† ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

1.†††††††† 2000.209C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MILLER: 558-6344)

1470 PINE STREET, north side between Polk and Larkin Streets, Lot 7A in Assessorís Block 645 ‑‑Request for authorization of a CONDITIONAL USE for a FIBER‑OPTIC TELEVISION and TELECOMMUNICATIONS CABLE EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION in an existing one‑story building, in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and an 80‑A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

(Proposed for Continuance to July 27, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†††† None

ACTION: Continued to July 27, 2000

AYES:††† ††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

2.†††††††† 2000.269D††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (ZWIERZYCKI: 558-6263)


585 LAIDLEY STREET, south side between Castro and Roanoke Streets, Lot 025 in Assessorís Block 6727 - Request for Discretionary Review of building permit application No. 9923677 of proposal to construct a third-story addition on top of an existing two-story single-family residence in an RH-1 (House, One-Family) District and 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application as submitted.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 8, 2000)

Note: On May 18, 2000, following testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing and passed a motion of intent to take Discretionary Review and approve the project with design changes --show new peaked roof design, add dormers to the rear, and setback building on the side of the DR requestor.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 3, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†††† None

ACTION: Continued to August 3, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

3.††††††† 1999.543DD††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WOODS: 558-6315)

338 - 12TH AVENUE, east side between Geary Boulevard and Clement Streets, Lot 33 in Assessorís Block 1443 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9901007S, proposing to add a new fourth floor, front, side, and rear additions to the existing single-unit building at the front of the property only in an RM-1 (Residential, Mixed, Low Density) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application as revised.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 8, 2000)

Note: On June 8, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed public hearing and continued the matter to give Staff time to review permit history.

(Proposed for Continuance to August 10, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†††† None

ACTION: Continued to August 10, 2000

AYES:††† ††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

4.†††††††† 2000.052E†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (JAROSLAWSKY: 558-5970)

ARCO WAY ‑ Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration.The vacant project site is located on lots 024 through 028, lot 032,lots 037 through 039 and lot 051 located on block 3154 within the Outer Mission District of the City of San Francisco.The proposed project includes the rezoning of the ten legal lots from Public (P) to Residential House‑One Family (RH‑1) with a 40‑X Height and Bulk Designation and the construction of one, single‑family structure on each legal lot.Each structure would be approximately 2,000 square feet, contain a two‑car garage and be a maximum of 30 feet in height.Nine lots would contain 25 feet of frontage along Arco Way and one lot would be a flag lot.The lots are along the northern side of Arco Way and range from 1,973 square feet to 9,900 square feet and abut the Bay Area Rapid Transit tracks to the north.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold pending

(Proposed for continuance to August 10, 2000).


 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 10, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

5.†††††††† 1999.639D††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (ARCE: 558-5986)

265 TINGLEY STREET, on the south side of the intersection of Tingley Street and San Jose Avenue, Lot 048 in Assessorís Block 6781 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9505908S, proposing to construct a new single-family house on a vacant lot in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: No recommendation at this time.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 1, 2000).

Note: On February 3, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed the public hearing and continued this matter to 2/17/00 with instructions to staff to explore and address traffic concerns.

The vote was +7 -0.

(Proposed for Continuance to October 14, 2000)October 12, 2000

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to October 12, 2000

AYES:††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

6.†††††††† 2000.078G††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (KOMETANI: 558-6478)

580 HOWARD STREET, north side between First and Second Streets.Lot 91 in Assessor's Block 3721 -- Request for approval under Planning Code Sections 1106 and 1107 to change the boundaries of the New Montgomery-Second Street Conservation District to include the subject property and to upgrade its Article 11 designation from "Category V, Unrated" to "Category IV, Contributory."

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 1, 2000)

WITHDRAWN

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Project withdrawn

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

B.†††††† 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.If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

 


AThe 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))

 

Brett Gladstone

Re:Item No. 12 - 1628 Balboa Street

- The case is a bit of mis-justice since Ms. Ng does not speak English very well and her friend did not represent her quite well during the hearing.

- His client is willing to provide $5,000 to the affordable housing fund.

 

Sue Hestor

Re:580 Howard Street

- This case was withdrawn by the project sponsor.

- This is a sensitive issue.

- This is a violation of the ADA.

- There has not been any discussion on how many projects have come through as other than office.

Joe Butler - Architect

Re:955 Green Street

- A letter was sent to the Zoning Administrator and they would appreciate a prompt response from him

Joe OíDonaughe

Re: Item 11 - Directorís Report on whether or not the Commission has authority, under the Discretionary Review (DR) process to impose exactions such as affordable housing and transit impact fees.

- Exactions need to be revisited, are they getting their bang for their dollar?

- Superfunds should be started based on a certain percentage of money imposed.

- District elections are coming up soon.

- Lake Merced has been totally neglected.

 

C.†††††† COMMISSIONERSí QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

7.††††††† Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of 7/6/00.

ACTION: Continued to July 27, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

8.††††††† Commission Matters

 

Commissioner Antenore:†††††††† He had raised an issue about allowingwritten comments to come in a few days after the oral testimonies for EIRs.This would give people an opportunity to hear the oral testimonies and still have time to submit further written comments.He was happy to see that this is actually the case in most instances and would like to see that it continue.

 


He would like to request a hearing to allow public comment on the conversion of live/work units to office use.It has an impact on policies to a great extent.He would like to have this issue scheduled on a future hearing but not in August.

