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January 11, 2001

January 11, 2001

 

SAN FRANCISCO PLANNING COMMISSION


 



 

Meeting Minutes

 

Commission Chambers - Room 400

City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place

Thursday, January 11, 2001

1:30 PM

 

Regular Meeting

 

 

 

PRESENT:                    Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Mills, Salinas, Theoharis

ABSENT:                      None

 

THE MEETING WAS CALLED TO ORDER BY PRESIDENT THEOHARIS AT 1:40 p.m.

 

STAFF IN ATTENDANCE: Gerald G. Green - Director of Planning; Larry Badiner - Zoning Administrator; Rick Cooper; Paul Deutsch; Ken Rich; Rick Crawford; Andrea Wong; Jim Miller; Dan DiBartolo; Ken Chin; Sharon Young; Ricardo Bressanutti; Thomas Wang; Augustine Fallay; Susan Snyder; Nora Priego - Transcription Secretary; Andrea Green – Acting Commission Secretary

 

A.         ITEMS PROPOSED FOR CONTINUANCE

 

            1.         2000.677C                                                                                           (CHIN:  575-6897)

                        373 BROADWAY STREET - southeast corner of Broadway Street and Bartol Street; Lot 018 in Assessor’s Block 0164.  Request for Conditional-Use Authorization pursuant to Section 714.83 of the Planning Code to install a total of twelve antennas and a base transceiver station on an existing four-story over basement building, as part of AT&T’s wireless cellular network in the Broadway (Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

                        (Proposed for Continuance to January 18, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 18, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            2.         1997.433A                                                                                   (KOMETANI: 558-6478)

                        22 ALTA STREET - north side between Montgomery and Sansome Streets.  Lot 34A in Assessor’s Block 106.  Request for Certificate of Appropriateness Authorization, under Article 10 of the Planning Code, to construct a new, one-unit, residential building, two stories at the front (Alta Street) elevation and five stories at the rear in the Telegraph Hill Historic District.  The subject property is zoned RH-3 (House, Three-Family) District and is in a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 16, 2000)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to January 18, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 18, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            3.         2000.1007T                                                                                         (LORD: 558-6311)

                        LIVE-WORK TO LOFT HOUSING AMENDMENT - Consideration of adoption of amendments to Part II, Chapter II, of the San Francisco Municipal Code (Planning Code) by amending Sections 102.7 and 102.13 redefining "live/work" units as "loft housing" and classifying them as residential uses; repealing Section 233 regarding live/work; adding Section 232 to establish requirements for loft housing that would subject it to some existing live/work controls except that there would be no restriction on the nature of work which could be performed in the unit so long as the use is permitted in the SSO (Service/Secondary Office) Zoning District and no requirement that the occupant(s) work in the unit, would require loft housing to comply with existing inclusionary housing policies, would require loft housing in residential areas to comply with all requirements for residential uses including the residential design guidelines, would require loft housing constructed in areas not zoned residential to comply with non-residential design guidelines and all requirements for residential uses except for front setback and open space requirements, would establish procedures for converting live/work units to non-residential uses, and would establish loft housing, rear yard exposure requirements.  This ordinance supersedes any inconsistent Planning Commission policies.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Adopt the Draft Ordinance

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2000)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to January 18, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 18, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            4.         2000.863BV                                                                                       (WONG: 558-6381)

                        2712 MISSION STREET - The subject property seeks an authorization for a proposed office development under the smaller building reserve, pursuant to Planning Code Section 321. The proposal is for a change of use from "Retail" to "Office" and for the renovation and expansion of an existing 27,831-gross-square-foot building into a 30,847-gross-square-foot building by enlarging a mezzanine within the existing structure.  The subject property falls within a NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Commercial District) Zoning District and a 50-X/80-B Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 12, 2000)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to January 25, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 25, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            5.         2000.863BV                                                                                       (WONG: 558-6381)

                        2712 MISSION STREET - The subject property seeks a parking variance for the reduction of required off-street parking, pursuant to Planning Code Section 151.  The project proposes to provide five parking spaces for the conversion of 30,847 gross square feet of office space on a site, which presently provides no off-street parking spaces.  The subject property falls within a NC-3 (Moderate Scale Commercial District) Zoning District and a 50-X/80-B Height and Bulk District.

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 12, 2000)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to January 25, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 25, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            6.         1999.770DDDDD                                                                                (WANG: 558-6335)

                        567 - 569 SANCHEZ STREET, east side between 19th and Hancock Streets; Lot 032 in Assessor’s Block 3585.  The proposal is to demolish an existing single-family dwelling with a detached garage and construct a new three-story plus attic over garage, two-family dwelling, in an RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

                        (Proposed for Continuance to January 25, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):

                        Sue Hestor:

                        - Would like to request a continuance beyond January 25.

                        Steve Nichelson:

                        - Lives on Sanchez Street

                        - He supports request to continue project beyond January 25.

                        - He just received the set of revisions yesterday and a model needs to be constructed with new changes; therefore, there is no way they will be able to finish it on time.

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 25, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            7.         2000.1148C                                                                           (BRESSANUTTI: 575-6892)

                        700-740 LE CONTE AVENUE AND 845 MEADE AVENUE, at Jennings Street, Lots 115 and 116 in Assessor’s Block 4991.  Consideration of the possible revocation or modification of, or placement of additional conditions on, a prior conditional use authorization (Case No. 86.229C for a planned unit development for up to 45 dwelling units), per Planning Code Section 303(f).  As a condition of the original approval, Lots 133 and 134 were to be donated to the Recreation and Park Department and improved for use as a playground. There have been unresolved complaints from the Recreation and Park Department and the Office of the City Attorney that the owner of these two lots will not transfer title to the parcels to the Recreation and Park Department.  The property is in a RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and an RH-2 (Residential, House, Two-Family) District, and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Pending

                        (Proposed for Continuance to January 25, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 25, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            8.         2000.1033D                                                                                       (SMITH:  558-6322)

                        4328 20th STREET – Lot 016, in Assessor’s Block 2697.  Request for Discretionary Review of Building Permit Application No. 2000/08/01/6694 proposing to raise the existing building two feet to construct a new garage and rooms at the basement level and construct a two-story rear addition that projects 13’-6 beyond the existing rear building wall.  The proposal also includes constructing two new decks at the rear of the addition, constructing a new dormer on the fourth floor, and infilling the walkway that leads to the service entry on the side of the building in an RH-3 (House, Three-Family) District; and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Pending

                        (Proposed for Continuance to February 15, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 25, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            9.         1999.210E                                                                                (BLOMGREN:  558-5979)

                        3620 - 19th STREET - Within the block bound by 18th Street, Guerrero Street, 19th Street, and Oakwood Street, Assessor’s Block 3587, Lots 18, 68, and 70.  Appeal of a Preliminary Negative Declaration. Proposed new construction of five two-, three-, and four-story buildings containing a total of 43 dwelling units   The site currently has a 32-space parking lot which is accessed by a gate on Oakwood, and a facade of an industrial building at the 3620 19th Street frontage which would be demolished.  The new buildings would reach a maximum height of 40 feet in a 40-X height/bulk district.  Lots 68 and 70 are located in a RH-2 (Residential House, Two-Family) zoning district.  Lot 18 is located in a RH-3 (Residential House, Three-Family) zoning district.

                        (Proposed for Continuance to February 22, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to February 22, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            10.        2000.1092C                                                                                     (MEHRA:  558-6257)

                        3632-38 SACRAMENTO STREET - north side between Spruce and Locust Streets; Lot 9 in Assessor’s Block 1011.  Request for Conditional-Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 724.53, to allow Business or Professional Service on the first floor of the subject property.  The subject building’s legal use includes a restaurant (Tuba Garden, now vacant) on the first floor and a dwelling unit on the second floor. The second floor dwelling unit was converted to office use and is currently occupied by a property management firm.  The proposal is to convert the restaurant space to a business or professional service on the first floor and restore one parking space in the basement.  Since the Planning Code does not permit business or professional service use above the first floor, the project is required to restore the dwelling unit at the second floor level.  The subject property is located in the Sacramento Street NCD (Neighborhood Commercial District) with a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

                        (Proposed for Continuance to February 22, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to January 25, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            11.        2000.436C                                                                                          (SMITH: 558-6322)