 

Commissioner Theoharis:††††††† Re:955 Green Street: She would like a status report on this. Report on this next week (7/27/00).

 

D.†††††††† DIRECTORíS REPORT

 

9.††††††† Directorís Announcements.

Note: Directorís report was given by Amit Gosh in Mr. Gerald Greenís absence.

- The BOS finalized the budget.At the end of the hearing there was nothing new added.†† Mr. Costolino Hogan of Planning Department staff is here and is available for questions.

- Mr. Larry McDonald was recognized by the Council of DistrictMerchants Association.

 

Costolino Hogan - Fiscal Officer of the Planning Department: Nothing new was added to the budget.However, the 1430 Transcriber Typist position that was added to address Prop. G concerns was not retained in our budget. With this change, the budget was finally passed.

 

10.††††† Review of Past Weekís Events at the Board of Supervisors & Board of Appeals.

BOS:

- The Board upheld the CPC decision on 3995 Alemany Street by a vote of +7 -4.The project can now go ahead.

 

11.††††† Staff report on whether or not the Commission has authority, under the Discretionary Review(DR) process to impose exactions such as affordable housing and transit impact fees.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 22, 2000)

Note: On June 22, 2000 following testimony, the Commission instructed that this matter be continued to 7/20/00 for further discussion which would allow the additional contribution of absent Commissioners and could ultimately lead to an action by the Commission.†† Commissioners Theoharis and Martin were absent.Staff was instructed to draft a resolution for the Commissionís review and consideration which sets forth the Commissioners reasons for considering a policy to exercise their authority under the DR process and what the actual policy will be.Staff from Major Environmental Analysis Unit should be invited.††

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Charles

- What is the commission trying to accomplish with exactions?

- Builders would build with a 10 - 15% profit.

(-) Joe Cassidy - Residential Builders

- The Commission is picking on one entity.

(-) Gary Gee - Gee Architects

- He is here to oppose the exactions

(-) Debra Stein - CGA

- There has not been sufficient circulation on the staff report.

- Would like for this matter to be continued.

(-) Lou Bravado - General Contractor


- Exactions are not convenient.

(-) Calvin Welch

- There is no requirement for using the City-wide affordable housing fund.Mr. OíDonaghue can bid any time he sees fit.

- We need a clear understanding of this.

- Nothing that is being complained about is being proposed.

(-) Amos McCarthy

- Extractions will be passed to the homeowner

(-) Dick Millet - Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association

- The loft builders and the dot.com builders have to contribute

(-) Alice Barkley

- This should be postponed to another time.

- All this debate has turned out to be a debate between contractors and non-profits.

- Exactions are not necessary

- There are other avenues which can be taken.

(-) Joe OíDonaghue

- The 1978 EIR recommended that builders in the South of Market Area be limited.

- Now everyone is confused.

(-) Matt Burton

- He is for affordable housing

- There is no reason why the best cannot compete with the best

(-) Debra Walker

- For the past 5 years, she has come forward to the Commission to speak about live/work.There are zero affordable live/work developments.

- Affordable housing can be built

- The Commission is perpetuating profit.

(-) Sue Hestor

- She is glad that Residential Builders can build for a certain amount per square foot.- There has been inclusionary policies for many years

- There is a need for a nexus study to call live/work housing.

(-) John OíDonaghue

- A lot of the loft bidders are for rent and are not for sale.

 

Commissioner Mills:††† Disappointed that staff did not provide the professional information requested.Would like to know if this policy is necessary.

 

Commissioner Richardson:††††† Would like this item to be postponed so that the public can understand this issue completely, and to allow the Redevelopment Agency and the Mayorís Office of Housing to participate.

 

Commissioner Antenore:†††††††† From the 80s the department has a long standing history and last year, this Commission requested a nexus study.

 

Commissioner Joe:††††† Exactions are very conservative.

 

Commissioner Theoharis:††††††† She does not endorse the Commission impossing exactions on a case by case basis.

 

Amit Gosh:Staff will go back to Director to request a hearing date.

 


 

E.†††††† CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION - PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

 

12.†††††††† 1999.790C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (CHIN: 575-6897)

1628 BALBOA STREET, north side between 17th and 18th Avenue; Lot 023 in Assessor's Block 1560: --Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 710.39 of the Planning Code to demolish the existing single family dwelling over commercial and construct a new three family dwelling in an NC-1 (Neighborhood Commercial Cluster) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 13, 2000)

Note: On July 13, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed public hearing and passed a motion of intent to disapprove by a vote of +4 -2.Commissioners Joe and Chinchilla voted no.†† Commissioner Martin was absent.Final Language 7/20/00.

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Disapproved

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

NAYES:††††††††††† Joe

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

MOTION No.††††† 15924

 

13.††††††† 1999.040CV †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WILSON: 558-6602)

1738 9TH AVENUE, east side between Moraga and Noriega Streets; Lots 31 and 32 in Assessorís Block 2041 - Request for a Conditional Use authorization to allow a child care facility, community facility and eight units of senior housing under Planning Code Sections 209.1(m), 209.3(f) and 209.4(a), within an RH-2 (House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 13, 2000).

Note: On July 13, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed public hearing and passed a motion of intent to approve with conditions that address the affordability component and the use of the meeting room by a vote of +4 -2.Commissioners Chinchillaand Richardson voted no. Commissioner Martin was absent.

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved with the following amendments: 1) strike the limitation of one event per week in the social room; 2) Child care hours of operation will be 8:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; 3) written pick-up/drop-off program must be submitted prior to occupancy of the child care facility.

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

MOTION No.††††† 15925

 

F.†††††††† REGULAR CALENDAR

 

14.††††††† 97.433E†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (COOPER: 558-5974)


22-30 ALTA STREET, ††† Certification of a Final Environmental Impact Report. The proposed project would be the construction of a new residential building at 22‑30 Alta Street, north side, between Sansome and Montgomery Streets (Assessorís Block 106, Lot 34A). The project site is located on a steeply sloped parcel adjacent to the Filbert Steps and Grace Marchant Garden. Please note: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed. The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on December 22, 1998. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs. Public Comments on the certification may be presented to the Planning Commission during the Public Comment portion of the Commission calendar.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify Environmental Impact Report

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Without Hearing.Continued to August 10, 2000.

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

15.††††††† 1999.401E††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (HELMUTH: 558-5971)

450 RHODE ISLAND STREET DEVELOPMENT PROJECT - Public Hearing on Draft Environmental Impact Report.Assessor's Block 3978, Lot 001, bounded by 17th, Rhode Island, Kansas and Mariposa Streets, and is in an M-1 (Light Industrial) zoning district, Industrial Protection Zone (IPZ), and in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.The proposed project would involve the demolition of the existing one-story steel frame automobile repair building and the construction of a four-story building ranging in height from 16 to 49 feet and containing approximately 314,000 square feet of multimedia space and 567 off-street parking spaces and 26 bicycle spaces.The project would also include three off-street freight loading spaces.

Preliminary Recommendation: No action required

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Debra Walker

- There is no inclusion of the socio-economic impacts on the surrounding area.

- She works in the northeast Mission area.

- The affects on the neighborhood are significant.

- A garment factory and a Laundromat have been displaced.

- Ask staff to include the socio-economic affects of this project.

(-) Dick Millet - Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Association

- Mr. Kaufman came for support.

- Showplace square is starting to rent to dot.coms.

(-) Joe Bo

- Lives in the dog patch area of Potrero Hill.

- We have about 1,000 live/works on Potrero Hill.

- The EIR does not examine the cumulative effect on the entire area.

(-) Babbet Drefkie

- Lives a few blocks away from this development.

- First the area needs rat abatement

- She asked on a master plan of multimedia companies and nothing has been provided to her.- This project will provide a water shortage and sewers will be at over capacity.

- Some planning needs to be done regarding this overload.

- No residential parking has been provided from the City.Parking is out of hand.

(+) Alister McTaggart

- He lives near this project.

- We need these type of projects.We need to renovate older buildings.


(-) Calvin Welsh - Council for Community Housing Association

- The information technology has produced a revolution.

- This EIR is the thinnest EIR of any project.

- This EIR is misleading.

- There are significant differences not discussed in any of the issues.

- The EIR is insufficient because of itís incompleteness.

(-) Sue Hestor

- There should have been an analysis made.

- The transportation analysis doesnít talk about how the traffic will move around that area.

- This project is similar to Bryant Square.

(-) Doug Comstock

- The EIR should be returned for proper corrections.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Public Hearing Closed.Meeting Held.No Action Required.

Note: The comment period will close - COB, July 25, 2000.

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

 

16.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††† (BARHAM: 558-6252)

TRANSIT IMPACT DEVELOPMENT FEE PROGRAM STUDY CONTRACT. Approval of a resolution authorizing the Director of Planning to enter into a contract with Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates to expend funds not to exceed $100,000 to complete a nexus study to determine if the current Transit Impact Development Fee should be expanded to cover land uses in addition to office and geographic areas in addition to downtown.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

RESOLUTION NO.15926

 

17.††††††† 2000.704R††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (RICH: 558-6345)

GENERAL PLAN REFERRAL FOR MUNI OCEAN AVENUE STREETSCAPE PROJECT, Request for finding of Muni Ocean Avenue Streetscape Improvement Project, from Junipero Serra Boulevard to I-280, including replacement of trackway, under grounding of utilities and implementation of new sidewalk bulbs, decorative streetlights and street trees in conformity with the General Plan.

Preliminary Recommendation: Finding of conformity

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Bettie Landis - Resident of Ingleside

- She supports the findings for this project.

- The cars speeding through there is unbelievable.

- This is long overdue and will help revitalize the area.

(+) Steve Currier

- He supports this project wholeheartedly.

- He does a lot of business on Ocean Avenue.

- This will be a real asset.

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson


ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

RESOLUTION NO. 15927

 

18.††††††† 2000.295C†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (LeBLANC: 558-6351)

222 COLUMBUS AVENUE, a triangular lot at the intersection of Kearny Street and Pacific Avenue; Lot 003 in Assessor's Block 0162 -- Request for Conditional Use authorization to install a wireless telecommunications facility consisting of eight panel antennas on the roof and four on the facade of an existing 4-story, approximately 60-foot high commercial building plus base station equipment in the basement of the building in the Broadway Neighborhood Commercial District, the Washington-Broadway Special Use District #1 and a 65-A-1 Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Moley Gills

- The need for this site is based on the current Nob Hill site which is at capacity and located at 1250 Jones.There have been a number of dropped calls and poor system complaints from customers in the North Beach area.