                        1594 - 43RD AVENUE - northeast corner of the intersection of Lawton Street and 43rd Avenue; Lot 017 in Assessor’s Block 1888.  Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Planning Code Section 710.83 to install three antennas in a canister on the roof and two equipment cabinets and one battery cabinet in the garage of a mixed-use building located in a (NC-1) Neighborhood Commercial Cluster District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.  The subject site is a Limited Preference 6 site according to Wireless Telecommunications Services (WTS) Siting Guidelines, 1996.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Pending

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2000)

                        (Proposed for Continuance to March 8, 2001)

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Continued to March 8, 2001

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

B.         COMMISSIONERS’ QUESTIONS AND MATTERS

 

            12.        Consideration of Adoption - draft minutes of November 2, 9, 16, 2000.

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Approved

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            13.      Commission Matters

 

                       Commissioner Theoharis:

                       Re:  Calendar of 2001

                       - It will be scheduled before the Commission on January 25, 2001.

 

                       Re:  175 Russ Street

                       - There is a letter from Ms. Sanchez stating that there is an easement.  She would like ZA to follow up on this letter.

 

                       Re: 240 16th Avenue

                       - There has been extensive work done to this property without permits.  She would like a planner to go to this address and take a look at the property.  This item is scheduled for January 18, 2001 so she would like a staff report at that time.

 

Commissioner Salinas:

Re:  1176 Sutter Street (AKA, 1214 Polk Street)

For future projects, he would like to see a representative from the police department speak regarding the sound-proof tests.

 

Commissioner Baltimore:

Re:  1176 Sutter Street (AKA, 1214 Polk Street)

She would like to ensure that there are no violations of the conditions of approval.

 

C.         DIRECTOR’S REPORT

 

            14.                                                                                                           (BADINER:  558-6350)

Status Report on Compliance with Conditions of Approval for 350 Divisadero Street (San Francisco Patients’ Resource Center)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Patricia Vaughey

- There have been many complaints about the handicap parking space.

- She had requested earlier that the Commission monitor this project.

- There is loitering in the area as well.

(-) (Did not state name)

- There is a white zone in the area for patients to be dropped off and picked up and there is a lot of misuse of the parking space.

- The handicap zone is for anyone who has a handicap, license yet some of these people who park there are not necessarily coming into the clinic.

- People who have a handicap for example and are able to drive, should be able to park nearby and come into the clinic.

- Sometimes the problems are too much and this is why this item is presented to the Commission.

(-) Judith Cominski

- She lives and works in the neighborhood.

- There are many problems in the area because of the clinic, like loitering, people speaking very loudly, people hanging outside.

- She can't be calling the Police Department all the time.

(+) Wayne Justman - Sponsor

- Co-founder of the San Francisco Patients' Resource Center

- At the time the project came before the hearing, he tried to address all the concerns and the issues of the neighbors.

- He appreciates the fact that a new business has opened up across the street.

- The area is definitely growing.

- They have an  open door policy so neighbors can come to the clinic and talk about their concerns.

 

            15.        Director’s Announcements

                        None

 

            16.        Review of Past Week’s Events at the Board of Supervisors and Board of Appeals

BOS None
BOA None

 

D.   REGULAR CALENDAR

 

            17.        1999.795E                                                                                     (COOPER: 558-5974)

KING-TOWNSEND BUILDING AND COMMUNITY GARAGE - Certification of a Final

Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared for the construction of a mixed-use building with parking, retail, office and live/work spaces at 175-179 and 183 Townsend Street (Assessor’s Block 3794, Lots 4 and 7). The project site is an approximately 42,969-square-foot site fronting on both King and Townsend Streets between Second and Third Streets in the South of Market neighborhood. The project would contain a total of 657 parking spaces, approximately 29,275 square feet of retail uses in a ground-floor podium, approximately 46,775 square feet of office uses across six upper floors, plus a ground-floor lobby, and approximately 55 live/work spaces across seven upper floors. The building would vary in height between seven and ten stories, and between 90 and 110 feet. A 17-space surface parking lot and two connected industrial warehouse buildings, containing a retail/wholesale electrical supply store and office/multimedia use would be demolished. Note: The public hearing on the Draft EIR is closed.  The public comment period for the Draft EIR ended on November 7, 2000. The Planning Commission does not conduct public review of Final EIRs.  Public comments on the certification only may be presented to the Planning Commission.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify Final Environmental Impact Report

 

(-) (Did not state name)

- This project is near the PacBell ballpark.

- It would be best if the Commission denies this project.

(+) Jeffrey Leibovitz

- The EIR covered everything.

- He would like this EIR certified.

 

ACTION:           Environmental Impact Report Certified

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16066

 

            18.        1996.222E                                                                                    (DEUTSCH: 558-5965) 

PENINSULA WATERSHED MANAGEMENT PLAN - Certification of Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) prepared regarding the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s (SFPUC) proposed Peninsula Watershed Management Plan.  The Watershed Management Plan would provide comprehensive policies and actions for managing the land and resources of the 23,000-acre Peninsula Watershed, located in central San Mateo County, owned and administered by the San Francisco PUC Water Supply and Treatment Division.  The watershed stores and provides water for homes and businesses in San Francisco and portions of San Mateo, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties.  The Draft EIR, prepared by the San Francisco Planning Department, analyzes at a programmatic level the potential environmental impacts of various activities and development projects that could occur under the policies of the proposed Management Plan, and analyzes at a project level the proposed Fifield/Cahill Ridge Trail.  Note:  The public hearing on the Draft EIR ended on February 3, 2000.  Public comments on the EIR certification only may be presented.

Preliminary Recommendation: Certify Final Environmental Impact Report

 

                        SPEAKER(S):    None

                        ACTION:           Environmental Impact Report Certified

                        AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

                        MOTION:          16067

 

            19.                                                                                                                   (RICH: 558-6345)

General Plan Referral for Urban Design aspects of the Third Street Light Rail Project, including station platforms, street lighting, track way paving, and other urban design elements.

Preliminary Recommendation: Finding of conformance with the General Plan.

Note: On October 12, 2000, following public testimony, the Commission closed public hearing and continued the matter to October 26, 2000, to explore funding sources by a vote of +7 -0.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 7, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Laura Spancher - MUNI

- This is a very different project than the Embarcadero project.

- MUNI understands that they are trying to bring aesthetic improvements to this corridor.

- They have received as much funding as they possible can to improve areas of the corridor.

- The area in question is the Central Waterfront and Visitation Valley.  MUNI needs to discuss the needs of the neighbors before certain improvements are made.

 

ACTION:           Finding of conformance with the General Plan.  Staff should report back to the Commission under Director's Report on the Planning Effort and Timeline for the Visitation Valley community input of the General Plan Referral for Urban Design aspects of the Third Street Light Rail Project.

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16068

 

            20.        1998.902B                                                                               (CRAWFORD:  558-6358)

FIRST AND HOWARD STREETS - (northeasterly corner of intersection) Assessor’s Blocks 3720 (Lots 5, 6, and 7) Request under Planning Code Sections 320-322 (Office Development Limitation Program) for allocation of up to 295,000 gross square feet of office space for a ten-story building with prior 309 approval.  This project lies within a C-3-O (SD) (Downtown, Office, Special Development) District and within the 350-S and 400-S Height and Bulk Districts.  This request is for office space allocation for the final of four buildings approved for construction at the four corners of the intersection of First and Howard Streets.

Preliminary Recommendation: Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Tom Sullivan - Project Sponsor

- He has no remarks except to thank the Commission for considering this project and he is available for questions.

(-) Roger Brandon

- This project will propose a problem to the buses coming and going to the terminal.

- The question is  how much office space do we really need?

- There are a large number of office buildings, which are not being fully used.

 

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16069

 

            21a.      2000.1162BV                                                                                    (WONG:  558-6381)

35 STANFORD STREET - east side, between Brannan and Townsend Streets; Lot 38 in Assessor’s block 3788: Request under Planning Code Section 321 for authorization to convert 49,500 gross square feet in an existing building from industrial use to office use.  This hearing shall also set forth an initial determination of the net addition of gross square feet of office space, pursuant to Planning Code Sections 313.4 and 314.4. The subject property falls within a SSO/MUHZ (Service/Secondary Office and Mixed-Use Housing Zone) Zoning District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.  The subject property is also a contributory structure within the South End Historic District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Steve Atkinson - Baker & McKenzie - Project Sponsor

- The space is needed for the expansion of a South of Market successful business.

- The adjacent building is particularly important.

- The area is well served by transit, which will increase the transit service.

- He would like the Commission to approve the project.