- This site would solve this problem and also help increase in-building coverage in the area, especially along both the Columbus and Broadway corridors.

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Theoharis, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla

MOTION No.††††† 15928

 

19.††††††† 2000.576C†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (NIKITAS: 558-6306)

389 NINTH AVENUE (A.K.A. 378 TENTH AVENUE), northwest corner of Geary Boulevard and Ninth Avenue; Lot 035, in Assessor's Block 1441: --Request for Conditional Use authorization pursuant to Section 712.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of sixteen antennas and a base transceiver station on the existing Pacific Bell Switch Building as part of Metricom's wireless data transmissions network in an NC-3 (Neighborhood Commercial, Moderate Scale) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District. The proposal is to face-mount all sixteen antennas on three walls each of two existing penthouses.The base transceiver station would be located on an existing roof pad on the second level of the building, opposite the on-site parking lot.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

SPEAKER(S):

Robert McCarthy - Representing Project Sponsor - Metricom

- Metricom is the operator of the ricochet system (wireless Internet service).

- This is a preference 1 site.

- There was a community outreach meetings and only one person came.They believe that they satisfied the concerns of this person.

- There was one call from Ms. Carmel Tickler at Star of the Sea School who expressed some concerns.References were provided to her.

-Metricom is a provider of the public library.Ms. Wilinsky and others from the library have sent letters praising Metricom because they provide wireless Internet connection--they use it in the book mobile which is used to do outreach to children and seniors.

- This is an important site.

 


ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Mills, Chinchilla, Theoharis

MOTION No.:†††† 15929

 

G.††† SPECIAL DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

 

At Approximately 4:11 P.M. the Planning Commission convened into a Special Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing.

 

20.††††††† 1999.738D †††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (CHIN: 575-6897)

2131 DIVISADERO STREET, west side between Clay and Sacramento Streets, Lot 004 in Assessorís Block 1004 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9914768, proposing to raise a portion of the roof to match existing roof at the rear of a three-story, two dwelling unit building in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve building permit application with conditions.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of April 27, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Linda Clodine - DR Requestor

- They are considering withdrawing the DR.

- She would like the privacy wall to the west to extend 8 feet (it is currently 3 feet) and the fire escape to be installed on the opposite side.

(-) Eian Burke - Pacific Heights Residents Association

- There is an important issue in this case.There has been misrepresentation, either deliberate or inadvertently in regards to the drawings.The Commission has never punished this kind of behavior.

- The building inspector doesnít always catch mistakes.

- The commission should listen to the request for extending this privacy wall 8 feet.

- In regards to the fire escape, he doesnít have a position on this.

(+) Mike Gonzalez - Project Sponsor

- He agrees to the DR request of extending the privacy wall to 8 feet.

- The location of the fire escape will have to remain there because there isnít a more appropriate location.

ACTION:†††††††††† Discretionary Review was not taken.The project was approved assubmitted.

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla, Theoharis

 

 

Adjournment: 4:30 p.m.

 

 

THE DRAFT MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, August 10, 2000

 

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SAN FRANCISCO

PLANNING COMMISSION

 

Meeting Minutes

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, July 27, 2000

1:30 PM

 

Regular Meeting

 

 

PRESENT:††††††††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††††††††††††††† Martin, Chinchilla, Theoharis

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY VICE PRESIDENT MILLS AT 1:40P.M.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning; Larry Badiner, Zoning Administrator; Isolde Wilson; Judy Martin; Nora Priego - Transcription Secretary; Linda D. Avery - Commission Secretary

 

A.†††††††† ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

1.†††††††† 1999.821E†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WYCKO: 558-5972)

166-178 TOWNSEND STREET, Lot 12 of Assessorís Block 3788 on the north side of Townsend Street between Second and Third Streets at northeast corner of Townsend Street and Clarence Place - Appeal of Preliminary Negative Declaration for the proposed renovation and expansion of existing contributory building in the South End Historic District.The proposed project would convert a former auto repair garage to 24,999 square feet of office space and 25,0001 square feet of business service/multimedia space, with 18 independently accessible or up to 35 valet parking spaces.An exception to San Francisco Planning Ode parking requirements would be sought under sections 161(M and 307(g).The rear interior of the existing structure would be new construction and would include replacement of the existing peaked roof, which has an average height of 42 feet, with a flat roof at a height of 50 feet.The interior of the front portion of the existing structure would be reconfigured but its exterior dimensions and roof height would be unchanged.The proposed site is located in a Service/Light Industrial (SLI) District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for Continuance to September 7, 2000)


 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to September 7, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

2.†††††††† 2000.286E†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (JAROSLAWSKY: 558-5970)

925 BRYANT STREET, Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration. The project site is located on Block 3780, Lot 077, within the western portion of the block, contains approximately 20,000 square feet and is within an IPZ (Industrial Protection Zone), a SLI (Service/Light Industrial) District and a 40‑X Height and Bulk District.The site contains 75 feet of frontage along Bryant Street to the west and 265 feet of frontage along Langton Street to the north.The proposal includes the conversion of approximately 13,000 square feet of an existing office/retail/warehouse structure into retail/business service use and the addition of approximately 26,000 square feet of new floor area.The footprint of the structure would remain the same.The addition of two floors would result in a total of three stories.The resulting building would be approximately 40 feet in height, contain approximately 39,000 square feet and would contain 37 on‑site parking spaces accessed from Langton Street.