- He cannot get a long-term lease of a property for parking.

(+/-) Jeffrey Leibovitz

- He read a letter from the Rincon Center Citizen's Advisory Committee opposing the project because the site could be used for more retail space.

- There is great need for retail space in the area.

- Certain areas where there is more office space become a ghost.

(-) Craig Adelman – 650 2nd Homeowners Association

- He lives in the neighborhood.

- He is representing about 25 homeowners and their concerns.

- The parking in the neighborhood has become critical.

- If and when the offsite-parking lease is up, he is worried that this will not be monitored.

(-) Sue Hestor - San Franciscans for Reasonable Growth

- It has been very difficult to obtain a good list of office spaces.

- Staff should have this information online or readily available to the public.

- The question of parking requirements for SSO districts should be revisited.

- This area is one of the most difficult to get around since the entrance to the Bay Bridge is there, etc.

 

ACTION:           Approved with Conditions

AYES:               Baltimore, Fay, Joe, Theoharis

NAYES:            Chinchilla, Salinas

MOTION:          16070

 

            21b.      2000.1162BV                                                                                    (WONG:  558-6381)

35 STANFORD STREET - east side, between Brannan and Townsend Streets; Lot 38 in Assessor’s block 3788.  The project proposes the creation of approximately 49,500 total gross square feet of office use, approximately 43,537 square feet of that as occupied floor area.   Request for a variance waiving the provision of 33 off-site, required parking spaces in perpetuity of associated office use under Planning Code Section 159 (e).  The proposed project requires 58 parking spaces, per Planning Code Section 151.  Applying a legal parking deficiency of 25 spaces for the previous industrial use, under Planning Code Section 150 (c)(1), the amount of required parking is reduced to 33 spaces. The required parking will be provided off-site at 130 Townsend Street, Lot 8 in Assessor’s Block 3788, which is within 800 feet of the subject property.

 

SPEAKER(S):    None

ACTION:           Zoning Administrator has taken variance under advisement

NOTE:              Department to report back to the Commission on the monitoring of the parking variance.

 

            22a.      2000.774BC                                                                                     (MILLER:  558-6344)

2800 LEAVENWORTH STREET - entire block bounded by Beach, Jefferson, Jones and Leavenworth Streets, Lots 7 and 8 in Assessor’s Block 11.  Request under Planning Code Sections 320-322 (Office Development Limitation Program) for authorization of office space of more than 25,000 square feet but less than 50,000 square feet (pursuant to Section 321).  The project proposal is the creation of up to 34,945 gross square feet of office space in an existing building (The Anchorage) through conversion of approximately one-third of the existing 89,730 square feet of retail space therein and by adding approximately 9,995 square feet of new office space.  The project is in a C-2 (Community Business) District, also within the North Waterfront Special-Use District No. 2 and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Tom Harry Architects

- Showed pictures of where the changes will take place on the current building.

- The 2nd floor will have windows instead of a blank wall where the service corridor for retail is.  The 3rd floor will stay the same.

- The retail on the ground floor will be kept intact.

- The courtyard shops are also hard for customers to get to.  Many bridges and other items, which block visibility into the courtyard, will be removed.

(+) Drew Barayeb – Project Sponsor

- One of the most historically successful retail complexes is a shopping center in Hawaii.

- Fisherman’s Wharf shops are very grateful for the F-line Streetcar of MUNI.

- Fisherman’s Wharf is very quiet in the Wintertime.  Having offices throughout the year will be very helpful for the shops and restaurants.

 

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16071

 

            22b.      2000.774BC                                                                                     (MILLER:  558-6344)

                        2800 LEAVENWORTH STREET - entire block bounded by Beach, Jefferson, Jones and Leavenworth Streets, Lots 7 and 8 in Assessor’s Block 11.  Request under Planning Code Sections 320-322 (Office Development Limitation Program) for authorization of a Conditional Use for conversion of approximately 5,500 square feet of retail space to an additional 12 hotel rooms (for a total of 137 hotel rooms on the subject property) with a total hotel square-footage of approximately 75,820, in a C-2 (Community Business) District, also within the Northern Waterfront Special-Use District No. 2 and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):    See Item 22a.

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16072

 

            23.        2000.1123C                                                                              (DiBARTOLO:  558-6291)

                        606 BROADWAY  - northwest corner of Broadway, Grant and Columbus Avenues; Lot 002 in Assessor’s Block 146. Request for Conditional Use Authorization under Section 714.27 of the Planning Code to extend the Hours of Use for the existing Full-Service restaurant in the Broadway Neighborhood Commercial District (NCD) and a 65-A-1 Height and Bulk District.  The proposal is to allow the restaurant (New Sun Hong Kong) to service food to patrons between the hours of 2AM and 4AM, allowing for a 22-hour operation.  The proposal will not involve any interior or exterior alterations.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Jerry Klein

- Would like to have the Commission approve project.

 

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16073

 

            24.        2000.928C                                                                                           (CHIN:  575-6897)

                        2750 VAN NESS AVENUE, southeast corner of Lombard Street and Van Ness Avenue; Lot 005G in Assessor’s Block 0502.  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 three-story over basement building, also known as the Washington Mutual Bank, as part of Metricom’s wireless Internet network in an RC-3 (Residential-Commercial, Medium) District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Bob McCarthy - McCarthy and Swartz - Project Sponsor

- There were community meetings and only two people attended.

- There was one letter received by a management company related to health concerns.

- Studies were done to determine the levels of radiation to the various residents and companies.

(-) Did not state name

- There are antennas being installed all over the City.

- There is no master plan for where installations of antennas will be.

 (-) Anita Morse

- She lives half a block from the installation site.

- Her concerns are with health issues.

- Since many people are still not clear as to the long-term effects of the antennas, she requests that these antennas not be installed.

(-) Lois Wise - Property Owner Relations - American Property Exchange

- She works near the site where the antennas will be installed.

- Her company is a marketing company specializing in high-level rental apartments.

- They have a high volume of radio and pager transmission.

- They have a large number of housekeeping staff servicing their properties.

- The company opposes the installation of the antennas because they did not receive sufficient notice as well as long-term health concerns.

 

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16074

 

            25.        2000.985C                                                                                            (CHIN: 558-6897)

1176 SUTTER STREET (AKA, 1214 POLK STREET) - northeast corner at Polk Street; Lot 011 in Assessor’s Block 0669.  Request for Conditional-Use Authorization to allow amplified live and recorded music (defined as  Other Entertainment by Planning Code Section 790.38) in an existing bar, d.b.a. An Sibin, as required by Planning Code Section 723.48, in the Polk Street Neighborhood Commercial Zoning District and a 65-A Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Hugh Louis - Owner of An Sibin

- At the time he purchased the bar it was neglected and rundown.

- The first thing he did when he purchased the bar was to shut it down and renovate it.  He tried to get rid of the drug dealers and deal with the noise issue.

- A few months ago, he received complaints from neighbors so he decided to soundproof the bar.  Since then he has not received any complaints.

- He has about 250 signatures of neighbors and business owners who support the bar.

- He has had inspectors from the police, fire, health, noise abatement, etc. come out to inspect the property.  There were some recommendations, which he has put in place.

- The bar is safe and a nice place to come to and listen to music.

(+) Calvin Crosky

- He frequents the bar.  It's a clean and safe place.

- The noise insulation does a good job of reducing noise.

(+) Chris Lowe

- The neighborhood has many bars, many of which draw negative customers.

- This is not one of those bars.

- The addition of music would be good for the customers and the bar.

(+) Jonathan Brown

- He frequents the bar.

- This is a very nice place to hang out.

(+) Jennifer Little

- She enjoys going to the bar and enjoys the people who attends the bar.

- She books DJs and this would be a good place to book the DJs she represents.

(-) Dan Ling Jan

- There are various signatures of people who are opposed to the bar.

- There aren't loud vibrations and thumping because of the music.

- The music continues after 2:00 a.m.

- She lives on the 2nd floor of the bar.  Even the tenants of the third floor complain of the thumping.

(-) Did not state name

- Spoke in Chinese

- He can't sleep at night because of the noise.

(-) Did not state name

- She would like the noise to end at 11:00 p.m.