Preliminary Recommendation: Uphold Preliminary Negative Declaration

(Proposed for Continuance to August 10, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 10, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

3.†††††††††† 2000.209C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MILLER: 558-6344)

1470 PINE STREET, north side between Polk and Larkin Streets, Lot 7A in Assessorís Block 645 ‑‑Request for authorization of a CONDITIONAL USE for a FIBER‑OPTIC TELEVISION and TELECOMMUNICATIONS CABLE EQUIPMENT INSTALLATION in an existing one‑story building, in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial District and an 80‑A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 20, 2000)

(Proposed for Continuance to August 10, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 10, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

4.†††††††† 1999.668BX††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MILLER: 558-6344)


38-44 TEHAMASTREET (also known as 543 Howard Street), north side of Howard Street between First and Second Streets, Lot 111 in Assessorís Block 3736 -- Request for Determination of Compliance pursuant to Section 309 with respect to a proposal (1) torenovate the existing building interior, including remodeling the foyer, adding three elevators and adding two new stairwells; (2) construct a third and fourth level atop the building to a new height of 64 feet along Tehama Street; and (3) convert up to 49,950 square feet on the first, mezzanine, second, third and fourth floors of the building to office use.The entrance to the office space would be on Howard street.Approximately 24,000 square feet of existing non‑office space in the basement and in the rear of the first floor and first floor mezzanine would be retained.The entrance to the non‑office space would be on Tehama Street.There is no parking on this site and none is proposed.The project is within a C-3-O (SD) (Downtown Office-Special Development) District and 200‑X / 350-S Height and Bulk Districts.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 6, 2000)

(Proposed for Continuance to August 10, 2000 August 17, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 17, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

5.†††††††† 1999.668B X†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MILLER: 558-6344)

38-44 TEHAMA STREET , (also known as 543 Howard Street), north side of Howard Street between First and Second Streets, Lot 111 in Assessorís Block 3736 -- Request under Planning Code Sections 320-322 (Office Development Limitation Program) to allow the creation of up to 49,950 square feet of office space in an existing industrially-occupied building of approximately 49,000 square feet proposed for expansion to approximately 73,000 square feet.Approximately 24,000 square feet of existing non‑office space would be retained.The project is within a C-3-O (SD) (Downtown Office-Special Development) District and 200‑X /350-S Height and Bulk Districts.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of July 6, 2000)†††††††

(Proposed for Continuance to August 10, 2000August 17, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 17, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

6.†††††††† 2000.496D††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MEHRA: 558-6257)

419-35TH AVENUE, Lot 004 in Assessorís Block 1467 - Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application umber 20000127454,proposing to construct a 19 foot deep, two-story addition at the rear of the existing single-family dwelling house and to expand the existing garage at the front of the property to accommodate two vehicles.A roof deck is proposed above the expanded garage in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

(Proposed for Continuance to August 24, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):††††† None

ACTION:††††††††††††† Continued to August 24, 2000

AYES:†††††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:†††††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

B.†††††† 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.If it is demonstrated that comments by the public will exceed 15 minutes, the President or chairperson may continue Public Comment to another time during the meeting.

 

AThe 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))

 

Sue Hestor:

- handed out copies of letters issued by the ZA that interpret that offices are not offices....

- She would like the Commission to be informed on these items and requests that the Commission ask staff to give reports on what is happening.

 

C.†††††† COMMISSIONERSí QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

7.††††††† Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of 7/6/00.

 

ACTION: Approved

AYES:††††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

8†††††††† Commission Matters

 

Commissioner Richardson: †††† Requested a joint staff presentation by our staff and Redevelopment Agency staff on housing.The presentation should identify obstacles to producing housing, what are future planning efforts, what we should be doing, etc.During this presentation, she would like to have reconciled the population data and some of the figures presented today.

 

D.†††††††† DIRECTORíS REPORT

 

9.††††††† Directorís Announcements.

 

Jobs Housing Linkage Legislation

- The department is targeting September 14 or September 24 for Commissioners to decide on legislation.

 

There are a few items on the action list that need to be clarified:

- Commissioner Chinchilla and Theoharis requested information on the modification of building permits plans after a decision by the Commission has been made--coordination with the Building Department and the Planning Department is of issue.†† With the assistance of the Building Department, an informational presentation will be scheduled for August 3.

 

- Commissioner Antenore requested information on the impact of the conversion of live/work.With the help of the ZA, an informational presentation will be scheduled for September 7.


- Commissioner Theoharis requested information on the status report on 955 Green Street.Staff will be prepared to make a presentation on August 3.Staff is somewhat limited on the information because of a lawsuit against the City.

 

- Ms. Isolda Wilson has been assigned to assist the ZA and the Director.She has already shown her ability to take on this position in special assignments.

 

10.††††† Review of Past Weekís Events at the Board of Supervisors & Board of Appeals.

 

BOS:

- Transportation and Land Use Committee Meeting: 1) Castro Street Neighborhood Commercial District Amendments were passed; 2) Mechanical parking devices were proposed to accommodate greater parking on a site for residential areas in order to meet the Planning Code requirements.Supervisor Yaki has sponsored this legislation.