 

ACTION:           Approved with Amended Conditions

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16075

 

            26.        2000.044C                                                                                       (YOUNG:  558-6346)

                        275 DUBOCE AVENUE - south side between Market and Guerrero Streets; Lots 059, 061, 062 in Assessor’s Block 3534.  Request for Conditional-Use Authorization pursuant to Planning Code Section 209.1(h) to allow the construction of a two-story over garage, 11-unit residential building.  Conditional-Use Authorization is required under Section 209.1(h) to allow the construction of four dwelling units on lots 61 and 62 within the RH-3 Zoning District.  The subject lots are within a NC-3 (Moderate-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District, a RH-3 (Residential, House, Three-Family) District, the Mission Restricted Use Subdistrict, and an 80-B Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation:  Approval with Conditions

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Si Pinto - Project Sponsor

- This is an exciting project because of its uniqueness.

- There has been a lot of work to the development of this project.

 

ACTION:           Approved

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16076

 

            27.        2000.270C                                                                             (BRESSANUTTI: 575-6892)

                        535-537 VALENCIA STREET - east side between 16th and 17th Streets; Lot 044 in Assessor’s Block 3569.  Request for Conditional-Use Authorization to (1) allow continued operation of an existing large (over 1,000 square feet) fast food restaurant, presently d.b.a.  Cable Car Pizza, per Section 726.43 of the Planning Code, and (2) to extend the hours of operation from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 a.m., per Section 726.27, in the Valencia Street Neighborhood Commercial District and a 50-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Approval of Large Fast Food Restaurant use; approval of extended hours on Saturday and Sunday only.

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):

(+) Russel (Last name unclear)

- The executive summary is very complete.

- This project is not a large  take out restaurant.  A lot of the space is taken up by storage.

- There are petitions, which show support for the project.

- The hours of operation would allow people to get a slice of pizza on their way home from the surrounding bars.

- Would like the extended hours to be approved.

 

ACTION:           Approved with amended conditions

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

MOTION:          16077

 

E.         SPECIAL DISCRETIONARY REVIEW HEARING

 

At Approximately 5:25 PM the Planning Commission convened into a Special Discretionary Review (DR) Hearing.

 

            28.        2000.045D                                                                                         (WANG: 558-6335)

1117-1125 OCEAN AVENUE - Lots 041 and 042, in Assessor’s Block 6944.  Request for Discretionary Review proposing to demolish an existing ground-floor, single-family residence and storefront on Lot 042, demolish an existing storefront and a garage on Lot 041, and construct a new four-story, mixed-use building occupying both lots, in an NC-2 (Small-Scale Neighborhood Commercial) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted.

(Continued from Regular Meeting of December 14, 2000)

 

SPEAKER(S):    None

ACTION:           Withdrawn

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

            29.        2000.046D                                                                                       (FALLAY: 558-6367)

                        2147 29th AVENUE - west side between Quintara and Rivera Streets; Lot 012 in Assessor’s Block 2188.  Discretionary Review is requested of Building Permit Application No. 9912564S to construct a third floor addition over the existing two-story, single-family dwelling in an RH-1 (Residential, House, One-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District.

                        Preliminary Recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as proposed.

                        (Continued from Regular Meeting of November 9, 2000)

 

(-) Steve Williams - DR Requestor

- He was retained to do a legal analysis of the project.

- The houses in the area are absolutely identical and were constructed at the same time and by the same builder.

- A previous project similar to this one on 22nd Avenue was settled by eliminating the 3rd floor.

- This house is already the largest house on the block with a large lot.  If the proposed addition is approved, the house will be twice as large as the neighbors.

- There are no additions on either side of the block.

- The analysis by the planner is not correct.

(-) Michael Dolan

- He was not informed as to the proceedings.

- The planner never informed him of the proceedings and knew that he was opposed to the project.

- This is a quiet, peaceful neighborhood.  This request is totally obnoxious.  It will decrease the value of his home.

(-) Name Not Clear

- He objects to the addition because it will affect the character of the neighborhood.

- He has lived in the neighborhood for many years.

- There is plenty of room in each home for good-sized families to live.

(-) Cecilia Suarez

- The addition would be okay in the back of the house but not on top.

(-) Mark Marowitz

- The houses are completely uniform.

- There is only one property, which is out of character with the rest of the homes.

- It seems unjust for these types of additions to be built.

(-)Name Not Clear

- Read a letter from Mr. and Mrs. Sullivan who are opposed to this project.

- Several years ago there was a similar proposal proposed on the block and there were consequences to that proposal.