 

BOA:

- 1363 Palou Avenue - On April 6, 2000, this case was heard by the Commission.The Commission took DR and disapproved the building permit--there was a potential for a second unit.The Board also had those concerns and suggested that the project sponsor redesign the project.The case will go back to the Board on August 30.

- 309 Mississippi Street - On December 2, 1999, the Commission did not take DR and approved the project as submitted.The BOA upheld the Commissionís decision with a vote of +5-0.

- 2355 Vallejo Street - On December 9, 1999, this case was heard by the Commission.The Commission approved the project.†† The board upheld the Commissionís decision by a vote of +5-0.

 

11.††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (GITELMAN: 558-5977)

Status Report on Proposed Legislation to Update Chapter 31 of the San Francisco Administrative Code.

 

SPEAKER(S):

Sue Hestor:

- She doesnít agree with the way this case was put on the calendar.Did not feel that the calendar language was not sufficient to inform those that might have been interested about the components of the proposed legislation.Everyone involved with the Planning Commission were not made aware and therefore could not be involved.

- Proposed $1,000 fee is too much.

- $400 is the fee to appeal a ZA determination.

- The Commission needs to make decisions for themselves and not let staff influence it.

Bernard Choden

- He is amazed by the egregious aspects of the barrier to administrative justice.This is an illegal process.

Ralph House - Bay View Hill Neighborhood Association

- He read in the newspaper about the fee proposed for an environmental report.

- At the same time he read the article, he was getting ready to file a Negative Declaration.

- The Commission should give serious consideration to this and realize that the people that will be concerned and affected by the decisions made by the Commission cannot afford the $1,000 fee.

Eric Quesada - Mission Anti-Displacement Coalition


- The community does not feel that they are being heard by the Commission, BOS and City Hall in general.

- This makes the public not believe in the public officials.

- $1,000 is insulting to the community.

- The community is aware of this and is uniting to protest and have their voices heard.

John Bardis

- As commissioners, you are representatives of people and not the administration in reviewing how policies are being implemented.

- The last thing that the public would expect from representatives of the people is what was provided to the public -- a simple one page notice which does not state anything constructive.

- An appeal is a process by which the commission has an opportunity to hear from the public on various items.

- The people should not be penalized by being asked to pay such a high amount of money.

Jake McGoldrick

- The Commission, as public officials, should have the mentality of Acausing no harm.@

- Allow the public access to those who make decisions.

- The need from the public to get public officials to protec them is very important.

- What kind of data is presented here?How many cases are heard?

- The case deserves double scrutiny.

- Please do not increase the fee.

 

Commissioner Antenore: Disappointed with the way this item was put on the agenda.He will state his individual protest and forward it via letter to the Board of Supervisors Committee and urges fellow Commissioners to do the same.

 

E.†††††††† CONSIDERATION OF FINDINGS AND FINAL ACTION - PUBLIC HEARING CLOSED

 

12.††††† 2000.238DDD†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††††† (MEHRA: 558-6257)

117 PARKER AVENUE, west side between Euclid Avenue and Geary Boulevard, Lot 003 in Assessorís Block 1064 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA Nos. 9912789 & 9912791, proposing to demolish the existing single-family dwelling and the construction of a new two-story over garage two-family dwelling in an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the building permit applications as revised.

Note: On June 8, 2000, following public testimony the Commission closed the public hearing.* Matter was continued to July 27, 2000 to get input from DBI to determine if the current structure is sound.Staff will work with Mr. Pantaleoni, project architect, to improve facade and make it more compatible with the neighborhood.

*(Public testimony will be open only to discuss any new design features submitted from the project architect).

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Sylvia Meliquian:

- She appreciates the effort of the architect.The new design now jets out further than the original design and outside of the context of the surrounding houses.The height has also been significantly increased.The floor heights could be reduced slightly and keep it as a high quality rental unit while reducing the overall building height.The off street parking has been eliminated due to the configuration of the entrance and garage. She would like this to be reconsidered since parking in San Francisco is very difficult.


(-) K. Rose Hillson:

- She appreciates the fact that the new facade is a Victorian facade.

- Yet it is still too high.

- At the previous hearing, the DR requestors were not able to comment on the facade since they mostly spoke about the soundness of the current building.

- She would like the garage to be made smaller.

- She would like commissioners to re-consider the design of the facade.

(+) Hahn Phan - Reuben & Alter - representing project sponsor

- At the previous hearing, the Commission narrowed down the case to two issues 1) the DBI report 2) facade.

- DBI determined that the current building was unsafe and that the cost of renovation would exceed 50% of new construction.This information is consistent with the engineerís report which was originally submitted.It is uneconomic and unreasonable to keep the building Aas is.@

- Regarding the design issue, the project architect developed a scheme that saves the Victorian facade.The architect eliminated bay windows.

(+) Tony Panteleoni

- After meeting on June 9, he went to measure the existing house.

- He tried to look at the opportunity to extend the rear of the building and still provide 2 units behind it.

- He looked at adding square footage to the rear of the building.

- Because of the requirements of providing sunlight to various rooms of the house, various light wells had to be designed, which in turn makes the rooms a lot smaller.

- He is trying to preserve as much of the existing facade as possible.

- The size of the garage would be the smallest he can go.

- The size of the peaked roof can go smaller.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Take DR and require:1) height of peaked roof be lowered to 32 feet;†† 2) lower one level to 9 feet.

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

13.††††† 1999.684D††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WILSON: 558-6602)

129 RANDALL STREET, south side between Whitney and Chenery Streets, Lot 038 in Assessorís Block 6663 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 9911578, proposing to demolish the existing building and construct a new two-unit building in a RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review, approve project.

Prior Action: Public comment was closed at the February 17, 2000 hearing.The Commission continued the item to allow further discussion between the project sponsor and neighbors.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of June 15, 2000).

Note: On June 15, 2000, the Commission passed the following motions:

1st Motion:Take Discretionary Review with the following changes: 1) set back 8 feet further on the 4th floor; 2) project sponsor to continue to work with staff on architectural detailing of the facade with specific reference to the skylight on the 3rd floor. Vote of +2 -2.Commissioners Antenore and Joe voted no.Commissioners Theoharis, Martin and Mills were absent.


2nd Motion: Take Discretionary Review with the following changes: 1) remove 4th floor 2) modify the front facade to fit into the character of the neighborhood.Vote +2 -2.Commissioners Chinchilla and Richardson voted no.†† Commissioners Theoharis, Martin and Mills were absent.

3rd Motion: Continue to July 27, 2000 until there is a full commission - Public Hearing will be closed.†† Vote +4 -0.Commissioners Theoharis, Martin and Mills were absent.

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued to August 3, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

F.†††††††† REGULAR CALENDAR

 

14.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (GHOSH: 558-6275)

DISCUSSION OF HOUSING ISSUES INCLUDING OAHPP, an informational presentation on the Residence Element of the General Plan's approach to assessing housing need, the relationship between job growth and housing need, and the status of the current Office Affordable Housing Production Program (OAHPP) and how it is addressing this housing need.

 

SPEAKER(S):

Marsha Rosen - Director of the Mayorís Office of Housing (MOH):

- They work with the planning department and at the Mayors request, she convenes an inter-agency and community affordable housing planning process which the planning staff participates in.

- There are parallel requirements between the Commissionís responsibility to produce affordable housing under the housing element of the General Plan and the Federal responsibility to produce a 5 year plan called the Consolidated Plan of Housing Needs and a 1 year action plan.

- They program close to $100 million dollars a year for affordable housing development between the Redevelopment Agency and MOH.They use a variety of Federal and local funds.The local funds include part of the hotel tax and Proposition A.†† The Redevelopment Agency sets aside between 40 and 50% of all tax increment funds available.†† MOH administers the Federal Community Development Block Grant Program, The Home Investment Partnership Act Program, portion of the Kenney Homeless Act Program, The Housing Opportunity for Persons with AIDS, etc.All of the units are targeted to low and extremely low income households.

- MOH will always need more resources and they always need better ways to coordinate amongst agencies.

- Now that MOH is aware of a new influx of money, they will be preparing another notice of funding availability of housing/rental housing so that those dollars can go out into the field and build housing as intended.

- No matter what is done on new growth, they still have to aggressively try to meet a huge backlog.Otherwise, they wonít be able to meet their goals.

Joe LaTorre:

- MOH does annual housing monitoring.Currently there are about 140 units (mostly home-ownership but there are about 20 or 30 rental units).This does not include developments which are under construction, or still in the marketing stage.

- Within a year or two the 140 units will probably reach 300.

Bernard Choden

- He has been a proprietor of the housing systems program since he helped develop it for Jerry Brown.

- This is a contract; these are administrative policies intended to be preformed.

Lloyd Schloegle


- The Residence Element has been revised.Policy statements 1 and 2 under the heading of ASupply of New Housing@ suggests promoting affordable housing on surplus, under-used and vacant public lands as well as facilitate the conversion of under-used commercial and industrial areas to residential use giving preference to affordable housing uses.Some of the proposals under the guidelines are foolish -- for example: near freeways, by light rail tracks, and useful downtown parking lots.Some of these places are unsuitable for housing developments.

Jake McGoldrick

- The right questions need to be asked.

- We shouldnít constrain ourselves in regards to affordable housing.

- Oakland is the natural place for jobs to go.

- Mayor Brown of Oakland is dying to see more development on housing.

Sue Hestor

- The Commission is part of the problem as well as the solution.

- The IPZ hasnít been rezoned.

- The actions of the Commissioners have consequences.

- There is a 1997 nexus which has not been implemented.

- The Commissioners are responsible and their votes will decide.

John Bardis

- Would like to have literature on the presentation which could be available to the public.

- Agrees with the idea of having a joint hearing with Planning, Redevelopment and MOH.

- Staff should look at the process by which ABAG gets their projections.

- This is too important a subject to limit it with a visual presentation.

Eric Quesada

- This information has been lacking in getting to the community.

- This type of presentation is good to be presented to the community.

- This information canít stay here, it needs to get out into the community.

Ina Glim

- She agrees with the other speakers in regards to presenting this information to the community.

- The public has fought very hard for inclusionary housing.

- When these projects are developed, they never know how many units are targeted for low income.

- There is a project on Van Ness Avenue, but how many units are affordable?