- If the Commissioners lived near the proposed addition, would they approve it?

(-)Name Not Clear

- He has a similarly constructed house as the one proposed.

- He would not like his light to be blocked.

 

(-) Jeff Rogers - DR Requestor

- He submitted over 30 letters and petitions of opposition to this addition.

- The family of the proposed addition is a relatively small family.  Their house is one of the largest in the neighborhood.

- They did agree to a low-profile plan in the back but subsequently changed their minds.

(-) Cliff Luger

- He has lived in the neighborhood for many years.

- All the houses in the Sunset are similarly constructed, then all of a sudden there is a big box which is a 3rd story house.

(-) Michael Morise Dolan

- He grew up in the neighborhood.

- He repairs flats and properties in the area where he lives, which is Santiago Street.  All the houses in that neighborhood have similarly constructed homes and have kept it that way.

- The proposed addition falls out of the character of the neighborhood.

(+) John Jay - Project Sponsor

- This addition complies with all the rules of the Planning Code.

- Mr. Euwing has  bent over backwards to meet the issues of the neighborhood.  He has gone to each of the neighbors to deal with their issues.

- There are some objections including, the addition is out of character to the neighborhood; privacy; etc.

(+) Amon Euwing

- He has a large family and his family is still growing.  There is a legal in-law apartment but he still needs more space.

- He has spoken to all the neighbors and has tried to be sensitive to their needs.

(+) Darolyn Gin

- Her parents bought the house in 1968.

- When Mr. Euwing told them about the extension, they agreed to it because they also come from a large family and can understand.

(+) Lee Rosenthal

- She has no objections to the plans to his house.

- Homeowners should be able to do to their property depending upon their needs.

- She would like for this project to be approved.

(+) Michael Klestoff

- He lives and works in the neighborhood.

- Mr. Euwing has done more than what the guidelines require.

- If the homes were supposed to be kept the same way all the time, the area would have been a planned development and restrictions would have been imposed.

 

ACTION:           Take DR on a vertical expansion but consider a horizontal expansion.

AYES:               Baltimore, Fay, Joe, Theoharis

NAYES:            Chinchilla, Salinas

 

            30.        2000.041D                                                                                  (S. SNYDER: 558-6543)

764 ELLSWORTH STREET - on the west side of Ellsworth Street, south of the intersection of Ellsworth Street and Crescent Avenue, on Lot 16 of Assessor’s Block 5812, proposing to construct a new single-family dwelling on a vacant lot in an RH-1 (Residential, House, Single-Family) District and a 40-X Height and Bulk District, and within the Bernal Heights South Slope Study Area (Planning Commission Resolution 14973).

Preliminary recommendation: Do not take Discretionary Review and approve the project as submitted.

 

SPEAKER(S):

(-) Randy Graham

- He lives in the neighborhood.

- The South Bernal Action Alliance supports the construction.

- His only concern is that since this is a narrow street, the construction might cause a problem with traffic and the MUNI 27 bus line.

 

ACTION:           Do not take Discretionary Review and approve project as submitted.

AYES:               Baltimore, Chinchilla, Fay, Joe, Salinas, Theoharis

 

F.         PUBLIC COMMENT

 

At this time, members of the public may address the Commission on items of interest to the public that are within the subject matter jurisdiction of the Commission except agenda items.  With respect to agenda items, your opportunity to address the Commission will be afforded when the item is reached in the meeting with one exception.  When the agenda item has already been reviewed in a public hearing at which members of the public were allowed to testify and the Commission has closed the public hearing, your opportunity to address the Commission must be exercised during the Public Comment portion of the Calendar.  Each member of the public may address the Commission for up to three minutes.

 

The Brown Act forbids a commission from taking action or discussing any item not appearing on the posted agenda, including those items raised at public comment.  In response to public comment, the commission is limited to:

 

(1)  responding to statements made or questions posed by members of the public; or

(2)  requesting staff to report back on a matter at a subsequent meeting; or

(3)  directing staff to place the item on a future agenda.  (Government Code Section 54954.2(a))

 

SPEAKER(S): None

 

Adjournment: 6:27 p.m.

 

 

THE DRAFT MINUTES ARE PROPOSED FOR ADOPTION AT THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION ON THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2001.

 

 

 

 

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