- There needs to be something done in regards to the marketing of these low income housing developments.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† No Action Required

 

15.††††† 2000.292C†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MARTIN: 558-6616)

772 SOUTH VAN NESS AVENUE, west side between 18th and 19th Streets, Lot 008 in Assessor's Block 3590 - Request for a Conditional Use Authorization to allow the construction of dwellings at a density ratio up to one dwelling unit for each 1,000 square feet of lot area (Section 209.1(h) of the Planning Code) in an RH-3 (Residential, House Districts, Three-Family) District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued without hearing to September 14, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 


16.††††† 2000.387CR†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (MARTIN: 558-6616)

3 COM PARK,at Candlestick Point, at the intersection of Jamestown Avenue and Harney Way, Lot 001, Assessorís Block 5000 -- Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Sections 234.2 and 209.6(b) of the Planning Code to install a total of four panel antennae in two stealth speakers with the base transceiver station to be located in storage space under the bleachers, as part of a wireless communication network in a P (Public) Zoning District and OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk Districts.Preliminary Recommendation: Approve with conditions, including adopting a finding of conformity with the General Plan for the proposed project as required by Section 4.105 of the San Francisco Charter.

 

SPEAKER(S):

 

(+) Robert Crebs - Project Sponsor representing Sprint PCS

- The conditional use petition complies with the WTS Sighting Guidelines and the San Francisco Municipal Code.

- This site is a preference 1.

- Over 100 organizations and tenants were notified to attend a community hearing yet no one attended.

- There was a second community hearing and only one person attended.

- The proposed installation is necessary to provide cell communication within 3COM park.

- 1/3 of 911 calls come in from cell phones.

- He would like this project to be approved.

(-) Ralph House - Bayview Hill Neighborhood Association

- There is a lack of interest from the community because he believes the community doesnít understand the technology of cell phone communications.

- There are some health problems with using cell phones.Sprint PCS has assured that digital technology is less harmful.

- There have been 5 installations approved in the area, some include antennas, switching stations/transition stations, etc.

(-) Ina Glim

- She came to speak on item 17 but this item involves the same problem.

- She is from the Nob Hill neighborhood.

- In the last week she has received 3 notices of installations in Nob Hill.

- The building that she lives in is proposed for antenna installation.

- Commercial buildings are not of concern, but when it comes to residential buildings, where there are children and people with health problems, it can be a problem.

- Cumulative affects are never talked about.

(-) Gary Briggs

- His concern is that he made a special trip to talk about Item 17, yet it was canceled.

- He lives in a building that he owns and he received a notice from the Planning Department because he lives within 300 feet of a proposed site for antenna installation.

- There is a problem with the mailing of notices since it appears that notices are being sent to residents and not building/property owners.

- Hearings are scheduled during the day which makes it difficult for people to leave their jobs to attend the meeting.

- He would like a notice sent to people in regards to procedures for Discretionary Reviews.

Bill Hammut


- There was a misunderstand with the report that staff gave: there is a figure of 6% - that is the value of the nearest seats under the antennas.There is an additional safety factor in that area of 16 times.The levels in the neighborhoods are negligible.Theyíll be tens of thousands of times below the standard.

 

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

MOTION No.††††† 15930

 

17.††††† 2000.651C†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (YOUNG: 558-6346)

1333-1335 PACIFIC AVENUE, south side between Leavenworth andHyde Streets; Lot 036 in Assessorís Block 0184: -- Request for Conditional Use Authorization pursuant to Section 711.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of three antennas and a base receiver station on an existing six-story residential over commercial building as part of Sprintís wireless telecommunications network in an NC-2 (Small Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District, Garment Shop Special Use District, and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Continued without hearing to September 7, 2000

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

18.††††† 2000.400C††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (WILSON: 558-6602)

950 MASON STREET, (Fairmont Hotel), entire block bounded by Mason, Sacramento, Powell and California Streets; Lot 001 in Assessorís Block 0244 ‑Request for a Conditional Use authorization to allow the installation of a wireless telecommunications facility, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 209.6(b) and 253, in an RM‑4 (Residential, High Density) District and a 320‑E Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Robert McCarthy - McCarthy and Swartz - Representing Metricom, Project Sponsor

- There was a community meeting and only one person attended.

- This site is a category 6.It is actually a public building.

- They analyzed every block and lot in the surrounding area.

- No site was rejected on economic grounds.Sites were rejected because either they were purely residential, too low, or technologically inappropriate.

- This site meets all of the WTS sighting guidelines as well as the San Francisco Municipal Code.

 

SPEAKER(S):†† None

ACTION:†††††††††† Approved

AYES:††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

MOTION No.:†††† 15931

 

G.††† SPECIAL DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

 

At Approximately 3:30 P.M. the Planning Commission convened into a Special Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing.


 

19.††††† 2000.637D††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† (FALLAY: 558-6367)

350 COLLINGWOOD STREET, Lot No. 006B in Assessorís Block No. 2751 -- Request for Discretionary Review of BPA No. 2000/02/10/1497, to construct a three-story rear addition and to convert a two- unit building to a single-family dwelling in an RH-2 (House, Two-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Take Discretionary Review and approve the project with the condition that the third floor be eliminated and the side building wall of the proposed second floor be pulled back by five feet from the south side property line.

 

SPEAKER(S):††††† None

ACTION:††††††††††††† Continued without hearing to September 14, 2000

AYES:†††††††††††††††† Antenore, Joe, Mills, Richardson

ABSENT:†††††††††††† Martin, Theoharis, Chinchilla

 

Adjournment:†† 4:31 p.m.

 

 

THE DRAFT MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, August 24, 2000.

 

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